Nothing means more to Ivy League first-year Meredith Kalumba than family: both her proud Ugandan parents and her online community, The Gourd, a confessions blog she runs for queer teens of color. Meredith isn’t ready to explain her safe space—or her asexuality—to her parents, but running The Gourd is work, and her grades are suffering. When her parents become suspicious about the blog, Meredith scrambles to find a balance before her two communities collide and she loses them both. LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE meets AMERICAN PANDA.
writing this, I know you’ll never read it, but I wish I didn’t have to call you. the phone lines could collapse and I’d never hear your voice again, but at least we’d end with something good. somewhere before the fall. yes, I know, you crossed an ocean for us. yes, I know, one bad conversation could never kill the way hunger or sadness can. so I’ll pick up the phone. I’ll take everything you give me, like I always have. I know I don’t deserve it, but give me tonight.
Black tea may not prevent the inevitable, but it can distract me from the cherry red 58% on the front of my chem midterm.
I sip my tea, burning my tongue again, laptop balanced on my knees. Caffeine either boosts your mood or crashes you into Earth’s core—my head’s too fuzzy to remember—but in times of distress, focusing on absolutes is supposed to help. At least, according to my dad.
So this is what I hold onto: Black tea is earthy. Warm like a hug, summer break, sixty days of Auntie Wilma’s samosas and laughter at family parties until chem and biology take you in their teeth again.
Hi Juliet! This sounds amazing and you have a phenomenal voice! Can you send me your query, synopsis, and full manuscript to http://querymanager.com/kellypeterson/pitchwars?
I’m so excited to dive in and read your story!
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Juliet, this sounds amazing! I’d love to take a look when you’re ready! If more than one agent from Belcastro Agency likes your pitch, please submit to the one that you feel is the best fit.
This sounds intriguing! 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
Hi Juliet! I would love to keep reading SOMEWHERE SOFT FOR US. If you could send me a query with the full manuscript attached to email@example.com, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line, that would be fantastic.
Erin Murphy Literary Agency
I’d be so delighted to read your manuscript! You can email a full MS word document to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc my assistant Chanelle at email@example.com also please. Looking forward to reading it!
Victoria Wells Arms
I’d love to take a look! Kindly send the manuscript along to me at jmccarthy at Dystel dot com. A Word attachment is most preferable if possible. If more than one DGB agent requests, please feel free to send to the agent of your choice and just let us know who else at the agency requested. Thanks so much, and happy Pitch Wars!
I would love to read your manuscript! Please send the whole thing to firstname.lastname@example.org, making sure to write “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line.
Hi Juliet! Wow, what a fantastic pitch this is! I’d love to consider. Please do send the full manuscript to email@example.com. Excited to hear from you!
Hi Juliet! I absolutely love this pitch and really enjoyed your writing sample. I’d love to request the full manuscript, which you can submit here: https://querymanager.com/query/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2021
Looking forward to reading more!
Azantian Literary Agency
Hi, Juliet. I love how this manuscript ties in the virtual world and the very real ways it affects our analog world. This first section brought me back to my own failing college grades in the best worst way. I’d love to read more. If you’re interested, please visit QueryManager.com/SavannahBrooks and be sure to mention that this was a Pitch Wars request somewhere in the query. Thanks!
We’d love to read! Please forward the opening 50 pages, as a Word attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your query in the body of the email. Thanks!
I would love to read this! Such an original style in these sentences. Hope you will try me. Jenniferweis@rossyoon.com
Always looking for original voices.
I’m so excited to see ace representation! This sounds wonderful, and I would love to read more. Please send your query and the first 50 pages as a Word doc attachment to email@example.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!
Hi, I’d really love to see more. Please send your query. bio and first 50 pages to Ameerah@serendipitylit.com
This sounds great! I’d love to read more. Please send a query in the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Pete Knapp – Pitch Wars: SOMEWHERE SOFT FOR US (YA)” in the subject line. Please attach the manuscript as a Word document, and include a short synopsis (either in the beginning of the same document as the manuscript or as a separate attachment). Thank you, and I’m looking forward to considering.
Pete Knapp // Park & Fine Literary and Media
I love your pitch and sample!! Could you please submit your query, synopsis, and first 50 pages to my Query Manager?
Please mention this is a PitchWars request at the beginning of the query, or in the referral section of the form. If another Belcastro agent requests, please make sure to only submit to one of us (we’re good at sharing!).
I look forward to seeing your pages!!
Hi there! I’d love to take a closer look at the first 50 pages! Please send them attached as a word document to: rena (at) dhliterary (dot) com
– Rena Rossner
The Deborah Harris Agency
I’d love to see this! If you’re interested, can you send your query and full manuscript to email@example.com, with PitchWars in the subject line? Thank you!
This sounds awesome–I would love to see the rest!
To query me, you can send the query and full MS to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. 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.
Hi Juliet! I am in love with this voice and excited that this is a college YA! I’d love to see more, so if you’d like to query me, please include your query letter and upload your full manuscript using the link below. If you query more than one agent at Rees, that’s fine, just let us know you did so in the query. Thanks and I look forward to reading. Congrats on all your hard work!
Hi! I would love to read more 🙂 Please paste your query, synopsis, and upload the first 15 pages of your manuscript, here QueryManager.com/AnaliezeCervantes/PitchWars
I would love to consider this manuscript! Please send as a Word Doc to email@example.com. Many thanks, and looking forward.
Amazing pitch and I just want to read more, Juliet! Please send me a full MS as a word attachment, along with a query and bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write Pitch Wars in the subject line alongside your title and name. Thanks so much and looking forward to reading!
This sounds so good! I’ve been actively looking for more YA set in college and I am big fan of one of your comps, AMERICAN PANDA! 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