Book One/Two Episode 5: It’s a Book! (And Some News)

So first of all, I feel like I should apologize that this is only the fifth episode of Book One/Two, and publication is – ohmygodareyouseriousnoyouvegottobekidding – five weeks away. Five weeks from this Thursday, to be exact. I had planned that this would be a monthly series but (a) I have been busy, busy, busy with the aforementioned Book One and Book Two and (b) the publishing process really isn’t exciting enough to warrant a monthly update, as since September my days have mostly been about writing and waiting.

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But hey – publication is five weeks away! FIVE WEEKS. I can’t get my head around this at all, especially since when I signed the deal, publication was more than a year away. When will this start feeling real? My guess at the moment is when I see it in a bookshop. Like, not a bookshop I’m launching or signing stock in, but one I’ve happened to wonder into. So, if you see me walking around Dublin bookshops a bit dazed and confused, you’ll know what’ll have happened: it’ll have just sunk in.

Anyway, quick recap paragraph: This all started back in October 2014 when I signed with my agent, Jane Gregory. (This was actually a link in a chain of events that can be traced back to 2009, but let’s keep it simple. We only have a paragraph.) Then in March 2015 I got a book deal, although I couldn’t tell people about it until last May. Then we had various milestones along the way: Proper Author headshot, cover reveal, proof copies arriving and a preview in The Bookseller. Before all that fun stuff I wrote several drafts and suffered through being on submission. You can catch up with all Book One/Two posts here.

What’s been happening since the last episode of Book One/Two?

Well, LOTS.

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How Did I Get My Agent? (The Answer May Surprise You)

(What an awfully clickbaity title, I know. Guilty as charged. But I think it will.)

It’s easy for me to answer the question “How did you get a book deal?” I only need two words and those are Jane and Gregory, i.e. my amazing agent. She took me on, we worked hard on revising the book and just five days after she sent it out on submission, we had a pre-emptive offer from Corvus/Atlantic for a two-book deal. My debut thriller Distress Signals will be out in mere weeks and you can find out more about it here.

But how did I get my agent?

Let’s back up a bit. Let’s go back a bit, to about seven years ago. That’s when my journey to publication really began.

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