Just a quick one... This has come up a few times in the comments to the previous post - while we love reading the requests, shout-outs, wishlists, plugs, and Foxisms, they don't influence the decision-making process in any way. (OK maybe they do, but only very very slightly!)
The whole shebang would be an awful lot simpler if all of the proposals had the exact same level of quality, but they don't. They vary, a lot. So are we going purely on quality, then? Well, no. Because if the 20 most brilliant proposals are all for indie-rock albums of the last decade, that would throw the series off balance. There are compromises involved, and trade-offs. You can't please everyone all of the time. Life isn't fair. Etc, etc.
Anyhow, the main thing is, it's fun! I read the first 25 proposals last night, and just want to thank everyone, again, for sending these in.
FURTHER UPDATE: Of the 597 proposals, 75 were written by women - 12.5%, pretty much.
FURTHER FURTHER UPDATE: I've read 90 of the proposals so far, and 24 have made their way into my "shortlist" file. If the quality keeps going at this rate, that list won't be quite as short as I'd hoped...(Note: we're not informing anyone of any decisions yet, as I'll have one more trawl through the entire lot before finalising the shortlist, just to make sure nothing gets missed.)