UPDATE: Things happen. Eventually. After 18 months on submission, my debut novel has now sold, due in stores sometime 2017/2018.
Literally just off the phone five minutes ago. Of the 25 queries I'd sent, he was the only one who requested pages -- and there's truth to the aphorism that it only takes one.
Here's the letter:
When Alex Mata is recruited by his future self to fight in a war to save the galaxy, he’s sure his worst fear has come true – he’s going crazy like his Uncle Chuy. But when the terrible predictions made by his future self begin to play out Alex figures that, crazy or not, his best chance for survival is joining up.
Alex finds himself working for the Gentry, very real aliens, defending the galaxy against a very real threat. The Gentry need Alex specifically because the same genetics that make him susceptible to schizophrenia, modified through Gentry technology, make it possible for Alex to be a glistronaut – one who travels forward in time and into the minds of others -- ensuring a future where the Gentry are victorious. But when Alex discovers that the Gentry plan doesn’t end with the defeat of their enemy, but with the elimination of humanity, he must escape in order to stop them. Escape, though, will mean a descent into schizophrenia. And stopping the Gentry may doom the galaxy.
GLISTRONAUT, complete at 97,000 words, is set against a contemporary backdrop. When I’m not writing, I teach psychology and social science to at-risk kids like Alex in South Los Angeles. This story is inspired, in part, by them and their ability to turn hardships into advantages.
Thank you for your time and consideration. The first fifteen pages follow in-line.