We’re always looking for smart, compelling writing. We’re especially keen on writing that demonstrates a new take on traditional genres or that engages with social issues.
Be aware, though, that writing a Plympton series differs in important ways from writing a novel or a series of linked short stories. If you're interested in learning more, go here: http://www.plympton.com/submit. You'll find guidelines and detailed instructions for submitting to us using the program Submittable.
Short answer: all kinds. If it's got great prose, fascinating characters, and compelling storytelling, it's our kind of thing.
Longer answer: we prefer writing that demonstrates an original take on traditional genres to straight genre fiction (with exceptions). We especially love literary fiction, as long as there's a compelling story right at the surface.
The three serials in our launch include a Young Adult paranormal adventure tale, a straight-up mystery with romantic elements, and what we're calling a Mom Thriller (in this case, a thriller about a stay-at-home mom secretly climbing the ranks of an international whistleblowing outfit.) You can check them out here: http://plympton.com/about/our-series/.
Books we have in development include a literary coming of age/political thriller (we like to mix genres), a book about a Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game game that's threatening human civilization, a seriously moving literary look at a divisive social issue, and a straight-up sci fi series.
Yes! We think it's unfortunate that writers have been forced to accept the fact that "exposure" is now considered a reasonable form of payment for their work. Writing is hard. Writers should get paid for doing it. We give modest advances and a very generous royalty split with our authors. If their books sell well, they'll make good money off them.
At the $500 reward level, you’re carrying on the tradition set by magazines like Blackwoods, Lippincott, Harper’s, and The Atlantic -- a tradition of supporting great serialized fiction. You will have the opportunity to work with our editors and writers while developing a series that addresses a topic dear to you. There are a number of different “grants” at this level:
The Appian Way -- support and help develop a medical series. The Dewolfe -- support and help develop a series on romance in the digital age. The Holyoke -- support and help develop a political series set in Washington, DC. The Concord -- support and help develop a gay series. The Linnaean -- support and help develop a series set in Silicon Valley. The Bow -- support and help develop a series on multi-player role playing games. The Arrow -- support and help develop a sci-fi series. The Brattle -- support and help develop a series based on a topic you help determine with the editors.
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