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Jericho success stories

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We work with all writers – from beginners, to seriously-talented scribes who’ve been writing for years.

We love seeing lives change, and our success rate is vastly higher than the slushpile average. Most 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, prize-winners and authors with film deals

Claire McGlasson and how the Festival helped
Another Friday Night Live short-listed author, Claire McGlasson, found her literary agent Laura Williams at the Festival of Writing 2017. Her debut novel The Rapture will be published by Faber in 2019, but has already been optioned by Hillbilly Television.

Anna Mazzola and the dark story of Sarah Gale
Anna came to us with an (already very good) novel, based around the true life murder trial of a Victorian seamstress, Sarah Gale. The book had attracted interest from agents, but wasn’t quite there yet. There was something not quite right. We helped identify the issue, and Anna went out and fixed it. The result of her endeavours? Worldwide success and a glorious Edgar Award (the Oscars of international crime fiction).

Felicia Yap and the ‘Festival effect’
‘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, The Day After 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 in her words, ‘it made a huge difference’!

Rachel Abbott and her ‘shock’ feedback
Rachel Abbott came to us for her first ever editorial feedback, and found it a ‘shock’ – a good one. Scroll on a few years, and she’s one of the UK’s biggest-selling authors, with millions of books sold. She’s self-published as well as published via Thomas & Mercer, but either way, she’s become one of the essential crime writers of her generation.

Eve Harris and the Man Booker Prize longlist
Eve’s first book, The Marrying of Chani Kaufmann was longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize. Eve found her writing mentor, Daren King, through our Complete Novel Course. We anticipate great things from this wonderful writer.

Joanna Cannon, six-figures and a TV deal
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep was published by The Borough Press (HarperCollins) in Spring 2016. Joanna won Friday Night Live at our 2014 Festival of Writing. She walked away with seven offers from literary agents. That novel was published to huge acclaim and got a TV deal, and her follow-up sold for a massive £300,000.

John Fenton
Please Don’t Make Me Go is a tough, funny and honest memoir. 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 was too long when it came to us. After a detailed editorial interchange, we placed that MS with an agent – with the same result: a contested auction and a place on the bestseller lists.

Barbara Tate
West End Girls, offered us a different sort of challenge. The author was elderly, so we took a hands-on editorial role, and then sold the book ourselves. Orion won the auction and the book became the hit of the summer.

Dania el-Kadi
Summer Blast (think Sex in the City meets John Le Carre) was a number one bestseller in Dania’s native Lebanon. The book isn’t just entertaining, it’s an important and influential read too.

Tim O’Rourke
Tim has self-published his Keira Hudson YA vampire series to the Amazon Kindle store, where it has been the #1 ranked bestseller in its category. He’s shifted over 500,000 books to date and is going strong for the million. Tim has also been agented by Peter Buckman at Ampersand, a connection we were delighted to help forge.

Mari Griffith
Her debut novel, Root of the Tudor Rose was an Amazon #1 in its category for many weeks. Her second novel The Witch of Eye was chosen by the Welsh Books Council as its ‘Book of the Month’.

Ian Thornton
The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms has been bought by Simon & Schuster in Toronto, and is now being marketed worldwide. The book has also been optioned for film.

Catherine Cooper
Catherine won the inaugural £10,000 BWA Award for Golden Acorn, has gone on to publish three further books, and hook herself a film deal.

Louise Soraya Black
Louise won the Virginia Prize and a book deal with her beautiful novel, Pomegranate Sky.

Susan Imgrund
Susan won the EarlyWorks Prize for The Bother in Burmeon, and a book deal with quality indie press Circaidy Greogry.

Pip Jones
Pip won the inaugural Greenhouse Funny Prize for the funny and delightful Squishy McFluff, is now well on her way to being a well-established children’s author.

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 time of writing, the book has an average 4.9 star rating on Amazon.

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.

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Big hitters

We’ve also seen some wonderful clients secure brilliant book deals, and create a powerful foundation for a career in writing.

Philippa East – whose debut title, Little White Lies, was published this February (2020) by HarperCollins. With special thanks given to Debi Alper and Emma Darwin’s self-editing course.

Maddie Please – after taking our self-editing course a few years ago, Maddie is now represented by DHH Literary agency and has had four books published.

Claire Wade – said that our self-editing course was ‘Life changing!’ This budding author 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 a Times audiobook of the week.

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 will be published next year.

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

Sarah Ann Juckes – our very own Membership & Content Manager met her agent at our Getting Published Day. Sarah has now published her debut title Outside with Penguin Random House, with a new title coming out in 2021.

Holly Seddon – following a manuscript assessment with us, our resident editor and Townhouse Administrator, Holly Seddon, secured herself a publishing deal with Corvus. She is now the international bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe, Don’t Close Your Eyes and Love Will Tear Us Apart. Her fourth novel, The Hit List will be published in early 2021 by Trapeze (Orion).

