We’re Looking for Writers

At Choice of Games LLC, we’re looking for authors to write interactive novels, that is, multiple-choice games, in the style of Choice of the Dragon and Choice of Broadsides. Our games are like “choose a path” gamebooks, but longer, deeper, and richer. They are written according to a distinctive set of game design principles.

Our games are written in a simple programming language called ChoiceScript which is used for designing multiple-choice games. Writing games in ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for writers with no programming experience.

Who We’re Looking For

Writing for Choice of Games

Writers can query our editorial team to write for the Choice of Games label. By writers we mean:

  • Authors with published works
  • Writers who have experience writing fiction; if you have experience writing tabletop RPGs, narrative games, creative non-fiction, or longer academic works like an MA dissertation or PhD thesis, etc, we’d be glad to consider you as well.

If you’re a writer interested in writing under the CoG label, you’ll go through a process of consideration with our team, which may lead to you developing and writing a game. That process has several steps and the first one is to email us your CV at cog-submissions@choiceofgames.com. Be sure to mention how you heard about us.

Choice of Games Editorial Process

  1. You email your CV to cog-submissions@choiceofgames.com
  1. If your CV demonstrates sufficiently your background as a writer, we will invite you to submit a writing sample.
  1. If your writing sample works for us, we will invite you to submit concepts written against a guide to writing concepts that we provide.
  1. If one of your concepts works for us, we’ll invite you to submit a full pitch for a game, in the form of an outline, again, written against a guide to writing an outline we’ll provide to you.
  1. If we accept your outline—most go through several rounds of revision with our team—we’ll offer you a contract to write a full game.
  1. Once you’ve signed a contract with us, we’ll review your work and give you editorial notes and feedback at a number of word-count milestones. Your game will have a lead editor who will support you and your work throughout the writing process, as well as other staff who will contribute editorial input at various milestones. Most games take a year to 18 months from initial query to release to develop, write, edit, and produce.

Do not send us a pitch, game idea, writing sample, or game concept before we ask for one, even if you have a really great idea. Just send us your CV. At any time in the process we may decide something about your writing sample, concepts, or outline isn’t working for us–we don’t have any contractual relationship with you (and you don’t have any obligations to us) until we have a signed contract. If the process doesn’t work out for whatever reason, we’ll invite you to write your game for our Hosted Games label.

Choice of Games Contract

There are two options for a contract with us:

25% Royalties Against $7500 Advance: 25% royalties, and we’ll pay a total of $7500 over a series of milestones. Authors retain IP. 

$7500 Contract Milestones

  • Outline accepted: We’ll pay $500 when we accept your outline.
  • First chapter: We’ll pay $1,000 when we accept your first chapter.
  • 10K words: We’ll pay $1,000 after we accept 10,000 words of ChoiceScript.
  • 25K words: We’ll pay $1,000 after we accept 25,000 words of ChoiceScript.
  • 50K words: We’ll pay $2,000 after we accept 50,000 words of ChoiceScript.
  • Completed game: We’ll pay $2,000 after we accept 100,000 words/a completed game

10% Royalties Against $10,000 Advance: 10% royalties, and we’ll pay a total of $10,000 over a series of milestones. Authors retain IP. 

$10,000 Contract Milestones

  • Outline accepted: We’ll pay $500 when we accept your outline.
  • First chapter: We’ll pay $1,000 when we accept your first chapter.
  • 10K words: We’ll pay $1,000 after we accept 10,000 words of ChoiceScript.
  • 25K words: We’ll pay $1,500 after we accept 25,000 words of ChoiceScript.
  • 50K words: We’ll pay $2,000 after we accept 50,000 words of ChoiceScript.
  • Completed game: We’ll pay $2,000 after we accept 100,000 words/a completed game.
  • 90 days after publishing: We’ll pay $2,000 90 days after the release, or 150 days after acceptance of the completed game, whichever is first.

This is a short, non-binding description of our contracts. Contracted authors–please read your full contract for the legal details.

A Note about Intellectual Property

Under all of our current contracts, the author retains all intellectual property rights to their games, except for portions of their games contributed by Choice of Games or Hosted Games (such as the ChoiceScript engine and artwork paid for by Choice of Games).  Authors are welcome to use other IP that they own–such as a setting developed for pre-existing novels, short stories, comics, or games–in developing their games to be published by us, and our contracts do not threaten authors’ ownership of that IP or ability to continue using it in other formats.  Authors are also welcome to develop additional works using IP that they developed for a Choice of Games publication.

Occasionally, authors wish to use IP that they do not own in their games–for example, creating a licensed work using IP owned by another author.  That can work, but only if the author is in a position to secure a license to use that IP for a Choice of Games or Hosted Games publication.  Neither Choice of Games nor Hosted Games can publish games that rely on intellectual property owned by someone other than the author or us without a valid license.

Choice of Games Publishing Details

  • Choice of Games is a qualifying professional market for SFWA membership. Writing an interactive fantasy, science-fiction, or horror novel with us will qualify you for Active Membership, including the right to vote in the Nebula awards.
  • We’ll provide cover art.
  • A professional copyeditor will review your work.
  • We’ll advertise your work online.
  • Only Choice of Games label games are highlighted on the landing page choiceofgames.com
  • More apps by this developer.” On the App Store, when users view “more apps by this developer,” Choice of Games label games appear there; Hosted Games do not.
  • When we publish your ChoiceScript game, we’ll make it available in the following ways:
    • Our website
    • iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod
    • Google Play Store
    • Steam
    • Amazon Kindle Fire (Amazon Appstore for Android)

Other Issues/Frequently Asked Questions about Writing for Choice of Games 

  • We accept work from authors under the age of 18 for Choice of Games. This requires a parent or guardian to be a signatory to your contract.
  • We accept work from authors outside the U.S. 
  • At this time, if you live or work in a country without a tax treaty with the United States, we ask that prospective Choice of Games authors let us know that at the beginning of the process.  Canada, Mexico, most Western European countries, many Asian countries, and some African and Latin American countries have a tax treaty with the U.S. See full list here: https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/International-Businesses/United-States-Income-Tax-Treaties—A-to-Z
  • We pay authors advances and royalties via secure electronic deposit, PayPal, or if necessary, by cheque. PayPal is accepted in the following countries: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/country-worldwide.