by Trysh Thompson
The submission window for the Covalent Bonds anthology was extremely long, at least as far as standard WWP submissions windows go: nine months.
That was nine months of constantly refreshing my inbox and willing submissions to come in.
For about seven of those months, I broke out in a cold sweat while I stared at the inbox, because I was pretty sure I was not going to get enough submissions to make up an anthology. If that was the case, Covalent Bonds was going to end up going to the scrap heap of forgotten dreams.
Finally, in the last few months, the submissions came rolling in.
All total, we had 45 submissions for Covalent Bonds — from all over: the U.S., Canada, Finland, and the U.K. — and 13 were shortlisted, with nine ultimately being accepted.
If you’re into percentages (which is about the only type of math I’m actually capable of doing), that means 28.89% of the submissions made the shortlist. Of those, 69.2% of the shortlist made it to the anthology.
If you’d rather look at it as a whole, 20% of all submissions made it to the anthology.
Not too shabby.
I didn’t get hundreds of submissions like Rhonda Parrish’s Sirens did, but you know what, what I did get was fantastic stuff. I had to make some of the most heart-wrenching decisions in what stayed and what didn’t. So much so, I swore I’d never edit another anthology. (*rolls eyes*)
When I passed off my shortlist to fellow editor, Laura Harvey, to help me narrow down my decisions, I was pleased when she became animated and excited over these stories, too. Seeing her giddiness over the same exact stories that I loved — it either proves I did something right or we’re both crazy.
More than likely, a little of both.
This being my first anthology, I was terrified that I made the wrong decisions. Thanks to Laura’s input, I don’t think I did.
With each day that passes, I get a little more excited (and nervous) about Covalent Bonds. Honestly, though, I think you’ll end up loving it as much as I do.
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Trysh Thompson (World Weaver Press Assistant Editor) is a technical writer by day and by night, she’s a superhero who goes by the name “Mom.” In the past, she was a journalist and a movie critic for a small paper (yes, Virginia, they do still exist). For fun, she watches anything with Gordon Ramsay, writes, reads, and tries desperately to sing (alas, the tone-deaf fairy visited her early in life). A die-hard Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan, careful what you say around her in March.
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