Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SVS Agent Round 7: I AM BECOME ANNABELLE, MG Fantasy

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Word Count: 34,000

Is Your Main Character hot or cold?

Annabelle is cold. Given all she’s been through at such a young age, and the secrets she now keeps, she handles things coolly and calmly.


Annabelle Parker’s parents are not dead. Everyone thinks they are, that she’s in the club with Harry Potter and Batman, but they needn’t purchase her jacket just yet. Her parents are stuck in a painting, and she’s determined to find the right one and let them out.

Annabelle is pretty sure she has the situation under control. She’s twelve now, and she’s conquered the Portland MAX train and put up with her hippie grandpa, so she can do anything. In the two years since Annabelle’s parents disappeared, she’s released the inhabitants of sixty-three paintings. Her sixty-fourth happens to be Devi Ghosh, a thirteen-year-old girl from Mumbai who wants nothing more than to get back in the painting Annabelle has taken her out of.

The girls must work together, though all they have to go on is Annabelle’s fractured memory of the night her parents disappeared. There is a connection between their families and the Portland Art Museum; Annabelle has to find it, or she won’t ever see her parents again.

I AM BECOME ANNABELLE, complete at 34,000 words, is a MG fantasy novel about accidental and reluctant sisterhood, the Saturday flea market, and Hindu mythology. It is the first in a planned series.

First 250 words:

My name is Annabelle Parker, and I have let a lot of things into this world that don’t belong here.

I always hoped for the best, of course, but I had no way of knowing what would come from any given painting. I’ve released pirates and pandas, Venus Fly-Traps and a velociraptor. Yeah, once, a velociraptor. It went on a rampage and ate four chickens before being impaled.

Even the dinosaur was better than a lot of things. I once let out a dragon. It was the size of a housecat and had a cold. I haven’t seen it since, but I figure it can’t be terrorizing the world too much or I’d have heard about it by now.

In two years, I’d found sixty-three paintings. I’d released people, animals, and things I called “other”. Like this one thing made of light that burned me when I touched it. I was glad to see it go, honestly.

Now I walked along the Willamette river, looking for the best spot. The spot where I was least likely to be spotted. I’d taken the MAX train as far as I could, to the Old Town Chinatown stop. The painting of a boat had taken up an entire seat next to me, but at right before five in the morning, no one cared. I only saw one other person on the train, and it’s an unspoken Portland rule that you leave people on the MAX alone if it’s before six in the morning.


  1. Hmmmmm I'm feeling a slight chill here, enough to read more! Please send the query and first ten pages (in the body of the email) to ssulaiman (at) talcottnotch (dot) net -- and don't forget to include #SunvsSnow in the subject line!

    Looking forward to reading on,

  2. Let's submit and chill! Please send a synopsis and the 1st 3chs to crubinobradway AT lkgagency DOT com! Thanks!

  3. Brrrr! Could you please send the query, along with the first 50 pages and a synopsis attached as a Word doc, to queryjennifer[at]lizadawson[dot]com?


    Jennifer Johnson-Blalock

  4. Brrr! Annabelle's story is super fun! Please send the query and the first 50 pages as an attachment to mention "REQUESTED: Sun vs. Snow" in the subject line

    Can't wait to dive into your story!

    Jennifer March Soloway

  5. Brr! Please send the query and 1st three chapters as a word attachment to Kristy[dot]hunter@knightagency[dot]net. Thanks! Kristy

  6. Thanks, please do email the manuscript and query letter my way!

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    I look forward to hearing from you.

    All the best,


    Mark Gottlieb
    Literary Agent
    Trident Media Group, LLC
    41 Madison Avenue, Floor 36
    New York, NY 10010
    (212) 333-1506

  7. That made me shiver! Please send your query, synopsis and first 50 pages to

  8. This sounds great! Please send the full MS to attached as a Word doc with the query pasted into the beginning of the doc. Put "SUN VS SNOW - PETE KNAPP" in the subject. I look forward to reading!

  9. Time to break out the hot chocolate with extra marshmallows! Please send the full manuscript and your query to The subject line should be 'Sun vs. Snow Requested Materials.'

    Danielle Burby
    Nelson Literary Agency