I am seeking representation for a humorous novel titled The Next American President. It's the story of an average American, Michael Keebler, who writes an essay that's published in Newsweek. His ideas make him an overnight sensation, and the government is pressured by popular sentiment to send him to the Middle East where he speaks on Al-Jazeera, average American to average Muslim. Coincidentally (or not), peace breaks out, and Keebler is given most of the credit.
He decides to capitalize on his fame, not by writing a book, but by starting a third party and running for president. He has no expectations of doing well, just thinks it’ll be fun, but he has underestimated America's desire for fresh leadership, and finds himself running neck and neck with the major parties. He and his running mate, Hannah Carpenter (another average American without political experience), appear on such shows as 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, Today, etc. The people love them. The Democratic and Republican leaders hate them. It all culminates in a suspenseful election night, with Alaska becoming the new “Florida.”
The book has about 50,000 words, WAIT! DON'T HANG UP! It's largely dialogue, so it has the page count of a longer book, and it has more laughs than most humorous books twice its length.
A lot of political books have come out recently, but few are novels, and I believe this book’s timeliness and the “likeableness” of its characters could make this a successful project. Thanks.
An average guy gets elected president...uhhh....is there a plot/conflict/antagonist in this ballot box?
And I know of course you've figured out how an average guy gets on the ballot in all 50 states. You thought it was a given? uhh...no.