Saturday, October 28, 2006

This Is What We Do When The Deadline's Done

I'm wading my way through the slush pile, which pretty much doubled in size right on the knife-edge of midnight. And I've just got one message to those of you who decided to deluge our inbox with so much additional heavy lifting just as the deadline passed.

Good job.

I mean it. Good job. Good for you, and you, and you, and all the rest of you. You know the meaning of the word "deadline," you take it seriously, and you work into the wee hours to make sure you meet it. Kudos to the whole procrastinating lot of you for overriding your instincts for postponement and making our needs a higher priority than your spare time. Thank you and thank you some more.

Of course, the extra verbiage will take a bit longer to wade through than originally anticipated. Alex has bought me some time, and I'm determined to have most of the heavy lifting done by the middle of November, but many hours must be worked, many stories must be read, and much pizza must be consumed.


Those of you who might still have stories to send are welcome to go ahead and send them. After all, though submissions haven't officially opened on FANG 5, we're always looking for talent. However, you should know the following about sending in additional FANG 4 material:
- We will laugh at you. Stories sent in after the deadline while the deals are being worked are likely to be handed around the office ("Look how late this one sent his in!") and much hilarity will be shared.
- Our priorities on FANG 4 have shifted from collection and selection to contacting and editing, so the odds that we can read new stories are growing dimmer and dimmer with each passing hour. Your story's chances of being accepted in this atmosphere rely on how good it is, and frankly, at this point it would have to knock me right out of my shoes. If I wore shoes.
- Your story would be going on the bottom of what is now an unexpectedly very large slush pile, and it's more than likely that we'll have the book assembled before we reach it.

Take heart, though; you'll notice that we never close the door completely, and we're always scouting new talent and looking forward to the next FANG. For those of you who missed the deadline and want to sneak in the back door, there's a key under the flowerpot. I won't tell Alex if you won't. And for those of you who made the deadline, I humble and prostrate myself before your mighty mojo. It is from your mighty will to create that greatness is forged. I'm just the editor. You guys have all the talent.

--Ben

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Past the deadline

God people of Planet Bad Dog,

The deadline has passed, and for those of you unaware, it was October 16. We deliberately kept the date vague at first hoping to avert a very common phenomenon, namely the habit of writers to interpret a deadline not as 'submit your work before' a particular date, but 'submit your work exactly on' a particular date.

Nonetheless, that's exactly what happened. Ben had been studiously scanning the slush pile and making a pre-selection and FANG Volume 4 was taking shape. He was preparing acceptance and rejection messages to the authors in question, when the chimes of midnight rang and the BDB mailbox was swamped in a flurry of new submissions.

This continued for several hours, as each timezone's authors seemed to wait for the stroke of midnight before submitting their work. The slush pile is now half-again as large as it was before the weekend, and Ben dove onto the new submissions with a knife and fork.

When decisions of inclusion or exclusion have been made, authors will be contacted directly and privately. An announcement newsletter will also be made announcing the fact that those messages have been sent.

Considering the amount of work still ahead despite our attempt to fudge the deadline; if you have a piece that's alllllmost finished and you just missed the deadline, contact baddogbooks@gmail.com and plead your case.

While I've kept mostly hands-off on this issue, placing full faith in Ben's judgement, I had a chance to look over many of the submissions recently. Ben is going to have a very hard time making the selection, and FANG 4 is going to be a very, very good book.

That said, FANG 2 (horror homoerotica) is nearing its final revision before it's ready for publication and I'll be contacting the authors of FANG 3 (fantasy homoerotica) shortly to start the editing process with them while Ben manages the editing of FANG 4.

The first FANG Presents book will also shortly be presented; Everybody Loves Luther, by André "Badger" Blaireau, is complete and we're now just dotting the T's and crossing the I's in regard to the cover (gorgeous cover art by Grimal!)

It's going to be a busy winter here at BDB, but we'll stoke the fires and keep the cogs turning night and day. Stay tuned for updates regarding the upcoming FANG 5, once we've had a chance to sleep!

Regards,

Alex

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Deadline

Ha, my bad. That deadline I mentioned? October 16. So get cracking!

Deadline and docs

Hello there!

The deadline for FANG Volume 4, our first non-erotic ventur with a sci-fi theme is fast aproaching. If you want your work to be considered for publication, you must must must submit it either by mail (baddogbooks@gmail.com) or...

As of today, Writely.com, which was BDB's preferred service for submitting and editing stories, is fully integrated into Google. It is now Google Docs and sports a cleaner, more compatible interface without losing any of the functionality.

If you signed up at Writely, your login details are exactly the same and all your stories are still available on the new docs.google.com.

Now, anyone who's still working on a submission needs to get it done fast fast fast -- and *I* need to start reworking all the damn instructions on this site to point to Google Docs instead of Writely.

Peace!