MT McGuire Books

E-publish and be damned?

Will it be frowned upon?  I’m thinking about this because I’ve just submitted to another agency, Wade and Doherty, mainly because I liked them. This is the only submission I have in, at the moment.  I may do some more but I need to find a tactful way to explain that, due to my advanced age, I must approach more than […]

December 31, 2009

That second handy blog…

The second handy blog is… ta-da-daaaa. This one The reason I find this one useful is just to read comments from a savvy person who is an agent and is prepared to share information and time with the world.  Here in the UK, you do tend to get the impression, when you approach an agent, that it’s […]

December 15, 2009

A small hoorah and some handy info

Oh yes.  Finally, I have made the Smashwords Premium Catalogue… my freebie, pique-their-interest-story should now appear on Amazon and Barnes and Noble… eventually. It went live on Smashwords on 8th December and so far, 19 people have downloaded it.  No reviews, though, which is a pity as I’m sure there’s nothing like a good review to drive it […]

December 14, 2009


Hmm… failed the Smashwords premium catalogue… I missed a whole page of info about how to do it and made some shocking schoolboy errors (cheeks redden in shame). Then I managed to resubmit it by mistake before I’d added the new cover… Not a natural process for the spanners, this one.  And as a short story, I have serious misgivings as […]

December 12, 2009

The Smashwords Progress Continues…

Well… I’ve had 14 people download my free story. Not much but I only posted it on 9th and I haven’t been approved for the premium ‘catalog’ — or catalogue as it is usually known — yet. I have started pointing links at my story’s home page from anywhere in cyberspace I am able!  It’s taking a long time!  […]

December 11, 2009

Ta da..!

I start my quest for self-publication — or at least my quest to sell loads of e-books and then get a publisher on the back of my “proven track record” by giving away a short story.  It’s called Is this Heaven? If anything it’s a demonstration of why I write novels… and not short stories.  But anyone who wades […]

December 9, 2009

Advice re agents…

Here’s an excellent piece of advice I was given about finding an agent, today.  Find the agents which fit your writing/genre, then look down your shortlist and apply to new agencies, ie anything under 5 years old.  The bonuses are clear… Most new agencies are started up by experienced agents from larger agencies gone solo.  As an […]

September 13, 2009

Small Publishers…

I’ve read somewhere that it’s easier to get published by a small publisher and then try to find an agent than to do so “cold”.  On top of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and similar publications, here’s another handy resource, the Independent Publishers’ Guild.  There’s advice andinformation — for writers as well as publishers — along with […]

September 3, 2009

Authors with the same name

So here’s a question.  What do you do if there are other authors with the same name as you…  Do you change your name? I thought about writing under my maiden name but can’t help thinking that even now, most people associate the name Mary Bell with  a 10 year old serial killer… not a great start for […]

August 29, 2009


Thinking about how to get my weighty tome into print. Should I try to find a small publisher who’ll print a handful of copies and then aim to get a bigger one to take it on afterwards if the first book takes off… Should I buy and ISBN and publish it myself?  Yeh with a one year old, like I really have […]

August 28, 2009
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