Welcome to the agency

Normally, an author finds an agent to represent them, who then finds a publisher for the book. I did it in reverse. Although I had found the person I wanted to represent me, I am impatient, and sent my manuscript to Strident (who I knew, because of Lou Treleaven's wonderful list, would accept unsolicited manuscripts), before hearing back from the agent. Strident offered me a publishing deal, and not long after that, I heard back from the agent asking for the full manuscript. The agent in question was the lovely Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency, who then signed me. Yay!

That was a very happy day for me.


Strident release article

From the Strident blog:


"We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be publishing this gem in October.

The Almost Animals by Hugh Holman tells the tale of Angle the crocogator’s search for acceptance in Elsewhere. (Angle is the green one on the top ledge, under the WELCOME TO NOWHERE sign.)

We adore this book. It’s quirky, uplifting and poignant, with that underdog-deifies-the-odds cleverness of The Gruffalo. Meet a snortoise (bottom right ledge), relax in The Always Pool and journey from Nowhere to Elsewhere. Genius.

It’s aimed at reading ages 7-10 but is also perfect for ‘reading to’ ages 5+.

A quick word on the author… Hugh hails from a place with the brilliant name of The Shoe…and it’s just possible that you’ll have seen him in Dr Who. Nice rhyming!"

By Keith Charters - Strident Article - The Almost Animals


Strident acquires animal tale by Holman

This was exciting as it was really the first public announcement about my publishing deal, and whilst I'm not an anthropologist, and Nowhere is a village not a world, it's still awesome.


From The Bookseller site:


"Scottish publisher Strident has acquired an illustrated children’s book by actor and anthropologist Hugh Holman.

The Almost Animals is about Angle, a crocogator who lives with the other mixed-up animals in a world called Nowhere.

Strident Publishing m.d. Keith Charters said the book “has a Gruffalo-like quality, cleverly balancing fun with poignancy. It has all the hallmarks of a modern classic. We’re confident that teachers and librarians – as well as parents, readers and booksellers – will embrace it both the storytelling and the messages that can be drawn from it”.

Charters acquired the English, Dutch and Japanese rights from Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson, and plans to release versions in all three territories. The UK version will be published in September, priced at £6.99."

By Charlotte Eyre - Link to article