Will we read your book?

Hello whoever you are
The short answer is: No, we probably won’t.

The slightly longer answer is: We get a lot of requests from authors, agents & publishers asking us to let our members know about their book or put their book on our reading list. Probably two to three per month, every month.

So for this reason we no longer accept any unsolicited books into our reading list nor pass on any information about books to our members.

All we can offer is that if you have physical copies of your book, as organiser I am willing to take them to a meeting and if any members wanted to take a copy with them to read, they could get in touch with you if they had any comment, although that would be up to them and they would be under no obligation to do so. If that appeals feel free to get in touch via this site. Please understand this is not an invitation to turn up to an event unannounced.

If you would like advice on getting your book into publication the British Science Fiction Association will be very happy to help. Please let them know we told you about them.

Apart from general advice they offer two ways to help SF writers.

Free membership to an Orbiter Group. Orbiter groups are writing circles, and members critique each others work and help each other improve their writing, share tips and inspiration.
Focus magazine (minimum 2 per year), which specifically concerns writing genre fiction, and there are lots of tips there. Christopher Priest ran a ‘writing master class’ series for them, and they get lots of professional writers penning articles.
I hope that helps.

On the other hand if you are organising a SF event (that isn’t simply a pub-meet or similar) then please get in touch, we may be interested. Especially if it’s cultural or a special one-off type event.

Good luck with the book though!
Please return to what you were doing.

Gerard
Your Glorious Leader ®