S&S looks to Lambeth

News - Publishing Thursday, 18th February 2021

Publisher to stage exclusive submission day for residents of South London borough in May

Simon & Schuster is to host a Lambeth Libraries #DigitalOriginals #OneDay open submission day (#LoveLamLibOneDay) exclusively for residents of the London Borough of Lambeth, 'enabling authors to bypass the traditional route to publishing and submit, for the first time, directly to their editorial team.'

S&S is inviting residents of Lambeth to submit the first three chapters of their unpublished historical, contemporary, crime, thriller, romance, saga or reading group manuscript on 15 May for consideration for #DigitalOriginals, the S&S eBook first publishing programme, as part of the Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Literary Festival 2021.

Simon & Schuster brand development director (Fiction) Sara-Jade Virtue said: "I’m immensely proud of our industry first #DigitalOriginals publishing programme and #OneDay open submission initiative. We know that sometimes the route to publishing can be a daunting, confusing and at times terrifying road, but with #OneDay, all of the usual rules and regulations are cast aside. I’m very much looking forward to working closely with the team at Lambeth Libraries and am excited to receive submissions from residents."

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, said: "This is a great opportunity for aspiring writers from all our communities. Lambeth’s cultural diversity makes it perfect for this new way to encourage authors regardless of age, race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, social circumstance or disability."  

Organisers have released a detailed set of instructions for people submitting manuscripts.

'All you need is the synopsis for the novel, a 500 word introduction to who you are (to include your full name, postal address, telephone number and your social media details) and your first three chapters (sent as a word document attachment, double spaced).

'All submissions (synopsis, introduction to who you are and first three chapters) must be received between the hours of 8.00am and 8.00pm on 15th May 2021.  The email account to send your submission to is bookminx@simonandschuster.co.uk. You will need to include your home post code in the subject heading of the email.  Only one entry is permitted per person.

'If your novel is acquired by S&S, they will publish in digital format, which will be available across all e-tailers in the English language across the World.  You will be working with their experienced in-house team, and will be provided with a contract, full editorial input including copy editing and proof reading, an eBook jacket and a suite of marketing and publicity promotion.

'#DigitalOriginals is part of the Simon & Schuster UK publishing company and your contract with them under the #DigitalOriginals project offers you the same benefits as all Simon & Schuster UK authors receive.

'Whether you’ve been previously published or not, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by the award-winning, international publishing house behind #DigitalOriginals – Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.  They will consider novels that have been previously published, providing you have retained full rights, or had rights reverted back to you.

'If they are interested in seeing more of your work, they will contact you by 15th November 2021, at which time they will ask you to send the complete novel (no less than 80,000 words, no more than 100,000) as a word document (or equivalent) double spaced.
'The #LoveLamLibOneDay is NOT open for non-fiction, short stories, fantasy, science fiction, young adult or children’s titles.

More details can be found here https://www.facebook.com/LambethReadersAndWritersFestival and at https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/e-book-open-day/

Pictured: Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton