Phantasm Press is happy to accept any unsolicited submissions. We consider novels, novellas, short stories and poetry. Anything that fits within the genres of the supernatural, weird and wonderful. But, please dont be put off by the guidelines. We are open to read through and consider your works, so send your proposals over and we will gladly take a look. If your book is a little quirky or unconventional or falls slightly outside of our typical published genre we are more than happy to still consider it. We will get back to you in a few days at the most. Please note, submissions are not guaranteed to be accepted. But we will endeavour to work with you in realising your work being brought into the world.
Please submit a short synopsis of the work, of approximately 500 words. A bit about yourself, the title and the word count (estimated, if unfinished).
“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner
You can also send us a hard copy to: 6 Victoria Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1SD
Thank you, for your hard work and patience as a writer, if it wasnt for people like you, the world would be a very boring place indeed. We look forward to hearing from you.
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https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/: The best industry advice for writers and artists as well as writing services for every stage of your writing journey.
https://nanowrimo.org/: National Novel Writing Month, is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Well-known authors write "pep-talks" to keep them motivated throughout the process.
https://www.scribophile.com/: An online writing group, writing workshop, and writing community where writers get quality critiques and feedback on your writing.
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6 Steps to a great manuscript and writing to the best of your ability:
1. Write! Finish the book! Obviously there are no shortcuts to this. It is great to have the ideas and the work underway, but unless it is finished, what can you really do? So first of all, finish the book. Put the time in and set time and a schedule daily or complete it in one mad rush throughout the night. Whichever you choose, keep in mind, it is possible to finish a book in under a month just like Fyodor Dostoevsky and Jack Kerouac did (link: https://ind.pn/2QjI9U2) so don’t give up!
2. So your novel is finished? Fantastic! Okay, so now it needs editing and perfecting before submission. But not so fast, a lot of editors and novelists believe it is best to leave your finished manuscript to rest for a little while, before you start tinkering with it. Their reasoning being that after a rest, you can come back to it with fresh eyes, and be more objective in your approach. This round of self-editing should be to fix these major potential issues in your manuscript:
Flow and continuity
Spelling, punctuation and spelling
Fixing redundant words and passages (less is more)
3. After the edit, now you are ready for second opinions from beta readers or professional editors. The choice is yours. But you need people to read it and give you honest feedback. Then listen to them and take what suggestions they offer on board. Maybe they will point out a plot hole or that a character needs fleshing out.
4. After editing, special care should be put into making sure your first three chapters are perfect. The first chapters should be all hook, perfectly easing the reader into your world. If you start your book with lots of back story and strange dream sequences, you might alienate or frustrate your reader. All that can come later when the character has been developed and the foundation of the book has been laid.
5. Write a synopsis, typically about 500 words. A synopsis is your pitch to the publisher or literary agent. It needs to:
Tell them clearly what the story is
Make clear the hook and premise of the story
The ending and how it leaves a reader feeling satisfying
6. If you manage to make it through all these steps, then you have achieved a solid piece of work, worthy of reading and definitely worthy of submission. Now it is time to get it out into the world. So submit your novel! With the synopsis and those perfect first 3 chapters. Good luck!
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T: 01723 377755
M: 07795 225899
6 Victoria Road
T: 01723 377755
M: 07795 225899
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