Pitch to: Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Title: ALMOST A ZEBRA
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 242 words
Author: Reed Hilton-Eddy

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…. It’s a goose?! ALMOST A ZEBRA playfully challenges the notion that one or two features make an animal. For readers ages 1-4, includes age-appropriate body part recognition, counting, critical thinking and wild animals.
 
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Title: Chicken's Unclucky Day
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 530 words
Author: Sue Newton

Chicken feels so clucky to be...well...a chicken, but her feathers are ruffled when she discovers that she'll be featuring on tonight's menu. Shell-shocked and armed with just a few pairs of rubber gloves, she needs to become a master of disguise in order to avoid the dreaded cooking pot.
 
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Title: Mummy Bernard
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 500 words
Author: Sue Newton

Squatting on a rugby ball, playing 'hatch' is fun, but Bernard the cockerel cannot wait to grow up and lay eggs of his own. However, when his mum drops the bombshell that this simply is never going to happen, heartbroken Bernard has to find another way of being a mummy.
 
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Sue,

Thank you for sharing your two picture books. I think they are both cute, but I don't feel I am the right agent for these works.

Dawn Dowdle
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Noel S

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Thanks Dawn. I will be pitching another novel tomorrow. A Late Awakening is about a woman in her 50's failing to deal with the sudden death of her husband , but then via a chance meeting she embarks on a strange journey of reawakening and healing. It's self published on Amazon, and has attracted wonderful reviews (nearly all from women). It's a very unusual love story dealing with real issues, and with a mysterious friendship and an assisted suicide at the heart of the story. It's women's fiction / literary fiction. I'll pitch it to you, see what you think. N
 
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Title: Marked by Magic: Leif Versus the Soul Stealer
Genre: Steampunk/Mystery/Adventure
Length: 60,000
Author: Annmarie SanSevero

Magic Versus Machines. To rescue his father, Leif must use illegal magic and risk losing his father's love if he succeeds.
 
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Title: The Rabbi Versus the Grand Inquisitor (A Jewish Folktale)
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 613
Author: Retold by Annmarie SanSevero

When the Grand Inquisitor plots a no-win trial against Rabbi Pinkhes, can he outwit the inquisitor’s evil plan?
 
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Title: Marked by Magic: Leif Versus the Soul Stealer
Genre: Steampunk/Mystery/Adventure
Length: 60,000
Author: Annmarie SanSevero

Magic Versus Machines. To rescue his father, Leif must use illegal magic and risk losing his father's love if he succeeds.
Middle Grade. My apologies.
 
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celiastgelais

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Title: Managing the Mogul
Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)
Length: 72,000 words
Author: Celia St Gelais

BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE X BRIDGERTON

After she's fired from her governess position, Clara Price finds herself marooned in a snowstorm with John Calder, a striking shipping mogul—and the very man who just rejected her bid for employment. While under his roof, Clara witnesses an attempt to bring down his empire, and she joins John on a dangerous hunt to find out who's after his demise. But when someone from her past publishes a smear campaign that threatens her reputation and livelihood, Clara must learn to rise above the constraints of a male-dominated world by advocating for women’s rights and believing in the possibility she doesn’t have to do it alone.
 
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Vivienne Frist

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  • Title: Anything for an 'A'
  • Genre: Adult Mystery
  • Length: 90,000 words
  • Author: Vivienne Frist
Twenty-seven year-old college advisor, Sarah Stanton, would love to cure her imposter syndrome and the waning interest of her gorgeous professor boyfriend. When she discovers her mysterious student disappeared after their appointment, she teams up with the hot campus cop to find clues—until those clues implicate her professor boyfriend. Sarah must choose between trusting him and clearing his name or turning him in to face his fate. Netflix's THE CHAIR meets STEPHANIE PLUM
 
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14grecok

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Title: Reusable

Genre: Chick-lit with cozy mystery elements

Length: 78,000 words

Author: Kaitlin Greco

When YouTube sensation Jenna Caprisi is filmed poaching elephants in Africa with Dom Mergeniere, her career crumbles faster than a paper straw. The video appears fabricated until Dom is murdered, but the only one on the pier that night was Jenna’s arch-rival, Nina Armant. Can Jenna and Nina team up to find out who really should be canceled before they both become another plastic bag casualty?
 
