Notes from an Editor

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 • 2 Comments on Notes from an Editor

I’m excited that I’m already starting to receive submissions for Fairy Tale Lust.  I thought I’d put on my editor hat for a minute and clarify a couple of points for anyone who is considering submitting a story (and I hope you will!).

—I want stories that are reinterpretations of classic fairy tales or new fairy tales based on classic archetypes.  I have received several stories that are almost identical to the original fairy tales but with some sex thrown in.  I’m looking for clever (preferably contemporary) twists on the classics or original stories that pay homage to the fairy tale genre.

—I know that animals populate many fairy tales.  However, I do not want stories that involve any of the characters having any kind of sex with any those animals—even if those animals walk and talk and wear clothes. 

—On that note, I did not include the usual no-no’s in my original call for submissions because I assumed (perhaps mistakenly) that everyone already knows what they are.  (I should have learned from Alison.)  For the sake of my eyes, here they are:  no sex with animals, no sex with minors, no sex between relatives.  So far, I have received stories involving each taboo, as well as one story that managed to include all three.

—I will echo Rachel Kramer Bussel’s plea to follow the guidelines regarding formatting.  This is something I repeat weekly when I’m teaching College Composition.  Proper manuscript formatting (double-spaced, first line of each paragraph indented, no extra spaces between paragraphs, standard 12 pt. font) is not an editor being picky—it’s just the correct way a manuscript should be formatted.*  Plus, it saves the editor time when compiling the final 20+ stories into one cohesive manuscript. 

(*I realize that formatting for an online venue is often different.  This is for print and the guidelines are pretty standard.)

—When in doubt, ask.  I am more than happy to answer questions regarding the anthology, so don’t hesitate to [email protected]

—For ideas about what I’m seeking, check out Nancy Madore’s Enchanted anthologies for Harlequin Spice or Cathy Yardley’s fairy tale novels Crave and Enchanted.

—Having said all that, I really am open to anything your imagination might conjure.  Just leave the pets, kids and relatives out of it.

I will add that I’ve already received a couple of stories that really knocked my socks off.  Keep ‘em coming!  I’m so excited about this project and hope it will be the first in a fairy tale series.

Posted by Kristina in Writing
  • Thanks for the tips, Kristina!  I picked up a complete collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales this weekend to refresh my brain before diving into something.  I hope I can come up with one! wink

  • Justine Elyot says:

    Hi, Kristina – as somebody who has committed every formatting crime in the book (is there a book?  I should buy it…) over the past year, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate these clear and idiot-proof guidelines!  Thanks very much.

    Is there a ‘Submission for Dummies’ guide, I wonder?  (Hmm, sounds like a title for a story…)

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