This writer is looking for an agent.
My name is Rick Wasserman. I have some properties that I would like to get published, and I am looking for a partner to help me make the most of them.
Let me tell you about what I offer. My first property goes by the name De Planatae. A series of currently three completed books of roughly 100,000 words each, with a rough draft of a fourth in progress. It is science fiction/fantasy in flavor, though it touches on several other genres due to its unusual nature. As an elevator pitch, I would classify this series as most similar to the recent Doctor Who TV series, if you are familiar with that, only with inter-dimensional rather than time travel, a magical sentient book rather than a TARDIS, and without the Doctor’s endless survivor's guilt. My characters move between independent universes generated by literature, where every story ever written creates a universe around itself at the time it is created, but only in the present moment. For example, imagine you are in Las Vegas just passing though, in a world where Scrooge’s ghosts are not only real, but still active and it is 150 years after Scrooge’s lifetime.
Individually, the books I have completed would be characterized as:
Book 0: A man from the 16th century is rudely awakened in the 21st century where he must evade a mad scientist who wants to dissect him to learn the secrets of his immortality, by finding an ancient sentient book. This is intended as a prequel.
Book 1: An inter-dimensional traveler from the 16th century with a thirst for adventure get more than he bargained for when he is tapped to save an entire universe from certain destruction by rogue elements of Chaos. This is the book I would like to publish first.
Book 2: A 16th century man rises from the dead once more and embarks on a mission to gather the 5 archetypal races of the Interweave in order to defend against perceived threat posed by the 6th race of Chaos, but his plans are put on their ear by two powerful forces older than all of time and space, and by his own personal destiny.
My second project is designated Feral, which is a supernatural/mystery set in present day Knoxville TN. Where werewolves don't change shape, Vampires can't consume blood, and Magic is almost useless. Where a young woman, who has destroyed her life in a quest to find meaning in the death of her father, is plunged into a strange world of almost vampires and nearly werewolves, the place where the answers to her quest have been all along, only to be put on the trail of a serial killer who threatens to destroy it all.
I have only just recently completed the rough draft of this project, where it stands at 75,000 words, and I am letting it solidify before I polish it. Meanwhile I am working up the outline for a second book because it has been nagging at me since June.
While I have been writing for ages, the first of these works in began in 2010 when I was walking the streets of Asheville, NC during ABSfest. Several of the characters jumped into my mind and I haven’t been able to shake them since. This is also why most of Book 0 occurs in Asheville. I like to walk the streets in the footsteps of my characters.
To pay the bills, I have worked for the last 20 years as a bomb squad robotics technician for a top military contractor serving the police and military forces worldwide, despite only having a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (concentrating in sculpture). As you might expect from this, I am rather eclectically experienced, and my writings tend to reflect this. I have a very high work ethic, and I am not only open to revision suggestions, I crave them. I will challenge them and I need to understand them before accepting them, but experience has conclusively proven to me that they invariably broaden my mind and make my works better.
If you are interested, but unsure of me as a person or as professional writer, I am available for informal dialog through email or via the usual social media, such as Facebook or Linkedin, whichever you prefer.
I hope to hear from you, learn about you, and form a lasting partnership with a compatibly minded individual.