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Alison Baverstock

Alison BaverstockAlison Baverstock (photo credit: began her career in publishing before setting up a marketing consultancy mainly specialising in the book business. Her writing grew out of her professional experience; she began by writing for publishers on how to market books (the job she did) and now mostly advises those who want to get published on how to achieve their dream (apparently the second most common new year’s resolution). She teaches Publishing and Creative Writing at Kingston University.

She is a regular interviewee on BBC Breakfast to talk about reading, writing and parenting, and has also appeared on Richard and Judy, Open Book, Quote…Unquote and Woman’s Hour. She regularly gives talks at writing festivals and helped found the Kingston Readers’ Festival.

She writes regularly for Writers’ Forum and Mslexia as well as articles for the national press.

Books by Alison Baverstock
Later! A guide to parenting a young adult
One minute you are taking your child to school, the next they’re turning into a young adult. It may seem like only months since you were first filling your child’s lunch box, but the school career moves with such momentum that it isn’t long before they are facing the challenges of further education, job hunting and living independently. This new book will help you to encourage self-reliance in your nearly grown children and prepare them for independence in the real world.
A straight-talking, practical guide… It is designed to help parents help their children, but there is a twist to it which I like – the authors also remind the mother or father in the picture not to forget to think about themselves as well. Sandi Toksvig OBE, writer, broadcaster, Chancellor – and mother of three
Piatkus, 2014

Whatever! A down-to-earth guide to parenting teenagers
Piatkus 2006

The Naked Author: A Guide to Self-Publishing

the-naked-author‘A clear-sighted, cogent and thorough analysis of a part of the business often fraught with emotional and financial perils. The case studies Alison Baverstock provides are especially illuminating and her dispassionate approach will prove a valuable asset for those who intend to or are interested in self-publishing’ Peter Straus, Literary Agent

Richly detailed and enormously useful … [Baverstock] covers every base in the DIY market. The Independent

New digital technology, falling production costs and a new type of company offering publishing services have contributed to self-publishing becoming a viable option for writers, rather than a poor second to finding a commercial publishing deal.  Written by a publishing consultant and author, with plenty of advice from other industry professionals, this book offers an objective analysis of the processes and companies involved in self-publishing. It helps you to analyse your objectives, define and meet the needs of your audience and looks at the right kind of content for self publishing.

It also provides insight into the editorial processes you will need to put your content through, how to commission services from freelancers and companies and how to get a product worthy of your name. It helps you to understand format and design options, and key issues concerning distribution, sales and marketing.  Self-publishing is a costly venture and this guide will help you to scrutinise your investment choices and produce a more professional-looking product.

A & C Black, 2011

It’s Not Fair : Parenting the Bright and Challenging Child

it's-not-fair-wWith Gill Hines

Can your child run rings around you, and always have the last word? Is your child strong-willed and very independent for his or her age? Do they refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then it is likely that you have a bright and challenging child. Whilst there are many positives to parenting such children, it can also be very demanding. IT’S NOT FAIR! is designed specifically for the parents of young children who are independent, risk-taking and hard to rein in. It will help you to: * Set and reinforce boundaries – and explain why you should * Identify the issues and risks that your child may face – and help them to prepare for them * Discuss sensitive issues together – such as sex and drugs * Help your child to be more aware of the needs of others.

September 2009 Piatkus

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A&C Black, 2009

How To Get A Job in Publishing 
(with Susannah Bowen and Steve Carey)

A targeted, practical guide for anyone who wants to work in publishing, whether on traditional books and magazines or online publications. It includes working out if publishing is really for you; overviews of different types of publishing; explanations of different roles and departments, and advice from leading industry figures.

April 2008, A & C Black

How to Market Books: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Profit and Exploiting All Channels to Market

How to Market Books is often referred to as the ‘bible of book marketing’ and has been widely translated, including into Serbo-Croat and Chinese.

New edition January 2008, Kogan Page

Marketing Your Book: How to Target Agents, Publishers and Readers (Writing Handbooks)

Your book, however brilliant, will have to compete for attention with the 120,000 other titles that are published in Britain each year. Drawing on her extensive experience in book marketing, the author offers advice and encouragement on how to work with publishers and agents, or go it alone. Covering such topics as organizing a launch event, getting publicity in the local media, and keeping the momentum going after publication, it is up-to-date and eminently practical.
The good book guide, August 2007

Revised edition July 2007, A & C Black

Alison Baverstock is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny –

Alex Gordon

Alex Gordon
Alex Gordon is the former Sports Editor of the Sunday Mail and Chief Sports Sub-Editor of the Daily Record. He has also worked as a columnist for World Soccer Monthly, Shoot! magazine and was the Scottish correspondent for France Football and L’Equipe. His most recent book is a biography of Denis Law, published by Birlinn in 2013. He has previously ghosted the autobiographies of Davie Hay, Chic Charnley and Bertie Auld, as well as books on Celtic FC.

