Submissions Status

Updated 24th July 2015 : Open – We are currently open for submissions in the following categories: horror, crime & thrillers, epic/heroic fantasy and story-driven space opera. We will also consider high-concept speculative fiction that would appeal to non-genre readers.

Please refer to our submission guidelines page for further information.

HALLOW POINT by Ari Marmell Out Tomorrow in the UK


Tomorrow, Titan Books publish Ari Marmell‘s HALLOW POINT. The second novel in the Mick Oberon urban fantasy series, here’s the synopsis…

Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. The Spear of Lugh is in Chicago. And everyone, everyone wants it, for it is said that he who carries the spear into battle cannot be defeated. Those chasing it include an agent of the infamous Wild Hunt; a mobster who knows far more about these things than he should; and of course both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts — the very last people PI Mick Oberon would want getting hold of the spear…

Titan Books also published the first novel in the series, HOT LEAD, COLD IRON.

Zeno represents Ari Marmell in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.


Randall Garrett’s Classic Fantasy & Sci-Fi Out Tomorrow in the UK


Tomorrow, the seven novels in Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron‘s Gandalara Cycle is published in eBook by Gollancz’s SF Gateway.


Here’s the synopsis for THE STEEL OF RAITHSKAR

When the fireball hit the cruise ship, Richard Carillo was already on his way out – a terminally ill language professor. He regained consciousness as a well man in the desert… only it wasn’t a desert on Earth, and he was a man only because he was still male. More surprises awaited him in the exotic city of Raithskar – he was called Markasset, a master swordsman, son of a powerful leader, and a man on the run, accused of murder and the theft of a precious, sacred jewel. With the aid of Keeshah, a great war-cat with which he shared a telepathic link, he set out to clear his newfound name…


Tomorrow, the SF Gateway also publishes two science fiction novels Randall Garrett wrote with Robert Silverberg: THE SHROUDED PLANET (first published in 1959) and THE DAWNING LIGHT (first published in 1964). Here’s the synopsis for THE SHROUDED PLANET

Shrouded — perpetually shrouded — by a blanket of clouds, the planet of Nidor made its slow way through space. A year on Nidor was equal to 3000 Earth-years. To the Nidorians change was unthinkable. Until the Earthmen arrived. And then a change cataclysmic, and the first for many a millennium, hit Nidor. A change that was to split the planet against itself.

And the synopsis for THE DAWNING LIGHT

The Earthmen came to Nidor and the most important thing they brought with them was — change.

Change in old-age ways of living. Change in a culture that had been static for centuries. But they were not unopposed for there was a strong underground reactionary movement which believed that the planet was destined to disappear completely into violent chaos — unless something was done about it.

Zeno represents Randall Garrett in the UK an Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

* THE RETURN TO EDDARTA has been delayed until December 2015.

Aliette de Bodard Interviewed on Coode St Podcast


Last week, Aliette de Bodard was interviewed by Jonathan Strahan for the Coode Street Podcast. You can listen to the episode below or at the cast’s website.

The interview coincided with the release of THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, which is out now in the UK (Gollancz) and the US (Roc Books). Here’s the synopsis…

Paris has survived the Great Houses War – just. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens continue to live, love, fight and survive in their war-torn city, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over the once grand capital.

House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.

Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires’ salvation. They may be the architects of its last, irreversible fall…

The novel has received some great reviews so far, and we expect even more to come in. Here’s just a sample…

‘A gripping tragedy of forlorn individuals caught up in an angelic version of the Cold War… De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘Will grab readers and force them to pay attention to the amazing writing and the phenomenal characters. de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become… It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’ — RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015)

‘A beautifully crafted novel full of complex characters… vivid and fast-paced battles and intense political manoeuvrings… with carefully crafted characters both with layers and depth, De Bodard reflects the best and worst of human nature in her novel… an intriguing mystery, elegantly written… Something any avid fantasy reader with an open mind will devour!’ – Guardian

Ben Aaronovitch’s FINGERHUT-SOMMER Out Now in Germany!


The fifth volume in Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant series, FOXGLOVE SUMMER, is now available in Germany. Published as FINGERHUT-SOMMER by DTV, here’s the synopsis…

Obwohl sich Police Constable Peter Grant schon unwohl fühlt, wenn er Londons Skyline auch nur ein paar Kilometer weit hinter sich lässt, wird er jetzt in die tiefste Provinz geschickt: in einen kleinen Ort in Herefordshire – wo sich Fuchs, Hase und der Dorfpolizist Gute Nacht sagen. Aber es werden zwei Kinder vermisst, und ihr Verschwinden erfolgte womöglich unter magischen Umständen. Also muss Peter notgedrungen sein angestammtes Biotop verlassen. Mit der Flusstochter Beverley Brook begibt er sich mutig nach Westen, hinein ins ländliche England…

FOXGLOVE SUMMER is published in the UK by Gollancz, and will be published in the US by DAW Books on January 6th, 2016. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm…

The next novel in the series, THE HANGING TREE, is due to be published in the UK by Gollancz on November 19th, 2015.

