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Editing Report #1

For general interest, I'll let everyone know how my first foray into anthology editing is going every so often. 

We officially opened the Hardboiled Horror anthology to submissions on 6/13.  I received the first submission that day.  Today there were 7 submissions in the mail, bringing the total submissions to 12 (and the day isn't over).  I also received my second submission from the same author (whose first submission I bounced yesterday).

That's an average for 4 submissions a day, and we're not listed at Ralan.com yet.  If the manuscripts continued to arrive at that pace, I'd see 475 by Sept. 30, when the submission window closes.  Hopefully I'll get 20 or so good ones out of that group.

I've only read and responded to 3 manuscripts so far, but I should clean through today's stack today so I won't fall behind.  What I did first today was set up a little database with the author's name, story name, when I received it, what I did with it (accept, hold, reject), and the author's e-mail address.  Every little task takes some time.  Even something as mundane as good paperwork takes a few minutes.

It's weird to shift hats from being a workshop member or teacher to being an editor.  If I'm going to survive, I'm not going to give much feedback to authors who I bounce (not enough time), but giving feedback is a hard habit to break!


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Jun. 17th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
I've found that the first flush of submissions are stories people already have on hand, so they aren't as likely to be well-fitted to the theme. Then thhere's a lull for a while (interupted whenever the guidelines reach a new list) until writers have time to time to produce new work.
Jun. 17th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Hmmmm. As a fan of both Film Noir and Lovecraft, this is kind of tempting.
Jun. 17th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
watching over your shoulder
Jim, it's interesting to hear you edit. Keep posting notes. This is Good Stuff.
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