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Brian Waddell

Brian Waddell

Brian William Waddell is a writer who specializes in arguments. Whether controverting topics in an op-ed column, or crafting characters who engage in contentious disputes, his debates are always engaging and persuasive. While his personal disputation may only relate to a harmless policy decision, the same can't be said of characters that inhabit his novels (The Jeremy Fuller Novels), children’s books (the Lexington Ann Series), comics, or screenplays.

Brian was born and raised in Fresno, California but currently calls New York City his home. He holds a BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University where he developed a penchant for screenwriting, finding that his fast-paced, persuasive dialogue is best presented in a visual medium. He is particularly drawn to comedy and sci-fi/fantasy on any platform.

Even Brian's leisure time is littered with words. Throwing thoughts into freeform poems, his first book of poetry, Fractured Prose, is available anywhere books are sold, and his second book, Lines of Advance, is now available exclusively on Kindle. He is delighted to announce that his parody interview web series, Between Two Cactuses, has begun its 12 episode run and can be found on Funny or Die.

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Unconscious

A Jeremy Fuller Novel

A thief who can take over the bodies of others is set up by a crime ring, sending him into a tailspin followed by a quest for redemption.

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Manuscript

Sci-Fi Real-world fantasy
55,000 words
25% complete
New York, New York
8 publishers interested

Synopsis


SPOILERS!!! Do not read all of this if you don't want to know the ending! Read the sample chapters below instead.

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Jeremy, a former marine and a bit of a womanizer, lives alone in a small one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. He goes out drinking with his wealthy friend JJ when he is able, but many of his nights find him unconscious in the emergency room. Jeremy is a thief (art and
jewels mostly), but that isn’t his biggest secret. With a moment of eye contact, Jeremy can push aside the consciousness of another person and take over their body with his own consciousness. This leaves his body, well, unconscious. It’s hard to convict a man of larceny when his body was in a hospital bed at the time of the theft. He takes over the body of Sara, a Pilates instructor, to finish his latest job, but she is brutally raped and murdered. The job was a setup, and it’s clear that someone wants Jeremy out of the way.
Visions and dreams of Sara, of her past and her violent final moments, immediately push Jeremy to self medicate with alcohol. He ends up at his neighborhood bar, where one of the regulars, Al, subtly reveals that he knows what Jeremy can do and that he can do it too. Jeremy blows him off because he doesn’t want to reveal his secret, and isn’t about to have a stranger be the first one he tells. Through a bit of subterfuge, Al is able to get Jeremy alone a few hours later and they discuss their ability and recent events. Jeremy is glad to know another like him, but he is still unsure of what Al has to offer him. The visions continue and Jeremy gets stuck in a cycle of uppers and downers that have him in a fog most of the time. He turns down, or flat out doesn’t do, a couple jobs out of fear of the same thing happening again.

After a while, Jeremy is nearly out of money and needs to work again. He finds Al and takes him up on his offer to train him. The problem is, Al won’t train him if his goal is to become a better thief. He wants Jeremy to find a
more beneficent way to make an income and use his ability to help people, and maybe even stop crimes rather than commit them. So Jeremy rejects the help again and goes after the guys who murdered Sara. They take another life that Jeremy had set into their path, so Jeremy finally decides to change his ways. Al opens up a few new aspects of their abilities that Jeremy had not discovered and Jeremy goes about figuring out who set him up.
Jeremy does some solid detective work and some dismantling of the organization out to get him. Then he finds the place that the guys who murdered Sara go to get their orders. He goes to infiltrate the place himself, and when he fights his way through a phalanx of guards and goons the man at their head is his friend JJ. Jeremy has crippled JJ’s mob and has him cornered, but JJ won’t give up. Jeremy kills JJ in the ensuing battle and in doing so ends the threat to his own life.

Jeremy ends up with a regular job and Al for a mentor. He also goes to Sara’s family to let them know that the men who killed their daughter won’t be bothering anyone else again. But, that’s only partially true since Jeremy will still see them in dreams and visions through their own eyes.

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This book is a concept that grew out of a 1000 word short story that simply told the tale of the inciting incident, Sara's death. Many of the small details have changed as Jeremy and Sara have become more complete characters, but that small story has launched this franchise
to what it is today. I have written numerous short stories and screenplays that explore the strange ability that Jeremy has (I also have a roadmap for at least three books featuring our intrepid thief turned hero). These stories delve deeply into the ethical and moral gray areas that are brought about with the ability to control our fellow humans, through the lens of different people with the same ability. Whether it's an attorney attempting to cajole a witness into responding in a way beneficial to his client, or a teenage boy in a hotel room with his prom date, the ramifications of using this power can range from silly to catastrophic.
Although it pulls a great deal of inspiration from the "
wargs" of George R.R. Martin's world in A Song of Ice and Fire, the ability featured in this story is its own creature. At once debilitating and freeing, the power brings up many of the same questions of consciousness that H.P. Lovecraft explored in "The Thing on the Doorstep"  and, to a lesser degree, "The Shadow Out of Time" (stories I read after being well into writing this book). 

Outline


The chapters here are short and quick
hitting with about 30 chapters in a book of fewer than 250 pages.

