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PW2020 YA #11: SINNER’S ISLE (Fantasy: Latinx #OwnVoices)
Mentee:
Angela Montoya
Mentored by:
Margie Fuston
Book Title:
SINNER'S ISLE
Category:
Young Adult
Genre:
Fantasy: Latinx #OwnVoices
Word Count:
98,000

Pitch:

Latinx PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN meets THE BELLES. Rosalinda lives on Sinner’s Isle—where the king keeps all witches under the guise of protection from those who’d see them eradicated. But safety comes at a cost: one witch must serve at the cruel king’s side. There’s no doubt he’ll choose Rosalinda and the vicious phantoms she can release from inside her, but she’ll do anything to flee the island and avoid becoming his weapon, including blackmailing the dangerous pirate who washes up on shore.

 

Excerpt:

The salt-stained breeze tugged Rosa’s hair from its braid and whipped it about like angry serpents. She shoved the dark tendrils behind her ears and scowled, half expecting storm clouds to form above her head to match her darkening mood. But the sky was annoyingly blue. Not a single cloud graced her sight.

Squalls never touched Sinner’s Isle, after all. Even storms shunned the Majestics. If only the king and his court would offer the same kindness.

A bright white sail flashed in the distance. Rosa bit her lip and squinted as she leaned over the balcony banister. Another popped into view. And another still. She shifted her weight, uncomfortable with how fast her heart beat as dozens of ships blotted out the horizon.

“They’re here,” she said, her voice soft as the waves breaking on the shore. Perhaps if she spoke the words quiet enough, it wouldn’t be so. The ships would simply cease to exist. Yet no matter how many times she blinked, they still came. Before long, the vessels were passing between the bone-white statues standing sentry over the bay.

The darkness inside her, the sick power that only wished to hurt and destroy, stirred to life. The wicked phantoms stretched and sighed as though waking from a deep sleep.

30 responses to “PW2020 YA #11: SINNER’S ISLE (Fantasy: Latinx #OwnVoices)”

  1. Mary C. Moore says:

    Would love to read more! Please use this link to send: QueryManager.com/Mary_C_Moore_KCA/PitchWars

  2. I’m intrigued by both pitch and opening here, and I’d love to read more. Please kindly send the full manuscript and a synopsis as word doc attachments to hilaryquery at ktliterary.com with ‘Pitchwars Requested Material’ in the subject field. I can’t wait to dive in!
    Cheers,
    Hilary Harwell, Literary Agent
    KT Literary LLC
    @HilaryHarwell

  3. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi Angela,

    This pitch and the sample have me so intrigued…I’d love to see more. If you’d like, please send the full manuscript to QueryManager.com/evascalzo/PitchWars2020

    Cheers,
    Eva
    Speilburg Literary

  4. Karly Caserza says:

    YES. PLEASE!

    Please send first 20 pages to QueryMe.online/Karly/ and please add “PitchWars” before your title. Thank you for sharing your work.

    If another Fuse agent requests your work, please query us one at a time.

  5. Tamara Kawar says:

    Dear Angela,

    I’d love to read SINNER’S ISLE! If you’re interested in sending, could you please email the full manuscript to tamara.kawar@icmpartners.com and make sure to include “PW2020” in your subject line?

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Tamara

  6. Ellen Goff says:

    Hi Angela!

    I’m a huge pirates fan and would love to read more, your pages hooked me. Could you kindly send your full query and full manuscript (word doc) to ellen@hgliterary.com ?

    Thank you!
    Ellen

  7. Jenny Bent says:

    Hi! I’d like to see the full on this please. Please send to pitchwars@thebentagency.com with “pitchwars” in the subject line. It’s fine to submit to other agents at the Bent Agency if they also request, just please let us know so we can coordinate responses.

  8. Sarah Landis says:

    I’d LOVE to read this one! Could you email the full ms to slandis@sll.com? Thanks! Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

  9. Karyn Fischer says:

    Hi Angela! This sounds fantastic! I enjoyed the snippet above and would love to see more! If you’d like, please query me with the full manuscript at QueryManager.com/KarynFischer/PitchWars. Thanks, and I look forward to reading!

  10. Laura Crockett says:

    This sounds exciting! Could you send me your official query in the body of the email, subject line containing “Pitch Wars,” and attach the first 50 pages (Word doc preferred) to laura(at)triadaus(dot)com? I look forward to reading!
    -Laura Crockett, TriadaUS Literary Agency

  11. Haley Casey says:

    Dear Angela,

    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

  12. Samantha Wekstein says:

    Hi Angela! This sounds great. I’d love to see the first 50 pages. If interested, can you please send to samantha@thompsonliterary.com? Thanks!

