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PW2020 Adult #38: MATCHME (Romantic Comedy)
Mentee:
Riley Rhys
Mentored by:
Heather Van Fleet and Jessica Calla
Book Title:
MatchMe
Category:
Adult
Genre:
Romantic Comedy
Word Count:
88,000

Pitch:

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY x BEACH READ

When Kennedy’s boss at MatchMe—an NYC-based dating app—proposes using it to net the promotion-of-a-lifetime, Kennedy reluctantly agrees, believing in the company’s tagline that promises a genuine connection. Unfortunately, her first match is Logan, a cinnamon roll serial dater with money to burn.

Despite their incompatibility, they discover an intoxicating rapport and exactly what they aren’t looking for in a romantic partner. Regardless, the two become friends, wagering a bet where they pick each other’s dates to prove who’s right when it comes to MatchMe’s real purpose. When the pair catch feelings for one another though, everything goes off the rails, and they can’t help but wonder if maybe the app found what they were looking for after all: each other.

 

Excerpt:

I’m that girl this morning on the subway—the seat snatcher, balancing bodega coffee in between my knees and attempting to swipe on some mascara. I wish I could master the art of the winged lid while all this chaos happens—a miracle only the savviest of riders manage—but I’ll settle for
some well-placed concealer.

As soon as I finish dabbing under my eyes and resisting the lazy urge to wipe the residual makeup on my dress, an almost obscenely pregnant woman waddles onto my train car. I glance around. A grandpa sleeping. An emo teen with huge headphones on, head bopping along to techno music we can all hear. Four business suits manspreading. Two women averting their eyes and another who’s definitely pretending to be asleep. I sigh and motion for her to take my seat. The baby-filled woman gives me a grateful look before pulling out her phone. I notice she’s swiping through MatchMe, the dating app I work PR for.

Oh, New York City, how I love you.

20 responses to “PW2020 Adult #38: MATCHME (Romantic Comedy)”

  1. Jess Dallow says:

    Hi Riley,

    This sounds great! 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. Shannon Snow says:

    Hi Riley!

    Your entry caught my eye and got a laugh out of me! I would love for you to send me the first three chapters, synopsis and a short bio in Word format to shannon@cmalit.com.

    Please put “PitchWars-Title” in the subject line so it will be certain to stand out in my inbox.

    If more than one agent requests materials from you from our agency (Creative Media Agency, Inc. or CMA), please feel free to pick one only, and if it’s not right for that agent, they will share it with the others.

    Thank you and good luck! Wishing you success!!

    Shannon

  3. Jessica Alvarez says:

    A cinnamon roll serial dater? I’m here for it! 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

  4. Tara Gelsomino says:

    Fun voice! I’d like to see more. Please send full ms, query and synopsis to tara@onetrackliterary.com if you’d like.

  5. Kari Erickson says:

    Hi Riley, I’d love to read more of this! Please upload your full manuscript, synopsis, and query letter here: QueryManager.com/KariErickson/PitchWars
    Thank you for considering me!

  6. Devon Halliday says:

    Dating app shenanigans are always up my alley–I’d be delighted to read this! You can send the query and full manuscript to querydevon@transatlanticagency.com with PitchWars in the subject line. If you get multiple requests from Transatlantic agents, please submit to us one at a time.

  7. Samantha Wekstein says:

    Hi Riley! This sounds like a lot of fun. I’d love to see the first 50 pages. If interested, please send them to samantha@thompsonliterary.com. Thank you!

  8. Paige Wheeler says:

    Thank you for your participation in Pitch Wars. I found your project intriguing and would very much like to see the first three chapters of the manuscript. Please email me at paige@cmalit.com the following attachments in Microsoft Word format (not PDF):
     
    1. the first three chapters,
    2. a synopsis of your project,
    3. a short bio including any previous publications.
     
    To expedite the review process, please use “requested material-pitch wars” as the subject heading of your email.
     
    As a professional courtesy, please let me know if any other agents are considering your work. Also, if you do get an offer, please contact me so that I may be able to review and respond accordingly.

    I look forward to reading your work!
     
    Kind regards,
     
    Paige Wheeler 
    paige@cmalit.com

  9. Sarah Landis says:

    I’d love to read this one! Please email the full ms to slandis@sll.com. Looking forward to reading! -Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

  10. Ashley Blake says:

    Hello Riley! I love this premise and your voicey sample–I’m hooked! This sounds like a lot of fun. If you’d like to query me, please include your query letter and upload your full manuscript to the link below. If you decide to query more than one agent at Rees, that’s totally fine, just let us know you did so in the query. Thanks and congrats (to the both of you!) on Pitch Wars and all your hard work!

    QueryManager.com/AshleyBlake/PitchWars

  11. Victoria Cappello says:

    Oooh, request! If you’d like me to consider, please send the full manuscript as a word doc to victoria@thebentagency.com and put ‘Pitch Wars’ in the subject. If another agent here at TBA also requests, that’s totally okay, we’d just be grateful if you would let us know if more than one of us has your work. Thank you!

  12. Paul Lucas says:

    Hi, I’m Paul Lucas’ colleague Allison Hunter. I would love to read this! Please email me at ahunter@janklow.com

  13. I’d be happy to take a look. Please send me the synopsis and first three chapters as a Word document attached to an email: rosenberglitsubmit@icloud.com

  14. Jennifer Weis says:

    Hi there:
    I would love to read some more material.
    Can you please send me 5 chapters? Thanks so much.
    All best,
    Jennifer
    jenniferweis@rossyoon.com

  15. Jennifer Unter says:

    Hi Riley,
    We’d love to take a look! Please forward the opening 50 pages, as a Word attachment, along with your query pasted in the body of an email to jen.nadol@theunteragency.com.
    Thanks!

  16. Gina Damasco says:

    Hi Riley,

    I enjoyed your sample and pitch – I’d like to read more. Please send your query, synopsis, and the first 100 pages (Attention Gina Damasco) through our portal: https://www.serendipitylit.com/component/rsform/form/11-submission-fiction. Thanks!

  17. Jennifer Herrington says:

    Hi Riley,

    You have a great pitch! I am intrigued. I would love to see more.

    I hope you’ll consider submitting to me. You can send query, synopsis, and the first three chapters to QueryManager.com/JenniferHerrington/PitchWars2021

    Thanks! I hope to see your submission!

    Jenn

  18. Haley Casey says:

    Dear Riley,

    This description of your work immediately had me hooked. I would love to read more!

    Would you please send your full manuscript, a synopsis of the project, and a short bio about what you do and any of your previous publications to Haley@CMALit.com? Each should be a separate attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format. To ensure your email doesn’t get lost in the shuffle, please include “Pitch Wars” in your subject line.

    The two other agents at Creative Media Agency, Paige Wheeler and Shannon Snow, are participating in Pitch Wars with me. Should one of them also request your manuscript, we would appreciate it if you would choose the agent you’d most prefer to work with and only send them the requested materials. Should they pass on the project for any reason, and you find yourself still seeking an agent, then you are of course free to resubmit to another member of CMA.

    Thank you for taking the time to send me more of what you’ve written!

    Sincerely,
    Haley Casey

  19. We’d love to see a query, synopsis, bio, and full manuscript. Please send as Word documents to EWRquery@mcintoshandotis.com. Looking forward to reading more!

  20. Rebecca Eskildsen says:

    Hi! I would love to see this story in my inbox. If you would like to submit your manuscript to me, please send a query letter and the first 50 pages to reskildsen@writershouse.com. Please include “Pitch Wars” and your title in the subject line, and please only submit to one agent at Writers House at a time. Thank you!