Apparently I’m just impatient

Jun 12th, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

A few days ago I mentioned that I hadn’t heard from one of the writers whose story we wanted to publish, and the next day we heard from him. Yesterday, I commented that a small shipment of print copies we’d ordered hadn’t arrived yet, and today they came. Either I need to learn to be more patient, or I need to make these comments earlier as they clearly create results.

So yeah: I now have a few print copies of issues 6 and 7. Most of them need to be mailed out to the people they’ve been promised to. But we like to keep a couple copies of each issue around, just to have on hand. You never know when they might come in handy.

I got a good bit more editing done today, and sent out a couple edited stories to their writers for consideration. Still more to go, but the end is at least in sight.

I got an interesting query about novellas today that I thought I’d pass on. Our guidelines state that novellas will be published in 4 weekly installments (on the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd of the given month), but the novella in question is most effectively split into 5 parts (just because of where the “high” points of the story are). The question was, would we still consider it? The answer is: yes, certainly. If the story is better in 5 parts, we’ll simply release it over 5 weeks, putting out the last part on the 29th. Novellas will stay up for the entire calendar month following publication, so there’ll still be time for subscribers to read it in leisure. Essentially, if you have a novella that matches the basic guidelines (SF/F, 20,000-40,000 words), don’t worry about the chapters/parts – if we like it enough, we’ll make it work.

Kay and I spent some time this evening talking about the future – not content for upcoming issues, but the future of Crossed Genres. This included some plans we have for the next few months to add to and improve our content, but it was also a conversation about long-term goals. We want to keep CG going for a very long time, and expand it to offer far more than we’re even hinting at right now. Those are all plans for FAR in the future so I’m not going to go into them now – realistically speaking they’re more daydreaming than “planning” right now. But still, we’re keeping track of all our ideas for the future.

Don’t forget that the Flash Fiction contest is open for 3 MORE DAYS! Get those last-minute submissions in!

Also, I just noticed that the monthly submissions are low for this point in the month. I suspect that’s at least partially because of the distraction of the Flash Fiction contest. But still, send us your Alternate History subs!

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