Alex is represented by Kevin –

Alastair Scott

Alastair ScottAlastair Scott is a travel writer based on the Isle of Skye. His many books include Scot Free- A Journey from the Arctic to New Mexico (John Murray, 1986), Tracks Across Alaska (John Murray, 1990) and Top Ten Scotland (Dorling Kindersley, 1999). Native Stranger – A Journey in Familiar and Foreign Scotland (Little, Brown, 1995) was made into a three-part series for BBC Scotland in 1997.

In 2004 he published his first novel, Stuffed Lives, with The Vital Spark (Neil Wilson Publishing)



Books by Alastair Scott


Eccentric Wealth: The Bulloughs of Rum

The Isle of Rum, long known as the ‘forbidden island’, is the most dramatic and spectacular of the Scottish Hebrides. In this book Alastair Scott uncovers the life of Lancashire industrialist Sir George Bullough and explores his family’s ownership of a private ‘kingdom’, particularly the building of Kinloch Castle, the most intact preserve of Edwardian high-living to be found in Britain.

Widely researched and based on new information, Eccentric Wealth offers a fascinating insight into the life and times of one of the richest men of his age who could indulge the most far-fetched of whims, and investigates the Bullough myths and scandals which continue to make extraordinary reading more than seventy years after Sir George’s death.

Birlinn, May 2011



Salt and Emerald: A (Hesitant) Solo Voyage Round Ireland

Alastair Scott, world-traveller by backpack, bicycle and dogsled, takes to the water on a voyage of discovery round Ireland. Despite as assortment of yachting experience as a passenger, he sets off into some of the most challenging waters of Europe with just sixty miles of solo skippering to his name, and one successfully laid (and recovered) anchor. Over the next 1,700 miles he has to confront his fear of this temperamental ally – the sea – in tidal sluices, sandbars, the Atlantic swell of the exposed west coast and an injurious summer storm which leaves him, literally, singlehanded. Yet this book is much more than a personal adventure, it penetrates deep into people and place, Exercising a practised eye for the eccentric and wonderful, Alastair Scott explores Ireland past and present, and meets everyone from Fungi the dolphin and Dervla Murphy to pilgrims on the summit of Croagh Patrick.

Spring 2008
Glen Murray Publishing

Alastair Scott is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny –

Alanna Knight

Alanna Knight

Alanna Knight was born on Tyneside of Scots-Irish parentage and remains one of the most popular authors in UK libraries. She is a leading crime writer who has three historical crime series, the Victorian detective Inspector Jeremy Faro, lady investigator Rose McQuinn, and time-traveller Tam Eildor. Her 60 published works also include romantic thrillers and historical novels. Alanna is an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson and her non-fiction includes true crime, ‘how to write’ guides and biographies.

Alanna is Hon President of Edinburgh Writers’ Club, Hon President and founder member of Scottish Association of Writers, member of Society of Authors and Crime Writers’ Association. She was awarded and MBE in 2014.

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Selected Books by Alanna

Rose McQuinn Series

The Balmoral Incident (#8)
Allison & Busby, October 2014


Rose McQuinn is invited to stay with her friend Olive who has a small cottage on the Balmoral Estate. As Rose travels on the train with her trusty dog Vane and her niece Mabel, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. Little does she realise that within just 48 hours of their arrival, death will have visited the great castle. Can Rose find out what happened and prevent any more bloodshed?

Praise for The Balmoral Incident

Alanna Knight could hardly be better, with a crime novelist’s insight into motive and aftermath
Ian Rankin

Entertaining … with plenty of gothic mystery, period colour and even a soupcon of science fiction. Alanna Knight mixes the genres like a master chef
Historical Novels Review

All the mystery and intrigue of any Kathy Reichs or P. D. James story
Peterborough Evening Telegraph


Deadly Legacy (#7)
Allison & Busby, June 2012

Edinburgh, 1901. Rose McQuinn has agreed to help her neighbour, Mrs Lawers, by delivering what she claims to be a family legacy to her only living relative. Conveniently, the trip allows allow Rose to meet with Detective Inspector Jack Macmerry’s daughter to try and re-establish contact with her on his behalf. Soon, Rose’s philanthropic journey takes a turn towards the dangerous when she is attacked on a train and, on returning to Edinburgh, discovers Mrs Lawers and her maid are dead. Befriending a young first-time mother and investigating the history of Mrs Lawers’ family, Rose finds links not only between the two, but also to Royal history, London’s theatre community, and her own home in Solomon’s Tower. But when Jack is shot on duty, her attention shifts to him and his desire to get to know his daughter. Balancing the murder investigation alongside her obligations to family and friends, Rose discovers ties that reveal that the past has not completely left the present.


