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They Call it a Sling Blade

I got out the old editorial machete this weekend and cut a path toward issue #4. That means a fair number of rejections and a lot of email all weekend, but things are starting to take shape. I'm at that interesting stage where I've said "yes" to just a few people, and there's all the serious contenders to still consider (ok, plus a few I just haven't read yet).

It did weed out the Kobold Quarterly inbox something fierce though. I used to be fairly genteel about rejections, but I think I'm turning into a crusty, jaded fellow who just needs a green eyeshade to complete the stereotype. If a writer is a good buddy but his work isn't working: I gotta say no. If a newcomer doesn't have the chops yet: gotta say no, with no handholding. My boss is the readership; if a manuscript doesn't work for them, it doesn't matter how much I love it. It goes back.

Ruthless! Raise the black flag! Avast ye scurvy slush pirates!

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halo_ov_fire
Jan. 28th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
If a newcomer doesn't have the chops yet: gotta say no, with no handholding.

You'd be doing the young writer a disservice by doing anything else.

Edited at 2008-01-28 05:31 pm (UTC)

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