January 23, 2013

Pitch Wars Entry #2 - THROUGH THE DIM (YA Fantasy)

NAME: Janet B Taylor
MENTOR: Heather Webb
GENRE: YA/Fantasy-Time Travel
WORD COUNT: 96,000


When Hope discovers her mother isn't dead, but marooned in the twelfth century by a vindictive time-traveler, the teen joins a team of time-jumping Indiana Joneses, to stage a rescue. But Hope isn't prepared for the brutal medieval world, or the handsome traitor whose betrayal could leave her trapped in the past forever.

FIRST 250:

Everyone in town knew the coffin was empty.

I think that was what drew the crowd, the pure curiosity of the thing. In beauty shops and diners, people would brag how they’d been there, at Sarah Walton’s memorial service. Oh, it was big news.

An empty casket. The poor husband who waited months before finally accepting his odd, foreign wife was gone. A woman who didn’t even have the decency to show up for her own funeral. And then there was that strange daughter.

As for the strange daughter, all she—I—wanted was to have it done. The service, the unendurable visits from "well-wishers." The burial.

The wooden pew dug into the underside of my thighs. I heard the whispering, but didn’t turn. And I didn’t look once at that polished, detestable box.

The first mourners had shown up only hours after we got the call. In far-off India, a city had collapsed.

After that, the news came in dribbles of pain. A catastrophic earthquake. American and British volunteers crushed under concrete and smoking rubble. Recovery of their bodies unlikely, then impossible.

As my dad and I sat white and stunned at the kitchen table, we heard the first, timid knock on our back door. I didn’t so much as blink. I knew if I did, my skin—like a shattered windshield held in place by the seal around it—would collapse into a million pieces, and the pain roaring inside would rupture and devour me.


Jordy said...

I would love to see the full manuscript. Could you please send it to me at jordy@thebookeralbertagency.com? Thanks!

Drea said...

Hello Ms. Taylor,

I enjoyed reading the first part of your manuscript. I would like to see more!

Please contact me at: drea@therightsfactory.com

Jessica Sinsheimer said...

I'd love to see the full manuscript. Please put the query in the body of the email, with synopsis and full manuscript attached, and send to ESubmissions@SarahJaneFreymann.com. Please put #PitchWars in subject line. Thank you! :)

Suzie Townsend said...

Janet, this sounds fabulous--I'd love to see more! Please email the full manuscript as a word document with your query pasted into the first page to suzie@newleafliterary.com. Put REQUESTED MATERIAL in the subject line.

Louise Fury said...

Hi Janet!
I would love to read the full manuscript.
Please send it in a word doc with the pitch/query letter in the body of the email AND as page 1 of the manuscript. Email: louise@lperkinsagency.com
Looking forward to it!


Quinlan Lee said...


I would love to read the full manuscript of THROUGH THE DIM. Please send the complete manuscript to submissions@adamsliterary.com. I look forward to reading more of your work!

Quinlan Lee
Adams Literary

Brittany Howard said...

I'd love to see the first fifty pages as an attachment. Please include the query/pitch in your email. Send to brittanyh@corvisieroagency.com

Molly Jaffa said...

Hi Janet,

Wow, what a voice! I'm completely hooked. Could you please send the full manuscript and your query letter to molly@foliolit.com? Looking forward to reading your work.

My best,

Cate Hart said...

I think we can post now, but I LOVE this premise!!! And it looks like the agents did too. It reminds me of Timeline, my fave Michael Crichton book and miovie!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Cate! I really appreciate that. I hope something comes of the contest reqs, cause I think (hope?) people might really dig Hope and her crazy Indiana-Jones-ish crew. Dude...they get into ALL sorts of horrific mischief. :)

Stephanie Garber said...

I know I already said it, but I LOVE this, and I really hope something happens, too, because I can't wait to read it! Good luck, Janet! I'm really excited for you! :)

Chelsea Bobulski said...

This needs to be published, like right now. The voice is AMAZING and I want to read it so badly!!! Congrats on all the requests! :)

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