Diaspora Desi girl, Anika, is excited to finally practice magic while visiting Gujarat…Until she learns she’s the descendant of a malevolent demigod. Because of her evil cousin’s delectable and cursed desserts draining townspeople’s life energy, wicked Grandma will soon escape from magic prison. Now, Anika must battle deities, monsters, and powerful beings from Indian mythology to save her parent’s souls and prevent the world from falling into chaos.
THE SERPENT’S SECRET x RACE TO THE SUN
Six-thirty in the morning in Ahmedabad, India is as painful as six-thirty in the morning back in suburbia Ohio. But louder. Cows mooing, bells on carts ringing, and engines of rickshaws revving are my alarms here. I should be used to them by now—we’ve come to Gujarat for eleven whole years, but it’s an adjustment every time.
And don’t get me started on jet lag. It takes three days to get used to being in a time zone almost eleven hours in the future. Still, our annual two-week trip to India during my school’s winter break is non-negotiable.
Mom and Papa have important “magical” things to do.
“Anika, careful,” Mom whispers.
“Sorry!” I finish yawning and straighten my shoulders. My cheeks warm up but the tray I hold stays level. “I’ve got it, Mom. See? Not even a wobble.”
She gives me a wink and a smile.
I watch another kid of “the right age” meet his Pratika, his magical talisman, before I’ve had breakfast. I’m happy for him but impatient for me.
Wizard kids get wands, we sorcerers get talismans. Honestly, I think we get the better deal. Who wants to carry around a stick when you can have jewelry (blech) or armor (meh) or brass knuckles (yes, please!) to help you use your magic?
Hi Hetal, Congratulations on completing PitchWars! I’d love to continue reading. If you’d like to share the full MS, please send the query in the body of an email with the full manuscript and synopsis attached as a Word document. The subject of the email should be “Pitch Wars Request: YOUR TITLE for Root Literary” sent to email@example.com. Although not all of Root Literary is participating in Pitch Wars, please feel free to query whomever feels like the best fit! We’re happy to coordinate internally. Best, Melanie
Hi Hetal, wow, this really took me back to when I lived in India. Great atmosphere! Please send me the full manuscript (or however much you are willing to share) and a synopsis as word doc attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, with [PitchWars Joanna] in the subject line. If my colleague, Amber requests your manuscript as well – feel free to send it to us both or just to your favourite!
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Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars, Hetal! I’ve been looking forward to requesting this! 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
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This story sounds wonderful! Anika’s voice really shines through, even in such a small excerpt (and I too would prefer the brass knuckles). I would love to see more.
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I look forward to reading more!
Hi Hetal, I’m intrigued by your pitch! I’d love to see your query, synopsis, and full manuscript, with Pitch Wars in the subject line. You can reach me at email@example.com. Excited to take a look!
I would love to take a look at this! Please feel free to send me this query and the first 50 pages as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, title, genre, and “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. (Also, if you have requests from two or more of us at JGLM, please do pick and send to only one of us.)
Yay, I’m so happy to see this! I’d love to have a chance to read the full manuscript. If you could please send, along with your query letter, to email@example.com (and put Pitch Wars somewhere in the subject line). Looking forward to reading!
This sounds amazing and exactly like the type of MG project I’d love to read! When you’re ready, please upload your full manuscript here: https://querymanager.com/query/LiteraryPenny/PitchWars2021
Looking forward to hearing from you!
All the best,
Aevitas Creative Management
Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! You must be thrilled!
Your excerpt and pitch really captured my attention. I love the idea of exploring Indian mythology in MG in a fun, yet whimsical way. I also can’t help but be excited to read about magic actually taking place in India! I’d love to request the full manuscript so I can continue reading it.
If you’d like to share it, please send the query in the body of an email, with the full manuscript and synopsis attached as a Word doc.