Audience


People who read science fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels are my audience. Also, those who watch shows such as Game of Thrones, Dr. Who, The Flash, Heroes, and the X-Files would fall under this book's target audience. As we are learning through companies like Netflix and Amazon who have years of data on the viewing and reading habits of millions of people, things like age, gender, and location are poor indicators of what one will consume. Therefore, I will steer clear of these weak indicators and tend toward the media consumption patterns of possible readers.

Author


Brian William Waddell is a writer who specializes in arguments. Whether controverting topics in an op-
ed column, or crafting characters who engage in contentious disputes, his debates are always engaging and persuasive. While his personal disputation may only relate to a harmless policy decision, the same can't be said of characters that inhabit his novels (The Jeremy Fuller Novels), children’s books (the Lexington Ann Series), comics, or screenplays.
 
Brian was born and raised in Fresno, California but currently calls New York City his home. He holds a BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University where he developed a penchant for screenwriting, finding that his fast-paced, persuasive dialogue is best presented in a visual medium. He is particularly drawn to comedy and sci-fi/fantasy on any platform.
 
Even Brian's leisure time is littered with words. Throwing thoughts into freeform poems, his first book of poetry, Fractured Prose, is available anywhere books are sold, and his second book, Lines of Advance, is now available exclusively on Kindle. He is delighted to announce that his parody interview web series, Between Two Cactuses, has begun its 12 episode run and can be found on Funny or Die.

Promotion


With a social media reach of thousands across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram this is a cheap and easy way to connect with potential readers. A
simple ad placement through my Facebook pages will drive hundreds to the book, and it will snowball from there. Living in New York City, it is easy to do readings and signings and appearances for book promotion both in the city and across the Northeast. I also have friends and family on the West Coast who will make marketing there much less costly. Having studied the business of publishing in college, I understand that it is my job to make my book sell, not that of a publisher. (I will take whatever help I can get though!)

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8 publishers interested
Dragon Moon Press logo Dragon Moon Press

Dragon Moon Press publishes novel-length genre fiction: fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, science fiction and some genre-bending fictions. We publish adult and YA-friendly adult fiction, in trade paperback and popular ebook formats.

Independent publisher

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

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Netherworld Books logo Netherworld Books

We are a specialist publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Paranormal Romance. Being fans of the genre ourselves makes this a passion and we take great delight in bringing new authors into the limelight. We have already published some fantastic debut novels such as War of the Elements and Twilight Visitor, both of which recently featured in the Amazon ...

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Agora Publishing logo Agora Publishing

Agora publishing is a Canada based company, founded in 1997 with the aim of making book publishing accessible to all writers across Canada and internationally. Our main goal is to simplify the whole publishing process and help authors to avoid the so called 'publishing gatekeepers' out there so that they can easily publish their work worldwide. We bring the best ...

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Business, Children's, Cookbooks, Fantasy, Health, History, Journalism, Lifestyle, Literary Fiction, Memoirs, Mind & Body, Mystery, Politics, Professional, Religious, Romance, Sci-Fi, Science, Self-Help, Sports, Technology, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult

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i2i Publishing logo i2i Publishing

i2i Publishing was founded by Lionel Ross who is himself the published author of eight books. He knows, only too well, the almost impossible task confronting a new author when he seeks to find a book publishing company. Writers devote months and years of their lives to crafting and creating books devoted to the education and entertainment of unseen others. ...

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Children's, Fantasy, Health, History, Journalism, Lifestyle, Literary Fiction, Memoirs, Mind & Body, Mystery, Politics, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Young Adult

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Mascot Books logo Mascot Books

We are a full service book publishing company that works closely with independent authors in every phase of writing/editorial, book production, book marketing, and book distribution. Our roster includes bestselling authors who have previously traditionally published, first time authors, and authors at various levels in between. What separates Mascot is our hands-on approach to publishing. We work closely with each ...

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ShieldCrest Publishing logo ShieldCrest Publishing

ShieldCrest are book publishers based in the UK who fill that vital gap for talented authors where mainstream publishers are unwilling to give them that chance. We strive for excellence and invest in our authors and are listed in FreeIndex as the number one independent publisher in the UK for price quality and service rated author satisfaction. We publish books ...

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Business, Children's, Cookbooks, Fantasy, Health, History, Journalism, Lifestyle, Literary Fiction, Memoirs, Mind & Body, Mystery, Politics, Professional, Religious, Romance, Sci-Fi, Science, Sports, Technology, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult

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BookFuel logo BookFuel

From Manuscript to Market. We help authors self-publish their books by providing the professional services needed to get books into book stores. Services offered include: Editing, Cover Design, Print Layout, eBook Conversion, and Distribution. Our unique Boost program allows authors to have their books created for $2,399. The process is guided by a dedicated Account Manager, who's goal is to ...

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Business, Children's, Cookbooks, Fantasy, Health, History, Journalism, Lifestyle, Literary Fiction, Memoirs, Mind & Body, Mystery, Politics, Professional, Religious, Romance, Sci-Fi, Science, Sports, Technology, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult

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Virtualbookworm Publishing logo Virtualbookworm Publishing

Virtualbookworm (VBW) Publishing was founded by a writer frustrated by the long wait time and occasional heartbreak often associated with the publishing industry. After researching the various "alternatives," he discovered a number of subsidy publishers that would publish any author ... for a price. Unfortunately, many reviewers (and readers) thumb their noses at books from such houses, since all it ...

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