Angry Robot: Now Accepting Book Manuscript Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone | January 21, 2016

Angry Robot is a respected science fiction and fantasy publisher that occasionally dips into related genres (such as urban fantasy, steampunk, and horror). Angry Robot was originally funded by HarperCollins. They are now part of Watkins Media Ltd. They offer advances and good royalty rates. The contract they offer covers print, e-book, and audio book rights.

They are based in the UK but have excellent distribution in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. They have published several well known authors including Chuck Wendig and K.W. Jeter. Books they have published have gone on to win major awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hugo Award, the Prometheus Award, the Aurealis, and Ditmar award.

Angry Robot has one to two open reading periods a year, where they consider unsolicited and unagented manuscripts. A number of the award winning books they have published were discovered during previous open reading periods. Check their website to see if an open reading period is currently occurring.

Beyond normal marketing measures, they also have an effective way of connecting with their fan base which is called the “Robot Army”,  a street team of bloggers, reviewers and influential commentators from the science fiction world

To submit, send a 2-3 page synopsis of your book along with the first few chapters (no more than 10,000 words). Include a one sentence summary of your novel on the first page. Make sure to include your name, contact details, and the word count of the finished novel. If the book is the start of a series make sure to mention that. Include information about yourself only if it is relevant. Put all of this in one document.

All submissions must be made through Submittable. You will receive an automated confirmation email.

Submission guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions are available here. To get a better sense of what they have published previously browse their catalog here.

Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyharstone/