Looking for adventure of a new and different kind

Aug 26th, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

I didn’t have quite as much time today to work on the magazine as I’d hoped; I had a blast spending time with my son instead.

Having said that, I did get a few things done. Some of you may have read my earlier post in which I deconstructed a very bad query we received. If you’re a writer, there are good hints in there of what not to do.

I also responded to a submission withdrawal – that was the second time this month we’ve had a story pulled because it was accepted elsewhere. While we certainly don’t begrudge writers (we’re quite pleased for them, really), sometimes I wonder if we’re not shooting ourselves in the foot by accepting simultaneous submissions. But we get a fair number of them and this happens with a minuscule percentage.

It was also a day of heavy emailing: I contacted one or two more people about content for future issues, finalized a contract, and received a novel that we’d read the initial submission of and had been intrigued enough to want to see more. I didn’t have time to email people who have submitted novellas, but it’s right at the top of my list for tomorrow!

Also near the top of the list is to read the last few Horror submissions we’ve gotten. We’ve only got about half a dozen left that we haven’t read yet. We’ll get those all read tomorrow, and then it’ll just be reading submissions as they come in. We’ll probably be ready to send out a first round of rejection letters on Thursday.

We haven’t yet gotten the proof copy of Issue 10, but it was only shipped 2 1/2 days ago. Ad always, I’m really anxious to see it!

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