Open Door – a personal story from Wesley ChuBy Lee
As you probably know by now, we’re currently running an Open Door period for unagented submissions.
We’ve found a fair few excellent authors through this process, and in August we told you about a few of them.
Tomorrow, we publish Open Door author Wesley Chu’s second book, The Deaths of Tao.
In Wes’s words:
Eighteen months ago, the raging automatons and I made an alliance to take over the world. With their massive droid army and worldwide distribution, and my Kung-Fu grip and bravely stupid bravery, we’ve embarked on a mission to conquer all mankind (dibs on New Zealand). Now with The Deaths of Tao posed to invade your bookshelves tomorrow, we are on the cusp of total victory!
To aid in our conquest efforts, Lee Harris, senior editor of Angry Robot Books, has issued a call to arms with the Great Open Submission of 2013. So attach your laser cannon, droids, power up the vibro blades, get the latest firmware updates, and brush up those manuscripts! Prepare ready for total victory!
What is the Angry Robot Open Submission, you say? Here is my experience joining the Robot Army and getting my upgrades.
Oh great Angry Robot Open Submission of 2011, you were a sneaky punk-ass bastard. I shall fondly remember you for the sources of my upset stomachs, mild cases of syphilitic crazed episodes (without the syphilis of course—I swear), and extended struggles with insomnia, but you were so fucking worth it you little sweet, sweet pain in the life-changing ass you.
I know what’s going through your head. If you think syphilis and insomnia sound like a crappy time, you’d be right. I mean, not that I know or anything about syphilis being unpleasant. I’m only assuming it ranks down there somewhere between getting tickled and getting kicked in the gut. Wait, what am I talking about again? Oh yes, back to the great Angry Robot Open Submission of 2011.
Hi, I’m Wesley Chu and I like to write, and through the gentle grace and heavily anodized fist of the mighty robot overlords, I’m the published author of The Lives of Tao and the upcoming The Deaths of Tao (October 29th).
How has the open sub changed my life? There’s something about that first time you make the bookstore pilgrimage to see your little newborn baby sitting on the shelf in its punch-you-in-the-face yellow glory right next to Arthur C. Clarke (because Ch is next to Cl) that you realize that “shit just got real”.
To be honest, I can barely remember what my life was like before the open submission. I was just a squatter who spent countless hours abusing the bottomless cup of coffee policies at cafes chasing a dream. Now…wait, that hasn’t change. What has changed is that now I have a career doing what I love. Someone actually pays me to write! I mean, how ridiculous is that?
So what’s the open door process like? Not gonna lie; it’s going to be long. You’re going to be excited. You’re going to have to wait. You’re going to lose sleep, then you’re going to wait some more. And then maybe, like I did, you’ll seek out others who have also submitted to the open sub as well. You’ll commiserate with them and maybe form an online social group. Maybe they become your writing besties as you all eagerly hit F5 on your inbox every few seconds. Some of you will get rejected, some will be fortunate enough to move on to the next level. The numbers of rejections will eventually begin to pile up and people you grow to care about will drop out one by one.
In the end though, after you’re exhausted from the wait and the many nights of insomnia, when you’re least expecting it, you might get an email from the awesome Ms. Amanda Rutter, telling you how much she enjoys your book and how she wants to share it with the rest of the world.
Then you might suddenly need to sit down as you think to yourself “shit just got real”.
To read more about my signing with Angry Robot Books, here’s my original signing post on my website.
To read the stories from some of our other Open Door successes, head back in time to this blog post.
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