What We’re Looking For
At Aethon Books, we’re open to all genre fiction, with a focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy. We don’t care what sub-genre you write in. Hard Sci-fi, Epic Fantasy, Space opera, Military SF, Alt/History, Time Travel and more, our main concern is story, story, story. A compelling narrative should pull us through your imagined world, rife with three-dimensional characters, urgency, and enough conflict to keep things interesting. Make us think, make our heart race, but never forget that the most important thing to us when it comes to fiction, is the plot itself.
We are only looking to publish novel-length work that can either standalone or are part of a greater series. No novellas or Short Story Collections at this time. While we will occasionally put out themed anthologies of our own, they will either be invite-only, or a submission window will be posted for openings. We are not looking to publish short works such as novellas, short story collections or non-fiction. No poetry or plays, graphic novels, or anything else that is plainly not a prose novel.
Some other aspects we feel are crucial to a memorable novel:
• A strong “voice.” Whether written in the 3rd or 1st person, this is crucial in helping readers connect with a character.
• Good pacing. A story should feel neither rushed nor drag. At the end of every chapter, keep us wanting to flip the pages.
• Characters that feel like they could really exist and aren't simply plot devices that change when it suits the storyline. They love, they hate, and they are consistent.
• Being completely original seems impossible these days, but your universe should feel unique. World-building is crucial in fantasy and Science Fiction, and we want our readers to be transported to an entirely new time and place.
• Not all twists are created equal, but we strive to put out books that aren’t predictable. Shock us… if you can.
If you are selected for publication, we will do everything in our power to get your book in front of readers. We’re not here to deceive or claim we can do the impossible. Our focus will be on crafting a dedicated marketing plan that will take advantage of the power of e-readership. When launching a new book, it isn’t about how many copies you sell out of the gate, but who you sell them to. We will identity where your book best fits in the market, and start out by targeting those readers to give your novel a solid platform of fans on which to build off before expanding. We will make books available in print, but as a small press, getting a book on chain store bookshelves is nearly impossible. We do, however, believe in the growing popularity of audiobooks as a companion to ebooks and promise to pursue selling those rights to reputable audio publishers immediately in a way that will help grow your brand.
Our books will be published in all English-language territories – notably the US, Canada, UK and Australia – so we’ll be buying rights to cover all those. If your work has already been published we will not be interested. At this time, we are not able to offer an advance in most cases, but we do offer some of the highest royalty rates in the business.
***Aethon Books is committed to the publication of works by writers of all genders, ethnicities, color, orientation, nationalities, and religious or political beliefs. We are concerned only with the quality and commercial viability of the works submitted to us, and not on the personal backgrounds of the authors.
Email cover letter and the first 50 pages of your manuscript to editor[at]aethonbooks.com. Again, at this time we are only seeking novel-length submission of more than 50,000 words. For Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy, 70,000+ words is preferable.
If you have any further questions? Contact us.