Author: Marc

Angry Robot, Books, Cover Art, Translation

United States of Japan… in Japan

United States of Japan (J1)United States of Japan (J2)

We’ll let you just stare at those a while… (You can click on them to make each a tad larger…)

Not bad, eh? Because of the size of the novel and the space that kanji text takes up, Peter Tieryas’ superlative alt-history epic United States of Japan will be published in two volumes in its Japanese translation. They’re coming soon from Hayakawa, who as you can see have commissioned the mighty John Liberto to revisit the mecha-policed streets of Los Angeles, 198-something across a pair of matching covers. Very metal, totally gorgeous.

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Angry Robot, Awards, Events, FantasyCon, General, News, Out and About, Robots at large

All things Fantasycon and the winning of lovely awards

bfs_1Sorry to report but the Robots are a little rust-tinged and creaky this morning, as we attempt to kickstart ailing battery packs back to life after a splendid weekend at the UK Fantasycon, organised by the British Fantasy Society. Held in the once-majestic shambolic splendour of the Grand Hotel in Scarborough, a combination of wonderful people, fine autumnal seaside weather and us winning the Best Independent Publisher 2016 award made for a brilliant time. Our faces are appropriately set in expressions of chrome delight.
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Angry Robot, Books, News, Open Door, Submissions, Writers

Open Door update – the summit is in sight!

thumbnailWell, better than saying “the bottom of the barrel” lol.

Just wanted to give a quick update on the Open Door programme. In brief, we’re down to the last hundred submissions (from a total of close on 1,200!). While a great many have been declined, we have called in over a dozen full manuscripts and a similar number are tagged waiting for a final decision about whether to do likewise.

If you’ve submitted and not yet had an official Yes/No (and somehow missed our regular updates both here and on Twitter *coff*) rest assured that we will get to you as soon as we are able. It’s notable that close on 20% of our submissions were sent in on the very last day of the two month window for entries. We’ve been trying as best we can to review in date order, seemed only fair. If you do wish to remove your proposal at any point before we get to it, just log on in the same way that you submitted, and follow the simple steps to Withdraw Submission.

Once we’re done, we do then have to read the entire manuscripts of those we’ve called in. At some point, I suspect we’ll want to write up some notes covering what people did right or wrong when submitting, so look out for that.

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Angry Robot, Books, General, Interesting Stuff, News, Open Door, Robot Business, Submissions

Open Door update

Poor buried robotWe thought we’d better give you an update on our progress working through the (virtual) mountain of submissions from the recent Open Door period.

As you may recall, by the closing date at the end of January we had received an unexpected 1,118 novel proposals. Yes, that’s an absolute fuck-ton, but unexpected, you say? Well, yeah – last time we had pulled in a little over 600, so to be honest we were probably expecting around the same again. As a result, well, while the Robots have been reading tirelessly, as you may imagine it’s been taking longer than we anticipated.

We’ve managed to work through around two-thirds of the initial submissions. We have rejected plenty, some quite easily (we still don’t publish non-fiction, or books for the under-fives, for example) but others only after a lot of argument. We’ve also called in a fair number of full manuscripts – and yes, these also now need reading. Did someone mention Sisyphus?

So, if you haven’t had a note from us yet, but did get an email when you originally submitted, we’ve not forgotten you. We’ve just not got to your proposal yet. If you need or wish to Withdraw your book for whatever reason, or send it out to other publishers at the same time, by all means do so, we won’t stand in your way. Just keep us in the loop and if necessary log in to the Submittable page in the usual way.

And wish us luck, as we continue to read… read… read…

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So long, farewell, arrivederci…

…it’s not quite the way the musical number goes, but it works for the purpose of this post… more on that later.

First of all, hello my Angry Robot friends. It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, during which I’ve changed approximately 1800 nappies; spent what felt like an eternity baby feeding; laughed more than I thought possible, and dried up more tears – both mine and hers; and generally adapted to family life with a tiny human ruling the roost. During all of this, I managed to follow my Angry Robot family regularly and have had some very proud moments (Ramez Naam shout-out!) as well as enjoying teasing the Danielle L Jensen fandom as I read the magnificent Warrior Witch as soon as it was humanly possible. I’ve welcomed our new authors, and been delighted to see existing authors thrive and sign new contracts. Angry Robot is a wonderful place to work, and certainly a family for all our authors and contacts alike.

Caroline&PennyWhich is why it makes it hard to announce I will not be returning from my maternity leave in June. There isn’t much that could have stopped my return to work, but when my husband was approached by Lamborghini to join them – and thus move our little family to Italy – it proved too great an opportunity to refuse. After much talk with our Robot Overlord – and paternal figure – Marc, we agreed that I would move on with his robotic blessing and thus Penny [on the right], my maternity cover, would seamlessly continue as my full-time replacement. At this nerve-racking and exciting time, such support cannot be underestimated and I have to thank everyone at Angry Robot for their encouragement. Not only now, but throughout my time at Angry Robot. This particular job has challenged and rewarded me in equal measure, and I have been so grateful to have worked with amazing people from Marc and Lee, Amanda and Emlyn, Bryon and Phil, to Penny and our AR interns. We have certainly experienced the ups and downs of publishing together, and I will miss our team meets, random conversations, and Marc’s playlists! I have many highlights from the last three years and memories to cherish, particularly those based around conventions (read: bars) and spending time with authors whom I am lucky enough to now call friends. I look forward to our continued friendships.

Saying goodbye sucks, so I’ll say “bye for now” and do keep in touch: I’m on Twitter @caramalines and on Facebook with a quick clickety click here. Also, please join me in congratulating the lovely Penny and here’s to the continued success of Angry Robot Books!