Inspector Faro Series
Murder Most Foul (#17)
Allison & Busby, January 2013

1861. When the body of an unknown woman is found in an Edinburgh close, Detective Constable Faro assumes the killing is a random act of violence – until he finds a playing card, the nine of diamonds, underneath her corpse. His superiors scoff at his suspicions of a serial killer, but days later a man is attacked in the street, and left badly bruised and battered with the nine of diamonds in his pocket. Faro believes there’s a connection. He must contend with other problems, though, if he is to solve the case. Detective Sergeant Gosse does his best to frame suspect after suspect, but remains constantly irritated by his detective constable. And although Faro’s sweetheart Lizzie loves him deeply, he is not sure if he feels the same way. And what of Inga St Ola, Faro’s first and only true love from his native Orkney? Amongst all this, a servant at Lizzie’s place of work goes missing. Could her disappearance be linked to the playing-card killer? Beset by hostile superiors and a police-hating public, Faro feels he may never crack this confounding case.

Praise for Murder Most Foul

Where better to place a Victorian detective than the streets of 19th century Edinburgh, with its elegant society masking the city s delinquent underbelly
Edinburgh Evening News

The book has been beautifully written and researched. Victorian Edinburgh has been recreated to thoroughly engage the reader with the characters and settings as they follow the intricacies of the plot
Historical Novels Review


Alan Pattullo

Alan PattulloAlan Pattullo was born in Dundee and joined the Scotsman as a sports writer in 1998. He has reported at two World Cup finals as well as from Wimbledon and Open golf championships.

Books by Alan Pattullo

Duncan Ferguson: The Biography

Duncan Ferguson came to prominence at an early age – a tall, lean striker with the world at his feet. He made his international debut for Scotland aged just twenty against Germany, and hit the bar with a bicycle kick. He was destined, it seemed, to be a golden boy, to develop into one of Scotland’s most successful exports. Perhaps he did. But it says much about Ferguson that this question can give rise to much impassioned debate.

He certainly earned his fortune, and has been able to drift into retirement a very wealthy man. For someone born into the notoriously rough housing estate of Raploch in Stirling, this might be reward enough for an injury-jinxed career in professional football. But his progress was also hampered by another darkness – anger. There is little a footballer can achieve when sitting suspended on the sidelines. And there’s no roar from the crowd in a prison cell …

World Rights: Mainstream

Alan Pattullo is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –

Aidan Smith

Aidan SmithBorn and brought up in Edinburgh, a journalist since leaving school, Aidan Smith started out as an ambulance-chasing cub-reporter for the Dalkeith Advertiser, moved on to the Edinburgh Evening News, then Scotland’s biggest selling paper the Daily Record and back to Edinburgh six years ago with The Scotsman.

Since 2004 he has been Senior Feature Writer at Scotland On Sunday, while continuing to write a weekly (Hibs-dominated) football column for The Scotsman. In the most recent Bank of Scotland Press Awards, he was nominated for Arts and Entertainment Writer of the Year.

Books by Aidan Smith

Union Jock

In Union Jock, Aidan Smith investigates the age-old England-Scotland enmity, both on and off the football field. The Scots may have suffered at the hands of the Auld Enemy for centuries – Braveheart, Culloden, Jimmy Hill calling David Narey’s goal a ‘toe-poke’ (against Brazil in the 1982 World Cup, top right-hand corner) – but now they’re a nation on the rise, with a spanking new parliament to prove it. But what do the fans, players, politicians, and Sassenach invaders really think about their English neighbours? Would supporting England be a denial of their Scottishness?

World Rights: Yellow Jersey Press


Fever Pitch meets ‘Faking It’ – a Hibs supporter follows city rivals Hearts for a season

You can change your house, your car, your political affiliations and your partner, but your football team is one of life’s constants, right? Wrong. What if you were to change sides, sleep with the enemy, sup Bovril from the devil’s cup? Aidan Smith, a lifelong Hibs fan, takes up the challenge …

Scotland on Sunday

‘An excellent writer … It’s good to be able to report that this book is a decided triumph’
Irvine Welsh, The Scotsman

World Rights: Birlinn

Aidan Smith is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –

Adrian Tempany

Adrian Tempany
A Liverpool supporter since 1976, Adrian followed his team around the country in the 1980s, and saw first-hand how football needed to change; as a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster he witnessed the worst day in the history of English football.

He is a journalist, and has written features and articles for The Observer, the Financial Times and The Mirror.

Books by Adrian Tempany

And The Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Modern Britain

What happens when you take the people’s game away from the people? What happens to the game, and what happens to the people? Are things as rosy as they appear behind the Sky marketing hype?

And the Sun Shines Now looks at how the football model is of a piece with other major social transformations hatched in the late 80s and early 90s – and which are now imploding. It begins with Hillsborough, where the author nearly lost his life in Britain’s worst sporting tragedy. The book also ends there, and – indeed – colours the book throughout.

World Rights: Faber & Faber

Adrian Tempany is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan