MT McGuire Books

Widget testing…

I’ve uploaded my short story to another site which provides me with a free ready-widget.  Just thought I’d try it out. Nah… doesn’t work. Sigh. Sadly the review site I mentioned in my last post is clearly full of people who don’t get on with fantasy… actually it’s bound to be, judging by the amount of literary […]

January 16, 2010

Quality feedback about your writing, for free

Where to find it?  Well… possibly here. is partly ArtsCouncil funded… not the part which encourages you to pay them to publish your book.  I’ve read about that coming in for a bit of flack in places. The fact they hard sell it on just about every page is enough to make me leery.  Putting […]

January 13, 2010


I liked these people, MCA… but despite being listed on as looking for my genre, the agent mentioned in the listing is not actually looking for sci-fi or fantasy. So… gets a big thumbs down from me… one to avoid unless you’re in the US I suspect. Looking for a new agency to submit to but […]

January 7, 2010

The next one…

I am tempted to put “victim” rather than “one” there but I’m sure it’s unnecessarily negative and my ironic sense of humour may not be so prevalent, written down, as it is standing up. Ok, so I like these people. Again they use the words, “submissions” and “welcome” in one sentence and there’s none of that […]

January 6, 2010

No but…

OK.  So Wade and Doherty were a no but they are going to get a tick in the “good guys” box because they were kind to me. They were fast. I submitted my query on 21 December.  Robin Wade replied to me today, 5 January.  That’s 15 days… most of which were holiday.  Top job. They were kind. What […]

January 5, 2010


I cast my ideas into the void and nothing returns but silence.  I really have to get my head round how it works and what it’s for! On the up side, I’ve just worked out how to send bulletins to more than one person on Facebook. Oh yes!  (Dances gleefully round room.) This may be a no-brainer […]

January 1, 2010

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
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