This was the first time we limited the genre we were looking for in World Weaver Press submissions— for the September 2017 submission window, we asked for only speculative romance. We define "speculative" broadly (see more on what that term means to us here), and encouraged writers to send us their adult and new adult paranormal romance, as well as science fiction romance, fantasy romance, alternate history romance, etc. And that's mostly what we got. Alas, some writers will never read the guidelines, or will take their chances at being the exception.
In any case, we received several projects our romance editors are excited about, though it may be a while before we make final decisions about what will be on our upcoming publication list. Our editors have gotten pickier over time, after all, and our commitments to the series we've started publishing leave only a few open slots in our schedule each year.
For the submission statistics below, we're only reporting genre, audience, and length, as well as how many full or partial requests our editors sent. Some of our past submission statistics lists have included the gender of authors, but we do not ask for that information, and do not presume to guess.
Speculative Romance: 9
Urban Fantasy: 8
Paranormal Romance: 10
Science Fiction: 8
Adult: 40 (Speculative Romance--9; Paranormal Romance--7; Science Fiction--5; Urban Fantasy--5; Speculative--Other--5; Non-Speculative--5; Fantasy--4)
New Adult: 13 (Fantasy--3; Science Fiction--3; Paranormal Romance--2; Urban Fantasy--2; Speculative--Other--2; Non-Speculative--1)
Young Adult: 7 (Fantasy--4; Urban Fantasy--1; Paranormal Romance--1; Speculative--Other--1)
Children: 1 (Speculative--Other)
Partial Requests: 0
Full Requests: 4
Revise & Resubmit: 1 (so far)
In case you're wondering if a Revise and Resubmit is worth it, two of our 2016 publications were R&Rs: Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions by Larry Hodges, and Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer. Campaign 2100 received high praise from science fiction authors such as Mike Resnick and Robert J. Sawyer. Bite Somebody was blurbed by Christopher Moore, and won the 2017 Imadjinn Award for Best Paranormal Romance Novel.
Just puttin' that out there.
We haven't yet decided when we'll be open for queries again, but it will probably be sometime in 2018. Subscribe to our newsletter or watch our social media for updates about our next submission window.
In the meantime, we have several short story anthologies that either are open for submissions, or will be open soon, ranging from science fiction to fairy tale to alternate history. Check out those guidelines here: https://www.worldweaverpress.com/submit-anthologies.html For some insight on how anthology submissions differ from general queries, check out our posts on the submission statistics for Fae, Covalent Bonds, Sirens, and Equus.
Previous Query Statistics Blogs:
February 2017: www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/february-2017-submissions-statistics
February 2015: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/february-2015-query-stats
June 2015: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/june-2015-query-stats
February 2014: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/february-query-stats
June 2014: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/blog/june-2014-query-stats
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