I’m an acquisitions editor looking to acquire speculative Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction titles for Inked in Gray Press. 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 Inked 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.
I love speculative sub-genres that include mystery and romance.
I’m not the best fit for traditional horror with gore.
Genres: We work within the following genres: sci-fi, horror, fantasy, contemporary fiction, and thriller/adventure. We are not the best fit for contemporary romance or literary fiction at this time.
Length: Novels and novella length works. If you would like to submit a short story, please see our themed Anthology Calls for more information. If you are an editor who would like to pitch an anthology, please DM me directly.
What to include in your submission query: – Your name (if using a pseudonym) – Website if available – Author/Professional social media links if available – Word count – Genre, age category, word count – Links to previously published works (articles, short stories, novels) – A compelling hook –How your story relates to our press' mission – any necessary trigger warnings
Paste your query into the body of your email, but for accessibility reasons attach: –A 250 – 500 word synopsis (12 pt font, double spaced), –The first 3 chapters of your manuscript (12pt font, double spaced) Submissions that do not attach synopsis and chapters will not be read.
Label the subject of your email as: SUBMISSION: [Title] -[Word Count] [Age Group] [Genre] Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark it to my attention.
Once you submit your query, it could take 4 – 6 weeks to hear back from us. For a full manuscript, around 8 weeks. If the minimum number of weeks has passed, please inquire as to the status of your manuscript. If you have questions, I’m available on by Twitter DM or you can reach out directly through my CONTACT page.
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!!