DTV has also published the first four novels in the Peter Grant series. Here are the covers…


Out Tomorrow: THE EDGE OF DAWN by Melinda Snodgrass


Tomorrow, Titan Books publish the long-awaited third novel in Melinda Snodgrass‘s Edge series, THE EDGE OF DAWN. Here’s the synopsis…

The final battle approaches for a band of modern paladins, fighting for the light of science and reason, and against an ancient supernatural army poised to destroy the world.

What do you do when the Earth is under assault from monstrous creatures by alternate dimensions and you’re the only person who can wield the weapon that can destroy them? That’s the situation facing Richard Oort, hero of the Edge novels.

Lonely and overwhelmed after a series of terrifying, catastrophic global and personal events, Richard is still determined to save the world from the horrific Old Ones. He goes undercover in a Christian fundamentalist compound, playing house with an attractive FBI agent. At first, this only serves to increase his loneliness, missing his real family, but against all odds discovers another unique human who can use the paladin’s weapon, one who might be able to join him and lighten the burden of responsibility. There’s only one problem — Mosi is a nine-year-old Navajo girl.

Their enemies are trying to kill both Richard and Mosi — and have already killed Mosi’s family. To keep her safe Richard becomes her guardian, but an error in judgement leads to disaster and betrayal, and now the odd pair will need to summon all their strength to survive the coming battle. From the American southwest to a secret society in Turkey, the paladin and his ward try to stay in front of their enemies, but the world is at stake — and time is running short.

The novel is published in the US by Tor Books, who has shared an excerpt from the novel here.

The first two novels in the series, THE EDGE OF REASON and THE EDGE OF RUIN, are also published in the UK by Titan Books. Here’s some praise the series has received so far…

‘If H.P. Lovecraft and H. L. Mencken had ever collaborated, they might have come up with something like THE EDGE OF REASON. This one will delight thinkers — and outrage true believers — of all stripes.’ — George R. R. Martin

‘A rousing finale… A terrific conclusion to this epic urban fantasy, Snodgrass continues to define the genre on her own terms. This is one book readers should grab on to now, because it might prove to be a harbinger for the next phase of urban fantasy. Recommended. — SF Revu

‘This riveting tale resonates on many levels. Snodgrass entertains while skillfully raising questions about the origins of religion and technology that may offend some readers. There are chills and thrills aplenty, as well as food for thought. The characters are good, especially the hero’s emotional upheaval. You’ll be hooked until the end.’ — RT Book Reviews

‘[A] gritty narrative of a war between light and dark… Balanc[es] a harsh critique of organized religion with touches of humor and a good-hearted priest who grounds his faith in the Golden Rule…’ – Publishers Weekly

Zeno represents Melinda Snodgrass in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous, Inc.




The second issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s RIVERS OF LONDON: BODY WORK series is published tomorrow! Spinning off from Ben’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peter Grant urban fantasy series, the comic is published by Titan Comics. Here’s the synopsis…

Peter Grant – full-time cop and trainee wizard with London’s police force – is investigating why cars are suddenly turning from mild-mannered family saloons into possessed, power-assisted killing machines! Airbags will not save your life!

The series is illustrated by Lee Sullivan and coloured by Luis Guerrero. The third issue is due out on September 16th, 2015, and here’s the cover…


The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and so far includes: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and the upcoming THE HANGING TREE. The first three novels are published in the US by Del Rey, the second three by DAW Books. The events covered by the comic take place between BROKEN HOMES and FOXGLOVE SUMMER.

TV Rights for Ian McDonald’s LUNA Acquired by CBS

As reported in Deadline, television rights to Ian McDonald‘s forthcoming Science Fiction series LUNA have been acquired by Shane Brennan Productions/CBS. A major deal was agreed following a fiercely contested auction involving multiple big name bidders on both sides of the Atlantic and comes weeks before the novel hits bookstores.

Brennan and CBS Television Studios will develop the property as a television series with Brennan — best known as the creator and showrunner of the hit CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles — set to write the pilot and executive produce. Grant Anderson, who runs Shane Brennan Productions will also executive produce along with author, McDonald. The series is planned as a major event, coming from the same studio as Steven King’s Under the Dome and James Patterson’s Zoo.

