I have three different pitches for you today. These writers are being brave but they also do want comments to help them hone their pitches. So, please be constructive, objective, fair and decent, please. If you don't normally read or like books of the sort described, either don't comment or else make it clear that you're speaking from a position of unfamiliarity.
Each writer only had to provide the pitch part of the covering letter - genre and word count were not requested because they would already have been given at the start of the letter. Each of these three writers has obeyed instructions! Oh, and it's NOT a competition.
Gap Years are Wasted on the Young is Eat Pray Love on HRT. I set off round the world in my fifties with nothing more than a rucksack and general ignorance. Brave or foolish? I hadn’t realised this is something most middle aged women believe is impossible.
Dramas happen when I’m lost: marooned on a beach in Australia with the tide rising and nothing but cliffs behind me; negotiating with a gunman who wants to marry me in Lucknow; recoiling from snakes and leeches in the jungles of Malaysia. One guide steers me safely through Nepal; another abandons me outside a massage parlour in Kerala. And no, I wasn’t always brave. But now I know almost anything is possible.
3 years ago street artist Spark and class dreamer Kayla made a promise to keep each other safe. Whatever. Years of bullying and abuse later, Spark’s body is falling apart from self-harm and addiction when a brutal attack by classmates leaves Kayla unconscious and Spark half dead. Now Kayla is about to find out what “whatever” means.
In a desperate bid to keep him alive, she steals a teacher’s car, straps Spark into the passenger seat, cuts a deal with his dealer, and runs. When they end up at the Forgotten and Alone Club in London’s underworld, it feels like they’ve found a home at last. But it soon becomes clear it’s too late for Spark, that their past is closing in, and that there is something very wrong about their new friends. And the way they look at Kayla.
Thanks to all the writers who have pitched - treat them respectfully, please!Twelve-year-old Oliver Normal’s life just got interesting. His twin sister Sarah has been sucked into Funnyold World, and he’s the only one who can get her back. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Funnyold World is under threat of dullification from the staggeringly tedious grey man who is chasing Oliver with grim determination. Why would he want to do that? Well, Oliver has picked up the Bright Book which is the only thing protecting Funnyold World from a deathly dull demise.
Funnyold World is the kind of place where armchairs decide, for no apparent reason, to change into ironing boards; where bags of feathers dump themselves on your head; where talkative girls called Flossie stop time for five seconds so you can cross the road. While Oliver is coming to terms with all of that, Sarah is in the eccentric company of Mr. Lancelot Z. Twootleberry and his trusty-but-grumpy donkey Woof. Armed only with a clobbaphone and instructions from Lancelot’s increasingly tetchy house, they set off into Funnyold World to find Oliver, joining him in the magical Humhall for a noisy showdown with the grey man and his slimy sidekick Sylvester Drib.