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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.
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…
The ink’s not even dry but we had to tell you this RIGHT NOW!
Angry Robot has just completed a deal to publish Peter Tieryas’ sensational alt-history novel United States of Japan in the land of the rising sun. Noted publishing house Hayakawa, famed for their strong science fiction list, will publish the novel in translation in early 2017.
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:
The countdown is on for the release of Danielle L. Jensen‘s Hidden Huntress, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Stolen Songbird. With only a few days to go, we’re celebrating with a WORLDWIDE giveaway for Hidden Huntress. For your chance to win 1 of 10 copies, follow the below link to Goodreads. Good luck!
Many of you rushed to your digital stores to buy Wesley Chu’s phenomenal The Rebirths of Tao, concluding volume in his award-winning Tao Trilogy.
We noticed that there was a notable error in the ebook file that made it so the Quasing speech didn’t show up in italics the way it is supposed to. We fixed the problem overnight and sent in the corrected file to retailers immediately.
However, some retailers are easier than others when it comes to getting content updates. So I wanted to provide some resources for readers to be able to make sure their ereader app/device will supply the corrected file if it hasn’t already done so:
Go to https://www.amazon.com/mycd and find ‘The Rebirths of Tao’ in your list of books. There should be a tab that says ‘Update available’ on the right-hand side of the row for that book. If you click the update tab, it will give you directions to make sure you can keep your highlights/annotations/bookmarks, and will then update the file.
Barnes & Noble Nook:
Information about updating files is not forthcoming. Contact B&N for assistance.
Sign into your account on the Kobo website, delete the file from your account. Sync your account to remove the book from your library, then go to ‘My Library>Trash’ to un-delete the file. Then when you Sync again, the corrected file should appear.
If these instructions do not work for you, please feel free to reach out to us using the contact form and a helper robot will get back to you as soon as possible.
Dear Robot Readers!
We’re all eagerly anticipating Ramez Naam’s Apex, the conclusion of the fan favorite and critical darling Nexus Arc, due on May 5th in North America in Trade Paperback and ebook world-wide.
The ebook will be arriving as scheduled on May 5th, but due to the technological and literal heft of the novel, the North American trade paperback edition of Apex will be released on May 12th, one week later than anticipated. If you’ve already ordered the paperback, do not worry! All pre-orders will be honored and filled as soon as possible, and some bookstores may still receive the book by or on the 5th. With the production delay due to the book’s size, we just couldn’t guarantee that 100% of stores would receive the book in time to release on the 5th. Our most sincere apologies to anyone inconvenienced by this delay – upgrading humanity’s potential is not always the easiest process to bring to fruition, as readers of the series well know.
But even better than an apology is a contest! Anyone and everyone who finds paperback copies of Apex in the wild should take a picture with the book and tweet it @Angryrobotbooks on Twitter or post the image here in the comments of this post. Any such picture sent by May 20th will be entered for the chance to win a free ebook copy of Apex to accompany the paperback edition. Have your camera phones and integrated retinal cameras at the ready.
N.B. The UK release date of 7th May is unchanged. European efficiency at its finest!
In spring, like so many people, one’s thoughts turn to tidying up a bit, i.e. spring cleaning. Our bristling orbital death platform has been looking a bit dusty and ramshackle of late – books and body parts everywhere, of course, but also crates of a less identifiable nature.
Right at the bottom of the most distant stack, in a wooden chest marked in a font of a distinctly pre-millenial variety (how you get Comic Sans on the side of an oak case I’ve no idea), we made a delighted discovery. In short, we found mint copies of some of Angry Robot’s releases from the very earliest days of the imprint. Very collectible, and we know we aren’t the only readers who have hung onto these original editions, even though copies are very scarce out there. It’s fascinating to see how our cover design styles have changed over the decades [ click to enlarge ]:
From the left: one of our short-lived but very collectable series of AR Doubles, from 1966 (Guy Haley’s Reality 36 on the other side, as we’re sure you remember); the first appearance of that sleeper hit Nexus, from 1974; and an example of the first Jim Moore complete repackaging programme, from 1976.
From left: powerful swords & sorcery imagery that screams 1979, also the inspiration behind Hawkwind’s concept album, released the following year; and a chance to compare and contrast UK and US packaging approaches, both from 1985.
For months, the Angry Robots have been working in secret, engineering better, stronger, more powerful publishing schemes. We’ve been patient, turning uncertainty into dedication, conscripting world-class talent into the Robot Collective.
But now, the time has come to reveal our new plans for World Domination!
That’s right, Angry Robot’s back, with two debut novels and a Mass Market re-release of one of our most critically-lauded books, all on sale in the US and CAN today.
Who says good news isn’t released on a Friday? Conflux Inc., organisers of the 2014 Aurealis Awards, have announced the finalists for this year’s awards and we are delighted to see Marianne de Pierres in the category for Best Science Fiction Novel with Peacemaker.
Judging Coordinator, Tehani Wessely, said that with over 750 entries across the twelve categories, the judges had a hugely challenging job.
“As is always the case, the judges agreed that entries were of a very high standard and the final decisions were subject to much debate among the panellists. The competition becomes stronger every year.”
The Aurealis Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 11 April in Canberra. Wishing Marianne, and all the other finalists, the very best of luck!