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Jono Pech

Jono Pech

Geelong, Australia

Jono Pech is a former news reporter, an award-winning writer, a marketing and communications adviser, pop culture zealot and all-around nice guy.

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Jono has spent the past seven years writing for daily newspapers as a reporter, including two years as an online editor. In early 2016, he moved to the world of PR and now works in media and marketing at a major health organisation. Jono's work has appeared in The Age, The Sunday Age, The Standard, Sight Magazine, and most recently in lifestyle/culture blog Decent Intention.

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Success! The Spy and the Maven sold 279 pre-orders by Dec. 16, 2016, was pitched to 74 publishers, and will be self published.

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You get the signed hardcover version before anyone else, and of course, a digital copy for PDF and Kindle.

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*Please note the author lives in Geelong, Australia, so the conversation would take place over webcam unless travel costs are arranged.

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The Spy and the Maven

A journalist joins an adventure of espionage action.

After a mysterious tip-off, a freelance investigative journalist is recruited by a shrouded government agency to track down a rogue spy.

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Literary Fiction Spy Adventure
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After a mysterious tip-off, freelance investigative journalist Andrew Maven is recruited by a shrouded government agency to track down a rogue spy. Teaming up with a veteran black ops agent, known only as Rust, Maven has to adapt quickly to the mystery and violence of the spy world. When an unravelled conspiracy turns the secret hunt into a search for facts and justice, Maven must question his duties as a reporter and an American.

Most of us live normal lives, away from the intrigue and violence of the secret agent world. This book examines what would happen if an ordinary citizen was exposed to that environment and how they might respond. Most thrillers normalise the experiences of conspiracy, gun fights, car chases and gadget wizardry, but The Spy and the Maven approaches these concepts realistically with doe-eyed wonder, anxiety and sometimes terror. 

The Spy and the Maven is a blend of my own experiences in the world of media and politics, and as a tourist in the USA, along with a lifetime of influences from the literature, TV, films and video games I love.


There are 30 chapters of the novel, each separating either different setting locations or different objectives and states of mind for the protagonist.

Following an episodic naming convention, every chapter has a one-word title with a noun describing the action of a particular verb - for example, "Confrontation", "Interrogation", "Disassociation", "Redemption", "Transportation" and so on. This prepares the reader with a glimpse of what to expect without giving away details, building anticipation and excitement.

As a plot-driven story, each chapter builds on the previous chapter in this chronological story told from a single first-person perspective. This perspective creates a level of ignorance in the narration, allowing the audience to feel a sense of discovery as the protagonist unravels the story bit by bit. This encourages readers to relate and develop a close relationship with the main character, who represents an ordinary citizen thrust into the world of espionage. It also allows for more surprises to take place as they discover truths and details along the way.

The structure of this novel is primarily driven by the protagonist Andrew Maven and his discovery of how society is controlled by unknown forces. In the first act, chapters 1 to 14, Maven is brought into a search for a rogue government agent and introduced to the life of an American spy and his covert operations. This journey reveals truths about his own understanding of self-awareness and purpose.

In the second act, chapters 15 to 22, a series of startling revelations force Maven to question his new perspective and his comprehension of societal control.

With his own safety and future now at risk, the final act, chapters 23 to 30, sees Maven face a test to right the wrongs and fulfill his purpose as an ordinary man thrust into extraordinary circumstances.

Throughout the narrative, Maven's relationships develop with the characters around him. Their perspectives shape his own, but they also evolve as Maven gives his unique outsider's angle on the key events.

Over the course of his adventure, Maven faces his fears, discovers a harsh truth, adjusts his worldview, accepts his true purpose and learns to find the metaphorical flowers in reality's harsh weeds. Characters around him must choose between loyalty and justice, as hard questions are answered.


Fans of spy fiction and nerd culture are the key audience for this novel. Spy thrillers have long been a popular genre, but I wanted to write a spy adventure that catered to the interest of the growing culture that I am very much embedded in. We're in an age that combines interests - with video games inspired by books, blockbuster films based on comic book heroes, and even novels influenced by video games. The Spy and the Maven is a story aimed at millennials who want something a bit different from the typical over-the-top action thriller. Unlike many other thrillers, The Spy and the Maven is free from the self-indulgent jargon and overly serious tone that would turn off some young readers. Instead, my novel aims to present a grounded but fun vision of an atypical week for a secret agent forced to team up with a reluctant gun-shy civilian.

Numerous reports have found that millennials are buying and reading more books than other generations. This growing generation of readers intersects with the growing interest in the real-world "espionage" reporting connected to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden.

Readers with a genuine interest in journalism, conspiracy and investigation are another group likely to find interest in the story. The challenge is to appeal to each of these readerships without alienating the others.

