Angry Robot Open Door Submission

I am very excited to announce that I have submitted Alien Neighbors to Angry Robot. Who are they and why is that exciting you might ask…

From their webpage ( Angry Robot is a global imprint dedicated to the best in modern adult science fiction, fantasy and everything inbetween. Our book line launched in July 2009, with physical books across a wide variety of formats, e-books as standard, and with all frontlist titles as audiobooks from October 2011.

Since I write science fiction and fantasy, Angry Robot would be a publisher that might find interest in my work. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the book writingLanjo#1/publishing process, let me say in brief that it can be a very long and arduous journey. One typically queries agents first, and if one is successful and an agent offers to work with you (a process that can take months, if ever), the agent represents your work and tries to find it a home with a publisher. Rarely do publishing houses accept what is referred to as “unsolicited manuscripts,” they typically only accept manuscripts to review that have come to them by agents.

Angry Robot, however, has provided authors such as myself that do not yet have a literary agent, an opportunity to submit their unpublished manuscript for consideration. This has been HUGE for me for multiple reasons:

  1. These guys have promised to read every manuscript submitted. The chance to have a reputable publishing house consider my work is breathtaking.
  2. The timing was phenomenal. I was finishing up my second round of self-edits in October when I read the announcement. The door opened November 1st and closes December 31st. I submitted my manuscript yesterday, December 27th.
  3. The timeline motivated me to complete my self-edits and bring in a copy-editor to check for grammar, spelling, style, and punctuation issues. I managed to do one more round of revision when going through the copy-editor’s recommendations and I am now thrilled to have completed a submission-ready manuscript.
  4. Angry Robot requested the “dreaded” synopsis as part of their submission requirements. My least favorite part of the writing process (I had to condensed a 95,000 word novel into 2 pages), but it forced me to do it. This is a valuable exercise albeit a painful one, that takes several iterations to do properly. A synopsis not only tells the story (and shows you actually finished it) it can point out any flaws in the plot and is a quick way to evaluate if a story is of interest or not. In short, I needed to write a synopsis whether or not Angry Robot accepts my manuscript and their Open Door Submission motivated me (kicking and screaming) to do it. Now, I’m so glad I did!
  5. Writing is very subjective, and writing for a particular audience isn’t easy. Within that audience is an entire spectrum of what people want to read. I wrote the kind of science fiction novel that I would want to read. I hope to find a publishing house that shares my vision for it. Maybe its Angry Robot (I hope so!) but if not, they gave me a valuable gift already. Their Open Door Submission pushed me to do my best and get it done. For that, I am grateful.

Thanks, Angry Robot!

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