The deal was negotiated by Dana Spector at Paradigm on behalf of John Berlyne at the Zeno Agency.

Ian McDonald is a multiple-award-winning writer from Northern Ireland. Working mostly in science-fiction, he’s had 18 novels and 3 story collections published in 23 languages. He also worked for sixteen years in television in program development in everything from documentary to children’s television to animation. LUNA: NEW MOON will be published in September by Gollancz (UK and British Commonwealth) and by Tor Books (US). Translation rights are with Gollancz.


The Moon wants to kill you. Whether it’s being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon’s ruling corporate families, the Five Dragons, you must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon’s near feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

Forty years ago Adriana wrested control of the Moon’s lucrative Helium-3 industry from the powerful Mackenzie Metal corporation. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise.

If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies… and each other.

‘McDonald gives sci-fi its sense of wonder back, and creates a landscape in which nothing can be taken for granted’Independent

‘A staggering achievement, brilliantly imagined and endlessly surprising…a brave, brilliant and wonderful novel’Christopher Priest on RIVER OF GODS

Out This Week: THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS by Aliette de Bodard


This week, the wait is finally over: Aliette de Bodard‘s highly-anticipated new novel, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is publish today in the US by Roc Books (left), and on Thursday in the UK by Gollancz (right). The first in a planned duology, the novel has already been generating some great buzz and early reviews. Here’s the synopsis…

In the late twentieth century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins, the aftermath of a Great War between arcane powers. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.

Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.

Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires’ salvation—or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself.

Here is just a small selection of the reviews the novel has already received…

‘A gripping tragedy of forlorn individuals caught up in an angelic version of the Cold War… De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘Will grab readers and force them to pay attention to the amazing writing and the phenomenal characters. de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become. The characters are very vivid and will stay with you until long after the last page… It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’ — RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015)

‘A Gothic masterpiece of supernatural intrigues, loves and betrayals in a ruined and decadent future Paris — wildly imaginative and completely convincing, this novel will haunt you long after you’ve put it down.’ — Tim Powers

‘This is the perfect novel to read at night, so dark and brooding is the landscape. By turns mysterious, violent and full of suspense this book is a page turner of the best kind… the whole story flows so well… To get maximum effect, read this on a dark and stormy night tucked up in an arm chair. Ambience abounds in this novel.’ — Geek Syndicate

Aliette de Bodard is the author of multiple award-winning and -nominated short stories and novellas, as well as the critically-acclaimed Obsidian & Blood Aztec fantasy trilogy (published by Angry Robot Books). Also, if you happen to pre-order THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, Gollancz are offering a free, exclusive eBook, IN MORNINGSTAR’S SHADOW


Zeno at Sasquan 2015

Worldcon73-Sasquan-LogoThe 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (Sasquan) takes place between August 19th-23rd, in Spokane, Washington. We’re happy to report that John Berlyne will be attending the convention, participating on a handful of panels and also holding a limited space Kaffee Klatche. His page on the Sasquan website is here, and below are the events (time, place, details):

August 20th

August 21st

August 22nd

Be sure to follow our Twitter feed — we’ll share updates and announcements during the convention on these dates.

In addition, a number of our authors are attending the conference:

In the UK and Commonwealth, Zeno represents Jack Campbell, William Dietz and Brandon Sanderson on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency; Daryl Gregory on behalf of the Martha Millard Literary Agency; and Melinda Snodgrass on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous, Inc.

Cover Reveal: CEMETERY GIRL – INHERITANCE by Charlaine Harris & Christopher Golden


Above is the cover for INHERITANCE, which is the second instalment in the CEMETERY GIRL graphic novel series written by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden. Published in the UK by Jo Fletcher Books on October 15th, here’s the synopsis…

In this sequel to Cemetery Girl, Calexa begins to understand her forgotten past

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill. She has been living – hiding out – in Dunhill Cemetery ever since someone left her there to die. She has no idea who wants her dead or why, but she isn’t about to hand around for her would-be-killer to finish the job.

Despite her self-imposed isolation among the deceased, Calexa’s ability to see spirits and the memories she receives from them guarantees she’ll never be alone. The only living people she interacts with are Kelner, the cemetery’s cantankerous caretaker, and Lucinda Cameron, an elderly woman who lives in an old Victorian house across the street. With their friendship, Calexa has regained a link to the world beyond tombstones and mausoleums.

Until the night she witnesses a murder that shatters her life: a life now under a police microscope, as their investigation threatens to uncover Calexa’s true identity…

Jo Fletcher Books also published the first book in the series, PRETENDERS. The series is illustrated by Don Kramer.

