I’ve come to talk with you again

Jul 28th, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

Sorry about the long break between posts. There’s been both a lot and nothing going on: a lot, meaning we’ve been busy, but nothing, meaning nothing worth posting about.

We got a slew of submissions today that brought our total for the month to our highest monthly total yet, with a few days left to go. We love it! Keep ’em coming!

Every day there’s one or two more little things to fix for Issue 9 – today, for example, I formatted the cover art for online (there’s 3 different sizes needed), and dealt with a last-minute contract. But mainly… we’re reading like mad. We haven’t read all the submissions from today, but we’ll get through those tomorrow. We’ve also started eliminating some stories so we can have it as narrowed down as possible; then after the deadline for submissions is past we’ll make our final choices. Hopefully this will enable us to contact the authors of the stories we accept on August 1, instead of august 3-5 as usual.

I’m also still reading novels by guests of WorldCon. I finished Jay Lake’s Green, and I’m now reading Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl In the Ring. Kay is still working on Lake’s Escapement and Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.

We spent some time today going through the loooooong list of panels and programs for WorldCon. We pared it down to the things we’re most interested in (only 4 pages!). Of course, that often left us looking at as many as 7 or 8 panels at a time we wanted to see. As I’ve said before, WorldCon is as much “damn, I don’t have time for that!” as it is “Wow, that was awesome!”

Speaking of submissions, we love seeing submissions from outside the US. While of course the vast majority of our submissions come from here, in our 10 1/2 months we’ve also gotten submissions from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, the Canary Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, The Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom. The percentage is still low, but we love seeing submissions from writers in such far-flung locales from us.

9 days until we leave for WorldCon!

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