February 2015 Query Stats
By Sarena Ulibarri.
Our first 2015 open submission period is now closed, and our new assistant editors Laura Harvey and Sarena Ulibarri are finished frolicking in the slush. After a month of long nights perusing the inbox, and several epic arm-wrestling matches, they are now retreating to their editing nests to read manuscripts and see which of their favorite queries will hatch into a wonderful book. Still following these metaphors? Well, we’re a bit cross-eyed from query-reading, so please forgive us.
Care to take a peek at what we received this month?
Queries received in total: 97
Length of query period: 28 days
Received as a result of an #AdPit request: 13
Audience (other than general adult):
Sub-genre within speculative fiction:
*Click here to read our blog post on what the catch-all term "speculative fiction" means.
**A few vampire stories fell into this category, since vampires can be either fantasy or horror, depending on how they are handled.
Common tropes and trends:
Response time (initial response to query letter):
Stats on requested manuscripts:
How many of these requested manuscripts will lead to published books? It’s hard to say. Editor-in-Chief Eileen Wiedbrauk estimates between one and five, but it will depend on how many of these query-eggs hatch into wonderful books, and whether Laura Harvey or Sarena Ulibarri think they can help those book-babies grow wings.
We will open for submissions again in June and September of 2015. Two anthologies are currently open: Far Orbit: Apogee until March 31, 2015, and Frozen Fairy Tales until May 15, 2015. Rumor has it that the next installment in Rhonda Parrish’s anthology series, Sirens, will also be open for submissions August 15 - November 15, 2015.
Remember that the best way to get to know a publisher is to read what they've published, so while we're reading your books, please read some of ours.
3/13/2015 05:44:57 am
I love stats! This was incredibly interesting, particularly the common tropes and trends.
3/16/2015 12:58:24 am
These stats are definitely interesting :D I presume historical fantasy is the umbrella under which steampunk sits? Though, I guess it depends on the classification of steampunk...but I see it as set in Victorian era, or even as far modern as pre-WWI.
3/16/2015 04:04:01 am
Alexandrina--yes, I grouped steampunk with historical fantasy unless it clearly identified itself as some other genre "with steampunk elements," in which case I grouped it into the primary genre. =)
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