Friday, 2 March 2012
Pitch Pitch - three YA/12+ pitches
In an effort to get through the backlog of pitches that brave writers have sent in, I’m putting up three teenage/YA pitches in one go. If you aren’t familiar with this incredibly useful and popular exercise, do go and read some of the comments on recent pitches. (Put Pitch Pitch in the search box at top right.). If you’d like to pitch your own book and get help from my highly constructive readers, do read this post to find out what to do.
And I have an apology: I have no time at all to comment on these pitches as I usually do. I’m away on a scary schedule of events and I am running to keep up with myself. So, readers, it’s over to you. Be constructive and honest with respect, as you always are.
Fire in the Blood – an urban fantasy for 12+ by Audry T
Ever since her father abandoned her, Sandra Guirola has seen herself as a defender of the underdog, tough enough to keep those she cares about from being hurt by others. But Sandra's carefully-spun illusion begins to unravel when she sets her best friend Juliet up with a boy she thinks will bring the shy girl out of her shell, and inadvertently exposes her to a preternatural killer who has been lurking on the fringes of both their lives for more than a decade.
Juliet Abrams has lived in near-seclusion most of her life, thanks to the scar disfiguring her face and the traumatic memory of seeing her family murdered by an unholy monster. She lives vicariously through Sandra's romances, believing that love is a distant dream she will never achieve, until the night she meets a boy who empathizes with her disfigurement, and finds herself drawn into a deadly love triangle that nearly ends up tearing to pieces the only relationship that truly matters -- her friendship with Sandra.
(Audry also mentioned to me that it’s told from two alternating first-person perspectives, which she has not indicated in the pitch but would in the longer synopsis.)
Training Time – a YA novel by Kirsty Stanley
After her step-brother is murdered, Jane, fuelled by grief and her untreated bipolar disorder, nearly ends up dead, or in jail. Her step-father, the commander of the time police academy persuades the judge to recruit her to the academy rather than commit her.
Inspired by the teachers pioneering this new technology and by the classmates who treat her as an equal, even when they are sabotaging her, Jane starts to get closer to the truth, of what she wants her life to be and to discovering who murdered Jamie.
Travelling through time brings new challenges including a burst appendix and adhering to ethical guidelines regarding what is right and wrong. But, Jane has never really been one to follow conventional rules and this time she has friends to play look out for her, even down to spotting the love of her life. About time.
We Took Risks – a YA adventure with romance, by Jennifer Burkinshaw
The stakes are high for 17 year old Tess on her drama residential in Grange-over-Sands: having always needed speech therapy, she has to succeed in her ensemble devised performance. That will show her nemesis, Courtney, also in the group, that Tess can speak clearly enough, as well as the necessary confidence to study law.
But Courtney and the other four are distracted both by romance and an increasingly dangerous series of dares to liven up this has-been resort. Following their guided walk across Morecambe Bay, Korean Terry is hopelessly determined to find the last body of the Chinese cocklers. When the five set off alone across the lethal Morecambe Bay, it’s Tess who brings them a compass in the fog, and stays with Courtney as she’s stuck in sinking sand.
Jack, Tess’s speech therapist, is also on the trip to help with the drama and becomes part of the rescue of Tess and Courtney. Faced with death, Tess can finally acknowledge her feelings for him.
(Jennifer adds: What I don't feel I've managed to get into my pitch is that it's narrated in the first person by Tess, and there's an element of satire to it.)
Thanks to all those writers for being intrepid. As I say, I’m so sorry I just have no time to add comments but please, the rest of you, comment away!