Drew Williams (DWilliams2446 on QT) has signed with agent Chris Kepner of The Kepner Agency.
I have recently completed work on a science fiction novel that will carry readers to the far edges of a distant universe, a place entirely unlike our own corner of the galaxy, yet filled with the same eternal constants - love, hate, need, fear - as our own world. Filled with action, suspense, romance, and a touch of humor to keep everything grounded, 'The Stars Now Unclaimed' has everything the modern science fiction reader could want out of a space opera. I'd love for you to take a look, if any of that sounds interesting to you.
The novel begins in a galaxy that has recently undergone a cataclysmic change - where once technology allowed the various species that populate the solar systems to spread out across the stars, now, for reasons none understand, some worlds have been stripped back to pre-spaceflight constants, while others retain every advantage the higher levels of scientific progress can offer this. This change is called 'the pulse', and why it happened - who caused it, and why - is at the center of the story.
The narrative is focused on Jane, a former soldier and mercenary now serving a secretive cabal called 'The Justified', who seek out gifted children on far-flung worlds, children they believe can avert a second coming of the pulse. On one such search, she finds Esa, a young woman granted abilities far outstripping scientific understanding. Together, they must escape the apocalyptic confines of Esa's feudal world, and make for the stars and for the sanctum of the Justified, so that Esa may learn the truth about her past, and her future.
The Justified, however, are not the only ones who would seek to put Esa's gifts to use. Also on their trail are the Pax, a fascist collection of zealots who remain untouched by the pulse, and see that as proof that they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy. Together with a handful of comrades from Jane's past - and a mysterious sentient machine called only 'the Preacher' - Jane and Esa must fight their way past the Pax, through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers. When they do manage to reach the Justified, however, their adventure is just beginning, for the Pax have followed, and the conflict over Esa, and the other gifted children like her, will take them to the very brink of war and beyond, as well as making them question everything they thought they knew about the universe, and each other.
If you're interested in seeing more, please let me know. I am currently unpublished, but have fifteen years experience working in a bookstore, with ten of those years as the adult book buyer, so I know my way around the sales side of the publishing industry. I've included three sample chapters of my work in the body of the email if you're interested; the word count is 118,170.
Thank your your time and attention,