29 thoughts on “Signed by the John Jarrold Literary Agency”

  1. Tremendously good news! Well done to you, Ian. I’m sure it’ll be the start of a won­der­ful rela­tion­ship (where you write and he sells!)


  2. Thanks, Aliya. Yes, I hope we man­age to get some books out there. Time will tell. Best of luck with your own stuff, too!

  3. Congratulations, Ian! You’ll do mar­vel­lously with this, I feel sure, after a rewrite of a few awk­ward pas­sages in DEJA VU, and with the second book shap­ing up bril­liantly, as it cer­tainly seems to be doing, from the excerpts you’ve pos­ted.

    Re Proper Job, speak­ing only from the sample pas­sages I’ve seen here, it’s full of ideas and energy, but I still think the humour doesn’t come out of the situ­ation often enough, and there’s too much wry com­ment­ary which means there’s not enough at stake. (Of course, you’ve prob­ably com­pletely changed it from those early posts, so I’m talk­ing through one’s hat, but there you go.)

  4. Thanks, Andrea. As I said in my email, I wouldn’t be in this pos­i­tion if the UKA Press hadn’t pub­lished DV to start with…thanks again.

  5. Thanks, anonym­ous. Considering how sick of DV I was after the first pro­cess of edit­ing, I thought it bore up quite well when I read it aloud for the pod­cast — in some ways, the awk­ward pas­sages are the easy bits to cor­rect. The ‘feel’ of cer­tain sec­tions, togeth­er with some struc­tur­al changes, will ensure that I get fed up with it again fairly rap­idly. But hope­fully not before I’ve improved it… 🙂

  6. Hi Ian!

    Yes, delighted to have you on board!

    For my sins, I also ran the Random House UK SF and Fantasy imprint, Legend, between 1992 and 1997. When Nick Webb asked me to go to S&S and start up Earthlight, RH sold Legend to Orbit…so all the authors I pub­lished between 1988 and 1997 — Iain (M) Banks, Ken MacLeod, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Tad Williams, Harry Harrison, many oth­ers — are togeth­er at Orbit! Bloody inces­tu­ous, eh?

  7. Thanks, John! There must be an awe­some col­lect­ive noun for the Orbit authors… I’ll think about it over a cup of tea…


    Congratulations! I’m so pleased that such a pos­it­ive step has been taken in such a short amount of time. That in itself shows an enorm­ous amount of prom­ise.

    We (Roly’s roy­al we) all had com­plete faith in your and you deserve all the suc­cess that you’ll doubt­less have.

  9. Congratulations Ian, saw this news over on GOB, and sounds fant­ast­ic news.

    I’ll try to recruit some will­ing read­ers to help shape up DV 2.0…

  10. Thanks for the kind words, Rolski. I’ll be look­ing out for a sim­il­ar announce­ment on your blog… 🙂

  11. Late to the party, but let me add my con­grat­u­la­tions Ian. This is fant­ast­ic (as in won­der­ful) news and very well deserved. I actu­ally came here to tell you how much I’m enjoy­ing Deja Vu — about 2/3 of the way through and it’s a rol­lock­ing ride. I’ll share my thoughts when I’ve fin­ished it, if you’re inter­ested. Shouldn’t be too long now.

    (By the way, this morn­ing I did spot a minor nit/query, which may be me being thick, but… if I don’t men­tion it now I’ll for­get it. It’s very minor, as I say. On p 156 Besson says ‘Proctor’s side might have been picked up by a radio hack’ thereby show­ing he already knows Proctor’s name. But on p157 after Saskia says ‘About Proctor’s trans­mis­sion.…’ Jago says: ‘Besson, you can for­get that name right now. I mean it.’ As if Saskia men­tion­ing it is the first time it has come up.)

    I have a feel­ing John Jarrold also rep­res­ents anoth­er writ­ing friend of mine, Anne Brook, but I may have got that wrong.

    Bloody well done.


  12. Roger

    Yes, I do rep­res­ent Anne. The JJLA’s tentacles are gradu­ally encirc­ling the world!

  13. Thanks for your com­ment, Simon. Nice to vir­tu­ally ‘meet’ you. Hey, do we get a badge read­ing ‘JJ’s Barmy Army’ or some­thing?

  14. Thanks, Roger…glad you’re enjoy­ing DV. I’m par­tic­u­larly glad you’re enjoy­ing the first bit, because that’s the bit I want to con­cen­trate on with my improve­ments (noth­ing rad­ic­al, but it does require some atten­tion).

    Re: ‘Proctor’s radio trans­mis­sion’ — well, clearly this is com­plex para-tem­por­al ref­er­ent that is intric­ately linked to the meta struc­ture of the nar­rat­ive (to speak with my post­mod­ern hat on and my Peril Sensitive Sunlgasses). I hope that clears it up. 🙂

  15. Ah yes. I thought it might be some­thing like that. I should have kept my mouth shut and read on!

    (Rule num­ber one, trust the author!)

  16. I see my name has been men­tioned in des­patches, though wrongly spelled (shame on you, Roger!! — it’s Brooke, don’t y’know!) — so may I belatedly say wel­come to the JJ Gang, Ian.



  17. Hey, do we get a badge read­ing ‘JJ’s Barmy Army’ or some­thing?”

    I heard it was a red hot brand to the pos­teri­or, but I’m safe in Western Australia so you can just fill me in on the grisly details once yours is done …

  18. Congratulations, Ian. I cor­res­pon­ded with you awhile back about my own online thrill­er on nuc­le­ar power — “Rad Decision”. I’m glad to report it’s now on book­shelves as well (and still online too). It’s a good thing the net has giv­en would-be writers the oppor­tun­ity to reach the pub­lic at large and get their response — and only THEN have to worry about agents and pub­lish­ers (who often seem to have more nar­row interests). I also con­grat­u­late the Jarrold Agency for look­ing (slightly) out­side the tra­di­tion­al box. Good luck! Jim Aach

  19. Thanks, James, and well done get­ting your own book onto the shelves. Is it POD? If so, did you have the Devil’s own time get­ting book­sellers to stock it? Either way, best of luck!

  20. Yes, it’s POD. Not dif­fi­cult get­ting online book­sellers to carry it. I have some fiendishly clev­er ways (prob­ably destined for fail­ure) of get­ting it on actu­al book­shelves. But it will be a chal­lenge.

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