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Margie Fuston
Mentored by:
Dawn Ius and Kimberly Gabriel
Book Title:
Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things
2018 Entries
Word Count:


When science and faith fail her terminally ill father, Victoria heads to New Orleans in search of vampire blood to save him. Armed with well-researched legends and desperation, she hunts down a boy who matches her vampire profile. But before he will grant Victoria and her father immortality, she must prove she’s passionate about life—and betraying her grief to do so is harder than she imagined.



Be strong like Buffy. I repeat the mantra in my head as I glare into those bleak fluorescent lights they always put in doctor’s offices. But all I can think about is the episode where Buffy’s mom dies, and they keep showing the body, eyes wide and staring, and I imagine what Dad would look like. Eyes open or closed?

I bite the inside of my cheek. Be strong like Buffy.

Smile plastered in place, I look down at Dad, just in case he’s watching. He’s not. He slouches on the arm of an oversized wheelchair, the only one still available to borrow from the hospital lobby. He’s always been tall and thin, but now three of him could sit in the wide seat.

When he first got sick, the hospital offered an insurance-bought wheelchair for us to take home, but back then my dad shook his head and smiled. You can’t show cancer any bit of weakness, he said, winking at me so we both laughed. Mom tried to take it, but we overruled her.

No one mentions it now.

The paper covering the exam table crinkles as I squirm to get comfortable. My left leg’s gone dead. Numb, I mean. Not dead.

14 responses to “YA #30: VAMPIRES, HEARTS, AND OTHER DEAD THINGS (Contemporary)”

  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. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! This sounds like a fresh take on vampire stories, so I’d love to see more. Please send your query in the body of an email, plus your full manuscript and a synopsis (attached). I look forward to reading!

    Lauren Spieller
    TriadaUS Literary Agency

  3. Sarah Landis says:

    Hi! I’d love the read the full manuscript. Please send to slandis@sll.com. Can’t wait to read more!

  4. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi! I’d love to take a look. Please email the ms. as a double-spaced .doc to medwards@stonesong.com. Thank you!

  5. Peter Knapp says:

    This sounds wonderful – I would love an opportunity to consider! Can you please send the query letter and manuscript to queries@parkfine.com with “Pitch Wars submission – Pete Knapp” in the subject? Thank you! – Pete Knapp, Park & Fine Literary and Media

  6. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there!

    I’d love to take a look at this full manuscript. Can you please send it attached as a word document to: rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com

    Thanks! I can’t wait to read!


    Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  7. Elizabeth Bewley says:

    Hi Margie,
    I’d be happy to read more! Can you email me the first fifty pages as a Word doc attachment?
    Elizabeth Bewley

  8. Carrie Hannigan says:

    Hi Margie!

    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,

  9. Natascha Morris says:

    Hi Margie,

    This reads like a different sort of vampire novel and I’m intrigued by what that could mean. I’d love to read more. If you could upload your full manuscript to QueryMe.online/1067/PitchWars2019, I’d love to take a look.

    Thank you!

    Natascha Morris
    BookEnds Literary

  10. 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.

  11. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hello! I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript of VAMPIRES, HEARTS, AND OTHER DEAD THINGS. 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.

  12. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Margie,

    I would love to read this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to hjacobson@icmpartners.com.

    My best,

  13. Kari Sutherland says:

    Some interesting dynamics here. I’m very curious to read more. Can you please send me the first three chapters as an attachment and use “Requested PitchWars” in the subject line? Thank you! Kari – kari@bradfordlit.com

  14. Rebecca Podos says:

    Oh wow, this book would break my heart, and I would love it. If you’ll send the full to Rebecca@reesagency.com, I’d very much like to read!