Thursday, 18 August 2011
Well, 'tis done.
I was asked to read the submissions for Angry Robot Books Open Door Month in March.
944 came in and I read maybe half of these partial submissions (maybe a little less than half).
I called forward 60 full manuscripts.
Out of those I have put forward 9 manuscripts and I dearly hope that they ALL get picked up - all these authors should be exceptionally proud of what they've achieved. The manuscript titles of those novels I adored are:
1) Channel Zilch
2) The Lives of Tao
3) The Mad Scientist's Daughter
5) The Further Adventures of Cyrano de Bergerac
6) The Dead of Winter
9) The Corpse-Rat King
Intriguing titles, non? Based simply on the titles, are there any that you would pick up to glance at the blurb?
Amazingly, I asked for three full manuscripts that were never sent through to me. I asked for them more than once to ensure that my email hadn't been lost, but, at this point, I have to say that they now count as rejected, otherwise they would have had many more months than everyone else who submitted, which is not at all fair.
Irritatingly, five of the manuscripts I asked to see have been picked up by various agents and publishers (one of which is the newly created Jo Fletcher Books imprint - congratulations Alison Littlewood!) That's the way the cookie crumbles, I guess, but I regret not being faster *grins*
Anyway, that's my job all done! If any of you have questions about the process and how it went for me, then drop them in the comments and I'll try and respond.