When sixteen-year-old Gwen’s sister returns from the Delphi School for Girls an eldritch, hollow husk, Gwen is desperate to reverse whatever sapped her sister’s soul. She manipulates her way into the Antarctic subterranean school for “troubled” girls filled with books written in blood and classmates brimming with magic. As she uncovers the truth, ghosts haunting the halls violently lash out; Gwen must find the strength to solve her sister’s mystery and save her first-ever friends… before the ghosts kill them all. WILDER GIRLS + A DEADLY EDUCATION
New York, 1893
The brass handle taunts me, gleaming gold inlaid with an elaborate ‘D’ like a handcuff. Father had them installed throughout our home, insisting if we moved from our spacious eastside townhouse to the fashionable condominium in the Dakota, which loomed over Central Park like a specter, he wanted to brand it with a D for Donovan.
His name. Mother’s name. My name. And Izzy’s name—at least, for another hour. Until she becomes Mrs. Astor Wallingford—the wife of a man, rather than her own, individual person. She will be someone entirely new.
Because when she returned from finishing school ten weeks ago, after four years without any word from her, she’d turned from Dizzy Izzy to Miss Isolde. Worse, she was a husk of her former self. She used to be mischief and late-night talks in the moonlight. Fierce and spirited, her moods were fire and ice. But something had poisoned her heart and left the rot to fester. What remained was tepid and irritable.
My desire to grab that brass handle where it twists at the D like an exotic snake’s rattle, yank open the gilded door, and run is strong. Time is running out. I must find Izzy, and keep her from making the biggest mistake of her life.
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Belcastro Literary Agency
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I’m really intrigued by what I’ve seen so far and would love to read more! If you’re interested, please send me your query + first 25 pages with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. (If more than one agent from The Bent Agency requests materials, feel free to send to all of us–just let us know. Thank you!) Looking forward to reading more!
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Wow, I want to read more! You can send me a query, full synopsis and 50 pages. Thanks! Good luck! Alli (at) stimolaliterarystudio (dot) com.
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I hope to see your submission!
Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
Hi Kristen! I remember you queried me with an earlier version of this, but I’d love to read the revision. 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
I really love this concept (1893 plus mystery and magic!!!), and I absolutely love the voice here…I would love to read your full manuscript if you’d like to send it along. I am at andreasubmissions (at) writershouse.com. (We just ask that creators only submit to one Writers House agent at a time.) I hope to see THE LIBRARY OF LOST GIRLS!
Congrats on being at this point in the Pitch Wars process.
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Hi Kristen!! I’m Caitlin from Emerald City Literary Agency and I had the opportunity to read a portion of your manuscript when you submitted to my colleague (she thought I would like it! And she was right!). I was really enjoying when I heard you were accepted into PitchWars (congrats!!!). I’d LOVE the chance to take a look at your full, if you’re also interested. If so, you can submit to my special PW page here: https://querymanager.com/query/caitlinwhite/PitchWars
Thank you so much, and best of luck!!
I can’t resist anything set in Antarctica (I lived there one summer)! This sounds like such a fun mashup and I’d love to see more. Please send me the full manuscript and synopsis (as attachments) at firstname.lastname@example.org and put Pitch Wars in your subject line.
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As a HUGE horror fan, I was immediately hooked here! I’d love to read your story.
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