Maggie’s determined to prove she can handle the heat of the family coffee business—but trouble brews when a trendy espresso bar opens across the street, managed by arrogant (and inconveniently sexy) hipster Seth. When their rivalry boils into undeniable chemistry, letting their guards down means risking their jobs, families, and hearts. A PNW rivals-to-lovers romance perfect for fans of The Ex Talk and Simmer Down.
Fine, I’ll be the one to say it—pumpkin spice is better than sex.
For the record, I’m not saying the sex I’ve had was bad, but I need to emphasize how serious I am about pumpkin spice. It was love at first sip. Nothing makes me swoon harder than the sweet, spicy perfection of the best drink ever invented. Bonus points if there’s a nice fall chill in the air.
Just wrap me up in flannel and stick me in a pile of leaves.
Naturally, the first Monday in September is the best day of the year, because it means seasonal drinks have returned to Brew it Again. There’s a bright-eyed joy in the shop laced with cinnamon and cardamon. People smile as they wait in line, chatting and shrugging off their dripping North Face jackets. The rain-soaked Spokane streets feel like a good omen today: it’s like the universe is bringing me autumn a few weeks early.
Before joining my employees behind the counter, I take another rich sip of my own pumpkin latte, savoring the pleasure spreading down to my toes.
Years ago, when my parents opened our first store, I became smitten with the near-manic hustle of a café in the morning. Buzzed on a blend of adrenaline and caffeine, I pull shot after shot with a grin. We’re all in sync, running as smoothly as this well-calibrated espresso machine.
I would love you to submit your Pitch Wars entry to me, using my Query Manager form: QueryManager.com/Amanda_Rutter/PitchWars
Please send through the query letter and the full manuscript.
If more than one Azantian agent requests materials, please pick the one you feel would fit you best.
Your opening excerpt immediately drew me into HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT, and you have a compelling premise. Please do send me the first 50 pages, and I look forward to reading further. My email is email@example.com, and please note that this is a Pitch Wars request. Also, if you receive a request from more than one DGB agent, please approach the agent you feel might be the best fit and notify us of other requests in the agency. We’ll work it out on our end. I wish you success in Pitch Wars and with your writing and will hope to hear from you.
Ann Leslie Tuttle
I love the writing on this already and I’d love to take a look! Please check me out at http://www.thepurcellagency.com and, if you think we’d make a good match, please send me the full manuscript as a word doc attachment with a simple blurb pasted above the first chapter so I can remember what I’m reading when I dig in.
Please send to QueryCathieH@gmail.com.
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That’s all I need!
Best wishes with #PitchWars! You’re in the home stretch now, so sit back and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work! This should be a really fun time for you, so enjoy every second of it!
Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong, Literary Agent
The Purcell Agency
This sounds amazing. I’d love to take a look at more of your work. Please email me the synopsis and first 100 pages to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Pitch Wars Requested Material” in the subject heading. Thanks so much!
Yessss. Rivals to Lovers ala The Ex Talk? And COFFEE? Sign me up! I would love to see the full manuscript. If you find us a match, please send query, synopsis, and pages to QueryManager.com/KaitlynJohnson/Contests
Belcastro Literary Agency
Great premise & voice – I’d love to take a look! If you think we’d be a match, please forward a query & first 50 pages as a Word attachment to email@example.com
I love your opening line! Please send me the full and synopsis. You can upload them here as Word docs: http://www.QueryManager.com/JessicaAlvarez/PitchWars. If someone else at BookEnds has also requested, please choose whichever agent you think is the best fit and only submit to one of us. Thanks so much. Looking forward to reading.
Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary
Dear (fellow) Jessica, I’m so captivated by your voice in this excerpt and would love to see more. Please send your synopsis and first three chapters (if you have a query letter, also welcome) to jerrera(at)janerotrosen(dot)com at your convenience. Pitch Wars in the subject line would be appreciated!
I’m digging your pitch/excerpt and would love to request the query, synopsis, and the first 3 chapters of your manuscript!
Submit here: QueryManager.com/AnaliezeCervantes/PitchWars
Can’t wait to see this in my box soon! Have a great day!
Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
300 W 55th St. 11V
New York, NY 10019
This is SUCH FUN! I’d love to read more of HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT. If you’re interested in sharing it with me, please do send the full ms to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please label the subject: PITCH WARS REQUESTED.
Thanks so much! And, good luck in this process!
DeFiore and Company
Great concept! Please send me a query via our submissions guidelines at http://www.trellisliterary.com and mention PITCH WARS. Thank you! xAllison Hunter
Hi, I’d love to see more! Please feel free to send your query and first 50 pages to Ameerah@serendipitylit.com
I’d like to read the full manuscript. Can you send it and a query letter to email@example.com. If you are submitting to multiple agents at our agency that’s more than okay, just let us know in your email. Thanks!
This sounds interesting, and I would love to read your full manuscript. Please send it to Jill@Marsallyonliteraryagency.com
Hey, Jessica! 🙂
As you know, my assistant Daniele and I are huge fans of your YA writing, and we’d love to read this! Your voice is phenomenal as always!
Please send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript via Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/christa_heschke/PitchWars2122
-Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis
I’d like to read this! Please send your query + full MS via email to Areuben@wmeagency.com. Please include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Also, if anyone else at WME has requested your material, please let me know!