Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

"Oi! You Birding To My Talk?" Brian McGilloway Gives It Verbals. Again

A graduate of PanMacmillan's 'controversial' imprint New Writing, Brian McGilloway (right) drops the inside skinny on New Writing's zero tolerance for paying advances in an interview in the latest edition of Verbals: "The deal is that you aren’t paid an advance on the New Writing imprint but you get a higher end royalty. The imprint publishes your first two books and if they take the second you then move onto the main list. I know there was a lot of criticism when the imprint first launched but I’ve found them very good to deal with. You’re working with the full Macmillan team and it gives you a chance to build a readership and reputation." Mmmmkay, but does it do what it says on the tin? Well, PanMacMillan have recently published Borderlands, the second Inspector Devlin thriller, and will be publishing the third, fourth and fifth in the series. So, yes - it works. Unpublished authors, get thee hence to New Writing post-haste ... Meanwhile, the rest of you could do worse than check out Verbals, which is edited by Garbhan Downey of the rather tasty Running Mates fame ...

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