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Kaitlin,

If this is a cozy mystery, I would like to read more. If it is just chick-lit, I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

Dawn Dowdle
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Dshark

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  • Title: Ellie the Eggspert
  • Genre: PB
  • Length: 500 words
  • Author: Danielle Sharkan

The Box Turtle x Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Ellie is an expert at many things, but not cooking! So when her teacher announces a class cooking competition, Ellie is determined to learn…and win! But when everyone is assigned a vegetable, and Ellie gets eggplant, she finds that winning is much sweeter when shared with friends.
 
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mycupoftea&pen

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Pitch to Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency​




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Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM
Title: ZITI'S GARDEN
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 353 Words
Author/Illustrator: Alvina Leder

Ziti grows art in her garden, but because Ziti is a zebra, all her art is black and white. All the animals in town love and embrace what Ziti grows--sculptures, fashion, literature, etc.--and make it part of their lives until one day, Gordon (a sheep who is tired of conforming) announces that only black and white art is excluding. Fortunately, Ziti is clever and knows exactly how her garden can solve this problem in an artistic and inclusive way.
 
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iwritemiddlegrade

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Title : The mystery at Apple Tree Orchard
Genre: MG Mystery
Length: 40,000
By: Summer Hemingway

When Grandad's apple orchard is threatened with closure, wannabe detective Suzie investigates, only to run afoul of unscrupulous land developers and competitor Orchards scheming to drive him out.
 
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rozanark

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Title: A CURRY CURE
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 440 words
Author: Rozana Rajkumari

AMY WU AND THE PERFECT BAO X BILAL COOKS DAAL

Atiya can't wait to splash in the first spring puddles with Mama. But a cold has Mama stuck in winter. With Baba's help, Atiya makes Mama's comfort curry to chase away the cold but worries their curry won’t be the cure Mama needs to join in their springtime tradition. Atiya must learn to trust herself to make Mama feel better.
 
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Rozana,

Thank you for pitching your two picture books. While they sound cute, I don't feel I am the right agent for these works.

Dawn Dowdle
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Pitch to Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency​




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Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM
Title: Murder on Lake Nebo
Genre: Mystery/Cozy
Words: 87,600
Author: Ruben D. Gonzales

After a short career as a city newspaper photographer ends, Emma returns to her small Blue Ridge Mountain home to open a photography studio and face the demons of her past. Having once used her inherited Cherokee ability of reading the energy auras of people to help solve the mystery of her brother’s murder, a local winery owner offers to pay her to look into the suspicious death of his wife. Suspects are many and leads end in frustration as Emma pieces together a case, while being careful not to let everyone know she can tell who’s lying.
 
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ReginaMorris

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Title: Pink Ribbon Perfection
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy (Own Voice)
Length: 93,000 words
Author: Regina Morris

Thomas needs to stop his brother’s wedding, but the bride curtails his efforts with the one bridesmaid who would hate him the most. Ashely, struggling to regain her sexuality after a double mastectomy and refusing reconstruction, attends a family wedding (ugly and revealing bridesmaid dress and all) not realizing she has been paired off with the leading breast reconstruction surgeon in Chicago. Thomas & Ashely lose the bride’s wedding ring, their emotional baggage, and their hearts in Vegas.
 
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Blondie37

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Title: Punkerella
Genre: Picture book
Word count: 487
Author: Stacey Miller

This wasn't once upon a time, this was

hip hop and happening right now and

Punkerella was ready to rock...

Will she perform at the Pop Princess's

party or will her Screeching Stepsisters

smash her rock'n'roll dreams to

smithereens.
 
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Pitch to Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency​




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Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM
Title: First Impressions
Genre: traditional Regency romance
Length: 91,000 words
Author: Elizabeth Donne

Ellena believes herself fated to repeat her parents’ joyless marriage, and journeys reluctantly to meet the man her father has chosen for her, when a carriage accident leaves her stranded in a woodland cabin with a handsome stranger. Torn between duty and the stirrings of real feeling, Ellena tries to do the right thing, but makes one doomed decision after another. Maybe the fates are conspiring against her, or perhaps they will teach her to follow her heart.

(dual POV; stand-alone with series potential)
 
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