Martine Fournier Watson (mnfourn on QT) has signed with agent Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, Inc..
Dear (Agent Name),
Traveling salesmen like Robert Owens have passed through Evie Dawson's farming town before, but none of them ever offered what he has to sell: dreams, made to order, even a nightmare if you're in the mood, and customer satisfaction guaranteed. He spends a few months in this town, maybe a year in that one, then moves on. It's a solitary life. It's what he deserves.
Until Robert walks into Evie's town. That very morning Evie's 9-year-old son Ben has gone missing, and when his body is discovered Evie seeks Robert's help to treat her grief, craving what only he can sell her.
While a secret friendship between Evie and Robert grows, his relationships with the rest of the town devolve. Evie's husband, George, doesn't like him. He flirts too much with the teenaged Cora Jenkins. The minister wants him gone.
As Robert's unpopularity increases, rumours begin to circulate about the timing of his arrival, which followed so closely upon Ben Dawson's disappearance. And despite all his seemingly good intentions, some of the dreams he sells will lead to disaster.
My short stories have been published in literary journals such as Beloit Fiction Journal, Roanoke Review, and The Best of Foliate Oak Online. In two separate years I received an honourable mention and the Editors' Prize in the E. M. Koeppel short fiction contest at WriteCornerPress.com. I was recently awarded an honourable mention in the 2014 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, and shortlisted in the Fish Anthology 2014-15 short memoir competition. My poetry chapbook, Michelangelo and Me, was published in 2005 by Finishing Line Press.
I believe my 82, 000-word literary novel THE DREAM PEDDLER, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Yoevil Literary Prize, might be of interest to you. I would be thrilled to hear from you!
Thank you for your time and consideration,
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