This year I’ve been so lucky – WFC2013 is in my home city of BRIGHTON, UK, and I gave myself 4 days off work to immerse myself in the experience.
Yesterday I tried to put up a great video (shaky, but it’s the contents that count) of Neil Gaiman speaking,
but my internet connection chose last night to misbehave. I will get it up asap, but right now I want to relate the topic of one of today’s panels, entitled:
WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU GOT? What do editors and publishers never want to see again?
The panel consisted of :
Jo Fletcher (Jo Fletcher Books); Bella Pagan (TOR UK); Lee Harris (Angry Robot Books); Gillian Redfearn (Gollancz); Gordon Van Gelder (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction); Simon Taylor (Transworld).
So what did they have to say?
After starting with the ‘what do I not want to see in a covering letter’ – which can easily be remedied by READING SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for each publication, they moved onto what they feel are the up and coming areas:
- stories based in cultures other than European
- high concept, i.e. genre-crossing fiction of the type that can appeal to more than one market, such as technothrillers
- re-telling of fairy tales with new and probably a dark slant
- yet more genre mixing
- steampunk (in the UK particularly)
- military space opera (again, particularly in the UK)
- contemporary fantasy – a category including urban fantasy, but with a broader basis
But the general consensus was that almost anything is acceptable, provided it has a good STORY and or an original VOICE.
Bottom line, what did they NOT want to see, ever?