Thursday, March 29, 2018


GENRE: MG Light Fantasy

L'Académie Majestueuse: an elite Swiss boarding school. But something's off; creativity and originality are forbidden. Luckily, 12-year-old Vera can help–if she sneaks in living Objects from a whacky villager's curiosity shop and pairs them correctly with classmates. While she's at it, she’ll have to figure out why there’s a fire in her belly and learn how to utilize it. A LUMINARY AT L’ACADÉMIE is a middle grade novel for believers in magic aged 8-12.


  1. Cool! I'd love to see more - Please send query + first 3 chaps my way!

  2. Congratulations! Please email me at facelesswords(at) for Joan's address.

  3. I find it a little odd that you're using a French name for the school, but nothing else in this pitch is French (not even the character's name or the spelling of Objects which wouldn't have a c). I also don't like the use of "fire in her belly" as I can't tell if you mean this literally or if it's an odd use of an expression. Finally, I think we need a clearer goal here. What is she trying to accomplish in this story?

    Good luck!

  4. There is a lot here that draws my interest! I don't think you need to include the ages--we already now it's MG. The beginning was a little off kilter for me. I feel like I need to know more about why creativity is forbidden and why anyone would go there in that case. I suggest you might start with introducing Vera and tell us why she is going to the school, then tell us how she figures out something is amiss. The unexpected elements of the curiosity shop and the fire in her belly really drew me in, though.

  5. Please send query and first 10 pages to Thanks!
    Jenny Bent
    The Bent Agency

  6. I'd love to read more. Please email your query + 3 chapters + synopsis to, and include "Birthday Blog Pitch" in the subj line. I look forward to reading!

  7. I'd be happy to see a query and the first 10 pages of this. Please follow our submission guidelines at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency website, where you will also find my email. In the subject line, write QUERY: AUTHORESS.

    Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary Agency