If 12-year-old Nayeli were a superhero, her powers would be ballet dancing and keeping her divorced parents apart. Dance was her only safe space–until a chance to audition for a professional ballet company threatens to bring her Mom and Dad together. She wants them to accept both her Mexican and American identities, but after a family reunion gone wrong, owning her true self could mean losing one of her parents forever.
I have more in common with superheroes than anyone realizes.
When I was three years old, my parents got divorced. The judge suggested I be split in two, so each of my parents could get half of me.
They both agreed.
My birth certificate shows my name is Nayeli Grace Miller-Martinez. But that’s not who I am any longer.
With Mamá, I am Naye.
With Dad, I am Ellie.
Even my name has been split in two.
I have two cultures, two families, two houses, two rooms.
In one house I am your average American almost-teenager, living with my Dad, stepmom, and little brother. In the other house I am Mexican living with my mamá and my abuelos, who speak Spanish to me, and I try my best to speak Spanish back.
I’m like Clark Kent and Superman, or Peter Parker and Spiderman. They have two separate identities; they are split.
The first rule about having separate identities is you don’t reveal your other identity. I’ve learned from watching superhero movies that sometimes, it’s the only way to survive, and who am I to question superheroes?
But when I’m dancing? That’s when I’m just me. I am Nayeli. It doesn’t matter what language I speak, the color of my hair, or eyes, or skin, or which parent I’m staying with.
Dancing is my life.
Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! It’s a huge accomplishment and you should be proud.
I adore the pitch and think you’ve really captured Nayeli’s feelings. I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript.
Please fill free to send me your query, full manuscript, and synopsis (if you have one) to QueryManager.com/DAnnWilliams/PitchWars2022
Although not all of Emerald City Literary is participating in Pitch Wars, please feel free to query whoever feels like the best fit! We’re happy to coordinate internally if one (or more!) of us fall in love with your manuscript.
Have a great showcase!
D. Ann Williams (she/they), Associate Agent, Emerald City Literary Agency
Wow. I’m blown away by this opening. Please submit the query, synopsis and first three chapters here: https://querymanager.com/query/sarahnfisk/PitchWars
If multiple agents at Tobias request your materials, please submit to the one you think would be the best fit.
Congrats on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to take a look at I AM NAYELI. You can query me directly using this link: QueryManager.com/melaniefigueroa/pitchwars
I hope this finds you well! I really loved your sample pages – I AM NAYELI sounds absolutely wonderful. I would so love the opportunity to read your full manuscript, if you’re interested in sharing it with me. I am at andreasubmissions[@]writershouse.com. (We ask that you only submit to one Writers House agent at a time.) I really hope to see your manuscript! Either way, it was a pleasure to read your pitch and wishing you all the best with this process. Congrats!
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.
I AM NAYELI sounds so engaging and a story that could be perfect for my MG list. I’d love to see the first 50 pages, and you can send them to me at email@example.com. Please indicate this is a Pitch Wars request in your query line. If you receive a request from more than one DGB agent, however, please approach the person you feel might be the best fit and notify us of other requests in agency. We’ll work out on our end. I will hope to hear from you but, in the meantime, wish you success with Pitch Wars and your search for the perfect agent and editor for your work.
Ann Leslie Tuttle
This looks wonderful! I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages. Please email me the first 50 pages and the synopsis to my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject heading write “Requested MG from Pitchwars” and I’ll do my best to expedite it. Thank you!
This sounds absolutely amazing! As a very amateur dancer, I am always searching for stories that share the beauty of dance not only as an art form, but also as a way to escape and feel beautiful. I would love to read the full manuscript of I AM NAYELI. Please send me the query, synopsis, and full manuscript to me at this QM link: QueryManager.com/AmyGiuffrida/PitchWars Since we ask that you only submit to one of our agents at a time, if you receive multiple request from agents at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, please choose which one best fits you to submit to. I’m excited to get reading!
Adore this opening and would love to read more!
Please submit your query letter and the full manuscript at this link: QueryManager.com/querybeth/PitchWars. I’d appreciate it if you pasted your query letter as the first page of your manuscript, so when I send it to my kindle, I’ll have both!
If another agent at GZLA requests your work as well, feel free to submit to both of us, but let us know that the other has it too.
This sounds great! I’d love to take a look. Please upload your material to booksubmissions.caa.com with “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line.
Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars, Ellen! I’d love to see this again. 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
The opening pulled me right in, and I would love to see more of I AM NAYELI! If you think we’re a match, please send your query and full ms (as a Word doc) to email@example.com with “PITCH WARS REQUEST” in the subject line. Thanks!
Don Congdon Associates
Wow! This sounds fabulous! I would love to see more if you were comfortable sharing. Please submit your query, synopsis, and the full manuscript to: QueryManager.com/JenniferHerrington/PitchWars2022.
I hope to see your submission!
Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
I think a lot of kids can relate to these feelings, and your voice is very strong here. Books about dance can be hard in the market, but I always want to read them. I’d love to take a look! You can e-mail a query, a full synopsis, and the first 50 pages to firstname.lastname@example.org
I love the themes of identity you are exploring here. 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!
I love your opening! And really want to read more. Please send your manuscript to email@example.com, making sure to write Pitch Wars Request in the subject line.
Ellen, I would love to read more about Nayeli! Please copy/paste your pitch or query letter as the first page of your manuscript, and then click on this link to submit:
If you encounter any issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you. Thank you!
Hi Sarah – yay, congrats on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love for you to send the full manuscript of I AM NAYELI my way, if you’re interested in submitting to me again. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com and mention Pitch Wars.
Thanks so much! Tara Gonzalez (Agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
Hi Shakirah, I would LOVE to read your work. Feel free to email the complete MS to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if another one of my Dystel colleagues requested the MS as well, then please just approach the person you feel might be the best fit and let me know. Thanks so much, Shakirah, and I look forward to getting to know Nayeli.
Intriguing! I would be happy to read more. Please send the first approx. 10 pp to me, c & p in body of email: email@example.com
Mary Cummings (formerly with Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises)
Great River Literary greatriverliterary.com
Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I’m very interested in MG featuring kids navigating life with divorced parents, and I love your voice. I hope you’ll send me your project! If you choose to do so, please send your query letter and the first 75 pages as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Pitch Wars + your title” in the subject line. Please note that Writers House only allows writers to query one agent at a time.
I look forward to reading further!
I would like to read more. This sounds like a fun manuscript. Please go to http://www.blueridgeagency.com, click on Submissions, and then click on my name. This will provide a button to take you to Query Manager. Please complete the form and upload your first three chapters. Please mention Pitchwars for who referred you. I look forward to reading your chapters. Thank you!
Blue Ridge Literary Agency
I love the sound of this. If you’re interested in working with me please send me 50 pages and a synopsis to Isabelle@Nordlysetliterary.com. Isabelle
This sounds fabulous. 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
I would love to read I AM NAYELI! Please send the full manuscript as a Word attachment to: email@example.com.
I am looking forward to reading it.
Oh, this sounds so heartfelt–I love the sense of voice and personality we see from Nayeli in this opening section! I would love the opportunity to consider this project. Please send a query and the first 50 pages as a Word document to me via Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/michaelawhatnall/PitchWars2021 If you have any trouble using the link, you’re welcome to email me instead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve received a request from more than one Dystel, Goderich & Bourret agent, please only submit to the agent here that you feel would be the best fit, and let that agent know about any other requests you received from our agency. Thank you!
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
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: email@example.com
The Deborah Harris Agency
Your story sounds lovely, I’d be really pleased to read more. Please do query me through my email, firstname.lastname@example.org and include #Pitch Wars in the subject line. Darley Anderson is a well established global agency and I am so pleased to be building a US focussed list in a team that includes a Film and TV agent and a well experienced international rights team.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Nayeli’s voice is so wonderful! I’d love to read more. If you think we’d be a good match, please send the full to me using the submission form: QueryManager.com/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form/PitchWars.
Please send full manuscript to email@example.com
I love this concept and your voice! As a ballerina/dancer and Marvel fan myself (currently re-watching Shang Chi!), I absolutely adore the escapism and reality dichotomy as well! I’d love to read your full manuscript, if you wouldn’t mind sending it to me. This link will lead you to my Query Manager, where you can upload your query, synopsis, and full manuscript: QueryManager.com/KellyPeterson/PitchWars
Wishing you the best of luck, and hoping to see your manuscript! =)
Rees Literary Agency
This sounds beyond incredible–my assistant Daniele and I would love to read it! Your premise and writing both blew us away.
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 love to see this! Please query me at https://querymanager.com/query/kristinostby! If my colleague Chelsea Eberly has also requested it, please choose one of the two of us—whomever you think would be the best fit. Thank you so much!