Age Category: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary

Word Count: 78,000

Pitch: To fulfill her immigrant mother’s incomplete dance legacy, Akira reluctantly allies with rival subway dancer Dawson to form a diverse crew of outcasts in hopes of winning a hip-hop dance battle.

First 250 Words of the Manuscript:
Dance is an electric starburst. Three deep breaths get me up from my bed every morning, but it’s dance that sustains me.

The D-train hastily skids into the station, screaming on the metal tracks. The sight of it gives me eyegasms—my stomach doing little flips in beat to the rhythm in my heart. The adrenaline rush just before I step into the train is the one purest feeling in the world, not marred by the doubt and anxiety that plagues most of my day—including the way I walk past people or how I move my jaw when I speak. When I’m dancing, nothing else matters.

Beside me, Jody fans himself. “It’s steaming here.”

I cast him a sideways look. It took me gazillion years to coax him down here to the subway.

“You sure you know Samantha Grace?” he asks for the tenth time. “I hope I didn’t get my ass down here for nothing, Akira.” Jody lives in the apartment next door to me in the Bronx and is always filming the crews who perform in the subways for his YouTube channel. All except me. Apparently, I’m not popular enough to end up on his videos.

“You’ll get your girl, bro,” I say. An introduction to Samantha Grace is my humble offering to Jody. In return, he’s going to make the tape for my Litecrew dance audition next week.

Samantha is a senior, same as me, but I’ve never talked to her. She’s the diva of Rookwood High; she wouldn’t talk to a girl from the wrong side of the track. But Jody, who is a junior, doesn’t need to know that.


  1. Candy Castle! (Query + full manuscript) 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. So excited to read more!

  2. Request to take the Cherry Pitfalls! Please send the query and the first 100 pages (attached as a Word document) to queries [at] parkliterary [dot] com. Please paste the query into both the body of the email and the first page of the Word document. Put “Pete Knapp – Pitch Madness” in the subject line.

  3. Ninja agent request! I’d love to see more of this. Could you please send the query, along with the first 50 pages as a Word doc attachment and “Pitch Madness Request” in the subject line, to patricia[at]marsallyonliteraryagency[dot]com? Thank you!

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