Former Waterstones Director and Self-Published Author Lands Three-Book Deal with Transworld

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In 2010, Andrew Swanston, a former director at Waterstones and later a chairman of Methvens, decided to self-publish his book, The King’s Codebreaker with UK self-publishing service, Matador. Writing under the pseudonym, Andrew Douglas, the book was the first of three novels of historical fiction in a series Swanston was working on. All three books tell the story of a bookseller who becomes a cryptographer at the king’s court in Oxford in the 1600’s.
The success of the self-published edition of the first book with Matador led Swanston to rework it into a slightly longer book and new title, The King’s Spy. The book drew the interest of Transworld, and dealing directly with Swanston, assistant editor, Emma Buckley, bought the world rights to the trilogy of books. News came today directly from both Matador and The Bookseller.
Speaking via the Matador press release, Swanston said, ‘I found Matador excellent to work with. For me, self-publishing with them has been a great success.’
Emma Buckley told The Bookseller:

“The King’s Spy was a read-in-one-sitting novel for me–it’s intelligently written, meticulously researched, fast-paced, with a brilliantly original and sympathetic protagonist, and a really refreshing, vivid setting. I’m confident that Andrew’s trilogy will place him firmly alongside such household names as C J Sansom and Rory Clements.”

Matador MD, Jeremy Thompson said:

‘We’ll be sorry to see Andrew go, but it’s great that he’s been picked up by a mainstream publisher as his work certainly deserves it. We’re very pleased for him.’

Transworld will reissue ‘The King’s Spy’ in August 2012, and the second and third books in the historical trilogy will be published in 2013 and 2014.
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