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 last year, Gabriella now has a book deal with Piatkus. Her first book All That We Are will challenge readers to improve their wellbeing and performance at work. “I came for the first time to the Festival of Writing in September.  After that I pitched to Imogen Pelham who is now my agent (she’s terrific) and I have a contract with Piatkus!”

Chris Mabey – after having had a manuscript assessment with the amazing Anastasia Parkes, Chris now has a publishing deal with Penguin Random House for his title Whispers of Hope: a family memoir of Myanmar from 1852.

He says: “I cannot thank Anastasia enough for her tough-love analysis of my memoir of Myanmar. Her comments were very perceptive and encouraged me to develop the beating pulse beneath the story I was telling. As a result Penguin Random House have contracted to publish my book.”

Kate MacDougall – with some thanks to our editor Sam Jordison, Kate has secured herself a two book deal with Bonnier Books. Her first title will be published next Spring. “I wanted to say a really massive thank you to Sam for all his brilliant help and feedback with the manuscript while it was in the earlier stages. It made a huge difference to the final version!”

Nicola Gill – who attended the Festival of Writing 2017, has now seen her heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship The Neighbours  published by Avon; an imprint of HarperCollins.

Neema Shah – after taking Debi Alper’s and Emma Darwin’s self-editing course,  her first novel, Kololo Hill, will be published by Picador in Spring 2021

Pete Roberts – whose memoir Unknown Forces will be published by Trigger Press this year. “I genuinely might have given up the ghost had I not stumbled across Jericho Writers” Pete says!

Clare Flynn – said of the self-editing course, “now 11 novels later, with several of them best-sellers – I’m still grateful.”

Sally Harris who sent her novel to us for assessment, had several reports by our editor Susan Davies, and is going to have her novel published by Salt in May 2019. Haverscroft is a gripping modern ghost story set in East Anglia.

Alex Callister – is another author who found success via the Festival Of Writing: “Summer 2017 I finished my debut novel Winter Dark and knowing nothing whatsoever about getting published I trotted off to the FOW. Winter Dark was shortlisted to the Best Opening Chapter and Best Pitch competition, I met my lovely agent Ben Clark, he submitted to publishers in December and in February I signed a two book deal with Audible. A year later, March 2019, it is coming out as Audible Thriller of 2019.

Philippa East – 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 (nee Manning). Her debut novel Little White Lies sold at auction to HQ/HarperCollins and will be published in February 2020. Take a look here at her journey to publishing.

Amanda Berriman  has been a loyal attendant 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 Home, the book she’s been working on all these years has now been published by Penguin Random House. We’re so proud of Mandy! Here you can read her tips on how to hook an agent.

Elisa Lodato – has received critical acclaim for her debut novel An Unremarkable Body, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and on which she worked with our editor Dexter Petley. She was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award. Here you can read what she says about her experience with us.

Mark Hill – 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.

Jo Jakeman – attended the Festival of Writing in 2016, secured representation from Imogen Pelham at Majacq Scripts and her debut psychological thriller, Sticks and Stones is published 12thJuly 2018. Harvill Secker acquired world rights including translation, and there are more international deals pending. She has a further 2 book deal with Harvill Secker.

Adrienne Chinn – She worked extensively with Daren King on The Lost Letter From Morocco, and ended up securing a world rights deal with Avon / HarperCollins. But she did all that without an agent and, we thought she should have one. So we went out and got her one. For free, of course. She now has a two book deal with Avon /Harper Collins negotiated by her agent Joanna Swainson. The Lost Letter From Morocco is being published in March 2019.

Mahita Vas – She worked with Daren King on her second novel It Happened On Scrabble Sunday, that was later published by Marshall Cavendish.

Luke AllnuttWe Own The Sky, an irresistible story about love, loss and finding hope, was published by Orion Publishing Group in April 2018.

Louise Walters whose historical novel Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase got published by Putman in August 2015 after she took our Self-Editing course with Debi Alper and Emma Darwin.

Kate ArmstrongThe Storyteller, was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize in 2016 after being published by Holland House.

Nadya A. R. – She worked with Daren King on Invisible Ties and got published by Rupa Publications.

Ingrid Alexandra – She’s had her psychological thriller The New Girl published by Harper Collins after working on it with our writing coach Daren King.

Anthony Wilson – Whose crime novel Murder By The Broads got published by Bloodhound Books.

Tor Udall A Thousand Paper Birds was published by Bloomsbury in June 2017. It also sold to Garzanti (Italy), Xander (The Netherlands), Jacaranda (Portugal), Eksmo (Russia) and BTB/Random (Germany) who offered a substantial two-book deal.

