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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022. Please note that our Agent Showcase ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, February 14, 2022. Agents will not be able to leave comments requesting material after that time.
PW2021 Adult #38: I’M SURE SHE’S FINE (Psychological Suspense/ Thriller)
The Mancaruso Sisters
Mentored by:
Melissa Colasanti
Book Title:
Psychological Suspense/ Thriller
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
Alcohol Abuse, Mentions of Sexual Abuse and Self Harm, Scenes of Violence


Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her meets the TV series Dirty John

“They’re after me.” That's the last thing Hailey’s mother says to her before she disappears. Hailey isn’t concerned though—her paranoid mom always does shit like this, and everything’s fine.

But when she finds a bloody mess in the basement two days later, she worries it’s more than just another “mom-cried-wolf” scenario. To find her mom, Hailey must unravel the truth—deciding who and what to believe—before they both end up imprisoned or dead. 



They say home is where the heart is, but that’s not specific enough. Home is where the heart is trapped. Or to be more precise, home is where the heart is broken, mended, broken again, half-fixed and then trapped. Forever. And no matter how hard you try to leave it behind, it pulls you back in. Like a magnet. Oh, thought you got away, did you? That’s cute (cue evil laughter).

So here I was, back in the town I promised myself I’d never come back to, doing the same old shit I did when I was younger to stop myself from going crazy. It didn’t work back then, but old habits die hard I guess…

Sweat pooled on my head as I steadied myself against the wall, using it as a guide to navigate through the darkness. If you had told sixteen-year-old me I’d be sneaking into the house at twenty-four, worried about waking my mom, I would have killed myself. Well, probably not, because I’m too chicken shit, but you catch my drift. 

Just for the summer, I reminded myself for the tenth time this week. Only a couple months.


12 responses to “PW2021 Adult #38: I’M SURE SHE’S FINE (Psychological Suspense/ Thriller)”

  1. Paige Wheeler says:

    I’d love to take a peek at this. Please email me the synopsis and first 100 pages to me at paige@cmalit.com. Please write “Pitch Wars Requested Material” in the subject heading. Thanks so much!

  2. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to read more. Please send your query + full manuscript + synopsis to Lauren@triadaus.com, and put “PW Request” in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! ~Lauren Spieller

  3. Jen Nadol says:

    Hi Kelly & Kristina,
    Great voice & the premise sounds right up my alley – I’d love to read more. If you think we’d be a match, please send a query & the opening 50 pages as a Word attachment to jen.nadol@theunteragency.com

  4. Michelle Richter says:

    I’d love to see the full manuscript and synopsis! Please submit to me here: QueryManager.com/MichelleRichter/PitchWars

  5. Hello Mancaruso Sisters. Congrats on PitchWars. Your excerpt grabbed me right away and I absolutely love the pitch for I’m Sure She’s Fine. I’m a huge fan of dysfunctional families, and hometowns with buried secrets. I can’t wait to read more. Please use this link to upload your full manuscript: QueryManager.com/1353/PW2022
    Talk soon,

  6. Tamar Rydzinski says:

    Hi Mancaruso Sisters!

    This sounds fantastic and I really enjoyed the opening, I would love to read your manuscript. Please send to querytamar@contextlit.com, making sure to right Pitch Wars Request in the subject line.



  7. Lori Galvin says:

    Dear Mancaruso Sisters,
    Thank you for sharing your work. I would love to see the full. Could you please send to lgalvin@aevitascreative.com with Pitchwars in the subject line. Please feel free to submit to other ACM agents who request. Thank you so much.

  8. Laura Stone says:

    Hi, I’d like to see more. Please go to http://blueridgeagency.com/LauraStone.html and complete the submission process. This will include a query letter, a full synopsis (all major points and the ending), and the first three chapters. Ensure your chapters are formatted with 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced, with indented paragraphs. Please state in the query letter that I requested the submission through Pitch Wars.

  9. Logan Harper says:

    Hi Kelly and Kristina. I would love to read a sample of your manuscript! If you choose to share with me, please email a query letter, a synopsis, and the first 25 pages to lharper(at)janerotrosen(dot)com. Please include “PITCH WARS – I’m Sure She’s Fine” in the subject line. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you! Best, Logan Harper / Jane Rotrosen Agency

  10. “I’d like to see more— please send query letter, full manuscript, author bio, and synopsis to EWRquery@mcintoshandotis.com. Please attach all materials as Word documents, and include “Pitch Wars” in subject line. Thanks!”

  11. Nicole Payne says:

    I’d love to take a look at this. Please send query, synopsis and first 5 chapters to nicole@goldenwheatliterary.com with Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thanks!

  12. Stefanie Lieberman says:

    I would love to read more! Would you please send the full manuscript to my attention at submissions@janklow.com? Please include as your subject line “For Stefanie Lieberman — Pitch Wars.” Thank you.