Posts made in April, 2014


Getting a shock – A wonderful surprise: Michael Joseph Imprint is, I’m told, Penguin’s powerhouse of commercial publishing. They want to sell books. They target the main booksellers, of course, but also the supermarkets. And because of this, most new fiction they publish in genres like crime, go straight to paperback. My book was to hit the shelves in this format in spring 2014. Only… not. In in September 2013 my agent emailed to...

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8. Getting to limbo


Posted By on Apr 30, 2014

Getting to limbo – The wilderness year or the ‘how can it possibly take this long’ conundrum: This is when you find out your book won’t be out for over a year! Seriously. 18 months is not uncommon. Of course for me there was also that little bit of unfinished business to take care of… a rewrite. Applying the revised synopsis that had persuaded Penguin took about 4 months. They loved it which, I have to tell you, was a serious load...

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7. Getting published (Part 3)


Posted By on Apr 30, 2014

Getting published (Part 3) – Or tickling the Penguin: And not only judged… rejected. Unless you’re the genius you always thought you were or didn’t realise you were, or unless you hit the zeitgeist slap bang between the eyes and bag a six-figure advance and film deal right out of the gate, you’re going to get rejected. It’s your agent’s job to get your script in front of everyone who might pick it up, the rest is in the lap of the...

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6. Getting published (Part 2)


Posted By on Apr 30, 2014

Getting published (Part 2) – The pretending you’re not daring to hope bit: So your nearly agent now thinks it’s ready to send out to publishers and is now ready to become your agent. You sign the bit of paper, which if you’ve done your research you know will include certain percentages, and does. The very nice man, who has helped you turn your draft into something worth reading without charging you a penny so far and gets nothing...

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5. Getting published (Part 1)


Posted By on Apr 30, 2014

Getting published (Part 1) – or realising your masterpiece isn’t: So I had an agent? Not yet. What I had was a very nice man who was willing to read my book and tell me everything that was wrong with it. The first draft of If I Should Die (and it wasn’t called that at the time but that’s for another blog) was 98,000 words. I’d been through countless drafts, tweaks and changes and I believed it was as good as I could make it. The very...

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