Steve Cordero (SCordero on QT) has signed with agent John Rudolph of Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC.
I first queried John earlier this year on my 6th book, a YA urban fantasy called I, NEMESIS. He liked it, but said it needed too much work in order for him to offer representation. He suggested a revise & resubmit and also invited me to send him any other manuscript I had. I had DRACAURUM and sent it to him with a copy of the query I had been using. A week later we had THE phone call, he offered rep, I said yes, and the rest is history.
Ten days. That's all the time sixteen-year-old Alejandro has to do the impossible—steal a dragon's fabled treasure of gold, the Dracaurum. It is the only way he can ransom his older sister Alisa from the corrupt Constable of Toledo. Alejandro would rather run his sword through the fiend than thieve the gold for him, but that's not an option, at least not yet.
While Alisa plots her own escape and that of the dozen other girls trapped in the Constable's secret harem, Alejandro battles desert raiders, a bloodthirsty succubus, and a Cyclops as he presses on to the dragon's mountain lair. Yet when he discovers that the Dracaurum is not what everyone believes, his quest may prove futile and the chance to save his sister may be lost forever.
DRACAURUM is a completed 80,000-word multicultural YA fantasy set in Medieval Spain that is told from Alejandro's and Alisa's points of view. It should appeal to fans of such authors as Tamora Pierce, Christopher Paolini, and Kristin Cashore. The manuscript is available upon request. Thank you for your time and consideration.