  13. Penny Moore says:

    Hi Angela,

    I love the sound of this, and it’s exactly the type of YA I’d love to read! When you’re ready, please submit your full manuscript here: QueryManager.com/LiteraryPenny/PitchWars2021.

    Thanks. Looking forward to reading!

    All the best,
    Penny Moore
    Aevitas Creative Management

  14. Tamar Rydzinski says:

    Hi Angela,

    I would love to read your manuscript! Please send the whole thing to querytamar@contextlit.com, making sure to write “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line.

    Looking forward,
    Tamar

  15. Suzie Townsend says:

    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.

  16. Samantha Fabien says:

    Hi Angela,

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! You must be thrilled.

    I love the premise of this story! Especially how Rosalinda’s power is tied to vicious phantoms. I’d love to request the full manuscript to continue reading!

    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: SINNER’S ISLE for Root Literary” sent to submissions@rootliterary.com.

    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,
    Samantha

  17. Natascha Morris says:

    Hello Angela,

    This sounds amazing! I am so excited to see where this goes, based on that pitch!! Please upload at QueryManager.com/natascha/PitchWars. And if another Tobias Literary Agent requests, please know you can submit to multiple parties for this event, and we will discuss in house if multiple agents are interested.

    Thank you and can’t wait to see this!

    Best,
    Natascha Morris
    The Tobias Literary Agency

  18. Maggie Kane says:

    Hello Angela,

    I would love the read the full of SINNER’S ISLE! Please send it as a Word Document 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

  19. Alexandra Weiss says:

    Hi Angela! You had me at Latinix Pirates of the Carribean! I’d love to request the full, which you can submit here: https://querymanager.com/query/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2021

    Looking forward to reading more!

    Alex Weiss
    Azantian Literary Agency

  20. Alex Rice says:

    Angela, would love to see more! Please send me your query and first 50 pages to alex.rice@caa.com. Please let me know if you are sending to more than one agent at CAA. All my best, Alex

  21. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    This sounds amazing!!! I’d love to read the full. 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

  22. Michaela Whatnall says:

    Even this short except makes me feel like I’ve been swept away to another world! I would love to read more. Please send your query and the first 50 pages as a Word doc attachment to mwhatnall@dystel.com. I’m looking forward to reading!

    Please note that if more than one agent from Dystel, Goderich & Bourret has requested your work, we ask that you choose which of us you’d like to submit to first, and let that agent know who else from our agency made a request. Thanks very much!

  23. Kelly Peterson says:

    So my coworkers said on Wednesday that “put a little pirate in it” should be my new slogan, so I’m going to say this manuscript is my new favorite genre. ☺️🤣 Can you please send me your query, synopsis, and full manuscript to http://querymanager.com/kellypeterson/pitchwars? I’m really looking forward to reading it!!! – Kelly

  24. Jackie Williams says:

    Hi Angela,

    I’d love to see the rest of this! Please send the query in the body of an email with the full MS attached to jackie.williams@knightagency.net. Please mention Pitch Wars in the subject line!

    Best,
    Jackie

  25. Hi Angela,

    I am the biggest Pirates of the Caribbean fan ever, so you have me hooked on this one! Could I take a peek at the full, via QueryManager.com/JenniferWills/PitchWars2020? I’d also love to see a query letter and a synopsis if you have one.

    Thanks so much!
    Jennifer Wills
    The Seymour Agency

  26. Amanda Orozco says:

    Hi Angela,

    Your pitch sounds fantastic and 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!

    Sincerely,
    Amanda Orozco

  27. Laura Bradford says:

    I can’t wait to get to the pirate-y part so please send me more! Please email me the full manuscript + synopsis at laura@bradfordlit.com. Please put Pitch Wars in the subject line and paste the pitch into your email. Thank you! Laura Bradford *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

  28. Zabé Ellor says:

    What incredible voice and atmosphere you’ve crafted here! I’d love to see more.

    Please could you send the query and first fifty pages to me, as an attachment, at zrellor.books@gmail.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.

  29. Kari Sutherland says:

    Hi Angela,

    I was hooked from the premise alone and would love to read more. Please send the full via this form: QueryManager.com/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form/PitchWars. If more than one Bradford Literary agent requests it, you can send to multiple of us, just let us know so we can coordinate. Many thanks! Kari

  30. Mollie Glick says:

    Hi Angela, I would love to read this! Please send your full manuscript, query and synopsis via email to mollie.glickasst@caa.com with “Pitch Wars Requested Submission” in the subject line. Please let me know if you are submitting to more than one agent at CAA.