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Sorry 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.
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…
Would you like to work for Angry Robot in our Nottingham office? You’ll have to wait a little longer, sorry. We did have an entry-level position but that has now closed. Keep an eye on the Jobs tag. We’ll be sure to post any further openings there.
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.
A 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!
We hope you’ll forgive the slightly formal nature of this news item. In brief, we’re making some changes that will bring great benefits to readers and bookshops in Australia and New Zealand – because we have reached a deal for the mighty Simon & Schuster Australia to distribute our books in those lovely countries.
Stock of our books already there has transferred over, and the first container ship full of spanking new Angry Robot novels is steaming towards the southern oceans as we speak. We’re very grateful to everyone there who has helped set this up. This should all mean an enhanced service to bookshops, more copies out there for readers, and more regular stock for conventions and author appearances. Result!
It’s something of a bittersweet day here on the otherwise empty flight deck of our orbital leviathan. Our lovely colleague Caroline Lambe (right) is leaving us, if only temporarily, to have her first baby. We shall miss both her massively capable wrangling of AR’s promotions and publicity campaigns, and her occasional intimations that Ireland truly is the best country on earth, with equal sorrow. We love her and we’ll miss her. Read More→
We are thrilled to introduce you to both Matt Hill and his gritty new novel, Graft. Acquired from Sam Copeland at Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary Agency, Graft – scheduled for early 2016 release – is an exciting novel brought to you from the runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize.
Matt Hill was born in 1984 and grew up in Tameside, Greater Manchester. After completing a journalism degree at Cardiff University, he trained as a copywriter. He now lives and works in London. His first novel, The Folded Man, was runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize. Welcome Matt to the Angry Robot family on Twitter, and be sure to visit his site: http://matthewhillswebsite.co.uk/
Phil Jourdan: “Sometimes you get sent a book that ticks every single box for you — plot, character, prose, mood, originality, sheer madness — and you just think, ‘Am I actually ready to take this on?’ Well, the good news is we’re ready. Graft is the perfect addition to Angry Robot’s catalogue: a truly unique science fiction book, dark and twisted but gorgeous all the way through.”
Under the Skin meets The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Fifth Element… with extra limbs.
In Graft, the near future is bleak — especially in Manchester.
Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when his partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, the structures of Sol’s life begin to warp. Hidden in the stolen car’s boot is a three-armed woman with a strange tattoo on her throat. She is Y: rootless, amnesiac, and scheduled for delivery. What she reveals not only forces Sol to confront his own past, but sends him to the threshold of reality – and asks him to cross it.
A novel about the horror of exploitation and the weight of love, Graft imagines a country in which too many people are only worth what’s on their price tag.
Praise for Matt Hill:
“[The Folded Man] captures the smell and essence of Britain through its main character, his desires, addictions and strange courage. Written with direct vividness that keeps one inside its totally realised world.” – Stephen Fry, Dundee International Book Prize judge 2012
“Some combination of Raymond Chandler, Trainspotting, and Philip K. Dick, Hill’s unsettling novel [The Folded Man] is not an escapist fantasy, but rather a call to arms, a plea to change the future.” – Publishers Weekly
“[The Folded Man is] a memorable debut with pathos, dark humour and true heart.” – Interzone
“The Folded Man, with its well realised fictional world and its oddly captivating, all too human protagonist, is a very promising debut indeed.” – The Skinny
“Some scenes [in The Folded Man] are so brilliantly dark, perverse and engaging that your skin tingles with excitement . . . Matt Hill is one to watch out for.” – The List
“Reads like Coetzee with ADHD . . . [The Folded Man is] a stunning debut.” – Litro