Super-Agent John Jarrold Speaks

John JarroldI prefer the term Über-Agent, myself., my agent, has been inter­viewed over at the My Favourite Books Blog.

Here’s the killer ques­tion, and it’s answer:

How can new­bie writers / exist­ing authors catch your eye with their work?

Brilliant prose, great, involving open­ing, then won­der­ful storytelling, ter­rif­ic plots, intriguing, three-dimen­sion­al char­ac­ters and out­stand­ing dia­logue. And be aware of the mar­ket.

My Favourite Books


My agent, John Jarrold, has just announced that he’s sold the German rights for Hannu Rajaniemi’s three sci­ffy nov­els (for a good five-fig­ure sum) — all on the basis of one chapter. Congratulations to John and to Hannu. I’m bust­ing to read that chapter! I wanted to dir­ect read­ers to the com­ments that were pos­ted against John’s announce­ment. Read John’s longish com­ment in par­tic­u­lar.

Interview with Iain Banks

I’ve just heard that my agent, John Jarrold, will be inter­view­ing Iain Banks at the Lincoln Book Festival at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 12. John’s been a friend of Iain for years and it should be great fun. For fur­ther inform­a­tion, con­tact Sara Bullimore, Lincoln Council’s Arts & Cultural Sector Officer, by e-mail on: Sara.Bullimore (at)