Thursday, 18 October 2007
Introducing Tim Stretton
As the newest member of the MNW crew, I must also be the most obscure...so a brief introduction is in order.
My fantasy novel The Dog of the North is scheduled for publication in July next year. Things are still at an early stage: I only signed the contract in August, and Will is re-reading the novel so that we can discuss the changes we want to make before going to print. Since his view on first reading was that the text was " gripping, intelligent, nuanced, and subtly allegorical – as well as highly entertaining... a world that’s believable and coherent, [with] characters who have an epic quality while possessing very human flaws", there's nowhere to go but down on second reading...
My claim to fame in the MNW stable is that I am first self-published writer they have picked up. This is something of a backhanded compliment: sales of The Dog of the North have been so pitiful that Macmillan's marketing department don't feel their revenues are likely to be materially dented by the sales I've made on my own behalf.
I've been writing novel-length fiction since 1997, and have self-published my two previous novels, The Zael Inheritance, a old-fashioned cop story set in the far future, and Dragonchaser, a fantasy of political intrigue and galley-racing. My favourite writer is Jack Vance, but for more--much, much more--on my literary influences, why not visit my blog?
Will is hoping to get his suggested revisions back to me by the end of the month, so I'll keep you all posted on the editing process as it unfolds.
For now, though, sadly I have return to the work that pays the mortgage...