Tuesday, 19 September 2006

It's been a while since I mentioned Lord Alexander's Cipher; or, the Bridekirk Behemoth. For the last few of months it has been going out from Anne-Marie, my excellent agent, to a select number of editors, as is the way of these things, and, as is the way of these things, a few rejections have come back. Nothing like as many as J K Rowling received at this stage in her writing career, though, so I still have a way to go.

Today's update from Anne-Marie brought a very positive rejection:
"very impressed with the fluency of the writing ... there's a huge amount of potential here for his career as a writer"
but a rejection nonetheless. Anne-Marie also alerted me to news in the Bookseller that Harper Collins had just picked up a first novel about a search for treasure buried with Alexander the Great. Its title: The Alexander Cipher.

So it looks like I will need to find a new title sooner rather than later - and certainly before Lord Alexander's Cipher; or, the Bridekirk Behemoth is submitted to Harper Collins.


Alex Bordessa said...

Sounds very encouraging, despite being a rejection.

Rats! to having to change your title :-(

Annette said...

It seems a shame you have to change the title of your book. Do you have to?

Doug Hoffman said...

Did you ever consider going with the simpler title, The Bridekirk Behemoth? It's catchy and has nice rhythm and alliterative values.

It's delightful you're getting positive feedback, rejections or not. Best of luck!