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Owasm
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Here is the proposal link for a low-cost volunteer-based anthology.

http://www.casiepress.com/HRWW/HRWWProp.pdf

Your comments please.

After a week or so, we'll publish a timeline here and ask for volunteers and submissions.

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I like it. I'm happy to contribute stories, and volunteer time as an editor. I'm afraid I have no expertise in the other parts of the project.

And I vote for anonymous story judging/editing.

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Comprehensive proposal.

One item I note, the U.S. Copyright Office now encourages an electronic mandatory Library of Congress deposit for completing copyright registration. Print copies and associated postage costs are no longer an expense consideration, except for special cases determined by the Copyright Office on a case-by-case basis. Also, the $35 registration fee is only for electronic registration. Paper copy and postal delivery registration application fee is currently $65.

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quote:
Originally posted by wetwilly:
I like it. I'm happy to contribute stories, and volunteer time as an editor. I'm afraid I have no expertise in the other parts of the project.

And I vote for anonymous story judging/editing.

Dido that
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I might be willing to be a first reader, if this is done anonymously and depending on what the overall reading process ends up being. I don't plan on submitting a piece, so there would be no conflict of interest, and I've been a slush reader at Waylines for something like nine months now, so I do have slushing experience.
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Well done, Owasm.
Let me know if/how I may be of help.

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I may submit something, but I would be a terrible slush reader.

Funny thing, while I don't actually have a preference, a blind judging sort of arrangement may be of limited usefulness here; many of us long time/regular Hatrackians are pretty familiar with each others styles and some of have settings, characters and such that are immediately recognizable.

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I'll volunteer my time as a reader. I've done two stints as a first reader for a professionally acclaimed anthology and I also serve as a finalist judge for On The Premises.

I have no attachment to a genre - good writing trumps any reading preference I may have.

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Looks good.

I'm in for reading and I can add a little assistance in editing. I'm not as confident as I should be at it, but working on the magazine in college was the most fun I've had.

I'm generally an advocate of a blind/anonymous read but I think Merlion has a point. We've known each other for quite a while. Also I think the pool of potential readers and the pool of potential writers coincides quite a bit. I'm afraid that if we limit people to one pool we will endanger the other. We can wait on this decision till we see how the numbers pan out, but I think the only limit we should put on that is that the writer must recuse themself on all matters regarding their work. (Except their editing.)

How we did it was a minimum of three readers on each piece, each giving a simple yes/no/maybe. The three yes pieces were a nearly auto-in (after being gone through closely for possible issues.) Then we went through the 1 or 2 maybes and discussed it as a group. They went through more readers. I don't think we ever dipped into the nos in the five books I worked on.

Also three editors on each piece with a fourth managing editor compiling for the author. We must pay attention to each other's dealbreakers.

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Owasm
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I haven't forgotten this. I'm doing some copyright research and some other basic stuff. I intend on having a timeline and a post to beg for help in the next few weeks.
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I don't have a lot of spare time but I'd like to help out if i can. I've got slush reading experience galore. Just let me know what you need, Owasm. [Smile]
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I haven't forgotten about this. The Holidays are going to impede my progress somewhat but here is a rough timeline:

Dec 15: Have submission guidelines published.
Jan 15: Have volunteer first readers and editors ready.
Jan 15: Begin to accept entries
Mar 1: Submission deadline
April 2: Selections Announced
May 1: Editing process complete with editors and authors
May 15: Proof draft of anthology complete
June 1: Publish Anthology

Remember - You should treat this as a submission to a publication and not a critique submission. Stories should have already gone through thorough critiquing and editing processes prior to submission. They will be reviewed with that in mind.

The principle guidelines are that you are a current member of the Hatrack Writers Workshop and that you have full rights to the speculative fiction story that you are submitting.

[ December 05, 2013, 06:24 PM: Message edited by: Owasm ]

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I can help with the reading and critiquing if needed.
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