If you would like to submit to Bayou Wolf, please send a query letter and the first 10 pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org . In the subject line of the email, please put your first and last name, the title of the book, and if you have a preference, which editor you would like to submit to. (See our Publisher Bios for more details about what we’re looking for.)
We are a brand-new press and our selection pool is EXTREMELY limited. As a team of two doing all the editing, marketing, podcasting, blogging, and so forth, we only have the time and means to choose projects that we just can’t live without. Please ONLY submit if you have a polished, completed manuscript that’s a little too weird, a little too wonky, a little too hard to market, for traditional publishing to do it justice.
ELIZABETH GILLILAND RANDS
You should consider submitting to me if... You can combine commercial genre plot with polished literary prose and complex characters. And/Or You like to create genre or style hybrids – e.g. noir meets fairytale (Oh, God, send me that book!). Retellings of the classics are a passion of mine, but it needs to be quirky, unique, and not under copyright. I love books that make me laugh, make me feel, make me think, and understand genre conventions but aren’t afraid to strategically break them.
Yes to: Genre hybrids! Mystery (especially if it’s funny), retellings, fairy tales, ghost stories/gothic, female POV westerns, action/adventure, magic realism, mythology. Fantasy/sci fi that’s more literary than commercial (focus on character over plot/world building). Romance IF it’s literary, smart, and funny (think Rosie Walsh’s Ghosted). ONLY historical fiction and crime/thriller/suspense IF they’re hybrids. I’m looking mainly for Adult but could be persuaded to YA if it blows me away.
No to: Horror, dense plot-heavy sci-fi with lots of terminology and almost no female characters, erotica, memoir, short story/essay collections, biography/autobiography, self-help, Middle grade, children’s. Anything set during World War II will be a hard sell for me (unless it’s, say, a retelling of ancient myths set during that time period, ala Julie Berry’s Lovely War).
Books/Authors/Films/Series I Love: Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Agatha Christie, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire, E. Lockhart, Tana French, Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma, Jane the Virgin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Harry Potter series. Old epic stuff like King Arthur legends, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome.
My taste is pretty much all over the place.
I like crime/mystery/noir. Shady characters in shady places.Stories set (at least partially) in the Deep South. Stories about people who are out of place in their society/ culture for any reason. Characters we don’t often see featured. As someone who’s lived in a bunch of places, I love stories set around the world, and stories about people from all around the world.I’ve loved books from realism through to magic realism. I love stories that blend different elements together. Books that feel like a dream, but still have plot movement, character development, tension, etc… (Murakami's Wind Up Bird Chronicles; Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude; Jesmyn Ward's Sing Unburied, Sing)I like books that take wild risks and attempt to do more than they probably should.I love humor (especially dark comedy) but mostly when it’s part of another genre. I have a soft-spot for writing that is "Kafkaesque."
I also love writing that explores complex human relationships and considers the way experience travels through generations. (For example, my favorite long-short story is James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues). I appreciate writers who make themselves vulnerable, writing about thoughts, experiences, ideas that are difficult to discuss.Finally, I love stories that wrestle with the big and eternal ideas–philosophy, spirituality and religions, love, life, death. Do it in a unique way. A great example is Dostoevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man.
I love writers that seem to have a bespoke (handmade, original) worldview. Easy stuff, right?