What we’re looking for.

We’re excited by gripping, dramatic stories that have us turning the pages and by real, flawed and passionate heroes who make us care. Those ingredients matter more than anything else.

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Genres we’re looking for.

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We aren’t currently acquiring non-fiction or children’s books.

These books start with a crime and focus on the process of catching the person who did it. There’s almost always a hero determined to find the truth and a twist along the way. Think Silence of the Lambs, Agatha Christie, Karin Slaughter, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Criminal Minds.

Similar to crime thrillers, but the focus is on a perceived threat and how it impacts the relationships between the characters. The setting is almost always domestic: at home, work, school or in the neighbourhood. Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, Lisa Jewell, Shutter Island and Black Swan are all psychological thrillers.

A gripping plot and characters, set in the past. Some stand-out commercial historical stories are The Other Boleyn Girl, The Nightingale, Where the Crawdads Sing, Schindler’s List and The Pillars of the Earth.

Gives us a unique or new perspective on other countries, societies and cultures. For example, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Kite Runner, Elena Ferrante, Life of Pi and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

The love story is front and centre here, but otherwise there are loads of different types including comedy, erotica, historical and romantic suspense. Titanic, Seven Days in June, Ghost, It Ends With Us and Love, Actually are all romantic fiction… as are Bridgerton and 50 Shades of Grey.

Another very broad category. These books focus on women’s lives and relationships, and there’s some crossover with other genres. Danielle Steel, Nicholas Sparks and Debbie Macomber are all beloved women’s fiction writers and Me Before You, One Day and Crazy Rich Asians, brilliant examples of this kind of story.

Make us believe the unbelievable the way The Lord of the Rings, Interview with a Vampire, Avatar, Jurassic Park and The Martian have.

A genre with a definition often disputed by those of us in the book industry. Reading group novels tend to be character-over-plot focused and a bit more literary in style or subject. They build a world that sucks you right in. Sometimes they’re a kind of quirky or unexpected, too. Think, A Man Called Ove, Little Fires Everywhere, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Matt Haig’s books.

Our commitment to diversity.

We believe in the power of storytelling to transport readers to other worlds, explore new perspectives and experience the universal moments that connect us all.

So it’s important to us that our team, along with our authors, and the characters within the stories they create, reflect the diverse world we live in.

This hasn’t always happened in publishing. There’s still more work that must be done for us to see and experience real change. At Storm, we are committed to making that change. We actively foster a culture of inclusivity, embracing difference and diversity of identity and experience.

We want everyone – from our staff to our authors and readers to feel seen and heard at Storm.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”

Mark Twain

Author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn