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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 #48: WANDERLUST (Romantic Comedy – Bi #OwnVoices)
Elle Everhart
Mentored by:
Courtney Kae and Jenny L. Howe
Book Title:
Romantic Comedy (Bi #OwnVoices)
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
discussion of a past abortion, online abuse/harassment, bi-erasure from family


Tired of writing nothing but quizzes at her magazine job, Dylan Coughlan impulsively rings a radio station and wins a trip around the world, giving her the chance to pitch her own column. The catch? Her travel partner is Jack, the uptight, unbearably posh guy she accidentally ghosted. Though Dylan’s sure he’ll be a drag, she soon discovers that opposites attract. But as her column’s popularity grows, so do her feelings for Jack. Could Dylan’s great escape lead to greater heartbreak, or something better than she's ever dared to dream of?



Dylan Coughlan was feeling a bit shit today.

She was sat at her desk drafting another pointless quiz and her parents were absolutely blowing up her WhatsApp. Even her brother, though well intentioned, was starting to grate on her nerves. He was just trying to keep them from going nuclear on each other (again), but it was all making her wish she could go home and crawl under her duvet for the next month and a half.

A solution that wouldn’t be effective anyway because, apparently, hiding from your problems didn’t do anything in the way of solving them.

Dylan wouldn’t say she planned on getting into rows with her parents, but if she even so much as breathed in their direction these days, they ended up arguing. Today’s fight had started when the annual so what are we doing for Christmas conversation, in an impressive seven texts, came round to the fact that Dylan had dared tell the world she’d had an abortion eight years ago.

If she’d known her cheeky message about baby Jesus would have resulted in the renewal of this chaos, she wouldn’t have said anything at all.

Dylan locked her phone and flipped it over with a bit more force than was probably necessary.

6 responses to “PW2021 Adult #48: WANDERLUST (Romantic Comedy – Bi #OwnVoices)”

  1. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi Elle,

    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!

  2. Kim Lionetti says:

    This sounds so 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.

  3. Jessica Alvarez says:

    Hi Elle,

    This sounds absolutely charming! I’d love to take a look at 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.

    All best,
    Jessica Alvarez
    Senior Literary Agent/Foreign Rights Director
    BookEnds Literary

  4. Claire Friedman says:

    Hi Elle! I’ve heard such great things about this one from Courtney — I’d love to read. Please send the full ms to claire@inkwellmanagement.com. Excited to read!

  5. Katelyn Detweiler says:

    Hi Elle,

    This sounds wonderful! 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!


  6. 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!