My name is Tim Stretton and my first novel, a Jack Vance-influenced fantasy called The Dog of the North, was published in TOR paperback this month. As a new writer I naturally have a low profile, but I hope my experiences might be of interest to readers, and particularly to aspiring writers. (If some of you want to check out the book too I won't complain...). My novel was published originally by Macmillan New Writing last year, and if nothing else is proof that you don't need an agent to be published. I'd be delighted to answer any questions people might have about the mysterious process of being published. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, but if my story shows anything it's that you can get published without any contacts or track record.