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January 16th, 2007

Sound the Trumpet

It's done.  The galleys of INTERFICTIONS are proof-read, annotated, double-checked, and sent to Small Beer Press for processing.  Dora Goss and I have been reading proof and checking commas and writing emails to authors and writing front and back matter pretty much non-stop for 4 days (ever since we found out our deadline had been moved up  to a LOT sooner than we'd thought).  We were on the phone for 2 1/2 hours this afternoon, going over commas and semi-colons and hypens and Latin declensions and translation issues (there are stories in INTERFICTIONS translated from French, Hungarian, and Spanish--not to mention the Latin and German phrases various authors saw fit to include in their stories).

But it's done, bar the shouting.

I am very happy.  I am very tired.  I am pretty merry from having gone out to dinner with a house guest from Boston and having had wine for the first time in several days.  It's a damn good anthology, if I say so myself.  There's not a single story in it that people will have nothing to say about, and that's what we were shooting for.

My gratitude to everyone who wrote for it, whether we accepted your story or not.  Out of 200+ submissions, there were only a handful I didn't read all the way through, with interest.  I only hope that, if we are able to do a second volume (which will depend entirely on whether the first one sells well enough to pay most of the expenses for the second one), we'll get the same consistently high quality of submissions.

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