Genre:   Adult Literary Title:   The Orchid Girl’s Chase Word Count:   87,000 Hogwarts House:   Anggreka would be ...

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Genre:  Adult Literary

Title: The Orchid Girl’s Chase

Word Count: 87,000

Hogwarts House: Anggreka would be a sorted into the Gryffindors because it takes guts for a 13-year-old village girl to leave the jungle of Borneo to save her family, fight for miracles and overcome the cultural “curse” of her disability.

Pitch: Muslim Borneo teenager Anggreka’s mom dies giving birth to her sister. Disabled—missing one arm—Anggreka leaves her village home to find their polygamous father, their only hope for staying out of an orphanage.

First 250: 

“Heaven is located at the bottom of a mother's foot.” ~Indonesian Proverb

The Borneo village of Kembang, Indonesia, 2004

Anggreka:

Sometimes you just have to do something to make the curses go away. Even when you’re just thirteen. Especially when you’re the reason for them.

I’ve pictured this birth in my head a million times. Mama’s smiling her face wide open, staring into the eyes of her perfect baby, and the curses are floating out the window like ashes from the stove fire.

Please, far away and never ever come back.

You can see me, too, in my picture. I’m white and glowy like I’m full of all the magic wishes that come true. And you can hear me chanting to thank Allah for overlooking my haram sin and giving me my miracle anyway.

But Mama’s screaming breaks the picture into a million pieces. Her eyes roll all wild like maybe there’s a demon chasing his tail inside her. And her hair, stringy with sweat, ropes around her neck, and you think it’s about to turn into a snake that wants to squeeze out the last of her happiness. Then she presses her back against the foam mattress on the floor, thrashing like there’s some battle inside her between giving up or fighting back.  

“Fight, Mama,” I whisper. I wish I could just shout it and that my words would fly out as Tidung tribal swords to cut through all the pain. But I’m supposed to be hiding.


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10 Points – Query and first 10 pages = Petrificus Totalus
25 Points – Query and first 25 pages = Protego
50 Points – Query and first 50 pages = Stupefy
100 Points – Query and first 100 pages = Sectumsempra
200 Points – Query and full = Expelliarmus

8 comments:

  1. Ooh, curious to read more of this one -- 20 points! Please send the pages to patricia@marsallyonliteraryagency.com, and make sure to mention PitchSlam in the subject line of the email. Thank you!

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  2. Stupefy! Please send your query and pages as a word document attachment to my personal inbox (whitley@inklingsliterary.com). And if you don't mind, could you also include your query letter on the first page of the word doc? Thanks!

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  3. 200 Points – Query and full = Expelliarmus

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  4. Posting on behalf of Laurie McLean:

    Sectumsempra!

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  5. Posting on behalf of Nicole Resciniti: 200 points!

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