Agentless authors, rejoice! The editors at Pan Macmillan imprint Tor UK “have decided to throw the doors open and invite writers to send their novels in.” In a blog post, Tor UK editorial director Julie Crisp explains the reason for the policy shift:
…[We] know how frustrating it is for non-published authors to try to get their work into a traditional publishing house. With so many publishers and agents having closed their lists for submissions, many writers feel that the only option is to go down the self-publishing route. And while that works for some writers, trying to get the visibility for a novel amongst the sheer numbers of other writers all attempting the same thing is never going to be easy. Besides, hopefully, there is still a fondness for having the book edited, packaged and published by us traditional types… :-)
They’re looking for “complete and unpublished science fiction, fantasy and horror novels, written in English of between 95,000 – 150,000 words”; if your work qualifies, email it to TorUKSubmissions@macmillan.com. Good luck!