Holy crap! There are only a couple of days left before our submissions deadline. How did that happen? And what the hell happened to my brain? I could have sworn I had one, just a few weeks ago. Hm… I suspect a major holiday has inserted itself into my finely tuned work plan. I bet there was food and family – probably too much pie. Oh well, we struggle on.
I’m pretty damn happy with the level of submissions we’ve been getting this time around. A lot of really well-written, often surprising material is rolling in. If I ever complain about having to read all of these stories, just shoot me though. Overall, this is a delightful treat. I am not looking forward to writing rejections, however. It’s never fun and usually kills me just a bit inside. And unless I miss my guess, we have an embarrassment of riches this time around – we will likely have too many good stories to run them all. So that part will hurt a bit, for all parties I imagine.
On the other hand, we have had just the teensiest amount of interest in our cover art contest. I had a friend submit a piece in the first week, but garnering interest from artists is a skill we have yet to develop I guess. So, when it comes to that deadline, we may have to be a bit lax. Because the book is going to have a cover – and I’m not going to draw it. Oh ho ho ho… No.
Okay, back to the grind for me! And you – shouldn’t you be writing too? Mm hm, that’s what I thought.
Patrick Jennings-Mapp is a co-founder of and an editor for Escape Collective Publishing. When he’s not recovering from food-induced amnesia (or clearly faking it), he likes to write write write and drink coffee coffee coffee.