Submissions 2016.

We are delighted to be opening for submissions between the 1st and 20th of October 2016.

Unsolicited and unrepresented authors are most welcome and we will consider all genres and work aimed at all ages. We are looking to take on ten titles for release over the next twelve months.

Please follow the submission guidelines below.

 

  1. At the time of submission your work must be complete to at least First Draft and previously unpublished.
  2. In the first instance please send a detailed covering letter which tells us why you write, where life’s journey has taken you so far and where you want to be. Previous work should be summarised briefly, including any publication details. If you are active on social networks tell us about it and where to find you. We are looking for people we can invest in personally, people with a real personality and a story to tell.
  3. Please attach a one page, 500 word synopsis of the work you are submitting, including the title, word count, current completion status (no less than above), and pop in a two line elevator pitch before the synopsis. (Don’t sweat this, we know synopsis writing is an awful experience, but try to reflect the style of your work).
  4. The covering letter should be in the body of the email and the attachment should be in .doc, .odt, or .pdf format.
  5. If your work is illustrated, please also attach no more than two sample images of your artwork in .jpg format.
  6. Submissions must be recieved between the 1st and 20th of October 2016 by email to cynefinroad@gmail.com

 

You’ll notice that, in the first instance, we are not looking for samples of the work itself. Once your submission is in and the closing date arrives, we anticipate it will take around four weeks to select the authors and works best suited to us. At this stage full maunscripts will be requested for a final assessment with an interim offer and draft contract issued where appropriate.

Please do not expect template style rejections, we aim to provide productive feedback to all writers who approach us, because we know how tough the industry can be and want to change things for the better.

We look forward to getting started, good luck!

CR.

 

 

Underdog.

Everybody loves an underdog. It’s one of those psychological oddities of humanity, like the fear of bananas. Nobody knows why but it’s no less real as a part of the world we live in.

There have been a few studies of the underdog support phenomenon, one even concluded it was all a matter of BIRG – that’s basking in reflected glory to those of us not in the know. The basic conclusion is people find it more satisfying to watch someone destined to fail (the odds stacked against them by flaws or circumstance) succeed against something else more likely to win. This has been around in books since the Old Testament and is absolutely key to the success of getting a reader to invest in the story.

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Misery – the writer’s a mess, his feet have been chopped off, he shouldn’t win but we root for him to overcome and escape.

Fight Club – the narrator’s an oddball who fights himself, yet you want him to win the psychological battle against his split personality.

Spot The Dog – he’s been naughty but you want him to get a cuddle from his mum.

Personally, for what this opinion is worth, I like to think it’s because we all recognise our own flaws, the things which block us or leave us stuck, and we put ourselves in the shoes of a person with a fight on their hands. It’s not BIRG, not at all. It boils down to IIWMIWTWT – if it was me I’d want to win too. Which is much nicer than the other concept of underdog psychology: we all secretly want to watch the car crash unfold because we like to see other people suffer.

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Books are a creative reflection of life in which the best stories take the underdog then have them triumph. Life, every now and then, also reflects art. Which is where Cynefin Road has come from. Bumbling into an established, giant industry, without so much as knocking on the door or really knowing the rules. And these are the kind of stories we’re interested in too – and not just the books themselves but the writers as well.

So, Hello! from an underdog looking for underdogs.

It might not be a fancy mission statement but, by all accounts, it’s not a bad starting point.

Everybody loves an underdog. It’s one of those psychological oddities of humanity, like the fear of bananas.

CR.