Friday, June 17, 2011

Angry Robot Stats update

For anyone else who submitted to them, Angry Robot Books just posted some stats on what they've sorted through so far:

Angry Robot Books open month stats

Basically, it says:

"We reported in April that we’d had just under 1,000 submissions during our Open Door month in March. After accounting for duplicated and recalled submissions, the final tally is 944*.
Of those 944:

131 were described by the authors as horror.
318 as science fiction
423 as fantasy
72 had no genre attached (despite the submission guidelines stating a genre should be chosen. Ah, well).
Of the 131 horror submissions, 130 were rejected without calling in a full MS. 1 full submission was called in (and rejected).**

Of the 423 fantasy submissions, 246 were rejected without calling in a full MS, 14 were rejected after calling in a full MS, 150 are still in the reading list, and 13 have been escalated to the Angry Robot editorial team.

Of the 318 SF submissions, 130 were rejected without calling in a full MS, none have yet been rejected after calling in a full MS, 186 are still in the reading list, and 2 have been escalated to the editors.
Of the “other” 72, 64 were rejected without calling in a full submission, 6 were rejected after calling in the full MS and 2 have been escalated.

So, altogether:
336 still to read.
570 rejected at partial stage.
21 rejected after calling in the full MS.
17 have so far reached the editors’ desks (that’s 2.8% of the submissions read so far)..."



I assume I'm still in the reading list, since I have yet to hear back on my full.  Sigh...

If this comes back as a rejection, I may rewrite the ending.  Completely.  Those who've Beta-ed for me know what I'm talking about.

It's an idea that's been niggling at the back of my mind for awhile, but I resisted it.  But lately I've wondered if perhaps it wouldn't be so bad to turn the entire thing on its head.  My concern is that the alternate ending I have in mind seems a tad 'deus-ex-machina'-esque.  Also, I'm concerned that if I get this idea in my head now, I'll decide I MUST change it and get myself into trouble.  A rewritten ending means a rewritten sequel, which I'm already 22,000 words into.

2 comments:

  1. I'm in the SF category with my full. And the more I look at their list, the more I think my book won't fit it. I'm to the point where I just want them to send me my rejection letter already!

    Have you polled your beta readers about changing the ending? Maybe that will help you decide.

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