Success Stories – Jericho Writers
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Our Success Stories

We love seeing lives change, and our success rate is vastly higher than the slushpile average. Many of the writers mentioned here came to us for editorial feedback. Some came to our annual Festival of Writing, or enrolled on one of our tutored courses. However you arrive at our doors, we’ll do what we can to help you succeed.

Bestsellers, Publishing and Film Deals

Philippa East

Philippa completed Debi Alper and Emma Darwin’s Self-Editing Your Novel course in 2016, and shortly afterwards attended the York Festival Of Writing, where she met her now-agent Sarah Hornsley. Her debut novel ‘Little White Lies’ sold at auction to HQ/HarperCollins and her second book, ‘Safe and Sound’, was published in February 2021.

Neema Shah

Neema took our acclaimed Self-Edit Your Novel course and attended our Summer Festival of Writing. Her debut novel, ‘Kololo Hill’, was published by Picador in February 2021. She says ‘I’ve had loads to do with Jericho Writers and they’ve been a really key part of my journey.”

John David Mann

With some thanks to Eve Seymour‘s thorough assessment, John now has a two-book deal with Ballantine Books. His first novel ‘Steel Fear’ has praise from many big names, and will be published in 2021. The title has already been optioned for a potential TV series and was described by Lee Child as ‘“Sensationally good — an instant classic; maybe an instant legend.”

Steffanie Edward

Steffanie was the first recipient of the bursary for our Self-Edit Your Novel Course in 2018. She has since signed a two-book deal with Bookouture without the help of an agent and her debut, ‘This Other Island’, comes out May 2021. Her editor, Isobel Akenhead, calls her ‘a truly exceptional new voice in fiction.’

Claire McGlasson

After reading at ‘Friday Night Live’ at our Festival of Writing in 2016, Claire was approached by a number of agents and received offers of representation from five in 2017. Her debut, ‘The Rapture’ (2019) was published by Faber & Faber.  It was a Sunday Times Book of the Year and was shortlisted for The London Magazine Prize for Debut Fiction. Claire received several offers from TV and film production companies and the option was bought by Hillbilly Films.

Paul Braddon

Paul’s confidence grew after a series of Jericho Writers Manuscript Assessments by Liz Garner. He also attended the York Festival of Writing and was shortlisted for Friday Night Live in 2013. His debut novel, ‘The Actuality’ (2021) was published by Sandstone Press and has been optioned by BBC Studios.

Festival Success

Amanda Berriman

Mandy has been a loyal attendee of the Festival of Writing for several years and has taken our Self-Editing course with Debi Alper and Emma Darwin. We’re delighted that her book ‘Home’ has since been published by Penguin Random House.

Felicia Yap

‘Friday Night Live’ shortlisted author, Felicia Yap, was snapped up by Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown soon after our 2015 Festival of Writing. Her brilliant high-concept thriller, ‘Yesterday’, was bought by Headline’s Alex Clarke for a six-figure sum. The book has since been optioned for film. Felicia attended our Festival of Writing 2015 and said, “it made a huge difference!”

Kerry Fisher

Kerry won the best opening chapter competition at our 2011 Festival of Writing. Now she has sold over a million copies of her titles ‘A Silent Wife’, ‘The Woman I Was Before’, ‘After The Lie’, ‘The Mother I Could Have Been’ and ‘The Secret Child’.

Award Winners

Eleanor Anstruther

Eleanor won the Best Opening Chapter competition and subsequently secured her literary agent, Jenny Saville of Andrew Nurnberg Associates, at our 2016 Festival of Writing. Eleanor’s debut novel, ‘A Perfect Explanation’ (2019) was published by Salt Publishing in the UK. It was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, both in 2019.

Margaret Skea

Margaret won the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author at the People’s Book Prize, for her historical novel, ‘Turn of  the Tide’. At the time of writing, the book has an average 4.9-star rating on Amazon. Margaret attended our Summer Festival of Writing.

Claire Wade

Claire said that our self-editing course was “life-changing” and has gone on to win the Good Housekeeping First Novel competition with ‘The Choice’, a book now published with Orion. It has since been a Good Housekeeping’s book of the month and Times audiobook of the week. She won the East Anglian Book Award in 2020.

