MT McGuire Books


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does make it a bummer, though, is that they seem to be excellent types and have about the only website that talks to unpublished writers as if they are people rather than a trying nuisance!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

Tumble weed

Yep, it’s blowing through here. Blame Easter! Have just discovered an interesting site here worth a pop if my current agency submission doesn’t pan out. I recently subscribed to the Oxford Writers newsletter, so thanks to Stephanie Hale, there, for that one!

April 14, 2009

A little babychaos

A week ago, having finished my submission for a literary agent, honed it, toned it and generally agonised over it my Sister In-Law — who works in publishing — kindly volunteered to read it. Seeing the enormous size of my synopsis — it’s a complicated plot — she recommended I ring the agency I was approaching to check if […]

April 7, 2009

Marketing my book

Hmm… well on the advice of my sister in-law who is wise in the ways of publishing, I have set up a blog to go with my novel.

She also suggested myspace and facebook pages would be good and they would, my target audience is young adults and they love all that stuff.  However,  Myspace and Facebook are not intuitive things to me so will take hours I don’t have to set up.  A blog on the other hand… well, yeh, that comes naturally to me!

April 4, 2009

The first hurdle…

I need to find an agent because, amongst other reasons, I’m shit at sales. Trouble is, I need to write a shit hot sales letter to get an agent.  Enter my smashing sister in-law who works in publishing and is on the case. Emily, take a bow. Some meaningful and helpful thoughts about this coming later… I hope.

March 29, 2009
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