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Twitter Q&A About Publishing and Writing Tonight – 7 to 8pm UK Time 8 February

I’ll be on Twitter (@johnjarrold) between 7 and 8pm UK time tonight, answering questions on writing and publishing. Spread the word!

• February 8th, 2016 • Posted in News

Titan Commission Fantasy Series From Richard Ford

Cath Trechman, Senior Fiction Editor at Titan Publishing has commissioned an epic fantasy trilogy, GODS OF WAR, from UK novelist Richard Ford . The deal is for World English rights. The agent was John Jarrold and the first book will be published early in 2017.


In a world where magic has vanished, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war. When a young woman demonstrates magical talent for the first time in decades there are those that will kill to obtain her power. But the girl finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places.


Cath Trechman said: “We are thrilled to be publishing Richard’s outstanding new trilogy. He is a wonderful writer and Gods of War is gritty, character-driven epic fantasy at its best.”


Richard Ford said: “I am over the moon the Gods of War trilogy has found a home. The enthusiasm from Cath and her team made me realise Titan is the perfect fit for the series.”


John Jarrold said: “Richard and I had a long and detailed meeting with Cath and her Sales and Marketing colleagues in the Titan offices.  Their enthusiasm and strategy was wonderful and I’m looking forward to seeing them spring into action!”

• December 11th, 2015 • Posted in News

John Jarrold Q&A about writing and publishing on Twitter

I’ll be doing a one-hour Q&A on Twitter (@johnjarrold) about writing and publishing one evening (UK time) in the week of December 8. More details soon…

• December 6th, 2015 • Posted in News

Richard Ford e-book 99p deal

Richard Ford’s third STEELHAVEN fantasy novel, LORD OF ASHES, is published in paperback tomorrow, 8 October , by Headline in the UK. From 26 October -2 November 2015, the first book in the series, HERALD OF THE STORM, will be 99p across all e-tailers and will include an extract of Books Two and Three in the series in the back.


• October 7th, 2015 • Posted in News


Petersen Games have acquired rights to use Ramsey Campbell’s Lovecraftian creations – including the beings called Y’Golonac, Daoloth, Glaaki, Eihort, and the Insects from Shaggai –  in an expansion pack to their very successful board game CTHULHU WARS ( , featuring Campbell’s name.  The agent was John Jarrold.


Ramsey Campbell is the doyen of horror novelists.  He is the only living horror writer to appear in the Oxford Companion to English Literature. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University in 2015.


Film-maker, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro has just tweeted about Ramsey Campbell: “An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that.”


Petersen Entertainment was founded to make games with top-grade components, amazing art, and great depth of gameplay. They are explicitly trying to provide a luxury, high-end product for the hobby community.


The company’s founder, Sandy Petersen, first conceived of the idea of doing a roleplaying game based on H. P. Lovecraft’s stories many years ago. That original idea, the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, is still in print today. Since that time, Sandy has worked on many table-top products, including helping develop the original Arkham Horror board game. He also spent almost 20 years in the computer gaming industry, as a designer on the teams that produced Civilization, Doom, Quake, the Age of Empire series, and Halo Wars. He returned to the world of table-top gaming with the famed Cthulhu Wars strategy game, and now he is Chief Creative Officer of his own company.


The Petersen Games team are all fanatic game players and designers in their own rights, and between them, they have almost a century of combined experience.


“Having discussed this very fully with Ramsey and Arthur Petersen of Petersen Games, it’s an exciting new venture to be involved in,” said John Jarrold. “I’m a games player myself and I look forward to this greatly.”


• October 6th, 2015 • Posted in News