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YA #21: THE MANY MURDERS OF JENNIFER AULT (Speculative Fiction)
Mentee:
Julia Ferreri
Mentored by:
Alex Reda and Renée A. Price
Book Title:
THE MANY MURDERS OF JENNIFER AULT
Category:
Young Adult
Genre:
Speculative Fiction
Word Count:
90,000

Pitch:

It’s a match made in Hell in this YA THE GOOD PLACE.

Apprentice Design Technician Eugene is granted an opportunity that any other demon would happily give their horns for—crafting a personalized hellscape for a human sentenced to eternity.

He shouldn’t find the eighteen-year-old murderess sweet or, Hell forbid, cute, but Jenny isn’t the psychopath he expected.

All Heaven breaks loose when Eugene discovers something abnormal about her many murders. Now, he must choose between risking his apprenticeship and possibly his life or saving the girl—who might teach a demon to love—from eternal damnation.

 

Excerpt:

D.S #0983457092347095729

Name: Reginald Lloyd Wilson

Sex: Male

Age at death: 47

Crime: Rape, Theft, Assault

Sentence: 1,000 years

 

Reginald was crying.

Weeping, actually. Rivulets of tears poured out of his eyes and nose as if someone had opened the tap at full force. Quiet hiccups escaped his mouth every few seconds as he tried to breathe through his blubbering. What breath he was able to gain came out in thick, mucous-laden wheezes that sounded as uncomfortable as I’m sure they felt.

Reggie could be such a drama queen.

Pressing my hand against his shoulder, I urged him forward. We were on a schedule.

“Come along, Reggie. No use dawdling.”

We crossed down aisle eight hundred and sixty onto row ninety-nine. Reggie’s chamber sat at the end of the hallway. Engraved above the doorway was his name in dark black letters. Just below it was a timer with the number one thousand. Beside me, Reggie began hyperventilating.

This part always hit the DS—damaged soul—especially hard. As if seeing their names etched above the hellscape chamber made them finally grasp the reality of their situation. They could no longer pretend this was all a bad dream—they really were in Hell.

16 responses to “YA #21: THE MANY MURDERS OF JENNIFER AULT (Speculative Fiction)”

  1. Jess Dallow says:

    Hi Julia,

    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. Colleen Oefelein says:

    I’m intrigued, and I’d love to read more! Please see my bio at JDLit.com, and if you’d like, please send your query + synopsis pasted into the body of an email with your full attached to: colleen@adventurewrite.com with the subject, #PitchWars – THE MANY MURDERS OF JENNIFER AULT.

    If more than one agent from JDLA requests your manuscript, please feel free to submit to the best fit.

    Thank you and looking forward to reading!
    Colleen Oefelein

  3. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Hi Julia,

    Oooo sign me up for Hell romances. I’d love to see the full! Please submit your query, synopsis, and manuscript to http://QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson/Contests. Looking forward to the read!

    Best,
    Kaitlyn Johnson
    Corvisiero Literary Agency

  4. Karyn Fischer says:

    Hi Julia,

    This looks like so much fun and I would love to read more! If you’re interested, would you mind sending me the first 25 pages? You can query me at http://www.QueryMe.online/1325/PitchWars. To find out more about me, feel free to visit http://www.bookstopliterary.com/info.html.

    Thanks and I hope to hear from you!

    Karyn Fischer
    BookStop Literary Agency

  5. Carrie Hannigan says:

    Hi Julia!

    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,
    Carrie

  6. Josh Getzler says:

    OK, I’ll bite! Please send me the first 50-ish (wherever it breaks best) with a query letter to jgetzler@hsgagency.com. Please include Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thanks!

  7. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Julia,

    I’d love to see this! Can you send your query and full manuscript to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com with #PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks so much!

    All best,
    Penelope

  8. Katelyn Uplinger says:

    I would love to take a closer look at this. Please send the full manuscript and synopsis via my Pitch Wars form please: QueryMe.online/QueryKatelyn/PitchWars

  9. Nora Long says:

    Hi Julia,

    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!

    Best,

    Nora Long
    Writers House, LLC

  10. Melissa Nasson says:

    I’m interested in reading more of this! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF attachment to melissa@rpcontent.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Thank you!


    Melissa Nasson, Esq.
    Associate Agent
    Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC
    https://www.rpcontent.com

  11. Marlo Berliner says:

    This beginning grabbed me, 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.

  12. Jennifer Mattson says:

    Dear Julia,
    I responded viscerally to the idea of “hellscape chambers” with engraved names and timers ticking down. I’d be pleased to see the first three chapters via email attachment, sent to jmatt@andreabrownlit, with subject line Pitch Wars 2019 Requested Material.

    If my colleague Kelly happens also to request this, please send your materials just to one of us (your choice!) but also let that person know the other expressed interest. Many thanks!

    —Jennifer Mattson, Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

  13. Taylor Martindale Kean says:

    Dear Julia,
    Thank you for participating in Pitch Wars! I loved this pitch for THE MANY MURDERS OF JENNIFER AULT, 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, THE MANY MURDERS OF JENNIFER AULT. Can’t wait to see more of your work!
    All best,
    Taylor Martindale Kean
    Full Circle Literary

  14. Nicole Payne says:

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

  15. Kari Sutherland says:

    I adore The Good Place! I’m very intrigued by this and would love the chance to read more. Can you please send me the first 50 pages as an attachment and use “Requested PitchWars” in the subject line? Thank you! Kari – kari@bradfordlit.com

  16. Rebecca Podos says:

    I am down for a THE GOOD PLACE comp 🙂 If you’ll send the full to Rebecca@reesagency.com, I’d love to read on.