Novels, Novellas, Collections

GUIDELINES: Alban Lake Novels, Novellas, & Collections

Alban Lake Publishing publishes novels in trade paperback perfect bound format. Novels range in length from 60,000 to 125,000 words. We’re looking for stories that are speculative in type–science fiction, fantasy, preferably, although we will consider horror.

Alban Lake Publishing publishes novellas in trade paperback perfect bound format. Typically, novellas range in length from 18,000 to 35,000 words. We’re looking for stories that are speculative in type–science fiction, fantasy, or horror, in that order of preference. Although we will consider reprints, original stories will receive the highest priority.

Alban Lake Publishing publishes a few collections of short stories and of poetry in trade paperback perfect bound format. Story collection length should be at least 20,000 words, poetry collection length at least 40 pages. Again, we’re looking for science fiction, fantasy, or horror, in that order of preference.

How to submit your work:

Novels

Please do not submit your novel directly. First, send a query letter with a synopsis of approximately 700-1000 words telling me what the story is about. Based on the information in the query letter, I will then decide whether to ask for the manuscript. If I want to see it, I will tell you how to submit it. Send your query letter to albanlake at yahoo dot com. You will have to convert this address to a usable address, of course. We’re trying to avoid being inundated by spam. Be sure to put “Novel” in the subject line. Response time for queries is 2-4 weeks. Response time for submissions can be up to 3 months or longer.

Novellas

Please do not submit your novella directly. Send a query letter of approximately 500 words telling me what the story is about. Also send an rtf document containing the first four pages of your novella. Repeating: the first four pages only. Based on the query letter and those first four pages, I will then decide whether to ask for the manuscript. If I want to see it, I will issue you further instructions.

Collections

Again, please do not submit your collection–stories or poetry–directly. Send a query letter of approximately 500 words that describe the general aspects of the collection. Also send an rtf document that includes the first two pages of three different stories, or four sample poems, as appropriate. If I decide I want to see the full manuscript, I will ask for it.

Payment:

Payment for novels is 20% of actual print sales and, if also released as an e-book, 50% of actual e-book sales; contributors may also purchase unlimited quantities of their work at 30% off the cover price.

Payment for novellas and collections is $15.00 plus 10% of actual print sales and, if also released as an e-book, 50% of actual e-book sales; contributors may also purchase unlimited quantities of their work at 30% off the cover price.

Other:

If your work is accepted, be prepared to arrange signings and readings at local bookstores and at whatever conventions you can attend. You’re the best promoter of your work. We’ll help and advise, but you’re the one who has to read and attend. Also, if you attend conventions, try to get on some of their panels and promote yourself and your work thereupon.

Notes to be heeded:

1. We prefer science fiction. We’ll consider fantasy. As regards horror, see #2 below.

2. We receive a lot of horror. Most of it is horrible, and we turn it down. There is so much horror out there, and the market is glutted. Therefore, we’re not going to publish a lot of it. We do not want gore, blood, intestines, etc. Nor do we want tales of abuse and revenge, because these are so limited in character complexity. What we are looking for, horrorwise, are really really good stories that are spooky. Really really good horror stories are the easiest for us to sell.

3. We hope to publish 4-8 novels, 4-8 novellas, and 2-4 collections a year. If you want to get our attention, develop your characters, make us care what happens to them; develop your plot thoroughly and give it some good twists; make your dialogue credible–DO NOT allow television and its so-called snappy dialogue and witty repartee to influence your dialogues–we don’t want smart-ass characters, we want smart ones . . . and dangerous ones, and sympathetic ones, and . . . well, you get the idea.

5 thoughts on “Novels, Novellas, Collections

  1. To whom should we address the queries? Also, regarding fantasy novels, are there any preferences?

    • Queries go to albanlake at yahoo dot com. As regards fantasy novels and preferences, not sure what you mean. We like novels that have characters we care what happens to; tight and taut plotlines; settings we can immerse ourselves into; crisp writing; that sort of thing. If you want good examples of the types of novels we like, go to our bookstore and get copies of The Spell Keeper and The Breathless Stars.

  2. There is no mailing or email address here that i can find. Please reply with how and where to send the materials as you request. Thank you.

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