So the submission period for Live Free or Die, Die, Die! has officially ended and, with a few stragglers that came in over the weekend (I’m not a stickler), I’m up to 72 manuscripts. That’s about half as many as I received for Live Free or Undead, but my impression is the overall quality is better, and that’s saying something, since there were quite a few great yarns submitted for the first volume of NH Pulp Fiction.
I’m looking forward to the process of reading and ranking what I’ve received and I hope to be done by the end of the month. As soon as I have the list narrowed I’ll begin notifying those who did not make the cut. I may wait to make the final cuts, as I deliberate a bit over the final composition of the book.
Just as was the case with LFOU, the goal is to offer a variety of styles, a variety of themes and a variety of locales around the state. So without sacrificing writing quality or storytelling power, I’ll be trying to be as diverse as I can with the final 20 stories.
Thanks to everyone who wrote something. I wish I could publish them all.