Just wanted to give you a quick update on a few things.
First, the good news:
The submissions process is going very well. Everything submitted prior to May 6th has been reviewed (with a few still being deliberated). Acceptance and rejection notices for those manuscripts should be hitting peopleís inboxes before Memorial Day. If you plan on submitting something for this reading period, now is a good time to do it. Remember, you only have two more weeks to send them in!
Now, the bad news:
As of June 1, 2011, I will no longer serve as senior editor of Graveside Tales.
This is not a decision I came to lightly. As a whole, I enjoy being an editor. Working with Dale has given me the opportunity to edit for some top-notch writers (all of whom have my thanks for not having me violently murdered after opening their edited manuscripts; really, I appreciate that). But a couple of things have come up that, I feel, prevent me from giving GST my full attention.
First: my husbandís new job. It has been great for us financially, but not so great for us time-wise. His frequent absences mean I have had to pick up additional responsibilities at home, leaving me with a lot less free time to dedicate to editing. There are a couple of other things Ė family and day job issues Ė that played a part in the decision-making process, but the loss of dedicated editing time was a major factor.
Second: as most of you are aware, I have lupus. Usually, it does not cause any problems, but here lately the flare-ups have become more and more frequent, and it is beginning to affect my memory and critical thinking abilities. There are days when Iím spot-on, and then there are days when find myself going over the manuscript Iím editing multiple times because I keep missing obvious mistakes. Itís okay to miss something on the first edit. It is not okay to miss something on the final.
I believe Graveside Tales authors deserve an editor who A) has their wits about them, and B) has the necessary time to dedicate to the job, so I am stepping aside to make room for such a person. I will complete the edits I am currently working on (August and October releases), finish out this reading period, and send all my notes to the appropriate parties. My GST e-mail address will be functional through the end of June so I can finish up the edits and send any remaining notices to authors, but after that, it will be deactivated. Releases scheduled after October 2011 will not be edited by me. Those manuscripts, along with copies of my notes and any correspondence with the authors, will be sent to Dale to give to my replacement.
Thanks for the good run, guys. Itís been a pleasure working with each and every one of you.