In Priscilla's case, strength was tact, and tact strength, as she dealt with article assignments and over-the-transom
submissions, attended cover and circulation conferences, and coped with overbearing authors (whom I imagined hanging up their phones afterward to go bear down on some other intended, but less formidable, victim), authors' deadlines, typesetters' deadlines (in those happy days of old), and Joe Sobran's deadlines.
effort helped Wet Dream win second place, and Jill Clark took top angler honors.
Across the Midwest, snowstorms brought the usual slowdown in the over-the-transom
market, but the downturn was no more than might be expected even if prices on the LME were strong.
There are over-the-transom
queries from freelancers, assignment clarifications, press releases, and the occasional ejoke.
What I don't want are over-the-transom
pitches -- by mail, fax or e-mail -- from people I don't know who want me to do a story about such and such or so and so and they're not in the news, they're not about to be in the news, have no relation to anything in the news and they're just looking to raise their profile.
Glenn von dem Bussche of the Newport Beach search firm of O'Shea, Divine said: "Normally a recruiter won't spend but a few minutes looking at an over-the-transom
resume, but the curiosity factor of the CD-ROM earned you 10 to 15 minutes.