I Now Haz Agent!

If you didn’t see my raging howls over social media, it’s that I NOW HAZ A LITERARY AGENT.

I am now represented by John Jarrold of the John Jarrold Literary Agency, and my film/TV rights represented by Julie Kane-Ritsch of The Gotham Group. John Jarrold picked up my space opera/murder mystery noir novel called THE ROGUE GALAXY, with a strong blend of Scandinavia noir and a body count in the triple figures.

John Jarrold edited and acquired novels by Michael Moorcock, Iain M. Banks, and Robert Jordan, and his current clients include John Gwynne, James Bennett, and Melinda Snodgrass, who I now share an agency with. He also represents Adam Nevill, whose novel The Ritual is releasing as a feature film this October.

It’s not about rubbing shoulders with the big folks (well, maybe a little), but more about the assurance that someone who’s worked with these giants know their stuff, and that you and your project be in good, safe hands.

I spoke with John Jarrold over the phone and felt he was the best one to represent my work. I had interest from other agents, but went with John in the end. But these other agents were so gracious and polite, some telling me that while they didn’t think they had the right contacts to sell it, or didn’t connect with it entirely, they were fans and couldn’t wait to pick it off the shelves one day. There’s so little indication if you’re Doing It Right, and it’s a relief when you get picked up.

But yeah. Agent! We’re going to start doing edits soon, and then it’s off to publishers and I’m absolutely over the moon about this. Thanks again to everyone who beta read the novel, helped revise the query, gave me advice, or just cheered along from the sidelines. It all helped and I’m very pleased to be here now.

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The Novel is DOOOOONE

Oops, I screamed that, didn’t I?

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But yeah. My spacepunk novel about drug cartels, alien narcotics and fanatic cults is complete at 113,000 words. It’s The Wire and Narcos meets Mass Effect with a snarky Russian-Japanese protagonist who wears an exosuit out of titanium bone. Also includes cults, three-dee printing, alien drugs, and an asteroid filled with million of people and a college of cultures, both human and alien. And food porn. Lots and lots of food.

It’s the first adult novel I wrote in first-person, and it’s also the very novel where I put the characters first. I’ve always included character arcs and backgrounds (how could I not?) but this is the first time where the characters and their voices drove the story. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write another way. Whereas my last novel taught me about world-building and scene-setting, this one taught me so much about characterization and voice and agency. I learn with everything I write, and this one certainly has, too.

I wrote the novel I wanted to write. It took six months because of editing my other work and restructuring, but it’s done and I love the end result. It’s gonna need edits, and beta-readers. But I haz another novel and I am very excited about it. I almost didn’t want to finish it, because I love these people and this world so much, but that’s what a dozen rewrites and rounds of edits are for.

But for now it’s done and I hope to bring it to you guys someday.

Progess Report: 2017

So 2017 has been busy in a lot of ways. We’re already one month down and halfway into the next. Could thing is I’ve kept pretty busy.

I’ve seen a number of films this Oscar season, including La La Land, Lion, Split, Hackshaw Ridge, Arrrival, (loved them all) Passengers, Live By Night, Nocturnal Animals (didn’t think too much of ’em) and finished Resident Evil 7 (I loved it!) and read a few books here and there, including Stephanie Garber’s fabulous Caraval. But I’ve been pretty busy with my own work, including the space opera/murder mystery that’s been eating up my creative time since April 2016. I got further feedback from narrators that required some major structural edits in the first crucial third of the novel, which cut a pile of pages and unnecessary words and made the novel much sharper. It’s in the absolute final polish now with the query and synopsis being written and polished in tandem. I’m incredibly happy with it and hope that it finds a home.

But then it’s back to my other novel, which I halted at 50k to edit this previous one. I haven’t written many shorts in this time, which is going to change once I get some novel work done. Although I do have a (great) part time job, earning some dough from fiction never gets old, and so sketching up a cool cool 4,000 words at pro rates is something I’d like to do. Plus it gives me a great chance to experiment with areas I’m weak with or themes and characters I’d like to explore but not willing to donate an entire novel to. So I’m doing that soon.

But something pretty cool is coming: just a week ago I interviewed Colin Gibson for StarShipSofa. Name sound unfamiliar? But you know his work: he was the head production designer for Mad Max: Fury Road. The man designed and built the weapons, the sets, the look, the aesthetic, and all 150 cars for the film. He also got to work on the background, the storyline and the world-building for one of the most striking and critically acclaimed documentaries films ever put to screen. This guy won an Oscar for his work, beating out Bridge of Spies, The Revenant, and the Martian. Yeah. That big.

I’ve met him a number of times in person outside of my work for StarShipSofa and spoken to him at length about Fury Road and the industry (and got shown a few things related to the film that I can’t actually reveal or talk about). I told him about the podcast and he agreed to be interviewed. So I interviewed him about this fantastic, insane monstrous of a motion picture and how he helped bring it to life in all it’s Australia gory glory. It’s going to be out soon and I do hope you’ll check it out then!