Merriam-Webster defines quality as: “degree of excellence; superiority in kind” (2a, 2b).
So what does it take for a book to be considered excellent and superior? You could Google that question and receive a million—or more—different answers. That’s why we at Thinklings Books thought it important to create our own list of criteria, so that anyone submitting a manuscript to us (or anyone simply curious) can have a reference guide, rather than be left hoping and praying and searching endless web pages.
Of course, as any literary agent, or any professor grading essays or term papers, could tell you, there is a lot of subjectivity when it comes to good writing. We realize there are gray areas and wiggle room, and we keep that in mind when reading any submission. But there are certain general standards on which we will not compromise.
Here are the two lists we compiled, detailing those standards, both for quality writing and for quality authors:
The eight points under Quality Writing are (or will be) discussed in detail in our YouTube video series called Advice from an Editor. A new video in the series comes out every two weeks, until all eight are posted.
Follow the above guidelines, and you’ll have a great chance at getting published with us. We look forward to reading submissions that knock our socks off and keep us turning pages late into the night!
Thanks for stopping by and for your support and interest. Readers and writers like you are why Thinklings Books exists, and we will do our very best to bring you the top-notch fantasy and sci-fi stories you love and crave!