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Old 27-07-2006, 09:06   #81
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Anyway, some questions if you don't mind. What did you go to agents with - a completed manuscript ? Or just outline and sample chapter(s) or what ? How many did you approach and did you contact them in advance asking if they'd see your work or did you just send it on spec anyway ? What were the major changes that came as a result of the agent's suggestions ? Cheers.
(1) Yes, unless you're Wayne Rooney or something, you need a completed manuscript for fiction. They usually want you send a few sample chapters to start with and ask for more if they like it, but each agent has their own submission guidelines which can usually be found on their website.

(2) I was quite lucky and the second agent I approached took me on. Some agents demand that you submit exclusively (IE if theyr'e spending time looking at your work, they don't want other agents to be doing the same)

(3) Main changes were to make the main character a bit more likeable and reduce the level of violence. Children's publishers are very cautious about content and I think one of the reasons why so many boys don't read is that they can see much more exciting stuff in the cinema or on the Playstation!
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I just thought I'd say I've read all of the books now. I read a lot of kids books and these are really my favourites of the recent books I've read, which is strange as I tend to go for more children's fantasy books (like the Artemis Fowl books*, that sort of thing) than more "realistic" books. Not that they are not fantasy, but you know what I mean, no fairies running about.

I loved all the books, but especially Maximum Security and Divine Madness. Can't wait for the next!

I really think James is a compelling character, he's so *real.* Not many writers manage to make their characters completely believable, especially in kids books. Lauren's a bit of a sassy brat for my liking though .

One complaint though: there's not enough Kyle!! He's supposed to be James' best mate but we seem to have hardly seen him since The Recruit! I really think he's a really likeable character, and I did like that there's a gay character in a series of kids books where it isn't a big "Issue" (but not glibbly passed over either, James reaction was great). Please tell me Kyle gets to go on a long mission with James, that would be great...

Anyway I'll stop fangirling now

*Ok now I'm imagining what would happen if you crossed Artemis Fowl and Cherub... Artemis Vs. James: who would win in a fight?!
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I've read all of them and thoroughly enjoyed them all. They're incredibly popular in the school library and eagerly anticipated Good work!!! I just hope you don't let them go the same way as the Series of Unfortunate Events did and that they end up becoming formulaic...
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Old 07-08-2006, 08:08   #84
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Glad you liked them.

After 15 months things are finally happening on the film front. We have a director and development funding in place. If all goes well it could be out for summer 2008.

Still a damned big if though!
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Sounds like (potentially) very exciting news! Nice one Robert

Would the film be based on just "The Recruit" or bring in elements of later books too?
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I think we have the 'too much stuff in the book' problem a-la Harry Potter rather than the 'not enough stuff in the book' problem a-la Lemony Snickett.
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That sounds like a better problem to have! Although I guess it will be very tough as the author to see a screenplay writer taking swathes of what you might consider to be essential parts of the book out.

Please keep us up to date with progress on the potential film. Harry wants to know when your next book will be out (he is very keen!). I said I expect it will be a while yet given that your last one has only been out a few months.
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That's fantastic news, good work

I still need to email you to send those books for signing!
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Decided to give these a punt...so just ordered The Recruit

Arthur...the new book appears to be available for preorder on both play and amazon
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Harry wants to know when your next book will be out (he is very keen!). I said I expect it will be a while yet given that your last one has only been out a few months.
The CHERUB books are basically on a six monthly schedule.

The next three are:

Man vs Beast - October 19th
The Fall - March 2007
Mad Dogs - October 2007

I've also got a contract for two more in 2008.
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I remember reading the thread 18 months ago, but just read the update and news about films and more books and continued success, very impressive! Congrats!
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Thanks Saigon and Robert

Direct link to Man vs Beast pre-order Here
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Well...after reading the recruit and loving it and passing it on to the other half and loving it, and a mate of mine (who's loved it) all aged in their 30s

My other half has bought me the other 4 for my 31st birthday and we're eagerly awaiting the release of number 6.

Is the offer still open to send them over to you Bollecks to get them signed?

And I have to ask who Tom Tafuri is???

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Well...after reading the recruit and loving it and passing it on to the other half and loving it, and a mate of mine (who's loved it) all aged in their 30s

My other half has bought me the other 4 for my 31st birthday and we're eagerly awaiting the release of number 6.

Is the offer still open to send them over to you Bollecks to get them signed?

And I have to ask who Tom Tafuri is???
If you send them to me with stamps for return postage I'll happily sign them.

However, the return trip works out at over £2 per book, which usually puts most people off!

My e-mail is mail@cherubcampus.com if you're interested.
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Forgot to add, Tom Tafuri is the designer of the revised American covers. They were redesigned becasue the first ones were terrible (although it remains a mystery why they didn't just use the british logo and covers which are ten times better...)

They're listed with his name on Amazon to distinguish the books from the original covers
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Forgot to add, Tom Tafuri is the designer of the revised American covers. They were redesigned becasue the first ones were terrible (although it remains a mystery why they didn't just use the british logo and covers which are ten times better...)

They're listed with his name on Amazon to distinguish the books from the original covers

Have to confess, I do prefer the British covers (and logo)
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all 3 books for £5.99 here

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webap...__basicSearch_
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So the first, second and fifth one.....that doesn't make logical sense
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Thats the first three books, with the second retitled The Misson becasue The Book People didn't like the title.
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If you send them to me with stamps for return postage I'll happily sign them.

However, the return trip works out at over £2 per book, which usually puts most people off!

My e-mail is mail@cherubcampus.com if you're interested.
I still haven't sorted this out - will email you now
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