Smart Quill Editorial About the Editor

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.”

Congratulations, Hugh!