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Fantasy Novels—Sword and Sorcery, High Fantasy,

Contemporary and Urban Fantasy

We’re looking for wonderful, compelling stories that readers will be unable to put down. We want those richly textured books that make our editors excited to edit.

Worldbuilding: Build a world we can believe in. Readers are looking for worlds in which they can escape to a magical place, one with elements missing from today’s mundane world. Magic may or may not be a part of your fantasy, but the realism of your world (not just a pale embodiment of some historical time period), the rich textures, the cultures, everything that makes us want to live temporarily in that place, must seem real enough that we believe it exists somewhere—if only we can find it.

Character Development: Develop believable, vivid characters that are complex, intriguing, and compelling. Keep in mind that your protagonist must be able to carry the weight of the book. (Think about Gone with the Wind. Melanie Hamilton is a great character, but she could never bear the weight of that plot. Only someone with the strength of character as Scarlet could handle the complexity of that plot.) Consider quirks that make the character interesting, strengths and weaknesses that will compliment your plot, and ideals that put her/him in conflict within and with other characters.

 

Plots, subplots: We’re looking for emotionally complex plots, complicated with subplots and conflicts that will keep the reader turning pages. These books can be quest books, discovery (of something about herself/himself or her/his world), development and implementation of abilities or powers the character is coming into, saving someone or the world, adventure and more. A convincing plot will combine compelling characters with an intriguing world. Romantic elements, subplots or even plots are welcome. We love great subplots that show us something about the character, highlight the action or development of the plot and/or grab readers on an emotional level.

Point of View
First, third, multiple

Tone
Must be appropriate to the story you’re telling

Word Length
55,000–100,000 (Stand alone or in a series. Please tell us in your query if your ms. is a part of a series.)

Submissions:

Detailed synopsis and three sample chapters or complete manuscript if available

 

Mystery/Suspense Novels—Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal,

 Inspirational, Horror, Fantasy

Your wonderful characters must make our editors and readers want to live your story vicariously through them. Make readers unable to put the book down.

Character Development: Develop believable, vivid characters that are complex, intriguing, and compelling, a protagonist we can root for. Character development is crucial or readers will put these books down and be bored. Consider quirks that make the character interesting, strengths and weaknesses that will compliment your plot, and ideals that put her/him in conflict within and with other characters. Both heroine and hero must be compelling. In addition, your antagonist must be the “Alan Rickman-Snape or Darth Vader” sort of delicious character we love to hate.

Worldbuilding: Build a world we can believe in, particularly with the historical settings. But even in other sub-genres, your world must be interesting. Readers want details that “put them in the thick of things.” Think about the details that would be important to the plot and to the readers..

Plots, subplots: We’re looking for emotionally complex plots in which the characters can develop and overcome obstacles to achieving their goals. We love great subplots that show us something about the character, highlight the action or development of the plot and/or grab readers on an emotional level. Remember, keep these books emotionally compelling. Red herrings, false trails, bad judgment should be a part of any great mystery/suspense novel. Conflict must be an integral part your plot, as well as danger and tension.

Point of View
First, third, multiple

Tone
Must be appropriate to the story you’re telling

Word Length
55,000–100,000

Submissions:

Check specific editor requirements. In general, a detailed synopsis and three sample chapters or complete manuscript if available.

 

 

 

 

 

Young Adult Novels—Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal,

 Inspirational, Horror, Fantasy

Your wonderful characters must make our editors and readers want to live your story vicariously through them. Make readers unable to put the book down.

Protagonist must be 15 years old or older.

 Character Development: Develop believable, vivid characters that are complex, intriguing, and compelling, a protagonist we can root for. Character development is crucial or readers will put these books down and be bored. Consider quirks that make the character interesting, strengths and weaknesses that will compliment your plot, and ideals that put her/him in conflict within and with other characters. Both heroine and hero must be compelling. Every teenage or pre-teen reader should want to “be” this character.

Worldbuilding: Build a world we can believe in, particularly with the historical settings. But even in other sub-genres, your world must be interesting. Readers want details that “put them in the thick of things.” Think about the details that would be important to teen and pre-teen readers.

Plots, subplots: We’re looking for emotionally complex plots in which the characters can develop and overcome obstacles to achieving their goals. We love great subplots that show us something about the character, highlight the action or development of the plot and/or grab readers on an emotional level. Remember, keep these books emotionally compelling. Teens and pre-teens want plots that are believable and fascinating. Conflict must be an integral part of plotting for teens and pre-teens.

 

Point of View
First, third, multiple

Tone
Must be appropriate to the story you’re telling

Word Length
55,000–80,000

Submissions:

Check specific editor requirements. In general, a detailed synopsis and three sample chapters or complete manuscript if available.

 

 

 

Horror Novels—Psychological, Dark Fantasy, Supernatural

Make our editors and readers have nightmares—or at least make them look under the bed before they crawl in.

 Character Development: Develop believable, vivid characters that are complex, intriguing, and compelling, a protagonist we can root for. Character development is crucial or readers will put these books down and be bored. Consider quirks that make the character interesting, strengths and weaknesses that will compliment your plot, and ideals that put her/him in conflict within and with other characters. We will look at novels with a strong, compelling anti-hero, but prefer genuine heroes who are capable of dealing with whatever obstacles diabolical writers can generate for them.

Worldbuilding: Build a world we can believe in, but the atmosphere must be dark and terrifying.  Build a “normal world” in which we want to live—until the horror begins Remember, every place in which these kinds of horrors occur was once a normal place, with normal people. And then—all hell breaks loose. Make your normal world one we believe in and we’ll root for the hero to save it.

Plots, subplots: We’re looking for emotionally complex plots in which the suspense sizzles. Readers read these books to be terrified. Soft horror may have its place, but it’s the deep, dark and terrifying that most readers are searching for. We also love great subplots that show us something about the character, highlight the action or development of the plot and/or grab readers on an emotional level. Remember, keeps these books terrifying, chilling and emotionally compelling.

 

Point of View
First, third, multiple

Tone
Must be appropriate to the story you’re telling, but generally speaking must be dark.

Word Length
55,000–100,000


Submissions:

Check specific editor requirements. In general, a detailed synopsis and three sample chapters or complete manuscript if available.