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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022. Please note that our Agent Showcase ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, February 14, 2022. Agents will not be able to leave comments requesting material after that time.
Jessica Froberg
Mentored by:
Megan Manzano
Book Title:
These Silver Chains
2018 Entries
Word Count:


Gender-bent ROBIN HOOD meets EVERLESS

Women aren’t allowed to fight or hold power. Rheya’s broken the first rule and longs to break the second by working with her father, the General, to improve Angoria. Until the day she commits her own crime—stealing from a fellow noble—to save her best friend’s life. Now she’s become the ‘Hooded Robber’ and her father’s number one enemy.

While Rheya should bury her secret to protect her life and her father’s love, she now has a new way to help those suffering under the King’s taxes and executions. The more she steals, the more is revealed about Angoria’s seclusion, her family, and the true notion behind the spirit tattoos etched into her wrists.

Sometimes, change has to be fought for.

And money isn’t the only thing to steal back.



Rheya didn’t often break the rules, but when she did, she shattered them and swept away the pieces. Sneaking into the village alone was not a rule she enjoyed breaking, but Muri hadn’t shown up at their meeting place yesterday. And by the spirits, Rheya would find out why.

The streets were quiet with most people still in bed dreading the dawn. She followed the crooked line of torches set into the wooden sides of the marketplace shops.

One of her father’s soldiers appeared on the street and peered into the nearest home. If he caught her, he’d find her knife and bowstring. Items no woman should have.

The food sack brushed against her hip as she hurried down a side street. She tugged on her long sleeves as she walked, conscious of the spirit tattoos like four manacles around her wrist. One sharp glance at them would reveal her family mark.

8 responses to “YA #13: THESE SILVER CHAINS (Fantasy)”

  1. Danielle Burby says:

    Oooh gender-bent Robin Hood is very much my jam. Please send it! Follow this link for submission instructions: http://queryme.online/1352/PitchWars2019

  2. Carrie Hannigan says:

    Hi Jessica!

    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,

  3. Marlo Berliner says:

    I like the voice here, so I’d love to see more! Please submit your query and first 30 pages via my Query Manager: http://QueryMe.Online/marloberliner
    If more than one JDLA agent requests, simply submit to the agent you feel would be the best fit. Be sure to only submit to one JDLA agent at a time. If the first agent passes, you are welcome to try the next.

  4. Heather Cashman says:

    Love this.
    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

  5. Hi Jessica,

    I ADORE gender-bent retellings! I’d really like to take a look at more of this manuscript. Here is the link for my Query Manager form:


    Please send the first 50 pages of your manuscript. I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Warm Regards,

    Cortney Radocaj
    Agent Apprentice
    Corvisiero Literary Agency

  6. Hi Jessica,

    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.


  7. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to read more. Please send the full & a synopsis to lauren@triadaus.com. I look forward to reading!

  8. Weronika Janczuk says:

    Please send to weronika@d4eo.com:
    + query letter in email body
    + first 10-15 pages in email body
    + subject line, PARTIAL REQUEST – PITCH WARS – TITLE