Internet Writing Lands Book Deal
I’ve heard of a singer being discovered from a video posted on YouTube and now the literary equivalent has occurred. Stuart Neville, a writer from Northern Ireland has signed a major book deal after a New York literary agent happened upon his work online.
In fact, Neville has a deal for two books and his first novel, The Twelve, will be published in the UK and the USA and translated into Japanese and French.
Set in Belfast, The Twelve or The Ghosts of Belfast, as the book will be called in the US, is a crime thriller following a former paramilitary killer who is haunted by the ghosts of his victims.
The book is already receiving praise from established authors. [The Twelve is] “not only one of the finest thriller debuts of the last ten years, but also one of the best Irish novels, in any genre, of recent times”, says veteran Irish writer John Connolly.
Neville is currently working on the second novel, a sequel to The Twelve which will confront policing and politics in Northern Ireland.
Watch for The Twelve/The Ghosts of Belfast in the Summer of 2009.