Posts Tagged ‘ quirky queries ’

Responding to rejections: a comparison

Nov 9th, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

In the past couple of days, we sent out a lot of rejections, mainly to Issue 13 submissions. We use a form letter: we simply don’t have time to respond personally to all the submissions we get. However, rather than use a plan rejection (“Thanks for submitting, we’ve decided not to use it, best wishes”), […]



Say anything, our lungs were meant to shout

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

We got another query today asking about our policy on profanity. We get this question pretty frequently. It is always better to ask though, and we don’t mind the question at all – we appreciate that you’d take care to consider the details. I think I’ve said so here before, but I’m going to repeat […]



Bad Queries: a deconstruction

Aug 25th, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

Normally I wouldn’t ever do this, but we received a query today that was so abysmal I was shocked at how many mistakes were made in just 66 words. Seriously, I was honestly flabbergasted. So in the hope that some writers might find helpful hints of what not to do, I’m going to deconstruct it. […]



Busted me for disturbin’ the almighty peace

Aug 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

Just because I’ve been quiet doesn’t mean nothing’s been going on. In fact, we’ve been up until 1am the last few nights working. The results: today I finally heard back from the last writer, and with that last approval I was able to finalize all the content. I’d already gone ahead and finished as much […]



What a week

Jul 6th, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

That is, what a week coming up. This will be the week we have to bust our butts to get ahead. It’s especially important because of WorldCon, which we leave for one month from today! We want to take copies of the latest issue (that’ll be Issue 9, Alternate History) with us. One of the […]



I read an entire novel. How was your day?

Jun 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration. But still, as near as I can tell, between the 2 of us, Kay and I read around 86,000 words today. We’ve just about gotten through all the submissions; then we’ll go back through our pared-down list and keep narrowing until we get to 5 (give or take 1). Currently […]



Close call

Apr 17th, 2009 | By | Category: CG Blog

I was going to order the proof copy of issue 6 this morning. But I went back to have one last look – and I’m glad I did. One of the images that was set amidst the text had somehow been duplicated on the page; all the formatting was screwed up. Ack! So I fixed […]



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