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YA #1: LOVE ME OR HATE ME (Contemporary #OwnVoices)
Auriane Desombre
Mentored by:
Sonia Hartl and Annette Christie
Book Title:
2018 Entries
Contemporary #OwnVoices
Word Count:


Emma and Sophia have been arch-nemeses since kindergarten, and a student film festival is only adding fuel to their rivalry. Fed up with their bickering, the girls’ friends hatch a plan to end the feud. By telling each of them the other is in love with her. As the girls’ tentative friendship leads to a kiss, they must survive the film competition, a sabotage scandal, and the truth about how their relationship started. MUCH ADO meets LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT



I typically delete school emails unread on principle, especially the ones they send out before the first bell has even rung, but I’m on my fourth reread of this one. I move the cursor along the words as I read them again, dragging the cursor along the phrases that made my heart jolt. NYC-LA Film Festival, emerging student artists, and my personal favorite, fully-funded trip to LA.

I sit up straighter in the stiff chair, leaning towards the Mac desktop. I’m supposed to be finishing my final for TV Journalism. I spent our entire winter break procrastinating, which is the whole reason I made Kate leave for school a full half hour earlier than we had to so I could get to the editing lab. Now, though, I’ve minimized Premiere, and the little tab sits ignored at the bottom corner of my screen as I scan the email again. I can’t tear my eyes off it. I’ve been putzing around New York with my uncle’s camera for years now, but I’ve never had the chance to show my work to people who aren’t related to me, much less industry people who would actually take it seriously. Just because the straights in Hollywood don’t know how to tell my story, doesn’t mean it’s not out there waiting to be told.

19 responses to “YA #1: LOVE ME OR HATE ME (Contemporary #OwnVoices)”

  1. Jess Dallow says:

    Hi Auriane,

    This sounds awesome! I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript. Can you send it – as well as your query letter – to me at jess@browerliterary.com with PITCH WARS and your title in the subject? Thanks! Can’t wait to read.

  2. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Hi Auriane,

    Much Ado comp title (David Tennant and Catherine Tate anyone?)! I’d love to see the first 50 pages! Please submit your query, synopsis, and first 50 to http://QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson/Contests. Looking forward to the read!

    Kaitlyn Johnson
    Corvisiero Literary Agency

  3. Natascha Morris says:

    Hello Auriane,

    I do love a good enemy to lovers book! I’d love to read the full manuscript. If you could please upload it to QueryMe.online/1067/PitchWars2019, I’d really appreciate it.

    Thank you!

    Natascha Morris
    BookEnds Literary

  4. Tess Callero says:

    Hi! I’d love to take a look at your work. This sounds so fun – and your last line definitely had me wanting to read more. If you’d like to share, you can send the first 50 pages attached as a word doc to tc@cbltd.com when you get a chance!

  5. Zabé Ellor says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to see more! Please send the query, synopsis, and first 30 pages to me via QueryManager (http://queryme.online/ZabeEllor)

    If more than one JDLA agent requests your project, please submit to the one you feel will be the best fit!

  6. Quressa Robinson says:

    Hi Auriane,

    I will always say yes to an enemies-to-lovers story, and with the added Shakespeare nod this sounds right up my alley. I’d love to see the full. Please query me at this link (QueryMe.online/QueryQuressa/PitchWars2019) and follow the directions. If more than one NLA agent requests work from you it is okay to query more than one of us, just give us a heads-up. Good luck!


  7. Josh Getzler says:

    Really cool idea, nice beginning. Would love to see query and 1st 50 (ish, wherever it breaks best) to jgetzler@hsgagency.com

  8. Abrams Artists says:

    Great sample! If you could send the full manuscript to books@abramsartistsagency.com, we’d love to read!

    -Abrams Artists Agency

  9. Nora Long says:

    Hi Auriane,

    I’d love to take a look at your manuscript. Please send along the first fifty pages as an attachment (Word doc or PDF) to nlong@writershouse.com.
    Looking forward to reading!


    Nora Long
    Writers House, LLC

  10. Devin Ross says:

    Hi Auriane- I’d love to read the full manuscript. Please send it to dross@newleafliterary.com with “pitch wars request” in the subject line. Excited to read!

  11. Ginger Clark says:

    Hi, I would love to see this. Please send the full manuscript as an attachment (a PDF, RTF, or Word Document is fine) to my email address which is gc@cbltd.com . Please include “Pitchwars 2019 Request” in the subject line. Thank you very much.

  12. Kristin Nelson says:

    Hello Auriane,
    Quressa on my team has already requested this one. I would have as well so I’ll read along with her. Just giving you a heads up. : ) Kristin

  13. Eva Scalzo says:

    I’d love to see the query + first 3 chapters, please send to eva@speilburgliterary.com.

    In the subject line or query body please use #PitchWarsShowcase to more easily identify the submission.

  14. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hello! I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript of LOVE ME OR HATE ME! Please send along as a word document to tara@emliterary.com at your convenience.

    Thanks so much!

    Tara Gonzalez
    Associate Agent
    Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Inc.

  15. Christa Heschke says:

    I’d love to see more! Please send the query, synopsis and first 100 pages to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com with Pitch Wars request in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  16. Kari Sutherland says:

    This sounds really cool! Can you please send me the first three chapters as an attachment and include “Requested PitchWars” in the subject line? Thank you! Kari – kari@bradfordlit.com

  17. Hi Auriane,

    After reading your pitch and excerpt, I would love to read more of this story! If you’re interested in submitting to me, please go to QueryMe.Online/SavannahBrooks and follow the instructions for how to do so. In the title space, please put “Pitch Wars: [your manuscript title]” so I can keep track of your submission. You can paste exactly what you submitted here in the corresponding categories. After you submit, you’ll receive and automated message saying I’ll be back in touch within six weeks, but I’ll be back in touch within two.

    If more than one JD Lit agent requests from you, please feel free to submit to the agent you think is the best fit, and we’ll exchange materials among ourselves.


  18. Adria Goetz says:

    Love the voice here + story premise. Can you send the first chapter to adria@martinlit.com?

  19. Rebecca Podos says:

    I’m so completely in!! If you’ll send the full MS of LOVE ME OR HATE ME to rebecca@reesagency.com, I would love to read!