So, I posted a draft query letter for my unfinished novel a few weeks ago, and it had some big flaws, so I'm taking a second shot aiming to distill the plot a bit more and add more voice. (And no, I'm not going to send this to anyone before the book is finished - but I have a writing conference this weekend, I signed up for the in-person agent pitch sessions, and I'm looking to use this as the loose basis for a script.) So - how's this? My gut tells me it's better than the last one but still needs some finessing to distill the plot, edit out some long sentences, and emphasize my experience (and my differences from other near-futurists) without sounding arrogant. ----- It's 2034, and as the Millenial Generation turns 50, the kids following them might end up as Generation Screwed. Take “local news girl” Nina Constantinos. She's 26, bright, articulate, educated, and all she's ever wanted was to be a big-time cable news personality. Think about how messed up that is. Cable is still a thing. Actually, it's more than just a thing, and Nina is about to get her wish. Rocketed out of small-town Wisconsin by one big story, she finds herself working alongside her idols at America's most trusted 24-hour news channel, WWN. Unfortunately, the thing about meeting your heroes is that none of them have that on-camera shine in person. The deeper Nina gets, the more she realizes that the network has big problems – not least the fact that her world-renowned editor seems intent on manipulating the news rather than reporting it. The quest for truth leads Nina not only to the heart of the industry, but to the dark reasons that her future evolved from our present. A lot of people think of “the future” as a cyberpunk fever dream or a teenage dystopia, but nobody stops to think about the real world that might await today's children. That is the world you'll see in BASIC CABLE, spun from real socio-political trends by an author who has spent almost a decade working at the heart of Washington politics. It's a world where aging alcoholics take solice in their old Taylor Swift records, while teenagers “pink out” to retro girl groups. Fashion bloggers race to decode a ticking cultural time bomb, and a newbie reporter from Wisconsin tackles the story of the decade when she meets a cardinal who would be Pope. BASIC CABLE is nearly complete with a target of 100,000 words, and is the first in a planned duology with series potential. Written in commercial style, it aims to please both the Science Fiction reader and fans of contemporary political dramas such as The West Wing, The Newsroom, and House of Cards. Sample chapters are available upon request, with full manuscripts planned by fall of 2016. Thank you for your time and consideration.