Home 5 News 5 Book manuscript submissions up since lockdown

Book manuscript submissions up since lockdown

by | Jun 7, 2020 | News

Publishers have reported a surge in manuscripts submitted by budding authors during lockdown, with dystopian novels being among the most commonly offered.The time freed up by working from home has given many aspiring writers more hours in the day to finish off their book proposals.

At Avon, a commercial fiction division of HarperCollins, have seen “unagented submissions” increase threefold between March and May compared to the same time last year.They have received a large number of crime and thriller novels from writers who are drawing inspiration from their pandemic-induced social surroundings.

Literary agents, which represent writers and help send their scripts to publishers, have also seen a growing trend for dystopian themes.“I would say we are seeing lots of people working out their fears of the current situation through dystopias, with submissions that either explore Covid-19 overtly or have an unknown virus or disease spreading through humanity,” said Sarah Revivis-Smith, fiction reader at the Eve White Literary Agency.

“Submissions have continued to be relentless during lockdown, increasing from around 80 a week to 100,” said Sam Copeland, Director of RCW agency, which boasts Zadie Smith and Kazuo Ishiguro among its published authors.

“Presumably people are finally finishing off novels and getting time to do their research who to send it to. I am expecting that number to rise again still further though, with all the people who have been writing their novel in lockdown and will finish later this year,” Cooper added.

Source: The Telegraph

Recent News

22Feb
YS Chi Wins 2024 Book Fair Lifetime Award

YS Chi Wins 2024 Book Fair Lifetime Award

YoungSuk “YS” Chi, Chairman of Elsevier and the Association of American Publishers, has been announced as the recipient of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award by the London Book Fair.   This prestigious award acknowledges individuals who have made a significant impact on the global book industry. It is open to professionals such as publishers, agents, […]

21Feb
Muscat Book Fair: Global Stories, Local Spotlight

Muscat Book Fair: Global Stories, Local Spotlight

The 28th installment of the Muscat International Book Fair commenced on February 21 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring an extensive assortment of over 600,000 titles from 34 countries. This year’s focal point was on Palestine, exploring various facets of the crisis, while the overarching theme revolved around artificial intelligence, encompassing numerous events […]

21Feb
Booksellers Call for Gaza Ceasefire

Booksellers Call for Gaza Ceasefire

There were calls for the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to address the situation in Gaza at the organisation’s annual Winters’s Institute meeting, this year held in Cincinnati. At various sessions, booksellers voiced their frustration that the body has, so far, not backed calls for a ceasefire.  One member, identifying as “a Jewish person for Palestine,” […]

Related Posts

Muscat Book Fair: Global Stories, Local Spotlight

Muscat Book Fair: Global Stories, Local Spotlight

The 28th installment of the Muscat International Book Fair commenced on February 21 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring an extensive assortment of over 600,000 titles from 34 countries. This year's focal point was on Palestine, exploring various...

Booksellers Call for Gaza Ceasefire

Booksellers Call for Gaza Ceasefire

There were calls for the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to address the situation in Gaza at the organisation’s annual Winters’s Institute meeting, this year held in Cincinnati. At various sessions, booksellers voiced their frustration that the body has, so...

SBA at New Delhi World Book Fair

SBA at New Delhi World Book Fair

The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has strengthened its ties with the Indian publishing sector through its participation in the 51st New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF). The event showcased Sharjah's global accomplishments in the publishing and creative industries,...

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this

Pin It on Pinterest