robottype1Submitting a Proposal

We are not currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts.

If you have an agent, or you are personally known to us or recommended to us by someone we know, you are welcome to submit proposals for new novels at any time. In these instances, drop us an email, or query us through our contact page.

We require a brief (two pages max) summary of characters, plot and your intentions/inspiration, in that order; plus the opening five chapters or so; and a summary of the author’s existing online presence. Please indicate whether the work is for adults or teens – we need to know whether this is actually for Strange Chemistry.

This pack should be emailed to us, either as Word, RTF or PDF files (we prefer RTFs). Please don’t just send us a complete manuscript without a proposal. Please note that we never accept hardcopy manuscripts or proposals – alas, we will not even respond to written submissions.

If we like what we read, we will then ask for a full plot breakdown, or a read of the whole finished manuscript. We typically take 10-12 weeks to read and respond to a proposal; more for a full manuscript.

What We’re Looking For

We’re publishing novels, either standalone or as part of greater series. We’re not looking to publish novellas, short stories or non-fiction at this time.

All our books are “genre” fiction in one way or another — specifically fantasy, science fiction, horror, and that new catch-all urban or modern fantasy. Those are quite wide-ranging in themselves; we’re looking for all types of sub-genre, so for example, hard SF, space opera, cyberpunk, military SF, alternate future history, future crime, time travel, and more. We have no problem if your book mashes together two or more of these genres; in fact, we practically insist upon it.

At Angry Robot we’re publishing books for adults. Although we sometimes use the phrase “post-YA” to describe AR titles, we are not looking for any specifically junior, YA or teenage titles to publish right now. All our books cover adult themes, situations and “language”, and our protagonists are adults. If you have a novel with a younger protagonist, we direct you to Strange Chemistry instead.

Our books will be published in all English-language territories — notably the UK, US and Australia — so we’ll be buying rights to cover all those. If you are only offering rights in one territory (eg US or UK/Commonwealth only), we will not be able to deal with you. We require rights to ebook and audio versions as standard too, plus limited edition and multiple physical formats where appropriate. If your work has already been sold as an ebook-only release we will not be interested, sorry. We are not contracting any work-for-hire titles; we offer advances and royalties.

Beyond all of this, what we’re really looking for in your writing is this:

• A “voice”, that comes from…

• Confident writing

• Pacy writing

• Characters that live, have real relationships and emotions, even in extreme situations

• A sense of vision, a rounded universe that lives and breathes

• Clever construction, good plotting, a couple of surprises even for us jaded old read-it-alls

• Heightened experience – an intensity, extremity or just a way of treating plot or situation in a way we’ve not come across before. “Goes up to 11″, if you know what that means.

Angry Robot remains absolutely committed to the publication of works by writers of all genders, ethnicities, colour, orientation, nationalities, and religious or political beliefs. We make publishing decisions based on the quality and commercial viability of the works submitted to us for consideration, and not on the personal backgrounds of the authors.

Got any further questions? Contact us.

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