MT McGuire Books

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


Many years ago, when I first wrote a book I was filled with enthusiasm — actually, I’m still filled with enthusiasm — but also, impatience.  You know how it is, you’ve finally manged to get from one end of a novel to another and you want to get your masterpiece out there as soon as possible… even though, in […]

August 12, 2009


Oops.  Creative nadir moment… I haven’t written anything on my pukka, goes‐with‐the‐book blog for ages.  There’s not enough creativity after working on the second book… and being a mum. Dammit… I’ve just sent another agent approach with the wrong date on it too.  I’ve got to wait a month just in case, but I might as well as […]

May 12, 2009

How does a full time Mum write a novel?

Slowly! What with writing the second book in the series and trying to do a blog post every week — on the other one, the YBC page, I mean (I swore I’d only write this one when I felt like it)  it’s all conducted at glacier pace… and that’s on a good day, on the bad days, I inch forward […]

May 4, 2009

Approach Number Two…

So, the next agency on my list is from the other end, not because they don’t look good but more the opposite, they are clearly high powered and I… well, I’m not.  I can’t imagine them wanting to look at my stuff but it would be pretty wet not to have a go. Very different to the […]

April 18, 2009

Rejection Number 1

My first application to an agent has been rejected. I am unsurprised and I am surprisingly unmoved. What does make it a bummer, though, is that they seem to be excellent types and have about the only website that talks to unpublished writers as if they are people rather than a trying nuisance!  It’s also a bummer because it […]

April 16, 2009