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I am ecstatic to announce that I now have a Literary Agent!
This is the reason Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut has been removed from circulation. Ms Shannon Orso of Victress Literary Agency will now be representing me, and the book, as the battle for a mainstream audience moves to a new level. Shannon loves Live and UnCut and is also passionate about representing Cult Following, the next installment in the Carl Axford series, when it is completed. This book (series) is also going to be pitched for adaptation which is also very promising. Many of you have been kind enough to say that Live and UnCut would make a decent movie. That encouragement may become a reality with any luck.
It is very bittersweet to bring the self-published run of Live and UnCut to an end, but this change is aligned with the aspirations I have for the book and my own ambitions as an author. I have always felt that Axford deserves a wider audience and the fact I now have an Agent to fight for this project, makes me very confident. What also makes me full of belief is the overwhelmingly positive support I have received from all areas and have enjoyed connecting with many readers through this book. It is going to be a long wait, but long terms goals come with that. It was a difficult decision to make, but placing this story in Shannon’s hands was an easy one. I now get to roll the sleeves up to write more stories as well as lace up for the marathon ahead. It is a long one, but this is what The Leyshons have wanted.
And so……it’s champagne time again! This time I am with the family, it’s not some ungodly hour on this occasion, but the champers is from the same bottle in which I celebrated the completion of the first draft. It’s been a lot of hard work over the last year and a whirlwind to be honest.
Here’s to the next level of the battle! Thank you so much Shannon and Victress for this incredible opportunity and I look forward to the next phase of this journey. The biggest thank you of all goes to my wife, family and you the readers. When there were times of gravest doubt your reviews, messages, emails and encouragement helped sustain that belief. That faith has now seen reward and I wanted to share it with all of you.