Success Story Two
Posted on July 27th, 2014
Hugh O’Brien very kindly did an author interview with me some time ago. But as we are nearing publication date, I thought it might be an opportune moment to look at a little more of the editorial history.
I met Hugh when I was in Australia in 2013. He had a wonderful narrative style, but his work of non-fiction was more of collection of autobiographical thoughts when I first started editing. He responded unbelievably well to marked-up notes, which I sent through on-screen. By draft three, I knew we were onto a winner.
So I sent the ms to Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown – she loved it, and mere weeks later Hugh was offered a deal by the newly merged Penguin/Random House in Australia. A hugely prestigious house for a debut author.
The result was UNDAUNTED, to be published as a trade paperback in August 2014. Military autobiography is by no means my speciality, but when a book starts like this, it grabs you and won’t let go: “Diving was a boys-own adventure, a jump into the unknown full of devil-may-care attitudes. It welcomed you with one hand and cast you asunder with the other. It was a hideous bitch goddess and it drank the blood of the unprepared.”