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Open submissions season must be upon us...



Come back here (HarperVoyagerSubmissions.com) on November 2nd at Noon Eastern to start submitting for this Fall’s open call!

While we’re always on the lookout for full-length fantasy, science fiction, and horror, we’re really in the market right now for Urban Fantasy and Military Sci-Fi. And be sure to check back throughout the year—we’ll be doing other calls for different genres as well!

Keep in mind we are looking for full length manuscripts between 60,000 and 90,000 words. The submission window closes on November 6th so get your manuscripts ready!
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For anyone with a full length sf&f novel they're looking to place, copied from the Angry Robot blog :

• The next Angry Robot Open Door opens December 1st 2015
• It will close on January 31st 2016
• It will be open to full-length science fiction and fantasy novels
• We want to buy and publish the best of these books on the Angry Robot list

We did want to say the following though. We appreciate diversity at Angry Robot. Our track record at AR speaks for itself, but we can do even better. We also know that writers from diverse backgrounds are sometimes hesitant to submit. So we’re saying this in big letters:

We want to explicitly invite writers from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to submit to this Open Door.

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For those who haven't already seen it, Tor.com have just announced that they're starting an imprint for speculative fiction novellas, 17,500 words and up. Primarily digital, selected titles taken to print. Open to unsolicited unagented submissions until end of August.

Announcement at http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/05/announcing-torcom-the-imprint

Submission guidelines at http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/05/torcom-imprint-submissions-guidelines

Important points:

We will be considering unsolicited, unagented submissions for the next three months, and will close submissions at the end of August. Any unsolicited submissions after that point will be summarily disregarded. We ARE accepting agented submissions throughout this period.

We have worked hard ensure that our contracts are as streamlined and author-friendly as possible, and will only include rights that can be immediately utilized by the authors. Authors will be offered the option of receiving a traditional advance against net earnings or higher rates with no advance. Royalties for all formats will be based on net publisher receipts with no hidden deductions and will be paid quarterly.
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Gacked from Absolute Write: Carina have posted new submission guidelines. These include a higher minimum word count, which applies to unsolicited manuscripts already submitted but not yet accepted. All unsolicited manuscripts under 35,000 words will be rejected. They're working their way through the submission queue to send decline emails based on word count, but authors are welcome to withdraw too-short manuscripts now.

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A couple of new calls for submissions from my main publisher. Note that they're a general erotic romance publisher -- all genres, all genders, all combinations, as long as there's heat integral to the story, and at least a Happy For Now ending. Yes, I do mean "all genders", not "both genders".

Homecomings )

Resolutions )

General submission guidelines
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NOTE: Limited open submission period - 01-14 October 2012

I'm not sure who or what started this, but there seems to have been some sort of twitterfest last night amongst the Big 6 speculative fiction editors saying that they do *so* take unagented submissions. I've obviously missed some bit of gossip about yet another round of "go self-pub because the dinosaurs won't take unagented submissions". Anyway, Harper Voyager would like you to know that although they don't normally take unsolicited submissions, they're starting a digital-only imprint, it will take unsolicited submissions, and it's open for submissions from 1 to 14 October 2012. Details here:

As ever, caveat scrivener -- I have not read the fine print and don't know whether there are any interesting gotchas.
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One of the Gollancz team tweeted last night to point out that they do take unagented submissions, even if they take longer than they'd like to get around to reading them. He linked to a blog post on their website with the submission guidelines, the most important bits of which are

# Gollancz publish Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Dystopia and a little YA cross-over fiction. If you’re writing in these areas, we’re happy to take a look at your work.

