Submitting a Proposal
We’re not open to unsolicited proposals at this time. If you’re a budding author and want to get more advice on your work we recommend you check out the amazing on-line novel-in-progress review machine that is Authonomy!
If you have an agent, or you are known to us or recommended to us by someone we know, you are welcome to submit proposals for new novels. We require a brief (two pages max) summary of characters, plot and your intentions/inspiration, in that order — plus the opening five chapters.
This should be emailed to us, either as Word, RTF or PDF files, or in the body of an email. Please don’t just send us a complete manuscript without a proposal.
Please note that we do not accept hardcopy manuscripts.
If we like what we read, we will then ask for a full plot breakdown, or a read of the whole finished manuscript.
What We’re Looking For
We’re publishing novels, either standalone or as part of greater series. We’re not looking to publish novellas, short stories or non-fiction.
All our books are “genre” fiction in one way or another — specifically fantasy, science fiction, horror, and that new catch-all urban or modern fantasy. Those are quite wide-ranging in themselves; we’re looking for all types of sub-genre, so for example, hard SF, space opera, cyberpunk, mundane SF, military SF, alternate future history, future crime, time travel, and more.
We’re publishing books for adults; we’re not looking for any YA or teenage titles to publish. We are happy for our books to cover adult themes, situations and “language”.
Our books will be published in all English-language territories — notably the UK, US and Australia — so we’ll be buying rights to cover all those. We are likely to be able to offer e-book and audio versions as standard too, possibly limited edition and multiple physical formats as well. We are not contracting any work-for-hire titles; we offer advances and royalties.
Beyond this, what we’re really looking for is this:
• Confident writing
• Pacy writing
• Characters that live, have real relationships and emotions, even in extreme situations
• A sense of vision, a rounded universe that lives and breathes
• Clever construction, good plotting, a couple of surprises even for us jaded old read-it-alls
• Heightened experience – an intensity, extremity or just a way of treating plot or situation in a way we’ve not come across before
Do all those, and it will almost irrelevant that your story is one or other sub-set of SF, fantasy or horror!
Got any further questions? Contact us.