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PW2020 Adult #34: THE FIFTH WHEEL (#OwnVoices AA Rom-Com)
Ella Synclair
Mentored by:
Gia de Cadenet
Book Title:
2020 Adult Entries
#OwnVoices AA Rom-Com
Word Count:


TRAINWRECK x THE WEDDING PARTY. Everything goes wrong for commitment-phobic Eden, the third wheel on a Vegas “girls” trip, until she lands in a pile of vomit -- spitting distance from a man she friend-zoned twenty years ago. Now a fan of swipe-right, Luke is well-equipped to relieve her, ahem, frustrations. But as passions escalate, Eden questions whether a happily-ever-after is in the cards.



With visions of martinis and manicures, I squeeze into my seat, without complaint, even though I’m sandwiched between two men large enough to block for the Bears. Suck it up, buttercup, this vacation is exactly what you need. Promised a four-day weekend in the sun with my girls, I head to Las Vegas, the veritable adult Disneyland, to celebrate Melissa’s 40th birthday.  

The plane lurches up, down and side to side. Sadly, those pre-boarding Bloody Marys prove to be an unfortunate choice. Is this the end? Incinerated between my two princes, Big and Bigger, one of whom, by the sound of him, would greatly benefit from a sleep machine? (If my seatmates had to be ballers, why not place kickers?)

As we climb higher, I hunker down and try to mellow out. Shit, I’m lucky to even be here. My laptop fully ate my article this morning, just as I was desperately trying to upload it. Then, I had to do an O.J. to make boarding. (No, not that kind of O.J.; the frantically running through the airport to catch a flight, rental car O.J.).

As a freelance writer, I live and die by the pitch. No one bites? I starve. I wasn’t sure I’d pull off Vegas. But New Year’s came and bam, my story – framed as Girls Gone Wild sprinkled with Real Housewives and a diverse cast of Golden Girls – sold.

8 responses to “PW2020 Adult #34: THE FIFTH WHEEL (#OwnVoices AA Rom-Com)”

  1. Amanda Orozco says:

    Hi Ella,

    Your pitch sounds awesome; I’d love to read more!

    Please send the query and full ms to amanda@transatlanticagency.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. You can read more about me and Transatlantic Agency at: https://www.transatlanticagency.com/about-us/agents/amanda-orozco/. (Please only submit to one agent at Transatlantic at a time.)

    Feel free to reach out with any questions. Many thanks!

    Amanda Orozco

  2. Shannon Snow says:

    Dear Ella,

    Your entry caught my eye and definitely snagged 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!!


  3. Jessica Alvarez says:

    This sounds like such a fun, escapist read! Please upload your manuscript, synopsis, and query at this link: http://www.QueryManager.com/JessicaAlvarez/PitchWars. I’d love to dive in.
    Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary

  4. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi Ella,

    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,

  5. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi Ella! I really enjoyed this excerpt and the voice grabbed me immediately. I’ve love to read more! 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 on Pitch Wars and all your hard work!


  6. Ameerah Holliday says:

    Hi, I’d love to see more! Please send a bio, query letter and your first 50 pages to Ameerah@SerendipityLit.com

  7. I’d like to take a look, please send me the synopsis and first three chapters as a Word document attached to an email: rosenberglitsubmit@icloud.com

  8. Jennifer Herrington says:

    Hi Ella,

    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!