The subject of the email should be “Pitch Wars Request: ANIKA PATEL AND THE BEASTLY BAKERY for Root Literary” sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although not all of Root Literary is participating in Pitch Wars, please feel free to query whoever feels like the best fit! We’re happy to coordinate internally.
All the best,
Hello Hetal–I loved your sample and have spent all quarantine watching Great British Bake Off so this is right up my alley. I would love to read the full manuscript (and a synopsis, if you have). Please email them to me at jerrera(at)janerotrosen(dot)com and put “Pitch Wars” in your subject line. Can’t wait to read!
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This sounds so, so wonderful, and I enjoyed the short snippet above. I’d love to see the full manuscript! If you’d like, please feel free to query me at QueryManager.com/KarynFischer/PitchWars.
Thanks so much and I look forward to reading!
BookStop Literary Agency
I’ve been dying to see more BIPOC characters being magical! I’d really like to keep reading. Please feel free to send a query, bio and the first 50 pages to Ameerah@serendipitylit.com
Hi Hetal, I would love to see more material for this project! If you would like to submit to me, please send me your query letter, synopsis, and first 3 chapters/50 pages (whichever is longer) at the following link: QueryManager.com/emlysaght/Pitchwars2020
So much fun and I LOVE the title! A brass-knuckles-loving 11 year old sounds like a great character to carry this story and I’d love to read more! Please email me the full manuscript + synopsis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Pitch Wars in the subject line and paste the pitch into your email. Thank you!
*If more than one agent from the Bradford Literary Agency has requested this, go ahead and send it to those agents and just let us know
H! I’d love to see this! What a great last line. Please send the manuscript with the query pasted into the first page to Suzie(at)newleafliterary(dot)com. Put REQUESTED-PITCH WARS in the subject line.
Hi Hetal! This sounds so good and I would love to request the full manuscript for consideration. You can submit here: https://querymanager.com/query/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2021.
Looking forward to reading more!
Azantian Literary Agency
Hetal, this is such a great concept and sample! I’d love to read more. Could you please send the query and full manuscript to me at email@example.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!
Hi Hetal, This sounds amazing! I love your voice, the magic, humor, and setting details you weave in just in this little snippet. I would love to read more. Please query me: https://QueryManager.com/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form. If more than one Bradford Agent requests, you can send to multiple, just let us know so we can coordinate. Warm wishes, Kari
Added comment: Hi Hetal, I forgot to specify what to send. Please do send me the full! I’m excited to read it. Warm wishes, Kari
Hi Hetal! I would love to keep reading ANIKA PATEL AND THE BEASTLY BAKERY. If you could send me a query with the full manuscript attached to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line, that would be fantastic.
Tara Gonzalez – Associate Agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Hi, Hetal! I’m loving this so far! I’d love to see the full. Could you please submit it via QueryManager.com/JenniferWills/PitchWars2020? I’d also love to see a synopsis if you have one.
Thanks so much!
The Seymour Agency
This is so cute, and I love the voice! So excited to read more.
Please could you send the query and first fifty pages to me, as an attachment, at email@example.com? Please paste your query on the first page of your attached sample pages, and also in the body of the email, and include PITCH WARS in the subject line. If more than one JDLA agent requests, feel free to first submit to the one you think is the best fit.
I’d love to see more. If you’d like to submit to me:
Please send over your first 100 pages and a complete synopsis (with spoilers) to firstname.lastname@example.org and include Pitch Wars in the subject line.
If you receive a request from multiple agents at KT Literary, please only submit to one of us at a time.
Hi Hetal! I’m so glad that Tarie told me about this entry. I’d love to take a look! Please send the full manuscript and a synopsis as doc or docx attachments with #Pitchwars in the subject. I’m so excited to read!
Hi Hetal! Wow, this pitch is so intriguing and the excerpt is amazing. I’d 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!
I was drawn in by your opening pages and premise. Cursed desserts! Indian mythology! Please send the full manuscript, synopsis and query to email@example.com with Pitch Wars request and the title of the manuscript in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis