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YA #2: OF MAJESTY AND MAYHEM (Alternative History Fantasy with Feminist Themes)
Rebecca Rode
Mentored by:
Abigail Johnson
Book Title:
2018 Entries
Alternative History Fantasy with feminist themes
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In the northern countries, female sailors are executed. It’s an inconvenience Lane has learned to deal with. She’d rather disguise herself as a boy than forfeit adventure at sea. But her disguise gets complicated when the king’s too-charming son recruits her on a dangerous mission to save the very kingdom that would see her dead.

When pirates capture the prince and his nation’s fate falls into her hands, Lane realizes her heart may have committed the ultimate betrayal. Now she must decide where her loyalty lies—with the ocean she loves or a boy she can never have.



My father’s betrayal came as I stood at the cabin door, fist raised to knock. His conversation with his first mate inside was so ordinary that I almost didn’t see it for what it was.

“Get another five barrels of rice and ten lengths of line while you’re out,” he said. “Oh, and send this missive to Nara with the post.”

My fist dropped of its own accord. Nara. Father hadn’t uttered her name since I’d boarded the Majesty eleven years before. She was always “that woman” or “your mum,” the tainted shadow of a life long past for us both.

I leaped aside so I wouldn’t be seen through the stained glass and plastered myself against the doorframe, rigid as the bowsprit leading our charge. Heavy raindrops splattered on my forehead as I strained to hear through the wall.

“You’ve made your decision then, Captain?”

“The Hughen inspection teams have been doubled, order of High Inspector Varnen. It’s too dangerous for Lane to stay.”

My fists tightened until they hurt. Father was giving up. Well, Varnen could fall on his own dagger for all I cared.

I wasn’t leaving.

15 responses to “YA #2: OF MAJESTY AND MAYHEM (Alternative History Fantasy with Feminist Themes)”

  1. Jim McCarthy says:

    I’d love the chance to read this full manuscript. You can send to me at jmccarthy@dystel.com. Thanks so much.

    Happy Pitch Wars!

  2. Kim Lionetti says:

    This sounds great! I’d love to take a look at the synopsis and full manuscript. Please upload them here; QueryMe.online/KimLionetti/PitchWars

  3. Rebecca,

    Ooohhh! I LOVE this premise! Grabby hands!!! ☺ Can you send me the pitch, 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. Attach the manuscript and synopsis as two separate Word documents (docx). Sent to: lynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com and add “Pitch Wars Request” along with your title in the subject line. Thanks.

    If more than one agent from The Seymour Agency likes your entry, please send requested material to the agent you feel will be the best fit. #OneAgentAtATime

    Looking forward to reading more.



  4. Elizabeth Bewley says:

    Hi Rebecca,
    I’d be happy to read more! Can you please email me the first fifty pages as a Word doc attachment? My email is ebewley@sll.com.
    Elizabeth Bewley
    Sterling Lord Lit

  5. Kelly Peterson says:

    Hi Rebecca!

    I love this premise, and the opening is amazing! I’d love to see a partial to get a better sense of your voice and the way the story develops! If you want to submit, please paste your query, and then attach your synopsis and first 50 pages to an e-mail to Kelly@corvisieroagency.com.

    Wishing you the best of luck, and I look forward to reading!

    Kelly Peterson

  6. Carrie Hannigan says:

    Hi Rebecca!

    I really love what you have here. Will you please send me the full manuscript as a word doc attachment to channigan@hsgagency.com ?

    I can’t wait to keep reading.

    Best wishes,

  7. Abrams Artists says:

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

    -Abrams Artists Agency

  8. Alexandra Weiss says:

    Hi Rebecca! This sounds so interesting and I’m a big, big fan of pirates! I’d love to read more. Please send a query letter and attach the first 100 pages as a Word doc with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line to alexweiss.jdlit@gmail.com.

    If more than one JDLA agent requests this, please feel free to submit to the best fit. Thank you!

  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. Heather Cashman says:

    I loved both your comps, and the beginning has me hooked!
    If you think we’d be a good fit, please send the full to heather.stormliteraryagency@gmail.com with Pitch Wars Query, your name, and the title in the subject line.
    Thank you and good luck!
    Heather Cashman
    Storm Literary Agency

  11. Devin Ross says:

    Hi Rebecca- 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!

  12. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hello! I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript of OF MAJESTY AND MAYHEM. Please send it along as a word document to tara@emliterary.com at your convenience.

    Thanks so much!

    Tara Gonzalez
    Associate Agent
    Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Inc.

  13. Nicole Payne says:

    I’m intrigued! Please send the query, synopsis and first three chapters to nicole@goldenwheatliterary.com with Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thanks!

  14. Taylor Martindale Kean says:

    Dear Rebecca,
    Thank you for participating in Pitch Wars! I loved this pitch for OF MAJESTY AND MAYHEM, and definitely want to keep reading. Can you send me the full manuscript as a Word doc to fullcirclelit@gmail.com? In the subject line, please include: Attn: Taylor Martindale Kean – Pitch Wars, OF MAJESTY AND MAYHEM. Can’t wait to see more of your work!
    All best,
    Taylor Martindale Kean
    Full Circle Literary

  15. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Your pitch has caught the eye of my brilliant colleague Tamara Kawar. She would love to read. Please do send the full manuscript as a word document to tkawar@icmpartners.com.

    My best,