Reading manuscripts is seriously one of my all-time favorite things to do.
There is something so delicious about getting to be one of the first people to read a new story, especially one from a fresh new voice or a manuscript that weaves a new, novel concept! Delightful crisp pages, freshly printed from our submissions manager, clipped together and warm on my lap in front of a blazing fire on colder-than-usual November rights in the Northeast---there's nothing better!
I could--and literally do--read these for days!
Right now, I'm busy working my way through our inaugural submissions queue at Black Spot Books, and eagerly discovering the first gems that will fill our 2018 production schedule. We are anticipating being able to release between 12 and 24 new single titles in 2018! There are so many amazing new projects in our pipeline, it's going to be so hard to choose (or we'll just up the release count!).
If you haven't submitted your manuscript yet, you should here.
As of now, I anticipate being able to send our acceptances beginning in late-November. Be sure to subscribe to the blog to stay updated.. I'll also be posting some tips and tricks for getting your query read and accepted, as well as some tips on how to build and promote your brand and your books. Stay tuned!
Fair winds and following seas,
We are thrilled to announce that we are officially open for submissions! We have been anticipating this day for so long that it almost seems surreal that it's actually here. And, our submission queue is already filling up. The new year promises to be a grand one and I can't tell you how eager we are to get started.
Of course, you can peruse our website to learn all about us, our crew, and our books. But here's a little bit more, straight from the bridge!
We publish primarily works of what we consider "dark lit"--titles that toe the edge between fiction, fantasy, and horror. We want manuscripts that can stir emotions and make the little hairs on the back of our necks stand up--whether they're works of suspense, spook, or speculation, and whether they're written in as novels, novellas, or even poetry. Of course, being the bunch of pirates that we are, we have a special place in our hearts for project that involve elements of water--pirates, shipwrecks, ghost ships, sirens, mermaids, buried treasure, floods, drowning....if it lurks beneath the deep, then we want to read it. (Nearly all of my personal favorite books--from Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone or We Were Water, to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Erika Swyler's Book of Speculation and James L. Nelson's Brethren of the Coast series--involve water.)
We do our best to treat our books and our authors well, from competitive royalty programs to innovative promotional services (both in house and through our partner, Deep Water Media) and traveling bookstores and event appearances. Coming from the data industry, I not only hand select all of our published projects, but also pay careful attention to all our analytics from sales to social media to make the most of our efforts for our authors and our audiences. Kyle, being the branding genius that he is, creates beautiful digital content to get stories to readers. Our designers and editors, Najila and Melissa, are brilliant women and the best at their craft. Seriously, it's a dream team.
Beyond publishing and touring, we also work with authors--even authors that aren't published under our label--to get their stories out to sea. In our upcoming bookstore, we are all-indie, all-genre. We also have a host of digital content services, including videos, brand development, and more, designed to fit the needs and budget of up-and-coming and other sea-worthy storytellers!
We do our best to stay engaged with you, and we hope that you'll do the same with us. Please connect with us through any of our social channels, and be sure to subscribe to the newsletter, too!
Fair winds and following seas,