Title: The Seven Skies
Age Category: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 95,000
Pitch: When Pippa’s taken captive by sky pirates, she must beat her long-lost uncle at his game of revenge or she’ll lose the starship that’s come to mean home. Picture Sansa Stark on the Serenity.
First 250 Words of Manuscript:
To the seven planets my father was a superhero. The kind with the flowy red cape and the big yellow S on it from the Old Earth legends. To me he’d always be the quiet scientist, his nose buried in beakers and books. From inside the starship, I could see where he stood on the waiting platform outside: hands in his pockets, head low, the trusty tweed jacket buttoned up his neck. This was how he acted when he didn’t want to be noticed, but something was different now—his hair was greyer than the skies at first light.
The seven years I’d spent away had cost us both something. I sighed. The stars between planets couldn’t have passed fast enough, which was the same for my last days at St. Andrews Academy.
Tucking a stray bit of hair behind my ear, I reached for my portmanteau and rose from the seat. My head still spun from the rocky flight. Sure, the interplanetary belts were great for space travel, but you’d think we’d be able to zap ourselves from planet to planet by now.
The doors cracked open, expelling vapors on the waiting platform like fog through a forest of trench coats and briefcases. It took a moment for the steam outside to pass. Nothing was worse for my hair than walking through moisture, and I wanted to look good for Dad considering it had been two years since we’d seen each other last.
Time to give that whole good-daughter-thing a try.
8 thoughts on “W9: YA Science Fiction: The Seven Skies”
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I’m late to the party, but Candy Castle! I’d love to see the query and the full manuscript. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Requested Material” in the subject line.
What an intriguing pitch and sample! I would love to take a look at the first 75 pages. Would you please submit them via the form on my website, and make your title Pitch Madness THE SEVEN SKIES? My submission form is here: http://www.literaryagents.io/query-steven-salpeter-submission-guidelines-topstyle/
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