I always find this step to be very difficult, because all the stories in Hold-For-Voting are good. I don't know how the other editors do it, but I rely mostly on my gut at this step . Do I like it? Is it fresh, original? Thus, for me, this step is very subjective. Is this fair? Unfair? I know not.
The previous step, putting the finalist stories into Hold-For-Voting is more objective ( for me, at least). I try to discern if the story is objectively good. If so, in it goes.
I will compile the stats for each story and the total rankings will assist us at our upcoming Production Meeting.
Next week I'll give a report on the Production Meeting. And then...I'll start blogging about the exciting new issue!