John-Paul Flintoff




How to write a book proposal: Interview with agent Jaime Marshall

Mr Howard Saxby, literary agent, was knitting a sock. He knitted a good deal, he would tell you if you asked him, to keep himself from smoking, adding that he also smoked a good deal to keep himself from knitting
— PG Wodehouse

In this episode of an ADEQUATE podcast, I interview my agent Jaime Marshall about how A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech came into being.

We talk about the title, and the business of putting together the book proposal that Jaime submitted to my publisher, Short Books.

In the podcast, I refer to a photo that you may have seen already in yesterday’s blog post. But I like it so much I’m posting it again:

Also in this episode, I mention something coming up in April, where you will be able to join me as we swap stories. If you are a regular reader, you may recall that I first started doing this Desktop Pilgrimage in April 2020, just after lockdown came into force.

Before you go… it would be remiss not to mention that you can buy my book here: amzn.to/3cyiuEN

If you send me proof of purchase, I will send you a signed, limited edition post-card sized print of my own art. The offer is only available in the UK – and there are only 100 prints available (so don’t hang around!).

Over and out.


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Posted: February 4, 2021

Keywords: agent, pilgrimage