I’m an acquisitions editor looking to acquire speculative Adult and New Adult fiction titles for CatStone Books. We are open to both agented and unagented submissions.
Well, what exactly is an acquisition editor?
To be more specific, I read through manuscripts to assess the editorial strength. I provide the rest of the CatStone team with an assessment of strengths and weaknesses as well as an estimation of how much editorial work may be required. I also see where your manuscript will fit into the publishing marketplace and ultimately decide whether or not I recommend it for publication. I also assist with behind-the-scenes slush pile reading and am active on Twitter during pitch contests throughout the year.
To give a sense of my broad tastes, I love voice-driven stories with interesting plots. I also prioritize diversity across the board, as seen represented by both authors and characters themselves. I am passionate about amplifying historically marginalized writers. I would especially love to see submissions from BIPOC and/or chronically ill authors.
In terms of marketing ages, CatStone is specifically looking for adult stories. However, in addition, I would love to see New Adult stories and upper YA that has crossover appeal as well.
I love speculative sub-genres that include mystery and romance.
I’m not the best fit for traditional horror with gore or sports-centric stories.
CURRENTLY OPEN TO SPECULATIVE FICTION BY MINORITY AND HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED VOICES.
Please include a query letter with spoiler-filled synopsis of your novel and third-person author bio. In terms of length, your synopsis should be no more than 2.5 pages. Submissions without a cover letter will be rejected without being read. In addition to your cover letter, please upload the first 10 pages. If you have a prologue, please include that as well!
If you have questions, I’m available on by Twitter DM or you can reach out directly by email: email@example.com
Manuscript Wish List (#MSWL)
Very niche myths specific to marginalized cultures (must be representative of your culture)
Anything that has the energy of a fix-it fic or AU fic
Mermaids. Give me all the mermaids. Spooky, sweet, or somewhere in between
Treasure planet or Atlantis adjacent
Enemies to lovers energy included but not limited to: Reylo, Zutara, Dramione, Bellarke, CatraxAdora, JaimexBrienne, and SwanQueen. Tbh anything enemies to lovers, send my way. I'm not picky with this trope because I love it so much.
Eco horror of any sort! Sentient plants and flowers! On a power/vengeance trip! YES
Ballet inspired anything. I'd love to see something inspired by Coppelia or the Firebird or the Nutcracker
Heist stories but make it speculative
Bridgerton but speculative. Any and all historical romance that’s spec. Think The Wisteria Society of Women Scoundrels.
Short story anthology pitches!! If you have a strong theme, send it to me!!