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Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

Postby Jeremyteg » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:56 pm

Hi all,

In case you hadn't heard yet, Angry Robot will be having an Open Door Submission Period in November and December of this year. Here's their post about it with a link to a FAQ and specific guidelines: https://www.angryrobotbooks.com/2017/09 ... our-novel/

This is a pretty great opportunity for the un-agented to get a manuscript in front of an editor at a well respected SFF publisher.

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Postby RSchibler » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:55 pm

As a relative newcomer to the writing world, I thought it was better to have an agent first? I’m confused by this whole thing, like where they say they wouldn’t mind if, after acceptance, you went looking for an agent. Doesn’t the agent finding process take months, at best? Would this be a smart move for a first time author?
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Re: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

Postby Jeremyteg » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:07 pm

Normally, an agent is the person who gets your book in front of an editor. Angry Robot has these open door periods specifically to try and find authors who have good books, but who are having a hard time finding an agent, or simply haven't found one yet. Wesley Chu is probably the most notable success story from these open door periods. They published his book "The Lives of Tao" in 2013 as his first ever publication, and he went on to win the Campbell award for it. Once they offered him a deal, he was able to find an agent to represent him and hammer out the details of that contract, and who has gone on to represent his later books.

To answer your last question, this would absolutely be a smart move for a first time author. In fact, first time authors (of novels, anyway) make up the vast majority of the people submitting, if not all.

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Postby RSchibler » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:40 pm

Thank you! I guess I’ll give it a go, then.
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Re: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

Postby MattDovey » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:42 am

RSchibler wrote:As a relative newcomer to the writing world, I thought it was better to have an agent first? I’m confused by this whole thing, like where they say they wouldn’t mind if, after acceptance, you went looking for an agent. Doesn’t the agent finding process take months, at best? Would this be a smart move for a first time author?


You'll find that agenting becomes suddenly much quicker once you query with "I already have an offer from Angry Robot and am seeking an agent to assist with contract negotiations...". You've already done half their job for them, but they're still going to get their full 15% (and they are worth that 15%--they will earn you more than they cost you, with foreign rights sales if not just a better advance).

Also: Angry Robot are excellent people and their books are wonderful.
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Postby jficke13 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:19 am

IIRC Brandon Sanderson sold Elantris (or at least had an offer for Elantris) and then hired his agent. So it goes definitely goes Offer -> Agent on occassion.
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Postby RSchibler » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:01 am

Unfortunately it looks like they aren’t taking what I’m selling (young adult). Best of luck to anyone who goes for it!
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Re: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

Postby disgruntledpeony » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:03 am

I have a novel outlined that I've been poking at listlessly. I think it's time to kick myself in the pants, get this thing out of my head, and send it in before the deadline.
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Re: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

Postby jficke13 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:09 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:I have a novel outlined that I've been poking at listlessly. I think it's time to kick myself in the pants, get this thing out of my head, and send it in before the deadline.


And I have a (very) rough first draft that needed a kick in the pants to edit. Is it weird that due dates and deadlines are some of my most powerful motivators?
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Re: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

Postby Jeremyteg » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:18 pm

jficke13 wrote:
And I have a (very) rough first draft that needed a kick in the pants to edit. Is it weird that due dates and deadlines are some of my most powerful motivators?


Not weird at all. They are for me as well. The tricky part comes when you're trying to write and you don't have a deadline to work for.


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