Okay, we are way overdue for a Single Slices update.
First, the headline: yes, we are proceeding with the Slices series! This may have been a question in some people’s minds, only because they knew that our illustrious Editor-in-Chief, R.J. Cavender, left Cutting Block a couple of months ago to focus on other projects. And yes, Slices was originally R.J.’s brainchild, but we liked it a lot too — and not only is R.J. happy to entrust it to our hands, he is still referring candidate stories to us as he comes across them!
Now, one effect that R.J.’s departure did have, was that it slowed us down even more in our slushpile throughput. The good news is, we are down to the very last few stories that we are actively considering. I’d say we have about six or seven stories left, in addition to the ones that we’ve already accepted, that we are batting around, discussing, and considering as to whether we will include them in the Slices series.
If you haven’t heard from us yet, then you are either: a) one of the lucky half-dozen who are still in contention, or b) somehow your notification email fell through the cracks during the recent personnel shuffle. If your situation turns out to be the latter, then we apologize in advance (we won’t know for sure which situation is yours until we post an update that says that we have sent out all notifications, and you tell us you didn’t get one).
Anyway, our goal is to have the first Slice hit the virtual newsstands before the end of the calendar year. And we have some doozies lined up for you, from well known, and not-so-well-known, authors.
So, as poet Robert Burns observed a long time ago, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry… but in our case, we think the wait will have been worth it!