Claire EvansThe Fourteenth Letter a page turning thriller filled with a labyrinth of secrets was published by Little Brown in April 2017. We were thrilled to help at various stages through writing this. She is about to deliver her second novel to her agent Jonny Geller.

James Law – a big, scary submariner whose big, scary submarine thriller, Tenacity, was published by Headline.

Guillermo Erades  whose superb and challenging literary novel, Back to Moscow, was eagerly seized by Simon & Schuster and published in May 2016.

Roz Watkins – was ‘found’ by Claire McGowan at the Festival of Writing. Claire recommended Roz to her agent, and the result was a three-book deal with lots of lovely foreign sales to boot.

Geraldine Hogan My Husband’s Wives was published in 2016 by Head of Zeus. We didn’t actually help on that manuscript, but did a lot to help Geraldine at the start of her journey. We’re thrilled she made it all the way.

Gabrielle Kent – won Friday Night Live at our Festival of Writing. In June 2014, Gabrielle signed a 3 book world rights deal with Scholastic, and Gabrielle’s first title, Alfie Bloom And the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, was published in June 2015.

Mitch Feierstein – with his explosive Planet Ponzi, sold internationally and launched a vibrant media career.

Shelley Harris – came to our inaugural Festival of Writing, where she found an agent for the beautiful Jubilee.

Kerry Fisher – whose The School Gate Survival Guide is out now with Avon (HarperCollins).

Deborah Install – followed-up a massive German deal with a UK deal with Doubleday for the deliciously good, A Robot in the Garden.

Caroline Corby – with her six-volume Before They Were Famous children’s series.

Hilton Pashley  whose first children’s fantasy novel, Gabriel’s Clock, is out with Random House from agent David Headley.

Valerie Mendes – whose book Larkswood has been bought in a two-book deal by Orion.

Dr Robin Brooke-Smith – whose Storm Warning (a first-hand account of the Afghan-Pakistan Borderlands) is being published in London and New York by I B Tauris, with endorsements by Michael Palin and others.

Steph Broadribb – success started with Deep Down Dead, and is going from strength to strength as her career blossoms.

C. T. Sullivan – His mystery thriller Reasonable Force was published by Vanguard Press, an Imprint of Pegasus Books.

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And congratulations to…

Aneeta Sundararaj – whose novels Two Snakes Whistling At The Same Time and The Age of Smiling Secrets have been published by MPH Group Publishing. Aneeta worked on these novels with Debi Alper, Susan Davis and Andrew Wille as her editors. The Age of Smiling Secrets has been shortlisted for the main award in the upcoming Book Award 2020, organised by the National Library of Malaysia. In addition, thanks to the nomination made by many readers here, the novel is also on the shortlist for the Reader’s Choice Award.

Susan Allott – is now signed with Borough Press and is releasing her debut tile The Silence in hardback on 6 August. The book will be published in both the UK and the US. Susan learnt all the editing tricks she knows from the wonderful Debi Alper and Emma Darwin.

Alastair Puddick – “I found the book doctor session really helpful, met some lovely people, and took away a lot of useful hints and tips.” Alastair Puddick, whose book 46% Better Than Dave not only went on to be published, but was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prise for Comic Fiction 

Ruby Speechley- who won our Best Opening Chapter competition in 2018 signed a two book deal with Hera. Her psychological thriller Someone Else’s Baby  was published July 2019.

Juliette Lawson – self-published her first historical-fiction title A Borrowed Past. The title is set in the seaside village of Seaton Carew in north east England, where she’s from.

Wes Markin – whose self-published novel One Last Prayer For The Rays has been described by bestselling author Stephen Booth as “an explosive and visceral debut”, by “a new name to watch out for in crime fiction”. Wes came to us with an earlier draft of One Last Prayer For The Rays and our editor Eve Seymour gave him advice throughout two assessments.

Dominic Brownlow – whose novel The Naseby Horses, which was assessed by our editor Susan Davis, will be published by Louise Walters Books early 2020. Take a look at the article he wrote about his experience with us.

Vicki Goldie – whose novel Bind Witness got published in June by Victorina Press, a small independent publisher in Shropshire. In her own words: “I have no doubt that doing the How to Write Course contributed to my being published.”

Emma Robinson – whose novel The Undercover Mother was published in March 2018 by Bookouture.

G. D Harper – for her atmospheric thriller Love’s Long Road on which she worked with our editor Debi Alper.

Philip Jackson – who self-published his book Unseen Path

Eleanor Anstruther –  worked with our editor Andrew Wille, came to FOW16 ,entered the best opening chapter competition with her novel ‘A Perfect Explanation’, and secured Jenny Savill from Andrew Nurnberg Associates as her agent. She has just signed a UK & Commonwealth deal with Salt publishing who describe it as  “monumental tale of family dysfunction”. Publication date March 2019

Zena McFadzean – who is now represented by Jo Williamson at Antony Harwood after working with our writing coach Daren King.

