GET READY FOR #DigitalOriginals #ONEDAY – 15th July 2016 by SJV
2016/06/15  |  By:   |  Features  |  
What do Andy JonesHeidi SwainHolly HepburnJuliet Ashton and Penny Parkes have in common.  All lovely people?  Natch.  All smart?  Totes.  And funny?  Yes, YES.  All writers?  Absolutely.  All five publishing/published under our #DigitalOriginals programme? BOOM!

So here’s the news… for the third year running (on 15th July), we are throwing away, ripping up, laughing in the face of rules, tradition and standard process, and opening our doors to prospective new bestselling commercial women’s fiction authors like YOU, with our world famous (ahem) #oneday call-out for you to submit the first chapter of your novel on #OpenSubmission.

That’s right people, ignore everything you’ve been told, that you absolutely MUST have an agent, or know-someone-who-knows-someone-who-went-to-school-with-a-dentist-who-did-the-bridge-work-for-a-woman-who-works-in-books to get your foot in the door at a publishing house. Because for #oneday only, you really REALLY don’t.  All you need is a killer synopsis, a cracking first chapter of your novel and an email account!

Once you’ve got all that, email us at bookminx@simonandschuster.co.uk

Whether or not you’ve been previously published, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by the award-winning, international publishing house behind #DigitalOriginals – Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.

Here are some guidelines to help you….

The term ‘commercial women’s fiction’ is generally used to mean fiction that appeals primarily to women, though is not necessarily written by a women, and tends to be full of modern relationships featuring friends, family and lovers.  It can be funny, it can be sad, but most of all it covers great storytelling with believable characters and plot.  It rarely (NEVER) features aliens, blood, guts and gore, zombies, ladies in crinolines, dragons, child wizards or autopsies.

We are asking you to submit:

  • The first chapter of your manuscript – up to 5,000 words – as a word document, double spaced
  • a short synopsis of your work
  • a 100-word mini biography of yourself.  Include your name, address and telephone number

If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you within six weeks , at which time we will ask you to send your complete novel (no less than 80,000 words, no more than 100,000) as a word document (or equivalent) double spaced.

We will consider novels that have been self-published, or have been previously published, providing you have retained full rights, or had rights reverted back to you.

We will endeavour to respond to all submissions within sixty working days and will provide feedback on your submission where appropriate.

If your novel is selected, we will publish in digital format, which will be available across all e-tailers in the English language across the World.  You will be working with our experienced in-house team, and will be provided with a contract, full editorial input including copyediting and proofreading, a suite of marketing and publicity promotion and an ebook jacket.

Only one entry is permitted per person.

All entries must be received on 15th July 2016.

Remember, we are not a vanity or custom publisher.  #DigitalOriginals is part of the Simon & Schuster UK publishing company.  A #DigitalOriginals author will benefit from the Simon & Schuster editorial, marketing, publicity and sales expertise and your contract with us under the #DigitalOriginals project offers you the same benefits as all Simon & Schuster UK authors receive.

We are not looking for: plays, poetry, short stories, essays, mind body spirit, religious titles, health and fitness, children’s books, educational texts, erotica, young adult fiction, non-fiction including memoirs, biographies, narrative histories and illustrated non-fiction.

10 hints and tips from @BookMinxSJV

  1. Write a book you would most like to read
  2. Make me laugh
  3. Make it fresh and original
  4. Make me cry
  5. Keep the story moving
  6. Grab me from the first page
  7. Tell me a story I haven’t read before
  8. Excite, engage and captivate me
  9. Create characters I will believe in and like
  10. Remember, we are only looking for ‘commercial women’s fiction’!