SADIE x Southern Gothic MIDSOMMAR
Every thirteen years, the ultra-exclusive Lake Clearwater community opens its gates for the Cicada Festival—a decadent, no-rules celebration of the insects’ long-awaited arrival. All Neera Singh wants is to prove herself as a musician and save her family’s motel from going under. Her only option is to enter the festival’s open mic competition, and she’ll do anything to win the recording contract prize—even make a deal with the devil.
But the people of Lake Clearwater didn’t earn their riches by chance, and every thirteen years, the beast responsible must be fed.
SECRETS OF THE SOUTH
Season 4: Teaser
(Intro theme song)
Down in rural Georgia, there’s a sleepy town called Corinth. It’s in this town, every thirteen years, that millions of cicadas burrow out of the earth, rising from their extended slumber. As a unified, writhing swarm, they crawl across the forest floor and climb the nearest trees.
Then, as one, they begin to scream.
FORMER CORINTH RESIDENT, LEE WATKINS:
Now I ain’t lived in Corinth in some years, but I still remember the sound of those damned things. Make you go deaf, if you not careful. But let me tell you this: those cicadas bring nothin’ good. And that’s all I’m gonna say on that.
(Phone call ends abruptly)
What makes a town? Is it the people that live there, or the secrets they keep?
In this season, we will explore the history of a dying small town in Georgia, the wealthy lakeside community that keeps the region afloat, and the mysterious deaths that occur every thirteen years.
Because for the townspeople of Corinth, the arriving cicadas are more than just a scientific marvel. They’re an omen.
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Xan, you had me at Southern Gothic, and the rest of this pitch is the icing on the cake. It sounds so nice and creepy, and the concept is 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.
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Hi, Xan. I was immediately hooked by the setup here. Having lived in the South myself and being a bit of a bug nerd, I’m also immediately drawn to the setting and premise. Add a deal with the devil to it? I’m sold. I would love to read more. If you’re interested, please submit a query at QueryManager.com/SavannahBrooks and be sure to mention that this was a Pitch Wars request. I look forward to seeing more!
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You had me at “Southern Gothic Midsommar”! I’d love to read the full. If you send your query and first pages to me (Caitlin White) on QueryManager at this link, I will request the full right away: https://querymanager.com/query/caitlinwhite
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This hits so many things on my wish list! I would love to request the full manuscript! 🙂 You can send the query and manuscript through my online submission form: QueryManager.com/dorianmaffei/Request.
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So spooky! Dying to see where this goes. If you find us a fit, please send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript to QueryManager.com/KaitlynJohnson/Contests
Belcastro Literary Agency
Love the podcast vibe. I’d like to read more! Please send the first 25 pages to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. If more than one agent from The Bent Agency requests, you’re invited to send to all of us. Just let us know—thanks!
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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!!
I enjoyed these opening pages and would love to take a look at the full manuscript! Please feel free to send it along as a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the query letter in the email, and put “Pitch Wars Requested Manuscript” within the subject line. And if multiple agents at Harvey Klinger have requested, please feel free to send along to all of us but just let us know who else is considering. Thanks! – Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.
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The Deborah Harris Agency
I’d love to see this! If you’re interested, can you send your query and full manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org, with PitchWars in the subject line? Thank you!
I love this pitch, and how it offers a new twist on old tropes! It would be great to see more.
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