Peter explains how to make a submission to Redhammer
Experience has taught me that although you may think your very first manuscript is ready for prime time – it probably isn’t.
The truth is, most of the submissions sent to literary agents need a lot more elbow grease, care and love before they are ready to be seen.
So what can you do?
Well, that’s why I set up Litopia, the net’s original community for writers. The intention was to create a unique place where writers can be supported and their craft honed. It’s free to join, and in my view, it should be your first destination when taking your first steps into the publishing world.
The atmosphere in Litopia is very collegiate. It is a place where friendships are forged and excellence in writing is encouraged.
And you can develop your work there in what we term The Houses. Many writers have affectionate feelings about Litopia, and owe much to its unique method of literary critiquing.
Join it, and you’ll see.
This varies with the prevailing mood inside publishing. Currently, I’d love to discover a big, sprawling crime / mystery / thriller. Something with international blockbuster potential, written confidently, and with a plot that writhes like a python on acid. Not too much to ask?
Once your work is ready – really ready – then you can submit to Redhammer using the form below. Here is a summary of frequently-asked questions.
Do you accept non-fiction as well as fiction?
Yes, I’m always keen to see outstanding autobiographies, whistleblowers (I represented the first Enron book), celebrity tales, and anything else that is truly exceptional.
What do you want to see?
I need the first ten pages of your manuscript. Nothing more than that. Other agents have more complex demands, e.g.synopsis, research notes, and so on. I don’t need any of that, at this stage. What I want to see is your raw writing talent. Given that, all else is possible.
Do you accept unpublished authors?
Nothing makes me happier than discovering prodigious talent.
Can I email you rather than use your form?
No. Please use the form below to make initial contact. It’s there for a reason.
Can I phone you instead?
Please don’t. Compared to many other agents, I’m very approachable. For example, I maintain a constant presence inside Litopia, where anyone can ask me anything.
Even so, I still receive a lot of pitches by phone. They are often a major distraction in an already-overfull day – and they never work.
Can I send again if you reject the first time?
My best advice is to join Litopia, and workshop your manuscript there in The Houses. Many writers have improved their work – and more importantly, their skills – beyond all measure in the Colony. And when the time is right, you can of course re-submit.
Do you accept multiple submissions?
The form doesn’t work!
Yes, it does. The most common reasons for failure are: your attachment isn’t of the type specified (pdf, docx or doc); the attachment is too large (2 meg size limit) or you’re trying to enter something in the Website link field that isn’t actually a url. If you don’t have a website or blog, simply leave this blank.
If you are a UK-based author, you might also consider submitting your work to the following literary agents:
If you are certain your work is of a sufficiently high standard to be submitted to Redhammer, please use the form below. You should always keep a copy for yourself as we are unable to return work or enter into any correspondence about it. An asterisk (*) means the field is mandatory.