Friday, September 6, 2013

Pitch Madness SJ-13: THE ART OF BREAKING

Genre:  YA Magical Realism

Word Count:  89,000

Pitch: After dying and coming back as an Imaginary friend, Luca must give up her dreams of being a normal teenager—and a once-in-an-afterlife romance—or risk breaking the Imaginary world and losing her best friend.

The rules of summer were simple—only one ice cream sandwich per day, no swimming without appropriate supervision, and always be home before dark. On the day Luca Grable died, she broke all three. The first two were acts of seven-year old rebellion. The third was an unintentional side effect of drowning in her best friend’s pool.

But even dying couldn’t keep Luca from growing up. It was one of the perks of becoming an Imaginary friend instead of going to heaven. She got to keep aging along with her best friend as long as Katie needed her. And there was nothing her mentor Math could do about it, no matter how late she was for their weekly meeting.

He could, however, put her on bathroom duty. Again.

Luca checked her watch as she hauled ass the last few feet to the entrance of Imaginary House. Ten more minutes and not even being a few months shy of legal age could save her from scrubbing toilets and bleaching tile grout every Saturday night for the next month.

She flung herself through the front gates, gripping the smooth metal bars for balance, and shot up the sidewalk. The house cast crooked shadows on the lawn from the various additions that jutted out at odd angles from the main building. A few younger Imaginaries chased each other around the half-acre of thick grass, using the shadows as safe zones. Their laughter pierced the air. Their knees were stained with grass and dirt and remnants of melted chocolate.


  1. I'll take a query + 20pgs for $20!


    Louise Fury
    The Bent Agency

  2. Love this premise. I'm a huge fan of imaginary friends (Had one. Her name was Minerva.) and magical realism. Good luck!

  3. This was one of the entries that had the twitter feed going nuts, and for great reason! The concept is amazing, and the writing so vivid and compelling. Betcha we'll be hearing news of you being signed VERY, VERY SOON!

  4. I noticed this one all over twitter too. I love the idea of dying and being stuck cleaning toilets--seems extra unfair!

  5. I really wanted to have a story from an alternative MC and what better than an imaginary friend! I thought this concept was unique and original and I'm absolutely floored that this wasn't one with agent bids all over it.

    I loved the opening, quirky and clever. I hope Louise loves it and finds a home for it. Don't be surprised if there's a lot of action on this at PitMad too, especially given all the Twitter hype.

  6. Thank you all so much! *blushes* The support of the Pitch Madness community (and Twitter writing community in general) is amazing.

    And Sharon, thank you so much for choosing my pitch for #TeamAwesome! It's beena blast.

  7. This one grabbed me from the first line. Love it! Such a cool and unique concept too :)

  8. I love this and am truly surprised it didn't get more bids?! No doubt I'll see it in book stores one day. =)