A new book deal for author Nick Setchfield agreed with Titan Books.
Yes, so we have finally reached the stage where I went out yesterday to publishers on both sides of the pond with my very first client Sam Hawkes who I took on in June last year.
You may be asking - why has it taken so long? Well the simple answer is, it takes time to craft a book. Sam's original submission was wonderful, fabulously written with original characters and some great world building. But my previous role was as an editor and editors like to tinker with words. Okay - maybe not so much tinker as ravage, pillage and reorder.
So it's not just the publishers and editors that make a book work in publishing. The content is vital, yes - but what's also really important is the package. The whole 'don't judge a book by its cover'? Yeah right! If retailers don't like the cover they wouldn't support it, if the consumer didn't like the cover they wouldn't buy it. Ensuring that a book has a commercial, appealing and original cover - considering just how many books are published each year - is one hell of a job. Hats off to all the designers out there who do such a cracking job.
Aside from the huge pile of rejection letters I still have to send out - far from my favourite part of the job, I've also been doing a lot of reading and editing.
Both Sam and Ashley are busy reworking their scripts ready for me to send out a little later to publishers and, in the meantime, I've taken on another client. Yay!
Say hello to Heather Child.