# Only get in touch when you have a complete, spell-checked manuscript of 80,000 words or more.

I mostly have too much smut and not enough speccy plot in my stuff, but if I wrote Big 6 type material, I would be very, very interested in this. :-) Though I might be tempted to try to push the current WIP more towards a Big 6 manuscript, because it's not going to have enough porn in it for a lot of the epubs.
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Big Finish is looking for Blake's 7 novellas -- 20 kword, first season only, open submission call. Outline and first 1000 words to be in by 10 June 2012. More details at their website:


(I very much regret to say that I recognise that it's impractical for me to submit to this call. I don't have anything suitable on hand even in partial draft, and there is no way I can write a novella from scratch in a commercial timeframe until my RSI has improved somewhat. Writers who miss deadlines without very good reason go to the end of the queue for the next submission slot. But dear god I would like to write something for this.)
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To remind myself to think about it at the weekend, Pink Narcissus Press have a call for submissions for the second volume of Queer Fish: http://pinknarc.com/submissions.htm

It might be a good fit for "And if I Offered Thee a Bargain" if I want to go print for 1c a word rather than muck about with self-publishing. Yes, this does mean that I'm still not enthralled with the idea of working out how to do layout and the like in electronic format, let alone wrestling with the horrors that lie in wait in the "be your own Publisher" contracts.
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Need to do a quick scan of the market listings on ERA and erotic_authors to see if there's anything that might suit short stories I have on file. I used to do this regularly for inspiration as well, but given my current output rate there's not much point in that other than if something insists on being written. (Which hasn't happened for a while, which in itself tells you something about how badly going back to a day job hammered my creative energy.)
under a cut because it's boring to most people )
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A posting to the Erotic Authors comm reminded me that I had failed to point at this call for submissions when Jane first posted it, and it's likely to be of interest to several people on my flist who might not be reading either Dear Author or the erotic authors comm.


I confess that when Berkley asked me to put this together, I thought I would have to strong arm some people (20 of them) into writing me a short story but there is quite a bit of interest in contributing to this collection.

I am looking for stories of 5,000 word length (you can go slightly over but you won’t be paid more) about the concept of the twin emotions of pain and pleasure. The submissions must be full (the story complete) and turned in to me litte. jane at gmail dot com by October 1 as an MS Word Attachment with the subject line: Pain/Pleasure Anthology Submission.

The submission can be, generally, anything with a strong erotic content. There is no limitation on genre. I definitely want a lot of variety such as m/m, femdom, diversity in characters. The work can have been published on your website but it cannot have been sold in publication.

I will be paying $500 for each contracted submission with .25% royalty in exchange for world digital, audio and print rights.
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The big news in the romance blogosphere yesterday was that Harlequin/Mills&Boon are opening a digital-only press, Carina Press, which will cover a much broader range of genres than the print divisions do. They'll be publishing more than romance, and in romance they'll be publishing material that wouldn't fit into the print lines. While it doesn't explicitly say so on the website, apparently that will include LGBT, multiracial, and other "non traditional" romances that have already proven popular at the established digital publishers. It will also include things which you might think at first glance would be perfectly traditional Mills & Boon fare, but which don't actually fit into their existing lines -- e.g., if you've got a cross-genre, it won't be necessary to ramp up the romance to make it fit. The other print-related restriction that's gone is story length -- they'll consider a much wider range of manuscript lengths.

Part of the big news is that they've recruited Angela James, former editor-in-chief at Samhain. This is a smart move. Angela has several years of experience at one of the biggest players in the current digital publishing market. This matters, because while Harlequin have been doing well at digitising their print lines, what this represents is a direct move into a different style of digital publishing. Carina Press is digital-only, DRM-free, and following the model of no advance but high royalty rate -- the same model that has become a flourishing niche market over the last decade by being able to cater to genres with a readership too small for mass market but large enough to support excellent small press sales.

Will it succeed? Maybe not. But this is Harlequin we're talking about. They've survived in business for a century by giving the market what it wants, and they've already got good experience in what it takes on the technical side to put together an ebook and sell it. I want to see their royalty rate and contract[*] before signing on the dotted line, and I want to see them in business long enough to look viable before I risk a full-length manuscript with them, but yes, I'm interested.

[* Harlequin is an actual example of "big publishers screw over their authors too". They've improved over the years, under pressure from the RWA and others, but their contracts have at times been examples of Publishing Evil.]

ETA: apparently I can't read, in spite having read the guidelines looking for *and* *expecting* *to* *find* a statement that LGBT was welcome. It's certainly there now. Insufficiently caffeinated this morning, obviously.


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