Fierce Ink Press is currently open to submissions and details can be found on our website. While our guidelines are thorough and outline quite clearly what we’re looking for, we thought it might be helpful for all Canadian young adult authors out there to know the specific type of manuscripts we’re currently jonesing for.
If you think that you have something we’ve love to check out, you can sign up for our #FiercePitch event taking place on Google+ Hangout August 21, 6 to 8 p.m. AST
Tear-jerker — I’m looking for a book that will make me cry my head off. I’m talking sobbing, gasping, boogers-coming-out-of-my-nose kind of crying. I want to feel a knife in my heart and the need to take a three-hour nap once I finish reading it. (I’m looking at you Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.)
Quirky characters — On the flip side, I’d love to find a book that has quirky, weird, laugh-out-loud funny characters. Think Alice in Susan Juby’s books. Or Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Greene. And I’m not necessarily looking for a likeable character as much as one who’s relatable.
The goosebump factor — I’d love to find a good old-fashioned scary novel. I grew up on horror novels, quickly moving from R.L. Stine to Stephen King and John Saul and it’d be cool to be able to introduce the world to a new creepy, scary read. I’ve read a few in the past couple of years that I loved like The Devouring by Simon Holt and The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles.
High fantasy (with a twist) — I was a voracious fantasy reader as a young adult and went through every Lloyd Alexander, David Eddings, Dragonlance series book you can name. Now that The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have been accepted into the mainstream, I’m looking for high fantasy that isn’t set in an alternate age of knights and dragons. Build me a world, populate it with new creatures, make it your own.
Genre mashups — No, I’m not talking about inserting a paranormal creature into a classic à la Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I’d love to read something that takes risks without being confined to a specific genre whether it’s alternate history, speculative fiction, romantic suspense, or fill-in-the-blank. Think along the lines of the popular Assassin’s Creed video game (and book tie-ins) or the Sherlock and Holmes series by Colleen Gleason.
Modern classic — As a young adult I also read quite a lot of the classics. Austen, Brontë sisters, Dickens and Victor Hugo were all faves. What I’d love to see is a historical fiction that’s in line with those stories much like The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series by Kenneth Oppel.
So there you have it! A breakdown of what kinds of books we’re dying to get our hands on. Maybe you’ve already written the perfect book for Fierce Ink Press. If so we’d love for you to submit to us! If you’re still thinking of writing that kick-ass young adult novel, what are you waiting for? Take paper to pen, or fingers to keyboard, and write!