How to teleport a publisher

ComputerScreenBefore the sun peeks over the horizon, a glow illuminates the computer screen in my office. Feeling like a kid in a candy store, I sift through submissions, waiting to be reeled into irresistible tales filled with fresh surroundings and rich characters. Once I confirm that the author followed the submission guidelines, I dive a bit deeper into the first fifty pages. After selecting the polished gem that caught and held my attention, I turn to other tasks for the morning. By lunchtime, when I’m still wondering what happens next, I ask for more. Then I wait, savoring the possibilities until the full manuscript arrives. I love to find talent, and you may think the ball is in the publisher’s court, but the power is with the author.

EyeballSoupSubgenre soup. There are so many ways to approach science fiction, a world of possibilities. I am always a sucker for a military hunk or a kick ass chick. Heroes are great! Toss them into a post-apocalyptic world or medical disaster, even better. Throw in a new galaxy or introduce a few aliens, I’m in. Is technology the real star? Is our journey through time? You’ve got my attention. Which one is my favorite? It doesn’t matter. If you love your work, your passion for it will breathe life into the manuscript and that excitement will be contagious. There has been some buzz recently about whether publishers accept humorous science fiction. Really? If you have written a well-crafted work that holds a publisher’s attention, and can effectively conceptualize the right audience, subgenre takes a back seat.

SickCarjpgI get car sick. Don’t sell me in circles, just speak from your heart. I want to be as excited about your work as you are. Take a break from writing and really think through the materials for the submission requirements. Polish your pitch and short description, so that you will catch my eye. Imagine yourself walking down a long line of publishers. There are a hundred other authors walking beside you and each of you has thirty seconds to speak to each publisher before moving to the next. How will you use those thirty seconds to compel that person to fall in love with your story and request more? Don’t be shy or cryptic in your synopsis. Share the vibrancy of your characters and plotline, and don’t leave out the ending. Then, close your eyes and envision who is reading your book. Share that image with us. We don’t expect you to be a marketing expert, but you should be able to tell us who your readers are and why they want to read your book.

DucksInARowOCD ain’t all bad. Polish your entire manuscript, not just the first fifty pages. Yeah, I know, contest deadlines and project target completion dates don’t always match. You can still rise to the top on my desk, but the best way to get there is to be honest. If you are still completing your final pass when you submit the first fifty pages, just say so. We want you to succeed. There are a few specific things you can share with us to forge that relationship. Read and follow the contest rules and submission guidelines completely to catch our attention. First impressions are lasting.

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Assent Publishing’s Farther Books is accepting submissions. Capture our minds and take us on a journey with you. We are accepting STELLAR SCI-FI Contest submissions until March 15, so fire us up with your manuscript and teleport a publisher!

CONTEST RULES

  • STELLAR SCI-FI Contest submissions accepted from January 15, 2014 through midnight (U.S. Eastern Time), March  15, 2014
  • All subgenres of science fiction accepted including hard, soft, medical, military, utopian, dystopian, cyberpunk, steampunk, contact, space opera, time travel, horror, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic
  • Manuscript must be complete
  • Word counts accepted – full length (70,000 to 120,000 words)
  • You must note “2014 STELLAR SCI-FI Contest” and book title in subject line of submission email
  • One STELLAR SCI-FI contest submission per author
  • Follow ALL Farther Books Imprint Submission Guidelines http://assentpublishing.com/FartherSubmissions.aspx
  • All submissions will be judged by Assent Publishing Imprint Editors and Acquisitions Editors

“STELLAR SCI-FI” Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • Assent Publishing Contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing – professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the Assent Academy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • A STELLAR SCI-FI GRAND PRIZE WINNER Promotional Announcement Blitz promoting the winner and their book ($1,000 value)
  • 50 FREE print copies of their book
  • 10 Months (a total of ten two hour sessions) of One-on-One Author Marketing Coaching with Author Success Coach and Dean of the Assent Academy, Deborah Riley-Magnus ($1,000 value) 
  • An Opportunity to Speak as the Sci-Fi Expert in their own Assent Publishing STELLAR SCI-FI GRAND PRIZE WINNER blog for one full year
  • $100 toward membership in a writers organization or guild of the winner’s choice
  • A Kindle Fire

 “STELLAR SCI-FI” Top 5 Finalists will receive:

  • Assent Publishing Contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing – professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the Assent Academy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • STELLAR SCI-FI WINNER Promotional announcements for the author and their book ($100 value)

Contest submissions can be hard, soft, medical, military, utopian, dystopian, cyberpunk, steampunk, contact, space opera, time travel, horror, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic science fiction.

Assent Publishing’s Farther Books Imprint is currently accepting science fiction submissions in addition to contest entries. Send your submissions and “STELLAR SCI-FI” contest entries to editor@fartherbooks.com. Good luck! Please visit us at www.assentpublishing.com.

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One Response to How to teleport a publisher

  1. saharafoley says:

    This a great advice. I am just starting the submission process. Thank you very much.

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