As I receive contracts and final edits from authors, I’ll post a teaser from their story here and on our Facebook page. You know where to get the rest, right? Comments are welcome.
The Customs Shed
I had got lost somehow. It was near twilight and the foliage above me cast long shadows over the river. I had been wandering upstream, trying to find a place to cross. All around was wilderness, which was disconcerting because I had always related to a place in terms of its buildings.
When the darkness was nearly complete I curled up within a natural grass-lined hollow and tried to sleep.
As I began to drift off, a swarm of something like moths attacked – but they were not moths. They nibbled away at my skin. It did not hurt at first, but my skin became tender, and my apprehension turned into fear.
So, why did we take this story? Mainly for the excellent idea, but we also liked the voice of it. The prose is deceptively simple, pastoral, even passive, but builds a steady, comfortable cadence that creates the right mood for where the story takes us (and it is a strange place to be sure). Our initial vote was not unanimous. While all four editors appreciated the core idea and liked the character, we were divided on issues of pacing and emotional climax. The story sagged through the middle and the climax was not as sharp as it should be. We asked for a rewrite and John efficiently and effectively removed the middle sag, improved the overall prose, and amped up the ending. The original was 4400 words; the rewrite came in at 4100 words; the final edit is 3840 words.
This is not atypical for a story we take. He will be paid for 4100 words. We never cut words to save money, but to improve the story. Tune in tomorrow for our next tease. The full Table of Contents is here.
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