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

KatieW

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Jun 6, 2018
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Title: VIOLET AND DUCK
Genre: Picture book, Humor
Word count: 400
Author: Katie Walsh

It’s ‘Absolutely No Pets Allowed’ in the tiny apartment Violet shares with her Daddy until a cute, cuddly duck just happens to follow her home. She can’t resist! Violet quickly realizes keeping Duck a secret is hard work! Quack! Come back here, Duck!
 
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cadybielecki

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Sep 30, 2021
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Pitch to Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency​




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Title: Phoebe Fixes Everything
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romcom
Length: 80,000 words
Author: Cady Bielecki

Following an unfortunate workplace hookup, Phoebe Dawson finds herself jobless, boyfriend-less, and directionless. Things start to look up when she sees a misplaced local YouTube ad featuring her doppelgänger, a successful saleswoman who lives 500 miles away, and Phoebe decides to pack up her life and try to meet the woman who has everything she wants. She settles in at a roadside motel with quirky guests and a handsome proprietor she starts to fall for, all while discovering a hidden talent that might be the key to her happiness.
 
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oneilene

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Oct 28, 2020
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Title: Obviously Unrequited
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 89,000 words
Author: Eilene Spear

Single mom Allie is hesitant to enroll her son in karate lessons, even though she knows it could help his low self esteem. Her concerns are assuaged when she meets former Marine Jake, the handsome, thoughtful and kind instructor, and she quickly develops what she assumes is an unrequited crush. She’s wrong, and if she can get over her feelings of inadequacy and articulate what she wants; she and Jake can face her past and have a future-even when her abusive ex gets out of prison.
 
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Title: The Sooner I Go
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 81,000
Author: Heather Cumiskey

18-year-old Brynn, a former performing arts high school student, is ready to embark on her singing career with her musician husband when her parents and husband die tragically on the same night. Left on her own, Brynn inherits her parents’ debt and is forced to forgo her singing aspirations for a summer internship at a prestigious NYC ad agency where she meets 20-year-old advertising heir, Micah. Brynn plunges in headfirst until a stranger comes forward seeking revenge and threatens her second shot at love.
 
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BBurak

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Sep 30, 2021
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Title: CHEF GOATON RAMSEY'S WORLD-FAMOUS FOOD TRUCK
Genre: Picture Book, Humor, High Concept
Length: 360 words
Author: Brian Burak

Chef Goaton Ramsey’s food truck is famous for its delicacies like aluminum can-noli and shoe-shi. When a celebrity chef announces a visit to Bleatsburg, Chef Ramsey is determined to create a new dish to impress her. As doubts and setbacks creep in, Chef Ramsey searches for inspiration in his quest prepare a world-class meal and be named the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All-Time).
 
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Title: Buds and Bees
Genre: Picture book/fiction
Length: 393 words
Author: Russell Wolff

Bees can be such bullies! When a bee won’t buzz off, a determined girl seeks the courage to get past it to pick a wildflower bouquet for her dad’s special day. But is the bee really a bully, and is bravery enough?

Thanks for your consideration!
 
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Dawn Dowdle
Russell,

This sounds interesting. I would be happy to review a query. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and put "SavvyAuthors Pitchfest" for who referred you.

Dawn Dowdle
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RussellWolff
Dawn,

Thank you very much for your response! I appreciate your interest and look forward to submitting a query.

Best,
Russ
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MichiganBlue

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Sep 30, 2021
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  • Title: ADVENTURES IN DOG SITTING
  • Genre: Romantic Suspense
  • Length: 80,000 words
  • Author: Temma Thomas
  • Comps: Beach Read, Welcome to Temptation, Julie Garwood thrillers

Neuroscientist Isla Palmer plans to spend a carefree summer dog sitting on a Michigan beach, and former flight surgeon Adam Andersson just wants his emergency room clear of unnecessary violence. When Adam decides Isla moving into the house next door threatens his peace, the two are thrust together with no reason to trust one another. With a dog named Finlay, the two uncover a drug syndicate that threatens safety in the small beach town… and Isla’s life.
 
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TammyBlakley

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Sep 30, 2021
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Title: Pig Tales
Genre: Mystery
Length: 87,000 words
Author: Tammy Blakley

If Carl Hiaasen wrote the Andy Griffith Show - Clown, death, secrets…& a pig? Sheriff Bart has a mystery on his hands after a clown shows up & a farmer & his pig go missing. When the farmer’s body is found Bart now has to find the culprit & the pig. The key is the clown…& the secrets he holds.
 
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Vebarger

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Oct 28, 2020
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Title: RAISING THE BAR
Genre: Cookbook
Length: 76,000 words
Author: Vanessa Edwards

Food, friends, and fun are the three ingredients for a fantastic evening, but being the hostess with the mostess is a lot of work. This book makes creating those events easy and impressive, with options for everyone on your list. So whether you’re creating a hot chocolate bar at work to celebrate the holidays, or a mashed potato bar at home during game night with friends, you’ll have less stress and more fun!
 
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samreenahsan

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Feb 11, 2021
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  • Title: Recruiting Mr. Darcy
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Length: 100,000 words
  • Author: Samreen Ahsan
A humorous modern-day retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, where evening balls are replaced with Muslim meetups and Iftar parties and people have one motive: matrimony.
 
