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Tips for publication
Call to all future scriptwriters! Have a look at our guideline for publishing your sci-fi and fantasy-style novel. I was asked last June to share my top hints for prospective contributors for a piece on the One Channel More blogs. The advantage of working for Tor is that it reads the'slush stack'.
A lot of well-known writers have been successful after they were found on the snow heap, among them some of our own long-term writers. We' re one of the few large UK companies to receive entries directly. Considering how much work is associated with publication, how many agent lecture notes are entered and how few lessons a working days - then you can see why!
But in January last year we chose to open our door to the SFF fellowship; there are many talents, and we know that many of them would still prefer to be published in the traditional way rather than take the path of self-publication. We have received many entries - we are still working on it.
Since there are only three of us and we are all working full-time on the roll, it's about taking some readin' times in this weak, imaginative'leisure' thing, but we're trying! Though one thing we have found is that despite the abundance of information available about how to type and get a novel published, there are still a few more steps that some aspiring writers are falling down on.
That' s why I will pass on my top ten advice for the publication of your novel. Remember your bid-ask. I have seen many entries in which an essayist has either not submitted a pitcher or just a long abstract of the novel's storyline. Whether you send your letters to agencies or publishing houses, the first thing the agency or journalist sees is often the pitcher, so it is important that you make it as quick and pertinent as possible.
When you can, try to summarize your novel in one phrase and keep your own story short. Always, always proof-read your letters. When your pitches are filled with typing errors, we assume that the same thought deficit has gone into the novel. You' d be amazed how many entries I've seen that are half as long and about a girl who'finds love' in Manhattan.
Unless there is at least a touch of the psychic /dystopian/ghostly/future/fantastical or anything in between, then we are not the publishers for you. Do you know your comparative writers? I' ve been reading many e-mails in which writers are comparing their novel to the Lord of the Rings or saying it is'just like China Miéville'. The novel is very often not like these fiction or writers.
When you' re a lot of readers and get to know your targeted markets, you have a better idea of who you can liken your novel to. Make a completely unbelievable universe. To understand how to build a completely credible universe is probably one of the most difficult areas for new generationists. The characterization, the dialog and the action are often very good when it comes to the readings of new articles or contributions, but there is hardly any structure of the game.
It' s not just about depicting the environment of the characters, but about making a fully realized environment different from the one around us. It is very hard to create suspense or comprehend the effects of a character's acts in this community without knowledge of our protagonist's play ground and without the elements that make up this community or even that of the otherworld.
Be it escaping from her overpowering home, a romance with a wolf, or overthrowing the administration without your main figure wanting anything from the beginning, your main figure will be shallow and inactive. Best of all, the best tales are where the protagonists build their own fates instead of allowing their fates to be imposed on them.
Editor's remarks for first-time writers usually have many commentaries such as'show, don't tell'. Overwrite this, along with'avoid replay, and comfortable history rows - enhance step' are right keys to any first-time writer. Also, do not write sixteen pages about a person who examines a bloom (no matter how nice the script is, we need speed!) Try not to be too comfortable with storylines, and do not let the readers read the stories - let them be known.
I' ve seen many entries that talk about how the author's husbands or boyfriends think their novel is great - of course they do, they won't suggest anything else, but they're probably not the most impartial reader. The first novel of many renowned writers is still under the pillow!