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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 #01: LOVE, CAMERA, ACTION (Romantic Comedy)
Noel Stark
Mentored by:
Kelly Siskind
Book Title:
Romantic Comedy
Word Count:


Scrappy director Cali Daniels has landed her big break on one of TV’s most anticipated series. But the surly yet sexy Director of Photography, who’s also gunning for the job, has somehow burrowed into her heart. Oh, and, minor detail: the show’s archaic producer still thinks a woman’s place is fetching coffee.



Sex was a tricky thing.

A powerful amount of discipline went into making sex effortless, yet magical.

No, not magical. “Magical” was too cliché, and Calliope Daniels knew that cliché was the death knell of good sex. Saying it was good didn’t make it so. It had to be good.

Making good sex was Cali’s job. Well, not exactly making the sex, but making the most fake, awkward, and public sex look intimate and real. That was why the hotly anticipated network TV series, The Demon, had hired her to direct THE EPISODE. The crucial scenes when the demon lead and her human prey, after burning for each other like supernova suns for the entire season, were finally going to get it on. And who did they want to direct that seminal sex scene?

Calliope Daniels.

Because she was good at sex.

Well, and the tiny fact that the original director had been fired after making unwanted advances on one of the extras.

Cali flung open the door to the Atlanta studio and raced through the sets, as her mind scoured through the script. This was a make or break moment in her career. She knew she was going to have to be more than good. It was an unspoken reality on set that a male director had the first day of a shoot to win the trust of the cast and crew. A female director had the first scene.

8 responses to “PW2021 Adult #01: LOVE, CAMERA, ACTION (Romantic Comedy)”

  1. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Noel,
    Your opening excerpt immediately drew me into LOVE, CAMERA, ACTION, and you have a fun premise. Please do send me the first 50 pages with a short synopsis (if one is available), and I look forward to reading further. My email is atuttle@dystel.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

  2. Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong says:

    Hi Noel!
    This looks so good 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, I’d love it if you’d 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.

    SUBJECT: #PitchWars Request / “TITLE OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT” / Your Name / Word Count

    That’s all I need!

    Best wishes with #PitchWars! This one is gonna go quickly, so sit back and enjoy the fun!!

    Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong, Literary Agent
    The Purcell Agency

  3. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi Noel,

    This sounds super fun and right up my alley. I’d love to see the full manuscript, if you are interested in sending it my way. You can submit the full here: QueryManager.com/evascalzo/PitchWars2022

    And if you want to know more about me, here’s a link to my website: http://www.evascalzo.com and my twitter handle is @evascalzo.

    Best of luck to you!

  4. Kim Lionetti says:

    This sounds like so much fun. I’d love to take a look!

    You can upload the full manuscript here: QueryManager.com/klionetti/PitchWars

    I hope to see it in my inbox!

    ** If more than one BookEnds agent requests, please just send to the one you think would be the best fit.

  5. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi Noel,

    Congratulations on your Pitch Wars entry! This sounds so fantastic, and I’d love to read the full manuscript! If you could please submit your query and materials using the following Query Manager link (so that the system flags it on my end): QueryManager.com/EricaBauman/PitchWars

    And if more than one ACM agent requests, please feel free to submit to them simultaneously—just let us know who else is reading and we’ll sort it out on our end.

    I’m so excited to read more!!

    All my best,

  6. Alex Rice says:

    Would love to see this manuscript in my inbox! Please send over the full manuscript and a synopsis to me at alex.rice@caa.com, using the subject line of “Pitch Wars Query // TITLE.” If another agent at CAA also requests, please include their name in the query as well. Looking forward to reading! All my best, Alex Rice

  7. Dani Segelbaum says:

    I would love to read! Please send your query and first 50 pages to dani@carolmannagency.com.

  8. Allison Hunter says:

    Great concept! Please send me a query via our submissions guidelines at http://www.trellisliterary.com and mention PITCH WARS. Thank you! xAllison Hunter