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Title: COOKING IN THE MUSICAL KITCHEN
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 351
Author: Lori Copperman Evans

Trumpet Crumpets and Piano-ninis! Enjoy a delicious rhyming buffet full of musical food and edible music Eat to the beat the whole day through!
Comps: ZIN ZIN ZIN A VIOLIN + STIR CRACK WHISK BAKE
 
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Dawn Dowdle
Lori,

This sounds cute but I don't represent board books at this time.

Dawn Dowdle
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Lori C Evans
Hi Dawn. FYI, this is definitely a picture book with word-play and puns for children ages 4-7. My bad for putting in the comps 1 board book and 1 pic book, hoping to convey the cross between the music and the cooking. Would you be more interesting knowing this?
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Dawn Dowdle
Lori,

This sounds interesting. I would be happy to review a query. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and put "SavvyAuthors Pitchfest" for who referred you.

Dawn Dowdle
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Title: TILLY THE TINY
Genre: Early MG reader
Length: 715
Author: Lori Copperman Evans

Despite her size, tiny Tilly is determined to become a full-fledged wizard but first she has to pass the test. When she faces fire-breathing pigs, floating skulls, and a nearsighted troll, she must use all the resources at her disposal to defeat them. Why wait for middle school novels to enjoy wizards?!
Comps: a younger, less dark HILDA + THE LITTLEST WITCH
 
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Dawn Dowdle
I'm confused. What is the word length?

Dawn Dowdle
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Lori C Evans
Hi Dawn. I had read "Early Readers: 200 - 3,500 words, depending on age level." So the word count of 715 is for perhaps grade 2/3 readers, early MG still with lots of pictures.
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klegge

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Oct 27, 2020
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Title: Maultaschen Memories
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 345
Author: Krista Legge

Maultaschen is more than a delicious meal. To one child it is family, strength, culture, and love. When she bakes with her dad, those memories and traditions bubble up to the surface just like the Maultaschen.
 
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Title: Not The Right Yema
Genre: Picture Book
Length: 870
Author: Imelda Taylor

Maria wants to surprise her visiting Lola from the Philippines with yema, her favourite sweet. Her first attempt is the wrong colour, the next one is the wrong texture–but disaster strikes when she runs out of ingredients! Maria needs to find a way to get more ingredients and make the yema her Lola loves.
 
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Title: The Murder Blog
Genre: Suspense
Length: 75,000 words
Author: Sandra Gardner

When Philomena was 18, her best friend was one of several young women abducted and murdered in upstate New York by a clever killer who eventually disappeared from the area.

Many years later, young women are ending up dead again.

Now a crime blogger, Philomena, with the help of a psychic gravedigger and the blog's readers, has made it her mission to find him -- before he can hunt her down.
 
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kristie12

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Sep 30, 2021
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Westwood, NJ

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Title: Sara's Snowy Climb

Genre: Picture Book Lyrical

Word count: 350 words

Author: Kristie Drake

A deer storms up the mountain. Sara follows discovering many animal tracks. Join her on a lyrical journey up, up and up.
 
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Erica Obey

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Title: The Brooklyn North Murders

Genre: Off-beat cozy

Length: 81,000

Author: Erica Obey



Fans of The Thursday Murder Club will enjoy this off-beat cozy featuring librarian Mary Watson and a mystery-writing AI program named Doyle. Doyle’s greatest feat of detection has been tracking down a few missing library books, so why does Mary suddenly find herself at the center of a battle to turn her sleepy village into the next Silicon Valley? And when she and Doyle discover a body in the hip-bath that saved Morgansburg, they must find out whether Doyle can solve murders as well as write them.
 
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kristie12

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Sep 30, 2021
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Title: Cari's Underwater Adventure

Genre: Picture Book Adventure

Length: 380

Author: Kristie Drake



The waves crash and splash making Cari fall. A fish flies toward her and CLAP! Join Cari on an underwater adventure.

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




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Title: HAND-ME-DOWN BOOTS
Genre: Picture book
Length: 520 words
Author: Amy Leskowski
Comps: THE REMEMBER BALLOONS (Jessie Oliveros & Dana Wulfekotte), SATURDAYS ARE FOR STELLA (Candy Wellins & Charlie Eve Ryan), DRAWN TOGETHER (Minh Lê & Dan Santat)

Myla was born too late—too late to remember Gigi, too late to have photos with Gigi, and too late to be named after Gigi. Myla must find her own connection with her late grandmother before secondhand stories fade, leaving Gigi forgotten forever.

Thank you!
 
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Title: JACK OF ALL SPADES
Genre: Picture book
Length: 470 words
Author: Amy Leskowski
Comps: ERASER (Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant), OLYMPIG! (Victoria Jamieson), BELLA’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS (Ana Siqueira & Geraldine Rodríguez), and a deck of playing cards

The Spades are all champions—except Jack. He's good at a lot but best at nothing. When a doubly disappointing defeat suggests he’s not suited to be a Spade, Jack chases first place as if it were the biggest deal of all.

Thank you!
 
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