Dear ___________ Merrick Fitzroy is a four hundred pound apprentice mage who doesn't know he's just ended the world with a sausage. Having finished his final year as an apprentice, his graduation project takes him down a perilous road of irresponsible, untested magic in his bid to develop the world’s first weight loss spell. Every other mage to attempt this spell has died spectacularly, and the concept itself has become synonymous with splattered apprentices and extra shifts for the cleaning crew. With a stolen research journal in hand, Merrick intends to buck the grisly, explosive trend and become fabulously rich. But the sudden loss of his project’s funding leaves him indebted to the very thieves who acquired this edge. What was meant to be slow, steady research becomes a frantic scramble for a working product, lest he meet his end at the hands of the Guild’s elite Magikillers, patent pending. Compounding the problems at hand is Merrick’s young cousin Sigma Fitzroy, a magical prodigy who appears in his apartment in the wake of an exploding cake. Despite her secretive demeanor and ulterior motives, Merrick refuses to turn away family and lets her stay on as his lab assistant. He needs the help, after all. But there is more to the child than either Fitzroy suspects, and an unstoppable creature seems determined to hunt them both down no matter the cost in innocent lives. Drudge Work will appeal to fans of irreverent fantasy such as Discworld or The Dresden Files. The opening novel in Merrick’s far-reaching adventures, Drudge Work is complete at 78,500 words. Thank you for your time and consideration.