My Application to De Montfort Literature

I’ve applied to this unique publishing company. I think they have the potential to radically change the entire industry over the next few years if their model works. I’m going to include everything I’ve sent them here. Let me know what you think of it.

Jonathan De Montfort had to sell his soul to become rich, which is how he described it, but now he owns his own hedge fund in England. He wrote a novel, possibly as part of trying to reclaim his soul, that’s my conjecture. When he started sending it to publishers he thought the publishing industry was very odd indeed. The author took all of the risk. Since he’s rich he decided to launch his own publishing firm. He decided to turn the risk on its head and put it on the publishing firm instead of the author.

Authors will be paid while they are developing their novels, 24,000 British pounds per year. But, you cannot sign up with another publisher for two years after you leave De Montfort, and any ideas that you discuss with De Montfort becomes their intellectual property. Steep prices, steep rewards. You will also have something like weekly assignments to complete. I am willing to accept these things. Here is the first thing that I submitted through their website.

I think I’m exactly the person you are looking for.

How did I get started? Well, I was writing philosophy essays, but many people have a hard time reading philosophy without falling asleep. I decided to put some of the concepts into stories to make them more engaging. After I had worked on that for a little while I realized that it might be more enjoyable to just write stories and let the subconscious/unconscious do its part in providing the deeper meaning. I’ve been working on developing my skillset, and this appears to be the perfect program for that.

Here is a short science fiction piece that I wrote.

And, here is an odd history inspired piece that I wrote.

I went a different direction with the philosophy essays and decided to make them more personal to increase engagement and understanding. Here is an example of that.

In addition to fiction and philosophy, I also write about my views on literature and some of my work with students who are learning English as a foreign language at

Here is an example of my study of literature and aesthetics.

And, here are two examples of my work with students.

I would love to join you on this adventure of remaking the world of publishing and literature.


Jeff Martin

After 11 days I sent this follow up email.

I’m sure you have a large influx of applications for the program. I’m overly eager and wanted to follow up on my application. I’ve read that the next step in the process is psychometric testing. There are four psychological profiles that I have publicly available on my website. Also, I’m a member of the high IQ society Mensa, which accepts the top 2 percent. I hope that some of these markers are ones that you are looking for. I think your program has the potential to turn the entire industry upside down, and I would love to join you.

Here is the page with the links.

Here are the direct links to the reports.

Jeff’s Big Five Personality Trait Profile

Jeff’s Kolbe A Profile

Jeff’s Temperament Analysis Profile

Jeff’s SAME Personality Profile

I know that many people are scared of sharing their story ideas. I am not. Here is an article I’ve written that proves that. Also, I believe that such an open platform has the potential to deeply engage with readers as my audience grows. I’ve already started that process.

Jeff Martin

And finally the video.

Probably about a week later they posted something on Facebook and Twitter stating a few things. First of all, they have thousands of applications. Second, they are looking over some of the things in their contract and that’s going to change. Third, there’s going to be an unknown delay in the process because of one and two. I posted this in response on Facebook and Twitter. And I think I sent it as an email as well.

You asked why I applied.

In early December 2015 I was lying in a hotel bed in Mombasa, Kenya. My money had been stolen, the metal door had been locked from the outside, I was vomiting blood over the side of the bed, couldn’t stand up, was hallucinating, and was told I was going to be left and would probably die.

After that ordeal, I ended up surviving through an odd series of further misadventures, I wanted to do… something. I wanted to do something with my life that I loved, that would make a difference, and that had meaning. I did not know what that was. I had already delved deeply into things like the meaning of life before any of this, but many people find philosophy confusing and boring, and for good reasons. But, what if I incorporated philosophical concepts into stories? Then they wouldn’t be boring, and maybe they wouldn’t be confusing. A short story can contain more extensive and deeper truths than a textbook — and the story is fun to read.

I started working on the skill of putting philosophical concepts into stories. When I took my first test for the University of London’s philosophy program I put the concepts into stories. I wasn’t sure what academia would think of it. They gave me a B, which was okay. But something more important happened while I was writing that exam. I realized that all stories contain philosophy anyway. It’s impossible to write a story without metaphysics and ethics, and so much else.

As a matter of fact, I would propose that the whole point of literature is an extension of childhood play, which is not just an idle pastime. Play, and literature, are for exploring and learning. Preparing for experiences you haven’t had yet. Helping you to practice the skill of living. I’ve written blog posts on this and it is quite astounding how deep the subject goes.

Stories are the keepers of the meaning of life. Humans are built to understand stories, to think in stories, to create stories, and to live stories. That is why I applied to De Montfort Literature.

Jeff Martin

It still remains to be seen what, if anything, will come of this. But, it’s an interesting opportunity no matter how it comes out.


I’ve written two fictional pieces that I like so far.

“The City of Peace” — A future history science fiction utopia/dystopia action adventure in a framed story of a father telling his son a story about the child’s grandfather.

“The Birth of Hanniba’al” — A dark, somewhat alternative, historical origin story for the Carthage General Hannibal.

Here are three of my most popular posts.

“The Making of a Great First Line in Fiction”

“A Letter to My Niece in 2034”

“The Most Important Question in Philosophy — Part 4 of 4”

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