And so ends the first submission week for the Baker's Dozen. (Can you believe it?) You may remember (though I hope you don't) that last year I completely messed up the submissions. Twice.
No, really. I'm over it. O__O
I'm glad to report that this week's submissions ran smoothly. Yay! Anyone who had a question or a problem was gracious and kind, and I'm fairly certain all oddities have been worked out.
Just a reminder that the authoress.submissions email address IS NOT FOR EMAILING QUESTIONS. That address is set up to talk to the bot only. I do not see those emails, and will therefore not be able to respond. Please make sure you address all questions (and all communications, for that matter) to facelesswords(at)gmail.com.
A small bit of advice for those of you who are planning to submit next week: Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book to ensure that your automated response won't get shunted to spam (this has happened to some people).
So Jodi and I have enjoyed two evenings of slush reading so far, and we're almost finished with the adult entries (we've got about 25 to go of roughly 130). And yes, I really do mean "enjoyed" -- I think this gets more fun every year! (Or maybe we've just really found our groove; we go through these like a well-oiled, brain-sharing machine.)
Early observations? This year is particularly heavy on women's fiction and literary, and light on sci/fi and fantasy. We've encountered a genre or two we've never heard of before (yes, really), and at least 3 of the entries were missing--wait for it--a logline.
Five or six of the entries were actually missing--the entries. But that wasn't their fault. My guess is that these folks all used the same word processor and method of cut-and-paste, because there was some weird HTML going on in the database, where I was able to retrieve these entries and pop them into Blogger. (Channeling my inner geek, there.)
When the entire slush process is complete (both categories), I'll share trends and observations with you in more detail. For now, just know that it's a privilege to read your work, and that we are truly enjoying the process.
Hooray! Hugs to all and I'll see you Monday.