About Me

Tollesbury, Essex, United Kingdom
I was born in the Summer of 1969 in Dagenham, just on the border of East London. School was largely unproductive but enjoyable, setting me up for something of a wayward but interesting life! On leaving school I had various jobs including putting up stalls at Romford Market, working in a record shop, putting up ceilings, gardening and road sweeping. After resigning from an insurance company to play in a band, I found myself unemployed for two years. Then finally I got back on my feet and I've been a psychiatric nurse since 1997. I wrote A Cleansing of Souls when I was 22 years old and followed it up with Tollesbury Time Forever almost twenty years later. I started writing The Bird That Nobody Sees in September 2011 and it was released in July 2012. In terms of writing, my heroes are Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck. I would also include Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits as literary influences. So that's me I guess - scruffy, happy and in love with literary fiction, music and life...

Friday, 23 September 2011

Off into the world!

So here is a list of the Literary Agents I have sent off samples of the book to:

  • Robert Hale
  • Aitken Alexander
  • Diane Banks
  • Blake Freidman
  • Felicity Bryan

    If and when I get a reply, be it rejection (statistically more likely!) or acceptance (hurrah!) or anything in between, I will post it here!

    I am aiming to send off to one Literary Agent a week. When I've exhausted all those, I will go direct to publishers. And when they have been exhausted I will just print out loads of copies of Tollesbury Time Forever, bind them with elastic bands and leave them on trains and buses, deposit them in shopping trolleys and perhaps post them to random addresses across the country...

    Here's to FRUGALITY!


    Wend said...

    How exciting! Good luck with it...it's a lovely story that deserves to be bound and have its own beautiful cover. Got everything crossed for you. xx

    Stu Ayris said...

    Thanks Wend, I really appreciate your kind words. Keep on frugaling!

    Jenny A said...

    I can't wait to read the book.....sounds gripping.

    Stu Ayris said...

    Thank you Jenny! You are very kind. Doing all I can to get it published. Keep a track of this blog to see how I'm doing. I will be adding some excerpts from the book too so any feedback would be well appreciated!

    Thank you!