In January 2009 I started writing FutureQuest, and late 2011 got this 130,000-word non-fiction manuscript to a stage ready to present to a publisher. In researching publishers it quickly became apparent that large publishers were overwhelmed with submissions, apparently preferring low-risk manuscripts from previously-published authors. I saw that they seem to have set publishing programmes that could never do justice to a work like FutureQuest, which engages in world events with a measure of time-sensitivity. My wife Gigi, who is also a published author, then came across Aurora House so In March 2012 I approached Linda Lycett with my book proposal.
Linda accepted the publishing challenge, fully understanding its time-sensitive nature and embarked on a thorough edit forthwith. Mid 2012 I reviewed all my bibliography citations and found that many needed updating in the light of unfolding world events and new research, which also required some rewriting. Linda took all this in stride, fully acknowledging the necessary updates, even though it meant re-working some of the editing to achieve the best possible book. In December 2012 FutureQuest was published.
During the entire editing/ publishing process I felt confident that Aurora House had the right mix of professionalism and enthusiasm to make FutureQuest as good as it could possibly get. Even though we live in cities a thousand kilometres apart, communication was excellent and at all stages I was in full control of my project. Linda’s experienced guidance and direction brought a high measure of certainty to the successful outcome. I will be publishing future works with Aurora House.
Author of FutureQuest
2nd February, 2013