Richard Pearson (TheRole on QT) has signed with agent Eric Ruben of The Ruben Agency.
I was inspired to write the novel because in addition to be an author and attorney, I am also an actor. I kept thinking one day the book I had in my head would be on the shelves, and I’d read it, and love it, but as time went on, it started to look like no one was going to write it. So I decided that, if no one else was going to do it, then it was up to me.
The first draft, the bones of the story, took a year (but there were several breaks during that year). Then I revised/rewrote a lot of it over four months. Then I did my first round of queries. My beginning wasn’t really very good, so after a bit of feedback I rewrote it, revised some more, and about a year after I finished my original draft it was in good enough shape to get interest from agents.
Other than that, I’d say authors need to be very open to feedback. I personally encouraged people to be as harsh as possible with me. I loved getting a heavily marked up chapter back from a reader.
Dear Mr. Ruben,
Due to your express interest in quality LGBT fiction, I think my novel THE ROLE would be perfect for you. There are few novels written about what it is like to rehearse for a Broadway play, and fewer still that focus on the gay men who dominate the industry. My novel offers readers a backstage pass, revealing that sometimes the greatest story on a Broadway stage happens behind the curtain.
Mason Burroughs always wanted to be on Broadway, but after years of trying, he is on the verge of giving up. However, everything changes when he runs into his old acting school crush, Kevin Connors. Kevin is the lead in a hotly anticipated new play, but the show cannot start until the director finds an actor with the right chemistry to play Kevin’s gay lover. Convinced that their reunion is a sign from the theatre gods, Kevin gets Mason an audition. Mason taps into his old feelings for Kevin, and lands the role that could finally make his Broadway fantasy come true.
Unfortunately, getting cast turns out to be the easy part. Mason is constantly pushed to the brink of collapse by his personal trainer, stripped naked – emotionally and literally – by the megalomaniacal director, and forced to surrender his identity to bring life to his character. Thankfully he has Eric, his boyfriend of many years, whose loving support grounds him in moments of weakness. But as Kevin and Mason perfect their onstage romance, the lines between life and illusion begin to blur, presenting Mason with the ultimate question. Will he succumb to his desire for Kevin in order to show the world the epitome of passion on stage, or will he stay faithful to his true love Eric, and risk letting his life-long dream slip through his fingers?
I practice law across the Hudson in Hoboken, and spend my spare moments writing and acting. I wrote this novel to escape the sterile language of the law, and to tell a story I longed to read as a gay man who grew up in the Arkansas theatre community.
THE ROLE is complete at 90,000 words. Per your guidelines, I have included a synopsis (I have a more detailed one available) & my first chapter. I am happy to forward any materials (including the full manuscript) upon request. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Richard Pearson, Esq.