Midian Unmade Update (11/25)

If the comments on the original post here are any indication, there’s some interest in at least a quick update on where we are with the submissions for the Midian Unmade anthology project  so I thought I’d provide one…

Del and I have gone through the 500+ submissions that we received during the open submission period.  The vast majority of the first pass rejections have gone out, so if you haven’t heard from us it is likely that your story ended up in our second look pile.  We’re in the process of going through the 50-odd stories that caught our eye during the first pass and making our final selections.

The quality of the stories overall have been quite good – a number have been downright excellent.  A few struck Del and I so strongly that they made it right from the first pass into the book itself – they were that good!  (FYI – Acceptances have not been sent out.)

A few bits of feedback to bear in mind for some of you when submitting to other anthology projects in the future:

  • If you are submitting to an anthology entitled Midian Unmade, do not spell Midian with an e.
  • For that matter, don’t send a story that you haven’t spell-checked and proofed.  If there are spelling and grammar errors on the first page, I’m not going to read any further.
  • Do not label your file a generic file name like “Midian” as there will be at least forty others who do the same.
  • Put your name and contact information on the first page of the story so that we know who you are – I occassionally print out a story to read it and when the information is absent it is difficult to match the story with the originating email. You wouldn’t want an editor to pass simply because they couldn’t figure out who sent them the story…
  • Same goes for page numbers – use them!  If I print your story and the pages get out of order accidentally, it can be a pain to reorder them without page numbers.
  • If the call for submissions announces that the editors are looking for stories that follow a specific theme, do not send a submission that ignores that theme.  You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that your chances of making the cut end up being practically non-existent if you do…

I will say that there were a number of stories that came close and I wish I had the opportunity to offer some feedback to those individual writers.  However, with the number of stories we received for this open call, it just wasn’t feasible.

If you haven’t heard from us yet, just hang tight – we hope to be finished with the final selections in the next few weeks.

Thanks to all of you who submitted and to all those who are supporting the project – we’re as excited as you are about the project and can’t wait to announce the final line-up!


Joe writes urban fantasy series and supernatural thrillers for a wide variety of publishers in the US and abroad, including Tor Books, Harbinger Books, HarperCollins, Harlequin/Gold Eagle, and Droemer Knaur.

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  • Amanda J Spedding December 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the update, Joe.

  • Brian Craddock December 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Looking forward to this book!

  • Scott "Essel" Pratt December 16, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Thank you for the update, I am looking forward to the final response with fingers crossed.

  • Johnnie Alward December 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Oh man, I think the anticipation is literally killing me…

  • Eddie Brauer December 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Folks, I’ve noticed in my manic trawling of the internet that quite a lot of people who haven’t received a rejection are getting freaked out. The two common fears are that Joe/Del never got their story in the first place, or that their spam filter picked up the rejection letter that Joe/Del sent them and they never saw it.
    Coming from an experienced IT guy, the chances of this are pretty slim. Coming from an experienced neurotic, I’m just as fearful of both these things as you are. I guess I want anyone who is feeling really wound up about this to know that:
    a) It’s ridiculously unlikely that you haven’t heard back because of an issue with emails. Possible, but unlikely in the grandest of senses.
    b) You’re not alone. Lots of people are freaking out over the what-ifs. Take comfort in this fact, as soldiers would in the trench – or indeed as Nightbreed would, in Midian.

    Best of luck to you all, fellow freaks. And seasons greetings.

  • Joe Nassise December 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    For all those who are waiting on a reply…see my latest post.

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