Joseph Sidari (22will on QT) has signed with agent Christine Cohen of Virginia Kidd Agency.
Dear Ms. Cohen,
LITTLE GREEN MEN (97,000 words) is science fiction with a unique and unlikely hero. Charlie Rice is a paramedic with Tourette’s Syndrome who stumbles upon a crash-landed UFO, and discovers he’s the only one who can stop an alien invasion with his emerging psychic talents. Think "ET" meets "Scrubs."
Ashamed of the random tics and outbursts that accompany his Tourette's syndrome, Charlie prefers to avoid the spotlight. But his involvement in a high profile death as a first year EMT changes that, and sends him scuttling off to rural New Hampshire to regain his anonymity. A job in the tiny village of Gilmont seems to be just the tonic for what ails him.
But then a Dorito-shaped aircraft makes a swan dive in front of Charlie. Amidst the smoke and flames and desperate cries for help he finds alien beings. They’re so little, so helpless, and so … green. Pursued by secret military operatives, fanatical members of the Alien Abduction Society, and the news paparazzi, Charlie become the focal point of a media circus and government cover-up. Not bad for his first month in a new town. Hmm, no. On second thought—very bad.
Aided by his foul-mouthed partner, his elderly psychic landlady, a tree-hugging biology teacher, and a plastic surgery-addicted reporter, Charlie struggles to reclaim his quiet life and prove to the world that he’s not crazy, handicapped, the leader of a UFO cult, or the carrier of an alien plague. He is, however, the only one who may be able to prevent the aliens from colonizing Earth.
I’ve never had an alien encounter, but I am a physician. That means you can be sure that my scientific and medical scenes are realistic. I received my MD from Boston University. And although this is my first novel, I have been published in medical journals. Most recently, my article, "The Last Words to Ever Say to a Patient," which was named Honorable Mention in this year's Physician Writing Contest, will be published in Medical Economics on October 10, 2015. And, unlike my protagonist, Charlie, I have social skills. I’ve given many presentations on medical topics to colleagues and lay people, and I plan to use that experience to help promote this book, the first in a proposed series. I’m active on social media. And my website is josephsidari.com.
I think this novel would appeal to readers who enjoy John Scalzi’s sci-fi (The Android’s Dream, Agent to the Star’s) or Christopher Moore’s fantasy (Lamb, A Dirty Job) and fans of the humorous fiction of Carl Hiassen. Pretty big shoes to fill, I know.
I’m contacting you personally because of your stellar reputation, and your interest in representing science fiction. And I know you represent Alan Dean Foster, so I thought this might be a good fit for you. May I send you pages or the complete manuscript?
Thank you for your consideration,