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YA #8: BLUE SUN RISING (Chinese-inspired Sci-Fi / Fantasy)
Nancy Yan
Mentored by:
Lyndsay Ely
Book Title:
Blue Sun Rising
2018 Entries
Chinese-inspired Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Word Count:


For Ren, a refugee scavenger in a polluted land, survival comes first. But when her best friend falls deathly ill, saving Lu’s life will mean infiltrating a competition hosted by the secretive, Qi-gifted Cultivators, kidnapping an enemy heir, and unraveling the mystery of what really destroyed her home province years ago.

WANT meets LEGEND OF KORRA with Wuxia elements.



If I stay here, I’ll die.

The pollution concentrations are highest in the evening, and it’s currently 16:04 hours. At 18:00, the pollution will exceed my air mask’s containment levels, and I’ll die. Or I might run out of oxygen before then, and die. Maybe something sharp will puncture the mask and let the toxins in. If that happens, I might experience organ failure, convulsions, hemorrhaging, or all three at once until I drown in my own blood. And definitely die.

It’s a fact. If I don’t leave here soon, I probably won’t leave at all.

But I don’t feel afraid pondering all the ways I might die today.

I just feel hungry.

And it’s the hunger that keeps me from turning back around.

I glance over my shoulder at Lu, who trudges reluctantly behind me, barely visible through the thick crimson mist. She mutters something under her breath, likely questioning why she lets me drag us into trouble, or how much I owe her when we return to Jin, the Steel Province. I flash her a sheepish smile, my eyes crinkling above the metallic device covering my nose and mouth. She wears a similar mask, but of a higher grade. Not in total need of reconditioning like mine. That’s because we stole hers more recently. And if I didn’t lose that Qen toss for it, I wouldn’t be the one facing a greater risk of death in this particular moment.

15 responses to “YA #8: BLUE SUN RISING (Chinese-inspired Sci-Fi / Fantasy)”

  1. 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

  2. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! This world is fascinating–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. Caitlen Rubino-Bradway says:

    I really want to see more! Please send the full ms and a synopsis to crubinobradway AT lkgagency DOT com.

  4. Penny Moore says:

    Hi Nancy,

    I’d love to read more! Will you please submit your full manuscript here: https://querymanager.com/query/LiteraryPenny/PitchWars ? Thanks!


  5. Nancy,

    I love this sample! You pulled me right in! 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.



  6. Elana Roth Parker says:

    Hi! I’d love to read more! Please email me at eparker [at] ldlainc [dot] com:

    * Subject line: PitchWars Submission: YOUR BOOK TITLE
    * Your query letter in the body of the email
    * The full manuscript attached as a Word document

    Elana Roth Parker
    Laura Dail Literary Agency

  7. Lisa Rodgers says:

    I’d love to look at the first 50 pages and a 1-2 page synopsis. Please send to querylisa[@]awfulagent[.]com and put “Pitch Wars: Blue Sun Rising” in the subject line. Thanks, and looking forward to reading!

  8. Abrams Artists says:

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

    -Abrams Artists Agency

  9. Melissa Nasson says:

    I’d love to read 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

  10. Karly Caserza says:

    Please query me at http://queryme.online/Karly and include “Pitchwars19” before your title. I’ll immediately request a full. Excited to read your work.

  11. Kerstin Wolf says:

    This sounds AMAZING! I love that the excerpt immediately begins pulling us into this dangerous world! I would be thrilled if you could send your full manuscript to me at QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars.

  12. 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!

  13. Christa Heschke says:

    The Legend of Korra is a favorite show of mine and that meets sci-fi sounds super cool! I’d love to see more! Please send the query, synopsis and first 100 to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com with Pitch Wars request in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  14. Stefanie Lieberman says:

    I’m eager to read more!
    Please send the pitch and the full manuscript in an email addressed to submissions(at)Janklow.com with the following subject line: For Stefanie Lieberman – requested Pitch Wars material.

  15. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Nancy,

    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,