The Life Cycle of The Rain (Blog Tour- The Rain by Virginia Bergin)

Today I am excited to be taking part in day two of the UK blog tour for The Rain by Virginia Bergin. The Rain releases in two days, July 17th via Macmillan. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of the book last month and I really enjoyed it. My review will up on release day :) This blog tour is a unique tour with fun and inventive posts and props goes to Macmillian for coming up with the awesome idea. I hope you enjoy the post and will check out The Rain this summer. #TheRainIsComing


We all remember learning about the water cycle at school don’t we? How the sun heats the water, and the water evaporates and… blah blah blah. The Water Cycle was never a topic that set our school books on fire BUT maybe if Ruby Morris had paid more attention to her Geography teacher then she’d know exactly which clouds might kill her! So we’re here to educate you, because don’t forget, just one drop will kill you. From the writing process to publication, join us for a blog tour with a difference, as we learn about a FAR more interesting cycle – The Life Cycle of The Rain by Virginia Bergin.

 The sun heats the ocean i.e. Virginia Bergin gets an excellent idea

Prevailing winds pick up the manuscript and deliver it to the Agent Louise Lamont

Pressure (also known as excitement) begins to build within the  publishing cloud of Macmillan with Editor Rachel Petty

Virginia Bergin is as high as a cirrocumulus cloud as her book begins to form

Storm clouds gather over Frankfurt and Bologna – Right A downpour of marketing and publicity support

Take shelter in your local bookshop – Totnes Bookshop

Prevailing Winds: blog tour part two by Louise Lamont 

When Macmillan told me that they wanted to model THE RAIN’s blog tour on the water cycle, I was ALL IN. Nothing in my life since has ever been as beautiful as the water cycle diagrams I coloured in (skillz) for Miss Wilmshurst in 3rd Form Geography; this blog tour was a chance to recapture that glory, to use words like ‘precipitation’ and genuinely mean it.

Then I read Virginia’s blog about the months of terror I put her through (that’s a blog-tour preview for you) and I thought ‘Wait. As a responsible agent, I should probably address this issue of the months of terror I put her through.’ It’s true that every step of the publishing process can throw up a new kind of torment for authors, and in a way our role as their agents is to be the John Cusack to their Jeremy Piven:

And look how well Jeremy Piven has done since! See, it all works out for the best.

Anyway, my part of THE RAIN’s cycle began last September, when a friend of Virginia’s suggested to her that she might need an agent and suggested she get in touch with me. I liked the gumption of Virginia’s approach – saving up her time and money to see once and for all whether she could actually write a novel – but I was sceptical that a really good novel could have come of the process. I was very wrong. It was very good. I knew this when I found myself putting it down only to press my nose against the window of my flat and watch all the people in the street trying to find shelter from a sudden bout of precipitation. 

‘Doomed,’ I whispered sadly. ‘You’re all going to die now.’
Overnight I sent Virginia a few editorial notes (mostly along the lines of ‘ewwww why did you ewwww?’ because it turns out I’m quite squeamish); unfazed by her future agent’s lily-livered suggestions, she agreed to sign up as a client and just like that we were ready to make like a monsoon and shower this town with submissions.

The submission process for THE RAIN (or H20 as it was known back in the day) was complex. It was intense like a cloudburst and pressured like an isobar; at one point it featured a roomful of upturned umbrellas (ellas, ellas) and a gruesome snow globe. It ended with me waving a laptop around a Paris apartment, trying to find enough internet to bring a four-way auction to a close. There is nothing quite like that moment of knowing your author is going to the best possible home on the best possible terms.

And now here we are, scudding towards publication, and I’m amazed that I still represent Virginia Bergin, because it’s taken me all this time to pronounce her surname properly (‘berg-in as in iceberg, not ber-gin as in alcohol. COME ON, Lamont, you can get this’). I also once told her to meet me at the wrong station at the wrong time when we were visiting prospective publishers, but she may have forgotten all about that 15 minute potentially-life-altering trauma so let’s not bring it up now. May you all enjoy reading THE RAIN as much as I did, but may you not then shy away from water for quite as long.

Louise Lamont is a Literary Agent at LBA Books @LLMonts

Next stop on the blog tour Book Lovers' life 

 The Rain

Virginia Bergin

Virginia Bergin learned to roller-skate with the children of eminent physicists. She grew up in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and went on to study psychology, but ruined her own career when, dabbling in fine art at Central Saint Martins, she rediscovered creative writing. Since then she has written poetry, short stories, film and TV scripts. Most recently she has been working in online education, creating interactive courses for The Open University.
She currently lives on a council estate in Bristol and has taken to feeding the birds in between writing the sequel to The Rain.

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