Sunday, June 26, 2011

Let's talk about this newbie writer call, people...

I have one submission. Lot's of chatter but one submission. So...would we all feel better if I broaden the spectrum somewhat? Such as, if your first sale (paid or otherwise) has been within the last year you can submit? Would that open it up? I'd like to focus on new writers, but I'd also like to be fair and to be um...full. I would like an antho of at least ten stories.

So what do you say? Any opinions? Speak up here, on twitter or on facebook. Once I get some feedback, I'll make a decision and put up a revised call (or not, depending on what I hear!)

XOXO
Sommer

9 comments:

  1. I'm working on it, I'm working on it! This is an opportunity I can't let pass.

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  2. I'm planning to jump in there, but I'm a writer, and the deadline is August 31. You're probably going to get most entries in the last week of August, though I will see if I can't do a little better than that. I don't have something ready to go, yet, in that length.

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  3. I know you are, sonny ;)

    Beverly, the call's been up for two weeks. Based on previous anthologies I've put together, one sub in that time is a bit low. So, perhaps to some that's unrealistic, but to me it still seems low. The call will remain open until 8/31 regardless of whether or not the parameters shift.

    xoxo
    S

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  4. Yes, please. I would certainly appreciate the broadening.

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  5. I plan on submitting, probably within the next week.

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  6. Athena, I'm taking it into consideration. :)

    Yes, CJ, I had you on my mental 'coming' list. Hmm...let's just pretend that did not sound as bad as it sounded. K? good.

    XOXO
    S

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  7. Obviously, I'm not submitting, but I agree that you'll get most of your submissions in the last minute. I'm guilty of that, though I don't have much published, and it takes a lot to submit things ahead of the fact.

    I would make the decision to broadened it after the deadline. If you don't have enough, then spread it out and try again?

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  8. I suspect the reason you haven't had many submissions so far is that people have been busy polishing. I know that's the case with me, and I had a story idea pretty much ready to go when you posted your call. Keep in mind, with newbie writers, that step might be taking a bit longer than what you're accustomed to with more experienced scribes.

    Also, the deadline is still two months off, so no one is feeling that sense of impending doom yet. ;-)

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  9. I'd vote no, actually. A year isn't that long. That would get slow writers, but not new writers, and I like the idea of new writers. If you said 5 years, maybe... I honestly think you'll have most of the submissions coming in the last week. Keep reminding people. Did you post this on the ERWA site, for example?

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