Editor Wish Lists for February 2023

The editors at Entangled Publishing are always looking for the next breakout hit. Could that be your book? Each month, we have a new wish list from our editors. Watch for them as they’ll change monthly. Let’s discover each other today! All submissions can be sent through our Submittable system. The link can be found here: https://entangledpublishing.submittable.com/submit

If you’re looking for a specific editor and don’t see their name here, that means they are closed to submissions this month. Check back next month to see if they’ve reopened!

Amy Acosta, Editor

I’m actively looking for queer YA and NA/Adult diversity-rich speculative fiction stories that contain unlikely casts, big families (related or found), personalities that stand out, worlds struggling with social change/climate issues/inexplicable events, high-stakes adventures, underdogs rising to the occasion, smart and witty voices, and LGBTQ+ rep across the rainbow.

These are the top 3 genres I’d love to work on for 2023-2024, but note that all of these must have queer romance as part of the main plot.

FANTASY: high-concept epicness with pop culture comps (ex. Hunger Games meets Demolition Man), amazing yet realistic worldbuilding, queer magical warriors like She-Ra, dragons/royalty but settings other than medieval-ish, flawed or collapsing magic systems

SCIFI: first contact, getting lost in space (maybe not finding a robot but a dragon), going against oppressive organizations, regular queer people rising to leaders, discovery of objects that change the course of history, both humanoid and non-humanoid queer aliens

PARANORMAL: queer everyday monsters (vampires giving yoga classes, a shy tiger shifter barista, etc) uncommon shifters (beyond wolves/cats), every day magic (witch with a plant shop and some of them are alive and not exactly legal, merman gets contracted to be lifeguard at movie set and the movie star drowns a bit too often/on purpose, etc)

…Did I mention queer?

I’m ready to work collaboratively. If you are an established or new author open to collaborative experiences and have something that fits with my mswl, send it over!

Jen Bouvier, Editor

I’m currently most interested in YA/NA High Fantasy and selectively also YA/NA Sci-Fi.

I want rich, immersive worlds that feel like they can open up into a big series. Enemies to lovers and fake dating are probably my favorite tropes.

I feel passionate about adding more marginalized authors from any and all backgrounds—please don’t self reject! My list is also vast majority LGBTQIA* books, with a special love for F/F. I’d be thrilled to add more.

Across all my acquisitions, I like a high-concept story, a distinct voice, brisk pacing, and a lot of romance. For imprint-specific submission guidelines, please check Submittable.

To save some time: I’m subjectively never right for epic/hard SFF, Steampunk, or politics-centric stories.

I also always appreciate if authors list trigger warnings, particularly for suicide, pregnancy, sexual assault, and bigotry of any kind.

In Sci-Fi, I like accessible, cinematic far-future space settings.

Campy is key for me. If it feels like a Doctor Who episode without time travel mechanics, it’s up my alley.

I’d love to see more STEM heroines and I love learning new things.

I’m fascinated by everything astrobiology and astrophysics. I would love to see a book involving a black hole written by a scientist, I’ve said this for years now 😉

In High Fantasy, I enjoy dark, complex stories.

I would like to see stories that deviate from the norm. If you’re struggling to find comparison titles, for whichever reason, if you’re writing a story you’ve never seen on a shelf before, or at least not like that, I’d love to see it.

I’m particularly lacking authentic Asia and Africa-inspired stories. I would love to find something that reminds me of home.

I’m also always a fan of mythology-inspired stories, as long as they’re told from an authentic perspective.

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