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First Book Friday: Submission Guidelines

So far, all First Book Friday posts have been by invitation only. I’m continuing to send out invites, but I’ve also decided to try opening this feature up to submissions. If you’re interested in doing a FBF piece, here are the guidelines:

1. I’m looking for submissions from science fiction and fantasy authors who have published at least two novels professionally (which I’m arbitrarily defining as a publisher which paid an advance of at least $2000). Not because I hate self-publishing and small press, but because these are the stories I want to feature and explore here.

2. Submissions should be roughly 500-600 words, and should explore how you came to write and sell that first book.

3. You can query me beforehand, or you can write the thing and e-mail it to me. Please put “First Book Friday” in the subject line, and e-mail it to fbf@jimchines.com. (If you’re uncertain about anything, please send a query.)

4. Remember, you’re telling a story, not writing a commercial. (From what I’ve seen over the past year, a good story will end up selling a lot more of your books than a commercial does anyway.)

5. There’s no payment for FBF posts at this time. However, my blog generally gets 2000+ unique readers per day, most of whom are SF/F fans. I will write an introduction with links to your web site, and will include a pic and links to your first book.

6. You can request a specific date, but I make the final decisions on scheduling.

7. I reserve the right to reject submissions or ask for rewrites, based on my completely arbitrary ideas on what makes a good FBF post for my readers.

8. By submitting, you’re agreeing to give me first rights to publish your piece online, and the nonexclusive right to archive it in my blog. I.e., it can’t appear elsewhere before it goes up here, but once it does, you can repost or resell it wherever you’d like.

Any questions? Anything I missed in the guidelines? I’ll be updating these as needed once I see how things go.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 13th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
If you ever go small press... I want to be the first in line!


Seriously, thanks for doing this. I've enjoyed all of your FBF posts so far and am looking forward to stacking even more books in my TBR pile!
May. 13th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
So noted, thanks :-) And it's very possible I'll loosen or change the guidelines as I go!
May. 13th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'll put my authors in line right behind you, then! :-p
May. 13th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
If you ever go small press, my story is amusing. However, I would prefer to hold out for when I eventually go big press.

Do you think this will still be a feature in your journal in 25 years? :)

May. 13th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Preliminary question: Do I think I'll still be blogging in 25 years? :-)

(Though it's been more than a decade now, so who knows...)
May. 13th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it will be a little holographic image of you that pops up on our desktops every morning, delivering pearls of writerly wisdom.

Yup. Of course, I didn't get my flying car either, so don't hold me to that in 25 years.

May. 13th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Would you ever consider reading something written for critique value? I have been told I write well, but to get the opinion of someone of your caliber would mean a lot to me.

If you want to, that is....

Edited at 2011-05-13 03:17 pm (UTC)
May. 13th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Does "2 novels published" mean two novels out in stores already, or could you have a 3 book deal and the first one is just out count? (No, not for me, sadly:()
May. 13th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
WHY I NEVER!! As a Self-Published Author (a badge I wear with PRIDE, sir), I protest this CENSORSHIP and EXCLUSIONIST TACTIC! I'm going to go write a long, sullen screed about this despicable practice in my ONLINE JOURNAL!!!

[That's a joke, son.]
May. 13th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'll get right on that two book thing :-)

Sadly, my five Pagan NF books don't count...although there are some who might call them fantasy, I suppose.
May. 14th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
You should put an audio portion in your guidelines. ;-)
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