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Tinder Press to accept unagented manuscripts in March

19 January 2015

From The Bookseller:

Headline imprint Tinder Press has partnered with The Reading Agency to hold an open submissions period for unagented manuscripts.

Unagented authors will be able to send their manuscripts direct to the imprint for two weeks in March, with the event being held to celebrate two years of Tinder Press.

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“At Tinder Press we are committed to finding the freshest literary voices, and the time seems right for us to reach out directly to authors at an early stage in their careers. This business is all about discovering new talent, so we’re hoping to be surprised and delighted, and that at the end of the day we’ll find an author we can go on to work with in the future.”

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Only previously unpublished writers of fiction can take part.

Link to the rest at The Bookseller

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27 Comments to “Tinder Press to accept unagented manuscripts in March”

  1. Does this mean publishers and agents are having a hard time getting submissions, these days? It may be an early signal.

  2. No problems here, folks. Move along. We have PLENTY of submissions.

  3. To all you uninteresting, worn-out, experienced writers, don’t call us, we’ll call you. Suckers!

  4. Only previously unpublished writers of fiction can take part.

    So they don’t want anyone who’s self-published, and they don’t want anyone with an agent to represent them? Smells like an exploitation scheme to me.

    • Edited:

      “Only inexperienced, beginning writer’s with no knowledge whatsoever of the publishing business, platforms or options are invited for this exciting new opportunity.”

  5. Does the Tinder Press open submissions period apply to unagented authors but have self-published

  6. Possibly they don’t want writers who know how the Rejection Industry works. Best to let the newbies learn on the fly, ¿no? /sarcasm

  7. So, a publisher is partnering with an agency to get unagented manuscripts… And who’ll be paying that non-working agency?

    Also, who’ll pay their remedial logic classes?

    I wanted to ask for permission to laugh loudly, then I realized what I was going to laugh about. Now I want to cry.

    Take care.

  8. Must be running low on fuel at Tinder. The question is, do they burn manuscripts, naive authors, or both?

  9. What is a ‘headline imprint’? Sounds impressive. I’ve never heard of Timber before, and the agency has only been open for two years, but it’s clearly a ‘headline imprint’ because that’s what is says in the article.

    I’m a fresh literary voice who can surprise and delight an agency who discovered that the ‘time is right’ to reach out to me for a whole two weeks.

    I can hardly wait until March comes. Hurry March, hurry.

  10. Only previously unpublished writers of fiction can take part. combined with Headline imprint Tinder Press has partnered with The Reading Agency to hold an open submissions period for unagented manuscripts. sounds very sneaky and gives me a feeling that an author if he gets a contracts (which is probably filled with all those nasty clauses and what not) also gets an agents attached to the contracts to take that 15% cut.

  11. “Are you a young, inexperienced sheep with a luxuriant coat of virgin wool? Do you not understand where mutton comes from? Are you too naive to ask for advice from the older, experienced sheep? Do you have the word “Sucker” branded on your hip? Have we got a deal for you!”

    • “Baaaaa!”* – Angry Sheep

      *Translation: Sheep refuse to be culled.

      • So enticing… mirrors Author Solutions ‘Come into my parlour’ said the spider to the fly…
        Fresh meat on the slab! Who will be the Franken-editors to read the now wanted slush pile?
        What will the contract be like? Will the published authors ever want or be contractually able to write again?
        No doubt the answers will emerge. Perhaps I’ll suggest that some writers I know dabble in the water and see what the shark looks like?

    • Widdle wambs, what a deal we have for you! Bwing us your fweece, and we will give you a nice, wool sweater.

  12. newbie, newbie
    have you any books?

    yes sir, yes sir,
    drawers crammed full!

    I’m sure they’ll have plenty of submissions before the deadline. Ignorance, delusions, arrogance, or I don’t know what will make the manuscripts flood over the transom.

  13. Now that they’ve opened the floodgates, I’m sure the writers’ contract terms will improve.

    …yeah.

  14. Seriously Good Books seeks quality historical fiction. Our contract exceeds industry standard royalty rates and author input on layout and cover design is welcome.

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