Monthly Archives: August 2013

Back to the drawing board

So, it’s been a while since I updated everyone on what was happening with Tom Witcomb of Blakefriedmann and Tiberius Found. I’d sent him the series synopsis (synopsii ?) and the break-down for each of the three stories a couple of weeks’ back but, after consideration, he made the decision not to be able to offer representation.


At least it’s the closest I’ve been so maybe that means I’m getting better at this. He said that he really liked the first novel and how the story developed through the other two books but didn’t feel as if he could act as the Agent for them. I’m back in the process of looking for an Agent but plan to drive ahead and re-launch Tiberius with a new cover and marketing very soon.

Tiberius Bound is currently being line-edited by Cressida Downing and my test readers’ have been positive about it, and provided good, constructive feedback.

As they say in Galaxy Quest, “Never give up. Never surrender!”

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So much for the holiday

I came back from a 10-day holiday in north-eastern Spain on Thursday and decided not to switch the computer on until yesterday morning. Apart from the hundreds of standard emails to wade through – I really should get a phone with European connectivity – I did have one from Tom Witcomb from the BlakeFriedmann Agency.

You may remember that I sent him the full ms for Tiberius Found a while back and sent him a mail not long before going away just to check how he was getting on with it. I knew at the time that the Agency was going through an office move so didn’t really expect an immediate response but he managed to reply a couple of days into the holiday.

Now, my initial thought was that it would be a simple “not for us, thanks” however it was a request for a full series synopsis for the three books, along with a short breakdown for each one so he could see how the series is planned out. Did I have such a thing to hand? No. I didn’t.

So I spent most of yesterday creating a document. Which was fun. Even more so considering that I hadn’t fully worked out the detail of the third and final book. Tiberius Bound has been finished and due for a line edit but Tiberius Crowned was only about 50% worked through, so I had to rough sketch the main points. Thankfully a synopsis only needs the high-level detail but it still took me most of the day to finish a document I was happy with.

I mailed it over to him just before 4pm. Tough gig.

The one good piece of news about Tiberius Crowned is that I wrote the first chapter whilst on holiday, and I’m pretty happy with it. And now with all of the high-level blocking done the rest of it should start to fall into place.

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