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2016 Chapbook Contest: Week 6 Review

Hi friends! Small update this week, as we’re chugging along through the editing process 🙂

Editing, Continued

This last week I began hearing back from the writers, getting feedback on my first wave of suggestions! Additionally, we started work on a few different things:

  • Lineup–openers and closers are especially important for any collection, and I had a few suggestions for moving pieces around to best show off a writer’s theme/focus
  • Back Cover Excerpt–also began discussing pull-quotes for the back cover of each chap. Some writers prefer to hunt down their own selections, while others asked me to find a handful first, which they used to decide from
  • Back Cover Blurbs–everyone has already or will be reaching out soon to other writers they admire for back cover blurbs 🙂 I really love having 2 of these if possible for each chap, as I feel a blurb is 2nd only to a cover in terms of grabbing a potential reader’s attention!
  • Typeface–everyone has their own favorite typeface, and I like how different fonts convey different personalities. We’ve figured this out 🙂
  • Margins–Had a good talk with Craig about printing specs, and I’ve already begun reshaping some of the MSS to accommodate the much-smaller sized paper. Fun Fact: a ~22 page chap on 8.5″ x 11″ becomes nearly 34 pages when shrunk down to ~5″ x ~7″

Otherwise, I plan to circle up with the writers through this weekend, showing them Chuck’s initial thoughts regarding cover art. Then I’ll take these reactions and continue the hunt for a quality cover 🙂

Oh, and lastly(!): this last weekend Jeremiah attended the d.a. levy-palooza 3 alongside 2015 Winners Sarah Certa + August Smith for a special reading in Brooklyn. Since Nostrovia! was showcased as a featured press, Jeremiah and his Books & Shovels team took many pictures to document the occasion–expect a mega tavern post soon with more details!!

Otherwise, see you next week!❤
-Christopher

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We’ll have a new Tavern post each Wednesday, giving an inside look at the N! process, so stay tuned for more updates!

Here’s the Week Five Review of our Chapbook Contest
The Week Four Review
The Week Three Review
The Week Two Review
The Week One Review

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