Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What We Want, Writers....

Although STNY remains closed to unsolicited submissions, we do consider work by authors personally recommended by our writer pals and editors. The personally is important because it means we trust the source (whom we implore to aim high).

Big drag, we know, but thus tis.

We select manuscripts and authors for originality, excellence, and the strength to engage the present publishing establishment.

We want writers to appreciate today's book landscape against the busy media background. We want
  • Quick pacing
  • Vivid images
  • Bold storytelling
As to content, here are random present interests
  • Malice, whether in murder or menace, in realistic urban or rural settings
  • Complex villains with credible psychologies
  • Poverty represented as a matter-of-fact background character in a story not about poverty
  • Unsentimental characters who are not self-pitying
  • Realistic stories that go deep into a character's day-to-day life inside non-European countries
  • Non-fiction that posits a worldwide story

Our advice: do not pull your punches, these are not subtle times.


3 comments:

a3bernstein said...

You have a very impressive client list, not least of which includes one of my children's favorites - Ame Dyckman. I hope to meet STNY at a conference or trade show at some point to hear about your work and hopefully get a chance to pitch my own picture books. In the meantime, my family will be enjoying the works of your authors and illustrators!

Scott Treimel said...

Gosh, it is not everyday we have the opportunity to say, Gosh, it is not everyday we get such kind notes; thank you. ST

thesnowmaiden said...

Hi Scott, will you be open to unsolicited submissions any time soon? I know this post is 2 years old but I have a manuscript that hits most of your bullet list. I guess I'll have to see if I have any friends in common with you at NYC agencies!

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