Charlaine Harris is the author of the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series and also, most recently, the Midnight Texas series, which is published in the UK by Gollancz.


Zeno represents Charlaine Harris in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.



THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN, the fifth novel in Mark Hodder‘s Burton & Swinburne Adventures series, is out tomorrow in paperback! Published in the UK by Del Rey, here’s the synopsis…

Burton and Swinburne return in a new wildly imaginative steampunk adventure, and this time they’re facing their greatest foe…

Leicester Square, London. Blood red snow falls from the sky and a strange creature, disorientated and apparently insane, materialises out of thin air. Spring Heeled Jack has returned, and he is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton.

Burton is experiencing one hallucination after another; visions of parallel realities and future history plague his every thought. These send him, and his companions, on an unimaginable expedition – a voyage through time itself…

Del Rey UK also publishes THE SECRET OF ABDU EL YEZDI and the forthcoming THE RISE OF THE AUTOMATED ARISTOCRATS in the same series. They also publish Mark’s stand-alone novel, A RED SUN ALSO RISES.


Zeno represents Mark Hodder in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Cover: MEDUSA’S WEB by Tim Powers


Above we have the recently-unveiled cover for Tim Powers‘s hotly-anticipated new novel. MEDUSA’S WEB is due to be published in the UK by Corvus in January 2016. Here’s the synopsis…

In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and his sister, Ariel, do not welcome Scott and Madeline’s return to the childhood home they once shared. While Scott desperately wants to go back to their shabby south of Sunset lives, he cannot pry his sister away from this old house that is a conduit for the supernatural.

Decorated by bits salvaged from old hotels and movie sets, Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent film stars. A collection of hypnotic abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time — to transport themselves into the past and future in visions that are both puzzling and terrifying.

As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat’s spell, Scott must fight to protect her. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family’s past and finally free them… or be pulled deeper into their deadly web?


Zeno represents Tim Powers in the UK, on behalf of Russel Galen at the Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc., in New York.


Brandon Sanderson snags second Gemmell Legend Award!


On Saturday night, the Gemmell Awards were announced, and we’re very happy to report that Brandon Sanderson‘s WORDS OF RADIANCE won the Legend Award for best fantasy novel! Published in the UK by Gollancz, it is the second in the author’s Stormlight Archive series — the first novel, THE WAY OF KINGS, also won the Legend Award in 2011.

Here’s the synopsis for WORDS OF RADIANCE

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives.

In addition, Sam Green’s artwork for WORDS OF RADIANCE won the Ravenheart Award for best cover!

Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Here’s a photo (from the Gollancz Twitter feed) of Brandon’s award…


Cover: THE RISING by Ian Tregillis


This week, the cover for Ian Tregillis‘s THE RISING was unveiled by Orbit Books. The second novel in the Alchemy Wars series, here is the synopsis…

The second book in the Alchemy Wars trilogy by Ian Tregillis, an epic tale of liberation and war.

Jax, a rogue Clakker, has wreaked havoc upon the Clockmakers’ Guild by destroying the Grand Forge. Reborn in the flames, he must begin his life as a free Clakker, but liberation proves its own burden.

Berenice, formerly the legendary spymaster of New France, mastermind behind her nation’s attempts to undermine the Dutch Hegemony — has been banished from her homeland and captured by the Clockmakers Guild’s draconian secret police force.

Meanwhile, Captain Hugo Longchamp is faced with rallying the beleaguered and untested defenders of Marseilles-in-the-West for the inevitable onslaught from the Brasswork Throne and its army of mechanical soldiers.

THE RISING is due to be published in the UK on December 3rd, 2015. It is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed THE MECHANICAL, which was published by Orbit Books in March 2015. Orbit also published Ian’s widely-praised Milkweed Triptych in the UK: BITTER SEEDS, THE COLDEST WAR and NECESSARY EVIL.


Out now: GHOST OF A CHANCE by Simon R. Green


Simon R. Green‘s GHOST OF A CHANCE is published today in the UK by Jo Fletcher Books in eBook. The first in the new Ghost Finders series, here’s the synopsis…

Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute – JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the anti-supernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath.

Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses…

Jo Fletcher Books are scheduled to publish the next three novels in the series, too: GHOST OF A SMILE (November 2015), GHOST OF A DREAM (January 2016), and SPIRITS FROM BEYOND (March 2016). JFB have also published Green’s New York Times-bestselling Nightside and Secret Histories novels in eBook in the UK.

Zeno represents Simon R. Green in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.