Category: Publishing

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…

Announcement: THE TERTIARY CODE

I'm very happy to announce that I've recently signed with agent Julie Crisp.  Julie enjoyed a draft of a book I'd been working on - now called THE TERTIARY CODE. Here's what she says about it: 'I am very excited to welcome a new author to the list. For anyone who knows me well, they'll know one of my favourite books of all times is Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale. So much so that I wrote about it at University, many, many moons ago, for my dissertation. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to receive a submission that read like a YA version for today's social media-obsessed and body conscious teenager. What happens when you find out everything you’ve been taught is a lie? And that you are so much more than you’ve been led to believe? Currently called The Tertiary Code, the story is set in an alternative reality…