Quite some time ago, before I had started writing these blogs, I came across an article on-line that summed up something I felt was relevant to all the authors I had met, and was still to meet.

The article, which appeared in The Guardian in October 2015, wrote about the winner of the Man Booker prize from that same year. Jamaican author, Marlon James, was so distraught with his lack of success in finding a publisher willing to get his book out there, that he actually considered giving up writing.

It turns out that his first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was rejected 78 times before it was picked up by a publisher. And just as well as it did, because his book, A Brief History of Seven Killings, was announced as the winner of a £50,000 prize and described by Man Booker judges as “an extraordinary book”.

Need I say it, but it is so necessary to be patient. It’s hard. It’s difficult. But, if the work is truly great, as I always say, it’s just a matter of time before it sees the light of day.

Kurt Wilkesmann

Literary agent for foreign markets