Thanks for your interest in 1889 Labs' series department! We're glad you want to participate. I won't lie to you: the process is not an easy one, and we don't produce even a fraction of the pitches we receive. But hopefully this process will help you improve your game either way.
But before we begin, a quick note: by submitting this form, you are hereby granting 1889 Labs and its partners the right to use your ideas in whatever form they may choose. Not that we would. If it's good, we'll just get you to write it. But our lawyers insist we say this. Sorry.
What do I get paid?
Fair question. There are a few compensation models for series, and if your pitch is accepted, we'll propose the relevant ones and see which you prefer. It ranges from industry-standard per-word renumeration, all the way to our book publishing contracts, which work on a high royalty base. Again, details are provided if and when you get that far.
What do I need to send?
It's really simple:
- Your series' title.
- A one-line pitch telling us what the story's about. It has to be really sharp, so we desperately want to know more.
- A short description (1-3 paragraphs) telling us more. Set up the main conflict, the characters, and a tiny bit about why we care about the protagonist. Don't explain the whole story, just explain enough that we can see infinite possibilities. Remember: drama comes from the characters, so if your cast is strong, your set-up will just give them the momentum they need to sustain a series.
- Character bios for the main cast. It doesn't need to be a lot of detail. Who are these people, why are they together, how do they interact, and most importantly: why do they not get along? Give us fragments of their lives, but the perfect fragments to tell us what they're about.
- A format. We do three types of series right now: seasonal (usually two updates a week for 3 months), Flashback (five days a week for 3 months), and livewriting (a whole book in 3 days with very few breaks). You can suggest a different format if you like, but sticking to one of these will make it easier for us to parse.
- Your previous work. If you're pitching a series, it would be useful to know you can handle a series. It's not always easy, and trust me: you don't want to find out you can't do it when you're right in the middle. If you've never done anything like this before, you can still give it a try, but our advice is to actually run the series on your own blog, and maybe come back to us with the finished product for publication as a book.
If you're still interested, fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please keep in mind we're badly over capacity right now, so it may take a while. Oh, and also remember the part about giving us rights to exploit the idea. Not that we will. Lawyers and stuff. Sigh.
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