Juliet Capulet knows three things: 1. She wants to be a botanist, not a wife; 2. Some people deserve to be poisoned; and 3. Love is shit. But while apprenticing as an apothecary (disguised as a boy, no less), she meets Stella and has to rethink #3.
She awakened slowly, groggy and confused. Her first thought, when the boy who sobbed against her raised his head, and snot trailed from his left nostril to her dress was—God, that’s gross.
“Juliet?” he gasped, brown eyes wide. Pink foam gathered at the corners of his mouth, and he coughed once, twice…and dropped his head to her abdomen with a shuddering final breath.
Juliet frowned. She attempted to say, “Romeo, what the hell?!” but what came out instead was a gurgle and hiss.
Okay, so she remembered drinking the tonic, and this was her family’s crypt. But why was Romeo even here? This. Was not. The plan.
Panic and rage forced enough strength into her arms to press a hand against Romeo’s face and shove. His head thunked against the stone dais on the way down, and she cringed at the sound. From above, he looked as vapid and handsome as ever, and she spent a moment remembering the good times—only a couple of days, but the most hopeful days of her life. You were supposed to be my ticket out, fool. Then she guiltily registered the fact that he was maybe not unconscious, but dead.
Juliet propped herself up on her elbows. “Friar Lawrence?” she croaked. “Any minute now would be great. Any. Minute. Now.”
But the friar didn’t come, and she was trapped in a tomb with a dead guy—two dead guys, actually, as a malodorous lump on the other side of the room appeared to be Tybalt.
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Hi, Mae. I’ve seen a handful of Romeo & Juliet retellings in my query box this week. Must be something in the air. However, I have to say yours really stands out! Your voice is AMAZING!!! I’d love to see more. Can you send me the full and a synopsis (2-4 pages)? Please use Times New Roman, size 12, black, double-spaced text, 1” margins all around, and ½” paragraph indents. Paste your pitch in the body of the email and attach the manuscript and synopsis as two separate Word documents (docx). Send to: lynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com and add “Pitch Wars Request” along with your title in the subject line. Thanks.
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Hi Mae! Your pitch completely captured my attention — since I first read Romeo & Juliet in 9th grade, I have been hooked and had *THOUGHTS*. So, I completely adore your whole concept and, moreover, your first line made me cackle!! I would be thrilled to read your full manuscript if you’re also interested. If so, you can send your query and full to my special QueryManager page here: https://querymanager.com/query/caitlinwhite/PitchWars
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Ooh, this is a fun spin on Juliet–I love how much more agency she has even in this opening. I’d like 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.
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Hi Mae! I love the idea of an independent and snarky Juliet. I would love to request the first 50 pages. If you’d like to send it my way, please upload it here: QueryManager.com/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2021
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Azantian Literary Agency