I love this time of year. Don't you? No, not the holidays--although of course I love the holidays; who doesn't love the holidays? NeuroticScroogeGrinch. It's the frenzied nomination period that I love. Earlier this month I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for my story "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away". If you haven't already, please stop by Blue Five Notebook Series and give them some click-love.
Today I've been nominated for "best ezine editor" in the Preditors and Editors Reader Poll. At Metazen, I share this job with six other editors, most of whom have the same cross to bear: rejecting a lot of writers who've put their heart into a text. I know how it is of course. No writer loves rejection. I am a writer therefore I hate rejection.
I try to give every writer the right advice. Sometimes the piece is entertaining or well written but ultimately not for us. Sometimes the piece just isn't ready, and I tell the writer to come back with more--but be ready. I feel comfortable being honest because I appreciate the honesty of other editors. Why would I want to publish a story if the editor doesn't feel it's there yet? The editor is doing me a favor. So here's to all the editors who have rejected my stories and told me why.
Then there are those writers whom I love. Everything they write is golden, so I'm happy to correct their spelling--God knows editors have done the same for me. So here's to all the editors who've corrected my spelling: Matt Potter . . . um . . . um. OK: Matt Potter. I think I was channeling a really stupid character in that story, though. Sorry, Matt!
Matt Potter has also been nominated, and he certainly deserves it. Michelle Elvy has proved herself again and again as an editor. She's GOLDEN. And then David Barber from Flash Fiction Offensive. All editors who do a full-time job for NO PAY. I'm honored to be nominated among them.
If you want to vote and comment, here's the link: Preditors and Editors Readers Poll Voting Page
I must be off,