Spy/crime/mystery novels are generally built on sagas and I already have ideas for a sequel and prequel to The Spy and the Maven. 

A Harris Interactive report based on US reading habits shows that 80 per cent of American adults who purchase at least one book a year will buy a fiction novel, and almost half will select one from the crime/mystery/thriller genre.

Regardless of these statistics, my genre choice was made out of my own passion and interest in telling my kind of story, rather than for commercial purposes. Market research, statistics and trends have not informed any of my decisions and my story draws little from literary tropes or bestseller trends. Instead, it is inspired by the many stories that have influenced my love for literature, TV, films and video games over my lifetime, combined with my own experiences as a journalist and international traveller.


Through my years as a journalist living in several different communities, I've built up a supportive network of friends and colleagues. As a former digital editor and social media manager, I'm aware of the importance of clear messaging to reach an audience.

Word of mouth and social media have been the strongest marketing platforms for my campaign. I made regular posts to both raise awareness of my novel and remind those interested to purchase their pre-order copy. This was achieved through creative and varied approaches, including videos, memes, humourous Photoshops, and clever photography,

My Twitter account following of roughly 1800 people features many fellow pop culture aficionados and writers - many of whom will continue to promote, share and support my novel.

A separate Twitter account dedicated solely to The Spy and the Maven has built a following of 1000 users anbd is used to reinforce messages from my Twitter account.

I am also part of a supportive community of like-minded "nerds" in a pop culture Facebook group titled Kinda Funny, currently with 8000 members. This group is made up of a fan base for internet personalities known as Kinda Funny. My book contains many pop culture references and subtle inside jokes for this fan base. Roughly 25 per cent of my pre-orders have come from the Kinda Funny community and this strong support will continue.

I have successfully marketed the novel to this fan base through reaching out to internet personalities for coverage in their video content. A daily livestream video from Kinda Funny, viewed more than 5000 times, even featured a "shout-out" to my novel's campaign. There will be further strong support from this group after publication (video here: Another video podcast, which has an overlapping fan base, also mentioned the novel, with 4000 views and thousands of mp3 downloads (video here:

I will leverage my media connections for reviews and publicity, while offering to speak to students at schools about creative writing and my experiences in journalism.


1. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie. Naturally, British comedian Hugh Laurie's first novel was a concoction of comic zingers and over-the-top action. Some would consider this a spoof of the spy genre - a story about a witty mercenary caught up in international escapades. My story has a similar tone, aiming to combine dry quips and action with a grounded world. A key difference is that The Spy and the Maven is told from the perspective of an outsider - a news journalist -  so his confidence and ability to succeed in the face of danger is always in question.

2. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum. The fast-paced action of Bourne differs from my novel, which aims to present a more grounded world of spies (for the most part). By using action scenes sparingly, I've built tension through dialogue and investigation, due to the main protagonist's role as an investigative reporter and his phobia against gun violence. Like Bourne, he wants to know what the government is really up to, but his ignorance comes from being a civilian uncovering a plot of conspiracy, as opposed to amnesia.

3. Chuck by Peter Johnson and Zev Borow. The 6-issue miniseries based on the hit NBC television series follows the adventures of an IT nerd recruited to work for the NSA and CIA after gaining subliminal knowledge of the US government's secret intelligence. This work is a graphic novel; however, the TV show served as the initial inspiration for the tone of my novel - always fun, but with elements of drama and plenty of tension.

4. Watch That Man by Robert Farrar. You may be familiar with this novella about an American tourist in London who was inadvertently dragged into an attempt to reignite the Cold War - the story was turned into a hilarious Bill Murray movie and renamed The Spy Who Knew Too Little. Unlike Murray, my protagonist is well aware he is out of his depths and feels the full gravity of each situation.

5. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald. This non-fiction book details the role of real-life investigative reporter Greenwald in the global surveillance disclosures revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden's story is an influence on some of the developments in my novel and Greenwald's reporting plays a similar role as my protagonist. As a work of fiction, I can simplify the complicated lessons in Snowden's story and present a streamlined tale of conspiracy, investigation and world-changing revelations.

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Every author deserves a professional book design. We design your print interior, ebook, and cover. (We also help you publish on Amazon and everywhere else.) Your book is designed in one month or less. You retain all rights and royalties.

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ShieldCrest Publishing logo ShieldCrest Publishing

ShieldCrest are book publishers based in the UK who fill that vital gap for talented authors where mainstream publishers are unwilling to give them that chance. We strive for excellence and invest in our authors and are listed in FreeIndex as the number one independent publisher in the UK for price quality and service rated author satisfaction. We publish books of all genres including; fiction, historical, biographies and children's books.

