As I've possibly kind of hinted on a couple of occasions, there have been some big things building at this end over the last three months or so, which I've had to sit on and keep schtum about until they became completely one-hundred percent official.
Did I say big? I meant, of course, huge. Gigantic. Megalithic. (*Consults dictionary*) Okay, maybe not that last one.
Anyway ... I'm immensely pleased to announce the first part of that huge-but-maybe-not-precisely-megalithic news. Henceforward, and beginning with my first completed novel Giant Thief, my writing work will be represented by the Zeno Literary Agency.
Rather than try and explain in my own words just why that's so damn awesome, here's the official blurb from the Zeno site:
Zeno Agency Limited is a partnership between veteran literary agent John Parker and freelance literary consultant and genre critic, John Berlyne. Neither can recall exactly when they first met, but undoubtedly it was at some social occasion – a book launch or more likely a science fiction convention. Over a few years, their association grew, with Berlyne becoming a regular reader and consultant for Parker who was at that time – and had been for many years – a senior agent with MBA. Never one to rest on his laurels, in July 2008 John Parker took the huge step towards agent independence, splitting off from MBA and joining forces with Berlyne whose genre knowledge and Internet savvy quickly proved indispensable. Along with the huge benefits this move offered to existing clients, the start up company was perfectly placed to help develop the careers of new authors and Zeno’s aim of bringing writers of excellence and originality to the attention of both the industry and the public is already paying dividends.
Bottom Line? These guys know genre publishing as well as anyone around, and they're already representing some of the most exciting up-and-coming authors in Fantasy and Science-Fiction - people like Aliette de Bodard and Lavie Tidhar - and a fair few more established names as well. Like, oh, say, that Tim Powers guy.
It's my fervent hope that Giant Thief and I can not embarrass ourselves in such prestigious company. First step? A decent haircut!
Anyway, here's a link to Zeno's - perhaps a little more concisely worded - version of this prodigious announcement.