About

Elusive Press is a small indie publishing house established in 2020 by editor and author Mica Scotti Kole. Our aim is to provide unique and experimental fantasy and science fiction across multiple sub-genres. We’re looking for stories worth chasing – episodic stories that are easy, quick reads, but which also keep us on our toes, and remind us of the heroic struggles inside all of us. We want to provide engaging characters, twisty plots, and eyebrow-raising concepts – while also helping our authors to become self-sufficient in their dream careers, with book design and editorial work they can be proud of. We expressly seek out pseudonymous writing by proven writers who have trouble placing their side projects in the traditional field – often because said projects don’t fit with publishing norms. After all, we don’t publish normal. Nobody wants to chase normal.

Submissions

Imagine a new story for your life,

and start living it.

Paolo Coelho

Elusive Press is currently closed to submissions, except upon referral. Writers of the Future winners and traditionally represented authors are always welcome to submit, even if you plan to use a pseudonym. Elusive Press offers developmental editing, copy editing, cover design, interior formatting, limited Amazon/Facebook/Bookub advertising, and most other services associated with publishing the work, in exchange for 50% of the books’ royalties on the Amazon marketplace. Audiobook offerings can be negotiated. We hope to offer an advance in the future.

Elusive Press seeks:

  • Science fiction and fantasy for all ages and in all sub-genres.
  • Authors who have pristine grammar and spelling.
  • Authors who can commit to knocking out at least three quality books (40,000+ words) a year.
  • Authors who have honed their craft over the course of years. (Don’t submit your first book.)
  • Authors who can handle and implement constructive, frank criticism.
  • Authors who have hired developmental editors, gone to conferences, and/or had short stories published.

If you qualify, please send the following to elusivepressbooks [at] gmail in the body of the email. Include “QUERY” in your subject line in all caps.

  • Your hook. (No more than three sentences detailing what sets your book apart.)
  • Your genre, age category, and word count.
  • Your traditional publication or Writers of the Future history, if any.
  • Your first 250 words, to the end of a sentence.
  • That’s it.

If you don’t receive a response within a week, consider it a pass. We regret that we cannot respond to all submissions.

The Team

Mica Kole, Acquiring Editor. Yep, it’s just me for now.

Mica has been a freelance developmental editor for three years, and in that time she has built a wide range of connections and interacted with many talented authors. As a Writers of the Future winner herself, she learned directly from Orson Scott Card, Tim Powers, and David Farland, among other greats in the field. She is dedicated to keeping the science fiction and fantasy genre in a state of constant development and wonder. She has a Bachelor’s degree in the English language (with a creative writing concentration) from Michigan State University and has won several significant prizes for her writing. She is currently enjoying RWBY, The Expanse, City of Brass, and loose leaf tea.