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PW2021 YA #20: INK BECOMES HER (Contemporary Fantasy)
Katy Lapierre
Mentored by:
Hoda Agharazi and Lyssa Mia Smith
Book Title:
Young Adult
Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count:
Manuscript Content Warning(s):
Death of Friend


UNDEAD GIRL GANG x PRACTICAL MAGIC: Parker didn’t think she inherited her family’s ink magic—until she tattoos her best friend, Charlotte, and foresees her imminent funeral. Powerless to stop Charlotte’s death, Parker turns to forbidden magic to resurrect her. But one wrong step in the blood-thirsty spell means unleashing an ink demon and damning both their souls for eternity.



In my family, fate isn’t etched in stone; it’s inked in skin.

Mom skillfully maneuvered the needles in and out as she tattooed her client. Her vision of his future widened her eyes then dimmed them a milky gray. When I was little, I’d copy her tattoos in my sketchbook. Let my eyes go hazy. Pretend I was an ink witch, too. But I couldn’t glimpse his fate, just his questionable ink selection. Barbed wire on his bicep? Charlotte would call him a walking cliché.

As if summoned by my thoughts, my best friend breezed through the door, bringing with her a gush of sticky summer heat. The humidity warred with the buzzing AC unit. Her sun-streaked hair swung behind her, drawing the attention of Mom’s client, who should keep his ogling to himself because ew, he was like thirty years old.

“Ready, my little fortune teller?” Charlotte dug her hands into her hips, her tank top reading, Underestimate me: That’ll be fun, bunching at her sides.

I rolled my eyes. That nickname. If the magic was in me, it would have shown up by now. “Ready for what?”

“To give me my first tattoo, obviously.”

“Parker’s still seventeen and unlicensed.” Mom’s eyes had returned to their usual cutting glare—vision completed, tattoo still underway. “And you’re still seventeen for three more days.”

“I’d never dream of asking Parker to break the law.” Charlotte’s smile was a devilish thing.

11 responses to “PW2021 YA #20: INK BECOMES HER (Contemporary Fantasy)”

  1. Jim McCarthy says:

    I’d be happy to take a look! You can send the manuscript to me at jmccarthy@dystel.com. If more than one DGB agent requests, please feel free to choose whoever feels like the best fit! Just let us know who else requested, and we’ll work it out in house!

  2. Jemiscoe Chambers-Black says:

    Hi Katy! I really am digging this premise. And as always, your writing sucks me in, and I’d love to read on. If you’re up to sharing this with me, please send your query letter, a 1-2 page synopsis, and the full manuscript to https://querymanager.com/query/Jemiscoe/PitchWars. If someone else from my agency requests, please send it to only one of us, but let us know of our colleague’s interest, and we will share if it’s not the right fit.

  3. 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

  4. Hannah Andrade says:

    Hi Katy! Yesss, tattoo magic, I need this yesterday! Can you please send the first 100 pages of this to me on my QueryManager (https://QueryManager.com/hannahandrade)? And don’t forget to put PitchWars in the subject line along with your project. I can’t wait to read it!

  5. Jessica Errera says:

    Dear Katy–I love this fresh brand of magic you’ve invented and am eager to read more. Please send your full manuscript (and query letter) to jerrera@janerotrosen.com, always helpful to include PitchWars in the subject line!

  6. Jennifer March Soloway says:

    You had me at the first line. It’s terrific, and I love the writing at the line level. The idea of having one’s fate inked in skin is terrifying and fascinating. I’m hooked! If you think I would be a good fit, please send query me and send the full manuscript: QueryManager.com/JenniferMarchSoloway/PitchWars2022

    I love a good story and hope to have the chance to read yours!

  7. Kaitlyn Sanchez says:

    I’d be delighted to consider this. Please see submission guidelines here: https://www.contextlit.com/submissions under Kaitlyn Sanchez, and please put PITCH WARS REQUEST and your genre and title in the subject line of the email. Thanks for sharing your work!

  8. Sandy Lu says:

    Hi Katy,

    I’m intrigued! 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

  9. Karly Dizon says:

    Hi! I absolutely love the concept behind your work. Can you please send me your first 10 pages here:

  10. Alexandra Weiss says:

    Hi Katy! This sounds fascinating and I really enjoyed the excerpt. I’d love to request the first 50 pages.
    If you’d like to send it my way, please upload it here: QueryManager.com/AlexandraWeiss/PitchWars2021.

    ​Alexandra Weiss (she/her)
    Azantian Literary Agency

  11. Christa Heschke says:

    Hi Katy!

    WOW–what an incredible premise! My assistant and I would absolutely love to read this. Please send us your query, synopsis, and full manuscript via Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/christa_heschke/PitchWars2122

    Thank you!
    -Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis