Well, we've made some pretty tough decisions, but we're ready to move forward.
First, a few authors submitted multiple story ideas. We've chosen to limit each to one a piece, largely due to length.
Second, we had to ask a couple authors to hold their submissions until our next go. I think the extra time will only make them stronger.
That leaves us with 16 story ideas and as many writers.
Here's what's up:
- We need a rough draft now of all the selected stories (full list below). Again, we're looking for roughly 3,000 words, but don't sweat it too much. During the editing process they will surely expand and contract a bit. I'd like these drafts in by end of July (I know this is tight but I'm optimistic). Many of the stories are already pretty close. If you feel you're fine with the draft you submitted, just shoot me a message or reply to this thread.
- Beginning in August, I'll trade stories around and get some peer editing feedback. MasterHQ and myself will also offer our own comments freely. I would love to set up either Google Hangouts or Skype calls for some in-depth feedback during this time. We’ll all have to try our best to make ourselves available (keep in mind we’re split between Europe, the US, and possibly other places).
- My goal is to have at least three meaningful feedback sessions per story. In between these sessions, I'd love to see new drafts so we can watch the stories grow over time. Sometimes it’s good to go back to something from before, so save the old versions, please.
- We'll see how fast these move (I'd like to pick up the pace to stay ahead of real life schedules) but it'd be great to see them getting close by the end of August. At that point we'll be thinking about putting them in order and handing off finished work to MasterHQ to move towards the final anthology.
I've received requests from a couple of folks who would like to help with proofing and offering feedback. If you're not comfortable with having someone read and comment who is not a writer or editor on the project, please let me know ASAP. I want you all to feel safe and putting your stuff out there can be awkward for some. Again, just PM me with any concerns or questions. Also, if anyone wants my Google Hangout info or my cell number for texting, let me know via PM.
Now that the initial work is done, we'll be opening up a lot and moving fast to build energy. Hit me up!
The list of authors and titles (where provided) of stories is as follows: