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

  13. 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. 🙂

  14. 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!)

  15. 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.



  16. “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 …

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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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