When she's not tweeting, reading or writing about books, Helen Boyle has two of the best jobs in the world. Editor of tBkmag, a magazine for Peters Bookselling Services aimed at 8-12 yr old readers, and Commissioning Fiction Editor for Templar Publishing's new and exciting Fiction list. Luckily she's a fast reader.
Dear Father Christmas,I promise I've been a very good editor this year - all my apostrophes and en dashes in line, fifteen fabulous Templar fiction titles launched and four jam-packed issues of tBkmag sent to the printers.
So please, please, please can I have a submission stocking stuffed with...
1 A cracking boys adventure thriller, that packs a laugh as well as a punch.
2 A futuristic yet real fantasy. Something without the gloom and nihilism of dystopian.
3 A quirky love saga. One that's epic and emotional, endearing and everlasting.
4 Some far-out crazy caper, with original characters, real wit and lashings of wackiness.
5 That oh so rare, original narrative voice that makes your heart beat that bit faster.
6 A cloning machine (for myself and my fab team) and an endless supply of post-it notes and nice pentel pens.
7 But above all I'd like that germ of potential, the hidden spark of something great, that can be teased and coaxed into existence.
Not much to ask surely?
Slushpile note: According to the Bookseller just weeks ago in November, Templar has ambitious plans for growth. Templar's submission guidelines are here.