I'm reviewing manuscripts for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest again this year. As always, I've sorted my five manuscripts so I can get the worst-looking one out of the way first and build up to the most promising one. Adam and I have noted that, on average, we get one pretty good manuscript, three meh to ugh manuscripts, and one JESUS CHRIST IT'S A LION GET IN THE CAR manuscript.
I am currently reading what I hope is my only JESUS CHRIST IT'S A LION GET IN THE CAR manuscript.
Generally I scribble notes on the pages and put post-it notes of things I'll need to cite in the review - plot points, first appearances of characters, criticisms.
This manuscript is so godsdamned racist that I have had to stop marking the blatant racist lines with post-its, because otherwise I will run out of post-its.
For those who do not know, I HAVE A LOT OF POST-ITS.
This book is hideous and deeply upsetting and I am only on page 77 of 250something. Send help and gluten-free donuts. I'm going to try to power through it over the next two days just so I won't have to deal with it anymore. I may burn it when I'm done.