See that? It’s a sight to delight an editor’s heart. Timothy and I contracted with Cleis Press to do a second anthology as our follow-up to Fool For Love. What you’re seeing is the first seven stories that have come in from some gifted writers. I can’t wait to dig into them…and yeah, that’s a red pen. But I’m pretty sure none of these writers will mind the editorial devotion that Tim and I give their stories. We are very hands-on (Timmy and Jim call that “control freaks”), but it’s all to work with the writers to make their stories the best they can be.
I don’t know how many stories we’ll end up with, or how many we’ll accept for Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction. One of the hardest parts of this process, as we discovered with our first anthology, is having to decline stories that for any number of reasons don’t fit in the collection. It’s made harder because we’re both writers and know well what “no” feels like. Fortunately most of our submissions come from either seasoned writers or writers who realize that “no” only means “not right now, for this,” but doesn’t carry any judgment against talent or dire predictions about the future of a writer’s work or success.
Anyway, the only thing more fun than being an editor and working with writers is being a writer working with writers. I mean, maybe you can’t see that…
…in this 2000 photo of Timmy either consoling Tim or healing him after a writing session. But it’s true!
Trust me, TJB fans who still email, message, and tweet us, I miss working with these guys as much as you miss having a new book to read. Just remember: There’s always hope.