ShieldCrest publishing continues to grow rapidly with satisfied authors throughout the UK and overseas. Our range of products includes paperbacks, hardbacks and digitised e-books in all formats used globally in the myriad of e-readers.

In addition to the above, ShieldCrest provides a complete range of services including book design and layout, illustrations, proof reading and editing. For marketing we offer author web page, press releases, social media marketing packages and many other support services to help both first time and experienced authors get their books into the market quickly and maximise on the opportunities available.

These services enable us to guide our authors through the process as we transform their manuscript into a professional book, which can take its place with pride next to any famous author's book of the same genre.

The staff at ShieldCrest have many years experience in the book industry and this wealth of experience is put at the disposal of our authors.

Our clients include established authors such as Diane Marshall who has been acclaimed as the best writing talent to come from Scotland for years by The Scotsman newspaper, and Prof Donald Longmore OBE, who performed the first heart transplant in the UK and has sold thousands of medical books used by students throughout the world. We also recently released "Martin Foran-The Forgotten Man" by J.R. Stephenson, which features fraud within the police, abuse within the prison service and injustices in the courts and has been featured in the press and on TV.

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Business, Children's, Cookbooks, Fantasy, Health, History, Journalism, Lifestyle, Literary Fiction, Memoirs, Mind & Body, Mystery, Politics, Professional, Religious, Romance, Sci-Fi, Science, Sports, Technology, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult


Virtualbookworm Publishing logo Virtualbookworm Publishing

Virtualbookworm (VBW) Publishing was founded by a writer frustrated by the long wait time and occasional heartbreak often associated with the publishing industry. After researching the various "alternatives," he discovered a number of subsidy publishers that would publish any author ... for a price. Unfortunately, many reviewers (and readers) thumb their noses at books from such houses, since all it takes is cash to get published by them.

Then he discovered self publishing and the endless opportunities it presented. However, such a venture requires countless hours of research of printers, proofreaders, artists, etc. And after publication, even more time is consumed trying to market the book.

So, was established as a "clearinghouse" for authors, since it offers virtually everything under one roof. Although we now charge setup and design fees, those costs are kept to a minimum so as to cover all expenses. And, as with "traditional" publishers, we carefully review each manuscript and only offer contracts to authors who truly have exceptional manuscripts. We don't print garbage, and we want our authors to proudly say they were published by Virtualbookworm. If we accept your book for publication, you can rest assured that it will be sold next to other quality books, and not just work that had enough money behind it. And, you'll receive some of the best royalties in the business!

Since our initial costs are so low, we want your books to sell as much as you do.

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Business, Children's, Cookbooks, Fantasy, Health, History, Journalism, Lifestyle, Literary Fiction, Memoirs, Mind & Body, Mystery, Politics, Professional, Religious, Romance, Sci-Fi, Science, Sports, Technology, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult


  • Update #19 - It's been a long time Feb. 12, 2018

    Hello everybody! It's been a very long time since my last update so I figured this was a good moment to let you know ...

  • Update #18 - Post-release update June 22, 2017

    What's going on, guys? Apparently my campaign ended six months ago today, so it seems appropriate to think back at how much has happened ...

  • Update #17 - So close May 16, 2017

    What's going on, guys?

    If we're friends or you follow The Spy and the Maven on Facebook (, you have ...

  • Update #16 - The end is near April 18, 2017

    Hey there everyone - this is just a quick note to say the final stages of self-publishing are underway! Editing is all but finished, thanks to my ...

  • Update #15 - Update Feb. 28, 2017

    What's up, everybody?

    So much has happened with the book since my previous update, but nothing concrete has taken place so I've held ...

  • Update #14 - What's happening? Nov. 25, 2016

    Hello friends and supporters - I hope it's been a happy New Year so far.

    It's been awhile since my last update and a ...

  • Update #13 - Stay tuned Oct. 27, 2016

    Hi friends,

    Just thought I'd update you in case you've been wondering what's happening. As I mentioned in the previous email, I ...

  • Update #12 - From Here On In Oct. 2, 2016

    Hi everyone, 

    This is just a little update on the process from here out. I had my first meeting with a Publishizer agent (in ...

  • Update #11 - The Final Bell Sept. 27, 2016

    We did it! Yesterday I reached 250 copies sold with five days to spare. There were times I doubted I'd make it but the ...

  • Update #10 - 225 down, 25 to go Sept. 22, 2016

    Greetings and salutations!

    We're down to just eight and a half days before the campaign is over, with 25 copies to go. This means 25 ...

