John Jarrold has worked in book publishing since January 1988 following fifteen years working in public libraries. As an editor and editorial director specialising in SF and Fantasy with Orbit at Macdonald Futura (the forerunner to Little Brown UK), Random House and Simon & Schuster between 1988 and 2002, he published bestselling novelists including Iain Banks, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, David Gemmell, Arthur C Clarke and Michael Moorcock.
Since 2004, he has run the John Jarrold Literary Agency, which specialises entirely in SF, Fantasy and Horror. He has around forty clients – and has turned down over 9,000 submissions to the agency. The agency had over 50 books released by major publishers in the UK and US in 2013 alone, many others in translation across the world. It has also clinched multi-book deals for over 20 debut novelists. Four of his clients won major awards in 2013, including the Arthur C Clarke Award and the British SF Association Award for Short Fiction.
Alex Davis is an author, editor, publisher, creative writing tutor and event organiser based in Derby. His debut novel, THE LAST WAR, came out in July from Tickety Boo Press, and is the first in a science-fiction trilogy following the aliens of the Noukari. He is co-ordinator for Derby's annual Edge-Lit event – that ran this year on the 11th July – and part of the management committee for this year's Derby Book Festival. He also runs Boo Books, Derby's independent press, aiming to promote regional talent along internationally known authors. Their latest release is The Electric, available in paperback for the first time. For more information visit http://boobooks.net/.
What better way to prepare for another fabulous Swanwick week than to tune in on Twitter with those Masters of Horror? So prepare your questions, gird your loins and ignore the eerie noises and the screams. If you'd like to participate, just search #AskSwanwick (selection “Live”) on 4 August between 8 and 9pm UK time. Once the chat has started, you can simply ask a question by using the hashtag #AskSwanwick on your tweet. You can find detailed guidelines on our chats here: http://www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk/twitter-chat.html#.VZOFzunALcs