Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Signed

Line art representation of a QuillImage via WikipediaJust a quick note to let you know I have signed with London based literary agent Robin Wade of Wade and Doherty. This means Robin will now exclusively manage the sale of my full-length novels - he's been shopping Beirut at the London Book Fair this week.

After something over 200 rejections (it could actually be as high as 250, but I can't be bothered counting) from agents over the years, it's nice that Beirut has broken through. Robin's looking for interested publishers, so the fat lady hasn't sung yet by any means, but it's a huge step forwards in my goal of getting my books into publication.

Many of those rejections were just a case of me flinging myself repeatedly against the same old walls, knowing no better and learning my lessons the hard way. I'm sure someone more competent could have managed the same progression with a tenth of the knock-backs. But you can't keep a deluded nincompoop down (see my earlier post about the wonders of the Dunning Kruger effect!).

I'm in little doubt about the realities of publishing in the modern world, it's not the road to riches people seem to think it is. But as I told The National's Anna Seaman in the charming profile piece she was so kind to do about me, "The biggest challenge for me at the moment is getting a book published. I'm angry about it; it's something I really want to achieve."

I'll let you know what happens...
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13 comments:

EyeOnDubai said...

Congrats! Now all I need is a signed first edition...

Christopher Saul said...

Ooh, good luck.

Is Beirut available and readable in some way now?

Oussama said...

Mabrook, so now I know a celebrity

Macthomson said...

Well done! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the agent finds you the publisher you merit!

Keefieboy said...

Well done matey - very pleased for ya!

Phillipa said...

I am so thrilled for you. Of course, I knew it would happen, (she says modestly.)

Sarah Walton - The Hedonista said...

Happy news. Let's hope it keeps coming!

Seabee said...

Good luck with the next step.

nzm said...

Congratulations!

susanthecoach said...

Fantastic! Can't wait to read it :-)

halfmanhalfbeer said...

Such great news, well done! I'm delighted for you. Mabrook!

Sara said...

YAY!!!!!!!!

Dubai Jazz said...

Mabrook Alex...

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