  • Update #9 - Kinda Awesome Sept. 18, 2016

    Hello friends! I'm thrilled to let you know we have now reached 200 copies and there are just 50 pre-orders needed by the end ...

  • Update #8 - 99 red balloons Sept. 6, 2016

    Hello friends,

    I'm pleased to say we just passed 150 copies and now have only 99 pre-orders remaining to sell before I can be published!

    This ...

  • Update #7 - We're halfway there! Sept. 4, 2016

    Hi friends!

    We just hit 125 copies - which means we're half way to funding! This is a huge effort in just four days so ...

  • Update #6 - Update title Sept. 1, 2016

    Hello friends!

    It's been an exciting (and a little bit stressful) 24 hours watching the numbers go up. We've passed 50 copies a ...

  • Update #5 - The time has come! Aug. 31, 2016

    Everything in this morning's update was true - except the book won't launch tomorrow.

    It has launched already!

    I guess Publishizer jumped the gun ...

  • Update #4 - One more day Aug. 30, 2016

    This time tomorrow my book will be up for pre-orders! To say I'm excited would be an understatement.

    As it has worked out, I'm ...

  • Update #3 - One week to go Aug. 23, 2016

    Hello to each of my subscribers and supporters

    This is just a quick request to please share my campaign with your friends. Word of mouth is ...

  • Update #2 - 100 per cent! Aug. 20, 2016

    Today is a big day for me - one that felt very far away when I first hit "new document" and began writing my book. Today I ...

  • Update #1 - The First Fifty Aug. 12, 2016

    Greetings to each of you, my first 50 subscribers!

    After hitting the milestone of 50 today, I thought it would be a good time to ...

  • Bryan Ronan
    on Aug. 31, 2016, 12:22 a.m.

    Good luck with the orders tomorrow Jono. Thanks for sharing it on the Kinda Funny Facebook page for us to see. I look forward to reading it!

  • Jack Kruse
    on Aug. 31, 2016, 8:08 a.m.

    Beyownd! Can't wait to read this buddy!

  • Tom Nalder
    on Aug. 31, 2016, 10:47 p.m.

    Great work mate! Looking forward to the read!

  • Stephen Trestrail
    on Sept. 1, 2016, 3:18 a.m.

    Good luck Jono. Awesome work. We love everything you have done so far. Really excited for you and looking forward to a great read

  • Julie Pech
    on Sept. 1, 2016, 6:16 a.m.

    love supporting you Jono, from Granny

  • Dylan Tickell
    on Sept. 1, 2016, 7:39 a.m.

    Looking forward to reading The Spy and the Maven.

  • Stuart Quinn
    on Sept. 1, 2016, 8:09 a.m.

    Good work Jono. Cant wait to read it. Cheers Stu

  • Matthew Trestrail
    on Sept. 1, 2016, 10:06 a.m.

    Can't wait to read this buddy! Now to come up with an interesting character name.. Hehehe... :P

  • rose boyd
    on Sept. 1, 2016, 2:05 p.m.

    Looking forward to reading your book. All the best to you

  • liz o brien
    on Sept. 1, 2016, 9:55 p.m.

    One book ordered and it's headed to the Emerald Isle. Proud of you, mate! Well done and best of luck! xx

  • Lynette Orbons
    on Sept. 2, 2016, 3:49 p.m.

    Great to see you following one of your dreams Jono. All the best.

  • Gary Hughes
    on Sept. 8, 2016, 12:10 a.m.

    Woo hoo cant wait to be reading the great jono pech best seller.

  • Matt Neal
    on Sept. 8, 2016, 12:48 a.m.

    Knowing Jono's skill as a writer, and his pop culture smarts, I know this book is going to be page-turner.

  • Tim Smock
    on Sept. 9, 2016, 2:35 a.m.

    Well done to this special man! A huge effort, can't wait to immerse myself in this adventure. Good luck reaching the goal bud, I encourage others to jump on board.

  • Malcolm Pech
    on Sept. 10, 2016, 3:09 a.m.

    Onyer Jono. We hope you exceed your target and become very famous....

  • Daniel Amato
    on Sept. 12, 2016, 11:14 p.m.

    This guy is the most natural and gifted writer I've ever met! Can't wait to pick it up and never put it down

  • Gary Hughes
    on Sept. 24, 2016, 2:18 a.m.

    Looking so forward to reading awesome talent of you jono pech

  • Bronwyn Pech
    on Sept. 30, 2016, 8:38 a.m.

    Good luck Jono - from a fellow descendant of the ever-expanding (and ever-progressing) John Pech family. You have made us proud. Bronwyn (Pech)

  • Chance Autwell
    on March 16, 2017, 5:06 a.m.

    Didn't forget about you, man! Looking forward to it 🙂