Assistant Editor, working across Tor and Pan Macmillan. Likes to be unnerved, unhinged and shaken to the bone by great SF, Fantasy and Horror.
09 Jan 2014
Last June I was asked to provide my top tips for aspiring authors for a blog post over at One Chapter More. With the New Year not far behind us, many of you may have new year’s resolutions to write a novel so I thought I’d re-post this post, in case it is useful:
One of the perks of working for Tor is reading the ‘slush pile’. Many well-known authors have found success after having been discovered on the slush pile, including a few of our own long-term authors. We are one of the few major publishers in the UK to accept direct submissions. When you consider how much work there is involved in publishing, how many agented scripts are submitted and how few hours there are in the day – you can understand why!
However, in January of last year, we decided to open our doors to the SFF community; there’s plenty of talent out there and we know that many of them would still find it preferable to be published traditionally than go down the self-publishing route. And we got a LOT of submissions – we’re still continuing to work through them. As there are only three of us and we all work full-time on the list, it’s a matter of trying to grab some reading time in that tenuous fantasy-like thing ‘free time’, but we’re trying!
One thing we have found though, is that despite the wealth of information available about how to write a novel and get published, there are still a few steps some aspiring writers fall down on. For this reason, I’m going to share my all-time top ten tips for getting your novel published.