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Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« on: July 03, 2015, 05:54:19 PM »
Hi, I read on their blog that Hodder will have a 2-week period for open submissions, in August.

Here's the link with all instructions:

http://hodderscape.co.uk/open-submissions-the-guidelines/

Good luck :D
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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2015, 05:57:08 PM »
Oh my goodness thank you! I love Hodderscape, and unagented submissions are my best friend. Don't know why agents don't like me.  ;)

Will definitely keep an eye on this.
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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2015, 08:26:43 PM »
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Don't know why agents don't like me.  ;)

Hahah, cold querying agents is one of the most difficult (and frustrating) undertakings in an author's career at the moment, I think (you're far more likely to get interest if you can actually meet them in person at a con). Don't feel too bad about it. You are far from alone in this regard.

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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2015, 12:41:34 PM »
So, submissions for this close at midnight tonight, which means I have just under twelve hours to polish and submit my work. What could possibly go wrong?

...go wrong?
...go wrong?
...go wrong?

I've made an offering of gin and Jelly Tots to the shrine in the corner, which I hope will be accepted post-haste. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go find the muse.
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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2015, 03:47:02 AM »
has anyone gotten a response yet?

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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2015, 06:33:05 AM »
Not yet, no. It's been just two weeks tho. I hope they at least give us something along the lines of "All manuscripts received before the 9th (or w/e) have been reviewed and the approved ones have been emailed." so that I can stop pulling my hair. :)

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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2015, 05:51:04 PM »
Update!
http://hodderscape.co.uk/open-submissions-december-update/

Let's hope none of you hear back by year end :)
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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2016, 06:46:17 PM »
New update!

http://hodderscape.co.uk/open-submissions-jan-2016-update/

Who from here has submitted to them?
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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2016, 05:56:04 PM »
I like to think there's someone on F-F that hasn't heard from them yet :)

http://www.hodderscape.co.uk/open-submissions-may-update/
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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2016, 12:20:41 AM »
I like to think there's someone on F-F that hasn't heard from them yet :)

http://www.hodderscape.co.uk/open-submissions-may-update/

I've got two in, nothing back from them yet--so there is still a chance. Nerve-racking for sure. Glad to have made it this far--extremely strong competition.

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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2016, 07:42:10 AM »
I like to think there's someone on F-F that hasn't heard from them yet :)

http://www.hodderscape.co.uk/open-submissions-may-update/

I've got two in, nothing back from them yet--so there is still a chance. Nerve-racking for sure. Glad to have made it this far--extremely strong competition.


That's exciting!!!!



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Don't know why agents don't like me.  ;)

Hahah, cold querying agents is one of the most difficult (and frustrating) undertakings in an author's career at the moment, I think (you're far more likely to get interest if you can actually meet them in person at a con). Don't feel too bad about it. You are far from alone in this regard.

@tebakutis :

How do you go about meeting agents at cons? I've only ever been to Comicon in San Diego, and that was kind of insane.  I wouldn't know what con to go to or where to begin?  Not that my MS is ready for an agent yet.... but for that day, years from now, when it is....



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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2016, 10:59:54 AM »
Anyone else submit?

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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2016, 10:38:25 PM »
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Don't know why agents don't like me.  ;)

Hahah, cold querying agents is one of the most difficult (and frustrating) undertakings in an author's career at the moment, I think (you're far more likely to get interest if you can actually meet them in person at a con). Don't feel too bad about it. You are far from alone in this regard.

@tebakutis :

How do you go about meeting agents at cons? I've only ever been to Comicon in San Diego, and that was kind of insane.  I wouldn't know what con to go to or where to begin?  Not that my MS is ready for an agent yet.... but for that day, years from now, when it is....

So, ComicCon is probably not the best place to meet an agent, as it is more of a fan and promotional con than an author/literary con. There's a couple of ways you can meet an agent at a convention, though it's not the most straightforward thing in the world.

First, you need to know that the agent you'd like to meet will actually BE at the convention. Agents do attend smaller conventions from time to time, but it's always a toss up as to which convention they attend, and where that convention will be in relation to you. The cons they attend are typically smaller cons with an author focus (they may be there to support their own author) and not the fan focused ones like ComicCon. Some agents post conventions they'll be at ahead months ahead of time, while others may only post a few weeks before.

Assuming you find out an agent you'd like to pitch will be at the convention, at that point, you really just head to the convention. Typically, if the agent is interested in taking pitches/meeting people at the con, they will either have 30 minutes to an hour set aside for people to pitch them listed on the con programming schedule. You'll want to sign up for this in advance as quickly as you can, as these fill up quick. That's where you'll get to give them your "elevator pitch" - which is basically a paragraph of two that tells them why they should be interested in your book - and if it interests them, they may ask you to send them some sample chapters or the manuscript.

That's at your small conventions and fairly random, however. If you can spring for the large amount of money for the big cons (WorldCon, World Fantasy Con, and so on) those typically have a good number of agents in attendance, both supporting their existing clients and networking with other publishers and agents (which is part of their job). At a WorldCon, you may be able to find an agent hanging out at the bar, and (assuming they aren't involved in conversation with someone else) it's not horribly impolite to ask them if they'd like to hear about your book, again, as long as you aren't impolite about it.

To some extent, agents expect authors to pitch them at the convention like WorldCon. You just try not to be a jerk about it. Don't interrupt them when they're talking to someone else, don't chase them down the hall or follow them to their hotel room, etc. :0

Agents are looking for a number of things other than just a good book before they sign an author. First, they want to know you aren't a flake or a crazy person. Meeting you in person and seeing that you are functional and polite human being goes a long way toward assuring them of that. And second, if they do offer to take a look at your book, it's a good sign your book pitch will at least get a look from the agent themselves, rather than hitting their slush pile and possibly getting rejected by one of their interns.

But anyway, getting an agent is tough, and seems to get tougher every day as traditional press continues to tighten its belt. So I'd say actually pitching someone in person is absolutely steps above cold queries, but still not anything close to a guarantee they'll request a full copy of your book.

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Re: Hodder - period of open submissions in August (3-16)
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2016, 02:56:50 AM »
Another round of recent rejections. Guts in my throat now. I've still got two in it. This sucks.