And still more…

John Fenton

Please Don’t Make Me Go, a tough, funny and honest memoir, was published by HarperCollins.

How Jericho helped: We helped John hone his opening – then placed his work with a leading agent. That agent sold his work in a contested auction and the book spent weeks on the bestseller lists.

A.L. Berridge

‘Honour and the Sword’, A.L. Berridge’s work of historical fiction, was too long when it came to us.

How Jericho helped: After a manuscript assessment, we placed ‘Honour and the Sword’ with an agent, yielding a contested auction and a place on the bestseller lists.

Tim O’Rourke

Tim has self-published his YA series to the Amazon Kindle store, where it has been the #1 ranked bestseller in its category. It has more than a million copies sold.

How Jericho helped: We were delighted to help connect Tim with his agent, Peter Buckman at Ampersand.

Ruby Speechley

Ruby signed a two-book deal with Hera. Her psychological thriller ‘Someone Else’s Baby’ was published July 2019. Read about her path to publication here.

How Jericho helped: Ruby won our Best Opening Chapter competition in 2018.

Elisa Lodato

Elisa has received critical acclaim for her debut novel ‘An Unremarkable Body’, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. She was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award.

How Jericho helped: Elisa worked on her debut with our editor Dexter Petley.

Ayesha Bragnaza

Ayesha is now represented by Philippa Milnes-Smith at The Soho Agency for her WIP – a middle grade title. She says: “Thank you – it was winning the Festival of Writing pitching competition back in 2017 (when I was in contact with Fiona Bradbury) that was a huge part of this journey.”

Eleni Kyriacou

Thanks to the lessons provided by Debi Alper and Emma Darwin in their popular Self-Editing Course, Eleni is now published with Hodder & Stoughton. Her debut title ‘She Came to Stay’ was published this March (2020) and is a page-turning novel set against the grimy and glittering streets of 1950s Soho.

Gabriella Braun

After attending our Festival of Writing 2020, Gabriella now has a book deal with Piatkus. Her first book ‘All That We Are’ will challenge readers to improve their well-being and performance at work.

Mark Hill

Mark has now published his second novel with Little, Brown Book Group (UK) after we helped him with his first crime thriller, ‘His First Lie’. He signed a two-book deal with Sphere in June 2015.

The list goes on…

The list of writers we’ve helped get to publication is increasing every month – faster than we can keep up!

So congratulations are now due to these writers too – all now with agents or publishers. People like Daniel Aubrey, Sara Green, Joe Bedford, Lynne Curry, Kate Slater, Liz Webb, Simon Green (represented by Jo Moult at Skylark Agency), Aliya Ali-Afzal, Kirsty Kitchen, C.A. Lupton, Lucy Beresford, Peter Papathanasiou, Charlotte Philipps, Rebecca King, Maria Cross, Dominic Brownlow, Roy Carter, Chris Vanier, Sarah Linley, Mike Taylor, Zahirra Dayal, Katherine Hetzel, Natalie Chandler, Silvia Rossi, Sean Walsh, Anam Iqbal, Roger Hardy, Lata Pattni, Tor Udall, Mark Roberts, Mark Radcliffe, Danielle Owen-Jones, Paul Ryan, Alan Chance, Nikki Logan, Suzanne Covitch, Kathy Bagley, Sally-Anne Martyn, Poppy Wellby, Helen Fisher, Cicely Havely, Gerard Macdonald, Oana Velcu-Laitinen, Ian Critchley, Jodi Taylor, Gideon Roberton, Jan Cavelle, Lexie Elliott, Geoff Gudgion, Karen Menuhin, Delia O’Callaghan, Colm O’Shea, Sumangali Morhall, Wiz Wharton, Jenny Meszaros, Michelle MacNamara, Peter Gibbons, John Taylor, Rosalind Tate, Richard Marshall, Cath Bore, Roy Walker, Jack Lutz, and many more.

Everyone Wins

Success doesn’t always equal publication, of course.

We’re here because we believe in writers and writing. If we can help you express yourself better – and if you get joy and satisfaction from the book you’ve created – then we’re thrilled to have played our part.

Writing is a tough old game – and we admire everyone who writes something that they’re proud to have written. Congratulations to you!