Well, we said we’d do it!
We are about to open our doors to unagented submissions, again. We’ve been gazing across the office in awe of the quality of open submissions that have been flying across the Strange Chemistry desk, and quite frankly, we want some of that in our inboxes, thank-you very much!
So, from the end of this week through to the end of the year we will be accepting submissions from authors without agents (authors with agents are also still welcome, of course!)
What sort of books will you be looking for?
SF, F and WTF.
What does that mean?
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and What the Fuck?
That’s what it stands for, not what it means.
OK, grumpy-boots. We’re after good stories told either in science fiction or fantasy settings, or with SF or fantasy flavours. You can mix in other genres if you like – we’ve had fantasy westerns, science fiction romance, urban fantasy crime, horror musicals (actually, we haven’t had that last one, but how cool would that be?) and many more variations. If it contains SF and F we’d love to see it.
You’re open until the end of the year, huh? Cool – I’ll send you my Nanowrimo book.
Why the “Hmmm”? Are you anti-Nanowrimo?
Not in the slightest. It’s a fabulous way to kick-start the creative juices, but it’s unlikely you’ll start and finish a novel of sufficient quality (and length) in time, if you’re starting to write on November 1st.
Yes, you might. And if you do, great.
What do you mean by “sufficient length”?
Oo-err. We can be a bit flexible, but a guideline of 75-110,000 words for SF and 95-140,000 words for fantasy is realistic.
You’ve published books longer than that.
That’s not a question.
OK – what if I have a book that’s longer than that? Will you still look at it?
What if it’s much shorter?
If it’s much shorter than 75,000 words, then probably not, no. If it’s a bit shorter, then yes.
Define “a bit shorter”.
Anything else you can tell me?
Check back later this week for more information. Everything you need to know will be on this site by Friday night.
What if I have any questions before then?
We admire your enthusiasm, but please don’t send them. Everything will be made clear later this week.
*Questions that we think would be frequently asked if we hadn’t already addressed them.
(We can’t mark them as FAQ yet, as we’ve not had any Qs)