Eighteen-year-old Carmen might play Belle at children’s birthday parties, but she feels more like the Beast, especially after falling a few credits short of her high school diploma. When she’s trusted to perform at her spoiled cousin’s quinceañera, she must prove to her family she isn’t the screw-up they think she is — without getting distracted by her new dance partner, who happens to be her ex. Jane the Virgin meets Jenny Han.
Once upon a time, there was a sign. Three, actually. Too bad Mami missed them all.
“That was your left,” I said as we passed our turn. The humid, flowered streets of Miami slid by. The wrong streets.
“Coño, this street has three different names, Carmen!” Mami glared at me in her rearview mirror. My fault. As usual.
Through six layers of sky blue satin, my best friend Waverly muttered something about being late.
“Maybe we’ll turn into pumpkins and I won’t have to dance with a guy wearing an animal head,” I said.
“Maybe start taking this seriously?”
Waverly and I worked as party princesses for a company called Dreams Come True. She usually played Cinderella, but since this was my first party, I didn’t have a “usually” yet.
My buttercup yellow Belle dress lay on my lap, as heavy as a baby, still smelling like dry cleaner fluid. As soon as Waves finished putting herself together, she had to help me. I had no idea what to do with this monstrosity. This was the most formal dress I’d worn since my baptism gown, because I didn’t go to prom or even have a quinceañera.
I’m not exactly the buttercup satin, bluebirds-singing-around-her type. Satin means sweat stains. And if there are birds around me, it’s because they’re in an arroz con pollo and I’m eating them.
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“Jane the Virgin meets Jenny Han” sounds like the book of my dreams. Please send the full manuscript (as a Word doc) to me at brent(at)triadaus(dot)com.
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Hi Monica! I would love to read the first three chapters/synopsis of ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA if you would send them (in the body of an email is fine) to jerrera(at)janerotrosen(dot)com at your convenience. And please mention PitchWars in the subject line–looking forward to reading more!
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Laura Dail Literary Agency
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Erin Harris of Folio here. I LOVED this! That last line is such perfection. Please send the entire manuscript to email@example.com with “Pitch Wars Submission” in the subject line.
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I’m definitely interested in this–boy, was I ever jealous of the quinceañera dresses in the windows of the dress shops in my central California hometown. I’d love to see the first three chapters, sent to email@example.com via email attachment, with subject line Pitch Wars 2019 Requested Material.
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I just adore Jane the Virgin, so great comp! The voice here is super fun and I’d love to see more–the hook is a pure delight. Please send me the full ms + synopsis at email@example.com and put Pitch Wars in the subject line. Can’t wait to read this one!
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Hello! I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript of ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA! Please send it along as a word document to email@example.com at your convenience.
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Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Inc.
Thank you for participating in Pitch Wars! I loved this pitch for ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA, and definitely want to keep reading. Can you send me the full manuscript as a Word doc to firstname.lastname@example.org? In the subject line, please include: Attn: Taylor Martindale Kean – Pitch Wars, ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA. Can’t wait to see more of your work!
Taylor Martindale Kean
Full Circle Literary
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)
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Jane the Virgin meets Jenny Han?! Yes, please! I’d love to see this. Please send the query, synopsis and full manuscript to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com with Pitch Wars request in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis
This sounds fantastic and I love the voice! Can you please send me the first 100 pages as an attachment and use “Requested PitchWars” in the subject line? I’d love to read more. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Melissa Nasson, Esq.
Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC
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.
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I’m eager to read more!
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Oh my gosh, I need to read more! My sister works for one of those princess party companies and she always has the best stories. Can you send the first chapter to me at firstname.lastname@example.org?
Your query sounds interesting—I’d be happy to look at the first 50-75 pages of ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA, along with a 1-2 page synopsis. A .rtf file for the former is preferred, and the body of your e-mail is perfect for the latter.
Thanks, and I look forward to reading your work.
I would love to read ONCE UPON A QUINCEANERA. Please feel free to send me the first three chapters via my inbox at this link (with #pitchwars requested material in the subject heading):
Thank you so much!
This sounds SO FUN! If you’ll send the full to Rebecca@reesagency.com, I’d love to read on.
Despite it’s brevity, your sample made me laugh more than once. I’d love to see more. Please send your query and full manuscript to email@example.com at your earliest convenience.
My very best,
This sounds so fun – I love the pitch and your voice, and I would be delighted to read the full!