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This message is passed on on behalf of David Flin on Sea Lion Press (SLP) who is also setting up his own publisher focusing on children's fiction, as described below. For any queries or submissions, please use the contact email firstname.lastname@example.org as I cannot help you with these.
From David Flin on SLP.
I've spoken with Meadow, and he considers that there is potential in a King Arthur Collection for SLP. As some of you may also be aware, I'm starting up Sergeant Frosty Publications (SFP) in October. SFP will be covering Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults. There's also potential in a King Arthur Collection for SFP. The one would be looking at the legend/myth/AH from an adult view-point, the other from a view point suitable for SFP.
You're way ahead of me.
I'm collecting possible stories about King Arthur (or associated elements of the legend) with a view to creating a collection for SLP, and a collection of stories for SFP.
For SLP, the brief is to look at the legend, possibly shining a new light on certain aspects. It doesn't need to be about Arthur. There are a whole bunch of others in the mythology: Gawaine and Lancelot and Morgan and Morgawse and Merlin and Mordred and so on. I'm trying to avoid Return of King Arthur stories here. For one thing, that's already been done by SLP. Whether it's set in Dark Ages Britain, retaining historicity (as best one can within the legends) or whether it is looking at the myths involved, that's up to you.
As per usual, I'll be looking for around 10 stories. Length can be variable, but I'm looking for an average of 4K-8K. If yours is significantly over or under that, that probably won't be a problem, but might need some juggling on my part. That's what editors are for.
Deadline is rather open at the moment. I would like to get it together for around May, so ideally submissions before the end of April. However, it's not booked into the SLP schedule, so if it happens earlier or (more likely) later, that's not an issue.
For SFP, the brief is to entertain, and in a manner suitable for children and young adults. A story may be humour, adventure, mystery, whatever, but it needs to be age-appropriate. Again, it doesn't need to be about Arthur, and again, I'm trying to avoid Return of King Arthur stories.
I'm looking for around 6 stories, of around 5-10K each. Over- or under-length isn't a major problem.
I'm aiming for publication in December. That means proofing and cover will be taking place during September and October (with November free for emergencies), which means finished manuscripts to be with me by the end of August. As you can see, I'm leaving plenty of time in the schedule, but I'm well aware that this time can rapidly disappear.
It's probably best to send me a brief synopsis/outline first. I can comment, and say whether I think it (a) viable and (b) more appropriate for SLP or SFP. I've no objection to receiving a full manuscript at the start of the process, but submission doesn't automatically mean acceptance, and it could be a lot of effort expended for limited reward.
Drop me a line if you have an idea.
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