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PW2021 Adult #12: THE WELLNESS RETREAT (Upmarket Thriller – #OwnVoices Filipino-American)
Jamie Sogn
Mentored by:
Lyn Liao Butler
Book Title:
The Wellness Retreat
Upmarket Thriller - #OwnVoices Filipino-American
Word Count:


NINE PERFECT STRANGERS meets THE HERD. Haunted by the disappearance of a childhood friend, jaded Fil-Am Delia joins an exclusive women’s wellness community in the hopes of finding the other estranged friend who might have answers. But when Delia uncovers a darker agenda amongst the group’s leadership, she must choose between remaining complicit in a community she has longed for, or risk her life to uncover the secrets of her past.



The same summer I lost my virginity to my best friend’s brother, I lost my other best friend to the waves and depths of Blythe Lake.

In the morning, before the full brunt of the July heat hit us, we piled stolen beers and wine coolers onto our inflatable pool float and set sail to our destination, a wooden platform in the middle of the lake. Cara swam out in front, the float’s rope tied around her torso as she cut through the water’s mirrored surface. Zee and I followed on either side of the float, keeping our precious supply safe. At one point, we stopped paying attention and a lone can of PBR tilted and rolled off. I saw it out of the corner of my eye before it vanished into the water.

“No!” I wailed and dunked my head below, grasping for it. It sank fast, and I lost sight of it in the murky silt far below.

When I surfaced, Zee tattled on me. “Delia lost one!”

Cara tossed her blonde hair over her shoulder and looked back, laughing. “Delia, you bitch! Tom would kill you if he knew you were wasting his stash!”

It wouldn’t be a month later that Tom Snyder, already enrolled in the local community college, would take me in his arms and whisper into my flesh how beautifully sad I was.

34 responses to “PW2021 Adult #12: THE WELLNESS RETREAT (Upmarket Thriller – #OwnVoices Filipino-American)”

  1. Melanie Figueroa says:

    Hi Jamie,

    Congrats on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to take a look at THE WELLNESS RETREAT. You can query me directly using this link: QueryManager.com/melaniefigueroa/pitchwars


  2. Kim Lindman says:

    Hi Jamie—the concept has me hooked and I’d love to read more! Can you send your pitch, a synopsis, and the full manuscript to submissions@stonesong.com? Please also include my name (Kim) and (Pitch Wars Query) in the subject line, so it’ll go straight to the top of my inbox!

  3. Sharon Pelletier says:

    This sounds fantastic! I’d love to read. Could you please send the full (as a Word doc) and your query to spelletier@dystel.com? If you get more than one request from DG&B, please choose the agent you think is the best fit for you and note in your email the other requests.


  4. Melissa Danaczko says:

    Hi Jamie,
    What a fun concept! I would be delighted to read more: mdquery@skagency.com if you think we might be a good fit.

  5. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Jamie,
    Your opening excerpt immediately drew me into THE WELLNESS RETREAT, and you have a compelling premise. Please do send me the first 50 pages, 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

  6. Stephanie Winter says:

    This sounds great! And comping THE HERD? I’m in! Would love to see the full.

    Contact information:
    Please mention Stephanie Winter and Pitch Wars in the subject line.
    Please attach the manuscript in a word doc and a synopsis with your query in the body of your email.

  7. Paige Wheeler says:

    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 paige@cmalit.com. Please write “Pitch Wars Requested Material” in the subject heading. Thanks so much!

  8. Ronald Gerber says:

    Hi Jamie, this looks great and I love both comps (especially Andrea Bartz)! I’d love to read more. Would you please send your query and attach the first 75 pages to ronald@boohkaven.com, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line?

  9. Tamar Rydzinski says:

    Hi Jamie,

    This is a fantastic opening!

    I would love to read your manuscript. Please send it to querytamar@contextlit.com, making sure to write Pitch Wars Request in your subject line. Thank you!


  10. 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

  11. Jennifer March Soloway says:

    A missing friend, reconnecting with an estranged friend, a past full of secrets…I’m hooked! If you think I could be a good fit for you, please query me and submit the full manuscript: QueryManager.com/JenniferMarchSoloway/PitchWars2022

    I love a good story and look forward to reading yours!

  12. Hi Jamie,

    I’m actively building my list of thrillers at the moment, and this project sounds excellent! I’d love to see more of it. If you’re interested in submitting, visit my Pitch Wars event QueryManager page (QueryManager.com/SavannahBrooks/Pitch_Wars_2022). It’ll ask for your first 20 pages.

    I look forward to reading more!


