Month: June 2018

On reworking a book with an agent

I haven't published a blog post for over a year. Instead I've been holed up, avoiding social media, while working on the rewrite of my novel The Tertiary Code. Last year, I signed with my agent, Julie Crisp. Before setting up her  own literacy agency, Julie worked as an editor for over fifteen years in publishing houses all over the world, most recently heading up the UK arm of science fiction and fantasy imprint Tor. During that time, she's worked with an impressive list of bestselling and award-winning authors. Given her background as an editor, it's perhaps not surprising that Julie has a keen eye for what's working - and what isn't - in a manuscript. And her years of acquiring manuscripts for publication gave me confidence she knew a rough diamond when she spotted one in the slush pile. When we first spoke on the phone, Julie warned me…