We met this weekend to judge our progress in getting the anthology out. It looks like we’re pretty much on schedule. Jamie has a preliminary layout of the book and we’re working through line-editing for the next couple weeks. The cover artwork is very nice; can’t wait to see it on glossy stock. Contracts have been mailed. I’m working on the Lightning Source angle, the launch party at Confluence is taking shape.
I’m toying with the idea of offering a free story critique to anyone who purchases the anthology. It wouldn’t be a line-by-line, but a more general analysis, kind of a here’s what grabs me, here’s what doesn’t, here are some ideas to consider in revision. The reasons I like it are twofold. First, it would encourage folks to purchase the antho who might otherwise sit on the sidelines. Second, and more important to me, it could provide people with a way to improve upon a story in advance of formal submission to the anthology. We do our best to select the best genre stories we can, but anything we can do to improve on that process is good.
Anyone think that’s a particularly good or particularly terrible idea? Comments are welcome.