A recently published author friend offered to refer a query letter to his agent. This is it. Any comments?
From hedge fund maven, to living in his car, to Presidential contender, to a ride out of town on a Greyhound bus, to future Chili con Carne mogul, the life of Edison Conover has all the peaks and valleys of a bear market Dow Jones chart.
When Eddie loses his family's Forbes 400 fortune to leveraged bets on Wall Street, he has nothing to fall back upon but a gift for gab and a prize winning Chili. He takes to the road in a rickety Bicentennial model Cadillac Eldorado, seeking work as roadhouse chef in the bankrupt service economy. To ensure his reputation precedes him, he engages in viral marketing over the CB radio, spinning racy tales of a ladykilller chili and its peripatetic chef, which find a skeptical audience.
After Eddie meets Cheyenne, a spirited woman with a price on her head and a deadly butterfly knife, trouble follows wherever they go, until he challenges the national chili champion to a one on one cook-off that determines the results of a national election.
Reflecting on his experiences at the bottom of the food chain, Eddie develops his Doctrine of the One True Chili, a rethinking of his elitist views on political economy, and comes within two electoral votes of putting them into practice.
Written in a carefully cadenced prose, reminiscent of Kubla Khan, it eschews the usual navel gazing of literary fiction in favor of a tale well told, melding Don Quixote and Cinderella. It has its fun with personal branding, corporate “culture,” wannabe culture, the culture wars, the news media, electoral politics, the post 9/11 security complex, self-seekers, body art, humorless cops, the religious right, the cranky left, and the hubris of the Plutocracy.
The manuscript rose to the top tier of Authonomy.com last year, and was selected for editorial revue. Readers there, for what it’s worth, compared it favorably to the works of Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Sharpe, Spike Milligan and John Kennedy Toole. Curiously, I had read none of them.
I have a B.A in Economics, an M.A. in Literature and have written professionally for thirty years, as a newspaper feature writer and political copywriter. I teach English language and composition at the university level.
Thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you.
Causes Tim Chambers Supports
Occupy Wall Street