1889 is, at its core, a web fiction publisher. We strongly believe that great writing happens on the web, without poking or prodding from outside sources, entirely at the writer’s discretion. Our goal is to find that writing and the people who create it, and help them go a little bit further than they could on their own.
In a nutshell: if you have never written a web series before, we’re probably not the publisher for you. It’s not that your writing isn’t excellent, but we want to focus on those who have already put a lot on the line and survived. So if you’re really desperate to work with us, start serializing a novel, get yourself an audience, have some fun, and come to us when it’s done. We don’t provide validation for your work. We require pre-existing validation to do more.
We accept three types of work:
For book publishing, please read the following carefully…
First, the bad news: our schedule is absolutely packed for the remainder of 2012. If you submit a proposal, you will probably not get a slot until 2013 at the earliest. Worse yet, you may not even get a reply for several months. It’s nothing personal: we’re a pretty small operation, working our brains out to stay on top of things.
If you still want to try your hand at a proposal, this is what you should be sending:
Pro tip: most of the series we run on the site end up as books when they finish serializing. It’s not a guaranteed “in”, but the odds are much greater than trying to pitch us something completely fresh, as a novel.
By submitting the form below, you give 1889 Labs and its partners rights to use the contents in any way they see fit. Don’t worry: we won’t steal your ideas and turn them into books. If they’re amazing, we’ll hire you to write them for us.
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