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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Books, Interesting Stuff, Short Fiction, Writers

New Wesley Chu novella

The Days of Tao (ebook cover)As a mark of his great success with his three Tao novels for Angry Robot, that man Wesley Chu has been invited to pen a novella with a new story from that world for the prestigious Subterranean Press. At the end of April they will be issuing The Days of Tao in the USA as an exclusive limited edition.

However, we didn’t want UK and Australian fans to miss out, se we’ve arranged with Wes to offer the novella as an ebook through Angry Robot. For all readers in the UK and Commonwealth (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and beyond), The Days of Tao will be available from 5th May in your favourite ebook store. Read More

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Angry Robot, Open Door

Open Door – so, that’s the easy part done…

Decisions decisions!Well, the happy little robot doorkeeper of destiny has flipped the sign on this year’s Open Door from OPEN to CLOSED. The two months for submissions are at an end.

We guess it’s human nature, but there were a hella lot of last-minute submissions. And, alas, some folk tried to submit after midnight GMT because it was a different time where they were, or were flapping around on minor details rather than submitting the darn thing. But in the main, we thought that the whole process has gone very smoothly. Read More

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So, we had a rethink about the cover of …Prince of Darkness

You know, sometimes we get things wrong, and we’re not too big and proud and metallic to say so.

Who Wants to be the Prince of DarknessAt the end of last week, we showed off the cover for Michael Boatman‘s dark, diabolic, deeply satirical novel Who Wants to be the Prince of Darkness?. Some peeps, bless them, went “Hooray, love it.” Mostly, though, you folks, our lovely Robot pals, kind of looked at it with your heads tilted sideways and went “Umm, is that one a YA novel? Looks kinda young for something that’s meant to be fun, but dark…” Read More

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Upgrade your Apex audiobook

ApexAudioOur Robot pals over at Audible have issued an update to their audiobook edition of Apex by Ramez Naam, and have asked us to pass on the news.

If you have already downloaded the audiobook of Apex from the Audible site, you can now upgrade it in the following way: delete the existing file from your library, then download Apex again from your cloud. This will provide them with the up-to-date version, for no extra charge. If you get into any difficulties, Audible’s customer service folks will assist you.

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Robots invade China – all books now on Dangdang!


Angry Robot books on DangdangA message comes in from a distant frontier… Robot forces are advancing on all fronts. As of today, the Chinese censors has finished poring through all our files for subversive messages, and we’re very pleased to announce that the Angry Robot list is now available on the Chinese ebook platform Dangdang.

Cue a billion hats thrown into the air as one, as discordant electronic choirs lead the singing of the Angry Robot theme tune, cunningly rearranged for erhu and qinqin. Onwards, onwards!

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Angry Robot, Books, Events, Interesting Stuff, Open Door

The Open Door is… open


It’s time. Yes, the Open Door period is now here, and we want you to submit your novel proposal to us. Yay!

To re-read the guidelines one last time, go here:

Open Door guidelines

And then, once you are ready, submit your book here:

A reminder: Closing date for submissions is 31 January 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, post them in the Comments on this page and the Robots will answer here or privately.

By the way, the Robots will be on Reddit doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) tomorrow (Wednesday 2nd), taking your questions about the Open Door and anything else you feel like asking us about, as long as it’s Robot business.

Wishing you the very best of luck!

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Angry Robot’s Open Door – how to submit

Yes, the announcement was true – we’re opening the doors wide for unagented submissions from 1st December. Ever since the announcement, we’ve had a steady stream of questions about what subjects will or will not be allowed, and so on.

All the details you need are here, on our bespoke Open Door Page.

And if we haven’t answered your question in the FAQ, post it in the comments box here and we’ll address it in an update. Go, go!


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Angry Robot, AR Authors, Books, News, Rights News, Writers

Welcome new Angry Robot author, Jen Williams

The name Jen Williams may already be known to UK-based Robots, as her fabulous fantasy series that started with The Copper Promise has been published over here to great acclaim by Headline. As big fans of the Copper Cat series, we were thoroughly delighted to snap up US and Canadian rights, and now we can announce that we will be publishing The Copper Promise there next summer, with The Iron Ghost to follow soon after.

Jen WilliamsWithout even the suggestion of being introduced to a terrifying array of “devices”, Jen kindly said:

“I am thrilled and excited that Angry Robot will be publishing The Copper Promise and The Iron Ghost in the US. It’s a whole new world for my characters to explore, and I can’t wait for this new part of their journey. Of course, when it was revealed to me that as part of my contract I would have to travel into the past to prevent the human rebellion against the inevitable robot uprising, I was a little taken aback – I didn’t have anything appropriate to wear and I tend to get travel sick – but all in all I am in favor of our robotic future. It’s very tidy, very shiny, and the wi-fi is excellent. Of course, our Awesome Metallic Overlords mostly regard humans as especially squishy portable batteries, but the main thing is, I get to spread the word of Sword and Sorcery. It’s all good.”

Here’s more about The Copper Promise:

There are some tall stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel – about magic and mages and monsters and gods. Wydrin of Crosshaven, known as the Copper Cat, has heard them all, but she’s spent long enough trawling caverns and taverns with her companion Sir Sebastian to learn that there’s no money to be made in chasing rumors.

But then a crippled nobleman with a dead man’s name offers them a job: exploring the Citadel’s darkest depths. It sounds like just another quest with gold and adventure… if they’re lucky, they might even have a tale of their own to tell once it’s over. These reckless adventurers will soon learn that sometimes there is truth in rumor. Sometimes a story can save your life.

Many thanks to Jen and her agent, Juliet Mushens, for making this happen. Lots more to tell about these wonderfully entertaining books over the next few months, but for now file this one under Can’t. Bloody. Wait.

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