Richard Fisher – whose novel The Differences was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Foundation Award for Adventure Novel of the year.

Jason Dalgliesh – whose novel Divided House was published on Amazon and sold 1,000 copies in the first four weeks.

Richard Williams – Mostyn Thomas And The Big Rave was published by Graffeg in June 2017.

Claire McGlasson – ITV news journalist, whose novel The Rapture was acquired by Faber.

JA Corrigan – whose journey to publication started with the Festival of Writing and ended up with Falling Suns being published in July 2016.

CJ BrowneRevenge Ritual is available now on Amazon UK and USA. Published by Endeavour Press.

Lochlan BloomThe Wave was published by Dead Ink on 29 January 2016 as part of their New Voices list.

Amanda SaintAs If I Were A River was published in Spring 2016 by Urbane Publications.

Susan Imgrund – aka S.P. Moss, is the author of The Bother in Burmeon and Trouble in Teutonia, which was short-listed in the children’s category of the 2015 Rubery Book Award.

Paul HardistyAbrupt Physics of Dying was published by Acadia Books in March 2015. It went on to be shortlisted for the CWA JOHN CREASEY (New Blood) DAGGER award.

Rosalie Osmond – whose Waldenstein was released by Seraphim, then promptly shortlisted for a major prize.

Helen BrandomWriting in the Sand is now out with Usborne Books.

Merryn Fergusson – and her fascinating What is Wrong with ME.

Martyn Murray – with his evocative and strongly-argued The Storm Leopard.

Tony Bayliss – and the mind-bendingly imaginative Past Continuous.

Barry Kirwan – and the excellent Eden Trilogy.

Ruth Mazet – and My Horse Rears.

Patty Tashiro – and An Angel Whispered.

Jane Yeadon – and her evocative It Won’t Hurt a Bit, and the heart-warming and entertaining sequel It Shouldn’t Happen to a Midwife.

Richard Malim – and his thoughtful The Earl of Oxford and the Making of Shakespeare.

Mary Welstead – and her sadly useful Divorce and Separation.

Sally Nilsson – and her (timely!) The Man who Sank Titanic.

Marion Leigh – and The Politician’s Daughter.

Phil Harwood – and his astonishing Canoeing the Congo. (A self-published book that got a huge amount of exposure in The Guardian, and is selling well.)

Chitra Sankharan – with the Void of Reason (forthcoming).

Victoria Whitworth – put her expert knowledge of Anglo-Saxon England to good use in The Bone-Thief.

Louisa Larkin – with her tough and scary environmental thriller, The Genesis Flaw.

JC Martin – and the terrific, gritty Oracle.

Sumangali Morhall – and the inspirational Auspicious Good Fortune.

Stephen O’Donnell – with the terrific Paradise Road.

Beverley Jones – and her fantastic debut, Telling Stories.

Gordon Gray – and his Passing Ships – a book so good, there’s another on its way.

Faith Anstey – and her perfectly-judged Flowers in the Field.

Daniel Ingram-Brown – and his amazingly-exciting Rise of the Shadow Stealers.

William Mortimer Moore – whose Free France’s Lion represents the definitive English language biography of General Leclerc.

Joyce Van Der Merwe – whose huge saga of the Anglo-Boer War, The Runaway Horses, got snapped up by Jonathan Ball, the biggest publishing firm in South Africa.

Paula K. Randall – and her atmospheric police procedural Hangman’s Wood.

David Ward – whose cycling novel It’s All Downhill was published by New Generation.

…and so many more we can’t name them all.

More newcomers

The list of writers we’ve helped who are getting published is updating all the time (faster than we can keep up!)

So congratulations too are due to those writers now with agents or publishers. People like Daniel Aubrey, Sara Green, Lynne Curry, Kate Slater, Simon Green (represented by Jo Moult at Skylark Agency), Kirsty Kitchen, Lucy Beresford, Charlotte Philipps, Maria Cross, Roy Carter, Chris Vanier, Mike Taylor, Katherine Hetzel, Silvia Rossi, Sean Walsh, Roger Hardy, Lata Pattni, Mark Roberts, Mark Radcliffe, Paul Ryan, Alan Chance, Suzanne Covitch, Kathy Bagley, Poppy Wellby, Cicely Havely, Gerard Macdonald, Ian Critchley, Gideon Roberton, Lexie Elliott, Geoff Gudgion, Delia O’Callaghan, Sumangali Morhall, Jenny Meszaros, Michelle MacNamara, John Taylor, Richard Marshall, Cath Bore, Roy Walker, and too many others to mention.

Everyone’s a winner

Success doesn’t always equal publication.

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!

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