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Sudbury author lands publishing deal after 16 year wait

PUBLISHED: 10:33 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:17 17 January 2019

Ely Percy secured a deal for not one, but three novels set in Glasgow Picture: ELY PERCY

Ely Percy secured a deal for not one, but three novels set in Glasgow Picture: ELY PERCY

ELY PERCY

A Sudbury-based writer has secured a publisher for a debut novel after more than a decade of trying.

Sudbury author Ely Percy, who spent 16 years searching for a publisher for their debut novel Picture: ELY PERCYSudbury author Ely Percy, who spent 16 years searching for a publisher for their debut novel Picture: ELY PERCY

Ely Percy has bagged a deal for a whole trilogy based on the novel Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz.

It is the end of a 16 year wait to find a publisher for the book, despite Ely having an extensive portfolio of short stories published in small press magazines as well as one non-fiction book.

But as an agender person - someone who does not identify themselves as having a particular gender - Ely said the road to publication has been tough.

“It’s been a really difficult couple of decades for writers from marginalised backgrounds who’ve been trying desperately to get their work into print,” Ely said.

“But I believe the world is changing and new publishers are saying ‘we want more diversity’.

“I have waited so long for someone to take a chance on Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz, and suddenly someone is saying they love my work and want more of it, and I’ll be eternally grateful for that opportunity.”

Ely, who originally comes from Renfrewshire near Glasgow, describes Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz as “a queer tartan response to the rom coms of the 1980s written in the style of an Italian-American gangster movie and told from the point of view of a working class butch lesbian”.

After 16 years of trying to land a deal it was a sweet moment Knight Errant Press got in touch.

“When Nathaniel Kunitsky from Knight Errant Press told me that he wanted to publish not one but three novels, I nearly fell off my seat,” Ely said.

“I’ve had literally hundreds of rejections from publishers – even other writers started to say ‘maybe it’s time you gave up and wrote something else?’”

Knight Errant Press have launched a kickstarter fundraising project for the book, which can be found here.

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