AUTHOR: Jennifer Camiccia


GENRE: Contemporary

WORD COUNT: 73,000 words


Surviving high school trapped on Kauai? Manageable. Avoiding a dangerous stalker? A little harder. Trusting a football star who shattered your heart to be your bodyguard? Downright impossible. PRIDE & PREJUDICE meets GILMORE GIRLS.

First 250 Words:

It’s a universally known fact that the back of a school bus is for the cooler, edgier kids. I avoid the back of the bus with a carefully crafted plan of perpetual lateness. No one in the back will deny me grabbing the first available seat when the bus is already moving and the potential of becoming a human missile grows exponentially every second. Especially after our bus driver has been smoking weed with aforementioned cool kids behind Mitsui Market.

The front of the bus is a landmine for the opposite reason. Students there are on the bottom of the sliding social-scale. Even sitting with them can knock someone’s rep down a notch or two.

The middle is the coveted neutral zone (Star Trek reference for my fellow closeted nerds). Those in the middle can be anything really. I prefer the ambiguity of the middle. And in the middle I can avoid Junior, the second-year senior (second time’s the charm) taking up a whole seat with his shoulders and ego in equal measure.

“Haole girl,” he bellows, as he does every morning. “Come sit by me.”

I pretend not to hear, as I do every morning, and snag a seat next to Calvin. I’m used to being called haole, the Hawaiian word for white. Technically it means foreigner, but in reality everyone knows it means you’re white as a piece of Love’s bread. The irony is I probably have more Hawaiian blood than most of the kids here.

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  1. querytinap

    Great query! I’d love to see more. Please send the Full ms as a Word .doc attachment to: TPAqueries@gmail.com, and put “PitMad Requested, Title of ms, Genre, Last name” in the subject line. Thank you! ~ Tina P. Schwartz, The Purcell Agency, LLC

  2. Saba Sulaiman

    Hi Jennifer,
    Is the view from Gumdrop Pass as magnificent as they say it is? I can’t wait to find out! Please send a query, synopsis, and the first 50 pages (Word documents will suffice) to ssulaiman@talcottnotch.net — and don’t forget to mention #PitchMadness in your subject line. Thanks—looking forward to my read!
    Good luck,

  3. Liza Fleissig

    Candy Castle = Query + full manuscript PLEASE
    and reminder – exclusivity waived for contests no worries!

  4. renarossner

    I’d love to take a look at this! You get a Gumdrop Pass!
    Please Query + 1st 50 pages attached as a word document to: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com

  5. Gumdrop Pass! Sounds like my kind of read, yes please.

  6. andreasomberg

    Candy Castle! I would love to take a look at the query and full manuscript. Please feel free to send it along to andrea@harveyklinger.com with “PitchWars” in the subject line. To learn more about me and my list, please feel free to check out http://www.harveyklinger.com and http://www.andreasomberg.com

  7. Lindsay Mealing

    I’m racing over the Gumdrop Pass for this one! Please send along your query to querylindsay@emeraldcityliterary.com and attach the first 50 pages as a word document. Make sure to include Pitch Madness in the subject of your email. Thanks!

  8. Christa Heschke (@ChristaHeschke)

    I’d love to read this as I go down Gumdrop Pass! Please send the first 50 pages, query and synopsis to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com with Pitch Madness request in the subject line.

  9. Stefanie Lieberman

    I’d like to see more! Please send the “Gumdrop Pass” (query + first 50 pages) to submissions@janklow.com and please include “Pitch Wars – Stefanie Lieberman” in the subject line.

  10. Laura Biagi

    Gumdrop Pass! (Query + 1st 50 pages) Please email me at LBiagi@jvnla.com with the material as an attachment and Pitch Madness in the subject line. If you’re able to include a synopsis as well, that would be awesome. Excited to read!

  11. Kari Sutherland

    I’d love to know more. Rainbow Trail, please. (Query, including synopsis, plus first chapter to: kari@bradfordlit.com)

  12. Blair Wilson

    This sounds great–I’d love to read more! Please send a query and the first ten pages of your manuscript to bwilson@parkliterary.com. Can’t wait to read!

  13. Lara Perkins, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

    Gumdrop Pass for me, please. I’d love to see the query and first 50 pages. Please feel free to send them to lara@andreabrownlit.com with “Requested: PitMad” as the subject line. Thank you!

  14. Ninja Request:
    Requesting on behalf of Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency.
    Please email your pitch, query, and first 50 pgs: colleen@inklingsliterary.com. Please use the subject: #PitchMadness ALL THE STARS IN THE OCEAN, YA Contemp by

  15. Natascha Morris

    This sound interesting! Please query me at http://QueryMe.Online/1067 and include #PitMad in the referral section. Thank you!

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