15th March, 2011: I have a book deal!

Sitting on this news has been hard work, but today’s the day.

I’ve signed a two-book deal with Angry Robot for Empire State and Seven Wonders. From the official press release:

Press Release

15th March 2011 ~ For Immediate Release

Angry Robot unveils debut author – recruited from Twitter

Those busy metal fellows at dynamic SF publishing imprint Angry Robot have pounced upon the debut novel of British-based New Zealander ADAM CHRISTOPHER.

Christopher is well-known to many at the heart of the British science fiction community through his strong presence on Twitter, under the nickname @ghostfinder. It was through reading his posts that AR first became aware of him – a lesson to other prospective authors, perhaps. In keeping with Angry Robot’s emphasis on the new channels for promoting all of its authors, he will of course continue to promote his work via Twitter.

The deal, for world rights to two novels across all formats, was done between Christopher and Angry Robot editor Lee Harris.

EMPIRE STATE is a story of superheroes, and a city divided in two. Detective Rad Bradbury picks up the trail of a murderer, only to discover that the world he has always known is a pocket universe, recently brought into existence by an explosion of phenomenal power. With a superhero on his tail he crosses into a city that bears a remarkable resemblance to his own – a city called New York. There he uncovers a deadly threat to the Empire State, and finds that the futures of both realities are at stake.

Lee Harris of Angry Robot said, “It’s always a great feeling when you find a new author – especially one with Adam’s talent. Empire State is reminiscent of China Miéville’s The City & the City – the existence of superheroes within Adam’s world serving to underline the very human struggle for survival. We’re pretty excited.”

Adam Christopher added, “I’ve been following Angry Robot ever since their mothership landed in 2009, and they quickly became one of my favourite imprints. Over the last couple of years they’ve built a brilliant list of authors and titles, and to be part of it all really is a dream come true.”

Empire State will be published in January 2012, with a second superhero-themed fantasy, Seven Wonders, to follow before the end of the year too.


More information can be found at angryrobotbooks.com and Adam’s site adamchristopher.co.uk … and of course via @ghostfinder and @angryrobotbooks

Angry Robot is a new genre publisher, bringing readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?! All titles are released as paperbacks and in all major eBook formats. Distribution is through Random House (North America) and GBS (UK). Angry Robot is part of the Osprey Group.

For more information, review copies, interview and feature requests contact Mike Ramalho (mike.ramalho@angryrobotbooks.com or +44 (0) 186 581 1325).

Well, what can I say? I’m not lying when I say this is a dream come true – it really is. I have literally dreamed of getting a book deal, and I’ve been pinching myself ever since I signed the contract.

My new author photograph at the top there was once again taken by the brilliant DC Sterne. We spent an extraordinarily cold afternoon just before Christmas stalking some railway foot tunnels in Levenshulme, Manchester, which produced some excellent shots. I’m quite in awe of their skill, and they have my eternal gratitude in granting permission to use that picture. You can find DC Sterne on Twitter, and their website is here.

The news is up at Angry Robot, I have my own author page, which you can see here. Also, over at Floor-to-Ceiling books, I’ve given my first ever interview, where I talk about Empire State and a bit about the whole process from the initial contact with Angry Robot to signing the deal.

So, yesterday was a little busy, as I’m sure you can understand, but I did manage to get some words down on Hang Wire. Today I’m aiming for the 2k.

Project: Hang Wire (serial killers and superheroes in San Francisco)
Words today: 1,044
Words total: 40,070/100,000 (40%)
Total words for 2011: 72,023

The first beta-reader return of The Suicide Tree sample chapters came back as well, and I took a look at the problems and typos they spotted. I was very pleased with their response, so now I just need to wait for the rest of them to send their commnets back.

Phew. What a day!

  • Congratulations! Thats great news.

  • Many congratulations! Not for nothing that I have been using your web presence and attitude to writing as a model for my own behaviour – it is good to know that it has paid off so tremendously for you!

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  • Rob Mammone

    Well done, Adam. Fantastic news and richly deserved after all the hard slog you’ve put in.

  • Goodness gracious!!!! I am absolutely thrilled for you. This is the coolest. I keep telling people that Twitter is the way to go and no one believes me. You are like a God now Woohoooo!

    Now, you have to do a guest post on my Blog and talk about how Twitter worked for you.

    Woohooo! Okay, this is me doing a Snoopy dance for you.

    Karen…the other publisher

  • Thanks Jon! I’m glad that my journey is of use to you! If you head over to my interview at Floor-to-Ceiling Books, I talk a little more about the process and offer some additional advice.

  • Yay for Snoopy dances! I’d be happy to do a post for you 😀

  • Awesome news! Congratulations.

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  • I shall do that, thanks. Your example has been really useful to me; you are something of a poster-boy for how a properly developed online presence (with the writing to back it up) can pay off 🙂 Thanks for all the advice, both implicit and explicit, that you have given and, I suspect, will continue to give.

    Enjoy basking in success!

  • So YOU’RE ghostfinder! Have always enjoyed your tweets. Congrats on the book deal. 🙂

  • Very awesome! I’m quite pleased for you.

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