The Submission Game
November 1, 2014
Bedazzled Ink has dabbled on and off through the years with allowing unsolicited submissions. We’ve never had much luck with the process and so we’ve mostly relied on serendipity to acquire books. Amazingly enough, serendipity has worked very well for us.
When we created our latest Web site we added a page where authors can query us. To control the over-abundance of useless stuff author sometimes send along with their submission, we created a form for the authors to fill out, making the process simple, easy, and clear.
Mothers and Daughters
October 26, 2014
Back when we published our zine, Khimairal Ink, we’d get a bunch of submissions and sort through them and select the best ones for the next issue. We focused on things like was it a good story and was it well-written. Then when we had our little pile of stories, we would select an illustration for the cover and have a discussion on what our editorial introductions would be about. So we’d look at the stories again and we’d often see that most, if not all, were centered around a single theme or genre. It was as if authors had been struck to write and/or submit a short story in the same genre or about the same thing at the same time. We had a speculative fiction issue, a light and amusing issue, cheatin’ hearts issue, an enlightenment issue . . .