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PW2020 Adult #18: IN THE EVENT OF LOVE (Romantic Comedy – Bi #OwnVoices)
Mentee:
Courtney Kae
Mentored by:
Rachel Lynn Solomon
Book Title:
IN THE EVENT OF LOVE
Category:
Adult
Genre:
Romantic Comedy (Bi #OwnVoices)
Word Count:
85,000

Pitch:

Determined to salvage her career after a scandal, LA event planner Morgan accepts a gig back in her rustic hometown—only to find that the lumberjane owner of the tree farm she’s there to save is the girl who broke her heart seven years ago. A steamy f/f Hallmark-style romcom.

 

Excerpt:

Fundraiser Quote

November 25, 9:15pm

From: management@peakperk.com

Dear Morgan,

We hope you’ll consider heading up a fundraiser in Fern Falls this December. Your events at the inn were always so memorable, and your dad talks about you often. We’d love to have you around again.

Warmly,

Peak Perk Cafe

 

I jab my fresh mani at “archive email” and hope management@peakperk feels the sting of Lilac Lover in both eyeballs.

Fern Falls. Like some cafe could lure me home after seven years. Funny how Dad talks about me when he can’t be bothered to send more than a text every other week. The five-hour drive between that miniscule mountain town and Santa Monica is a freedom I won’t surrender, and I’m booked at least through bridal season 2088.

“If it isn’t Morgan Ross,” a voice booms above the roar of the bar. A collar of white chest hair peeks out from Frank’s BIG WAVE DADDY tank top as he leans across the counter to swipe at a salsa glob.  

I banish my cursed Android to my pocket before it summons more ghosts from my past. “Frank.” I tilt back, praying to the core workout goddess I don’t topple off this bamboo stool. “What’s it been? A year?”

Wish it’d been longer, but my co-worker Sonia loves Five-Dollar Margarita Fridays—and I’ve exhausted my cancellation passes. The Sand Bar is between our apartments, making it tough to skip when she knows my plans for tonight (chilling with my succulents).

19 responses to “PW2020 Adult #18: IN THE EVENT OF LOVE (Romantic Comedy – Bi #OwnVoices)”

  1. Jess Dallow says:

    Hi Courtney,

    This sounds so fantastic! I’d love for you to send your query letter and synopsis in the body of the email with the full manuscript attached in a word doc to jess@browerliterary.com, Pitch Wars in the subject line.

    If someone else from Brower requests this, just email us both and we’ll decide in house who will read and let you know.

    Looking forward to reading!

    Warmly,
    Jess

  2. Ronald Gerber says:

    This seems like a lot of fun! Would you please send your query and attach your first 100 pages (feel free to adjust to end on a complete chapter) to ronald@bookhaven.com?

  3. Eva Scalzo says:

    Dear Courtney,

    I love the voice in the sample and would love to see more. I would be delighted if you submitted the full manuscript to QueryManager.com/evascalzo/PitchWars2020.

    Cheers,
    Eva

  4. Jessica Alvarez says:

    A lumberjane with a tree farm? Yes, please! Please upload your manuscript, synopsis, and query at this link: http://www.QueryManager.com/JessicaAlvarez/PitchWars. I’d love to give this a read.
    Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary

  5. Lauren Spieller says:

    Hi Courtney! Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to read more. If you think we’d be a good fit, please send your query + full manuscript to Lauren@triadaus.com, and put “PW Request” in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! ~Lauren

  6. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi Courtney! This sounds right up my alley! I love the voice here and am so excited to read more of this story. If you’d like to query me, I’d love for you to include your query letter and upload the full manuscript using the link below. If you end up querying more than one agent at Rees, that’s totally fine, just let us now you did so in the query. Thank you and congrats on all your hard work!

    QueryManager.com/AshleyBlake/PitchWars

  7. Tara Gelsomino says:

    I’d like to read more! Please send full ms, query and synopsis to tara@onetrackliterary.com if you’re interested.

  8. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi Courtney,

    I’d love to take a look! Please email the full to medwards @ stonesong . com with PitchWars and the title in the subject line.

    Thank you!

    All best,
    Melissa

  9. Sharon Pelletier says:

    Hi Courtney, I’d like to read more! Could you please send your query and the first 50 pages?
    I’m with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret – if others here request, just choose who you think is the best fit and mention who else requested when you send to them.
    Thanks!
    -Sharon Pelletier
    spelletier@dystel.com

  10. Claire Friedman says:

    Hi Courtney! What a great pitch — this sounds right up my alley! I’d love to consider. Please send the full manuscript to claire@inkwellmanagement.com. Excited to hear from you!

  11. Maggie Kane says:

    Hi Courtney,

    I would love to read more! Could you please send a query and the full manuscript as a Word Document or PDF to maggie.queries@irenegoodman.com ? If another agent at Irene Goodman requests your manuscript, please submit to just one agent at a time. If they pass, you are welcome to resubmit to another! Thank you!

    Best,
    Maggie

  12. Jordy Albert says:

    I would love to take a look! Please visit the link below and submit requested info and first three chapters pasted in the sample area. https://querymanager.com/1426

    I look forward to reading!

  13. Maggie Cooper says:

    Hi, Courtney! My godparents owned a tree farm in NH, so this hits me in the nostalgia AND f/f rom com feelings. (Can I mention, too, how a love a second-chance romance?) I would love to see your query letter and a full manuscript—you can send me an email at mcooper@aevitascreative.com and mention Pitch Wars in the subject line.

    Very best,
    Maggie

  14. Julie Gwinn says:

    Good afternoon! I love the premise of this and have two authors currently with Hallmark so the reference caught my attention. Please send query and first 3 chapters to me at Julie.Gwinn@yahoo.com.
    Thanks!

  15. Dorian Maffei says:

    Hi Courtney! I would love to request the full manuscript of this! I’ve been looking for a f/f rom-com along these lines. 🙂 You can send the query and manuscript through my online submission form: QueryManager.com/dorianmaffei/Request

    Quick note that if you have received requests from multiple agents at Kimberley Cameron & Associates to please only choose one agent to submit to at a time. If it’s not a good fit for one agent, we would most certainly pass it on to our colleagues!

  16. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Can’t turn down a queer city girl/lumberjane romance! If you find us a fit, please send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript to QueryManager.com/KaitlynJohnson/Contests

    Best,
    Kaitlyn Johnson
    Belcastro Literary Agency

  17. Adria Goetz says:

    I would love to take a look at this! Can you send the first chapter + synopsis to adria@martinlit.com?

  18. Katelyn Detweiler says:

    Courtney, this sounds COMPLETELY AMAZING and I would so love to read. Could you please send the query and full manuscript to me at katelyn@jillgrinbergliterary.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line? (Please note, if multiple agents from Jill Grinberg Literary Management request your ms, we ask that you only share with one.) Thank you!

  19. Hannah Schofield says:

    Hi Courtney,

    This sounds completely dreamy – I’d love to read the full manuscript! If you’d like to submit to me please send me a query letter, the full manuscript, and a synopsis to hannahsubmissions@lbabooks.com, including ‘Pitch Wars’ in the subject line. Thank you!

    All the best,
    Hannah