  13. Hi Jamie. Congrats on PitchWars. I love the voice here and am dying to know what happens next! I’d love to read the full of The Wellness Retreat. Please use this link to upload your manuscript: QueryManager.com/1353/PW2022
    Talk soon,

  14. Dorian Maffei says:

    I absolutely love the pitch and writing here and would be thrilled to read more! If you feel we’d be a good match, please send along the full manuscript and fill out my submission form here: https://QueryManager.com/dorianmaffei

    Very much looking forward! 🙂

  15. Penelope Burns says:

    I would love to see more of this! If you’d like, can you send your query and full manuscript to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com, with #PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks so much!

    All best,

  16. Sophie Cudd says:

    Hi Jamie, I’m interested in reading your manuscript. Please send it along to mking.assistant@wmeagency.com!

  17. Chris Bucci says:

    Hi Jamie, thanks for sharing this, it sounds wonderfful. Can you please send a query, and 50 pages to my email cbucci@aevitascreative.com and include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. I look forward to reading. Chris

  18. Zabé Ellor says:

    Hello! This sounds absolutely fascinating–I would love to see more! Please send the query (in the body of the email) synopsis (an attachment) and the first fifty pages (an attachment) to zrellor.books @ gmail.com (remove spaces.) Please include “PitchWars Request” in the subject line, and please only query one JDLA agent at a time!

  19. Jen Nadol says:

    Hi Jamie,
    I’m intrigued and would like to read more! If you think we’d be a match, please forward a query & first 50 pages to jen.nadol@theunteragency.com

  20. Danielle Egan-Miller says:

    I would love to take a look at this! Please send your query with PITCH WARS in the subject line and a synopsis + the full manuscript attached to mail@browneandmiller.com – I and my team will confirm receipt and dive right in!

  21. Jennifer Weis says:

    I would love to read your book! It sounds intriguing. Please send 3 chapters plus your query letter with your background and any synopsis you have. Thank you so much.

  22. Analieze Cervantes says:


    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!


    Analieze Cervantes
    Literary Agent
    Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
    300 W 55th St. 11V
    New York, NY 10019

  23. Amanda Orozco says:

    Hi Jamie!

    Wow, this premise sounds fascinating and I’m already hooked with this excerpt; I’d love to see more of this! Please send the query and full ms to amanda@transatlanticagency.com with “Pitch Wars” somewhere in the subject line. Feel free to submit to other agents at the Transatlantic Agency if they also request; please just let me know so we can coordinate our responses.

    Many thanks and looking forward to reading more!
    Amanda Orozco

  24. Isabel Kaufman says:

    Very into the idea of exploring the dark underbelly of the wellness community! Please send your query letter and the first 5 pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to submissions@foxliterary.com, with ATTN: ISABEL and PITCH WARS in the title of the email. So looking forward to reading more!

  25. Hannah Strouth says:

    I would be honored to see this! Please send the synopsis and first 50 pages to hstrouth@janerotrosen.com with “Pitch Wars” and “THE WELLNESS RETREAT” in the subject line!

  26. Dani Segelbaum says:

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

  27. Jessica Alvarez says:

    Hi Jamie. This sounds fascinating. 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. Looking forward to reading. Thanks!, Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary

  28. Katelyn Detweiler says:

    Hi Jamie,

    Oh my goodness, such an exciting pitch! I am so intrigued. Could you please send your query and full manuscript to me at katelyn@jillgrinbergliterary.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line? (Please note, if multiple agents from Jill Grinberg Literary Management request your ms, we ask that you only share with one.) Thank you!


  29. Sandy Lu says:

    Hi Jamie,

    I’m intrigue! Please send the full manuscript, preceded by your bio and complete synopsis (all in one Word document) to https://querymanager.com/SandyLu/Requested_Materials

    I look forward to reading more!

    Sandy Lu
    Book Wyrm Literary Agency

  30. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there!

    I’d love to read the first 50 pages of this. Please send them attached as a word document along with your query pasted into the email to: rena@dhliterary.com


    Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  31. Peter Knapp says:

    This sounds great! I would love to read more. Can you please send the full manuscript attached as a Word document to queries@parkfine.com with “Pete Knapp – Pitch Wars – Adult” in the subject of your email? Please include the query letter at the start of your Word document, and if available please also send a short synopsis (but no worries if not readily available). Thanks! I look forward to reading. Pete Knapp / Park & Fine Literary and Media

  32. Jill Marsal says:

    Dear Jamie,

    This sounds interesting, and I would love to read your full manuscript. Please send it to Jill@Marsallyonliteraryagency.com

    Jill Marsal

  33. 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.

  34. Chelsea Hensley says:

    Hi Jamie! This sounds great, I’d love to read more! If you’re interested, you can send the full manuscript, your query, and a complete synopsis to my Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/Chelseahensley/PitchWars2021