Whether everyone on the Sad Puppies 3 slate was asked, and what they were told, has been part of the overall discussion.
Juliette Wade is one of the writers who withdrew her story from the Sad Puppies 3 slate, and she has agreed to share how that experience looked from her side.
Juliette Wade: Brad approached me on Facebook IM on January 25th as follows:
Brad: Juliette, I would like to include your novelette “Mind Locker” on my Hugo suggestion slate for February. Can I have your permission to include you?
Me: Yes, thank you so much!
I did not notice the word “slate” or think anything of it at the time. We then discussed his upcoming work duties (army reserve stuff). Then on February 1 the Sad Puppies list was posted, and I was alerted to it by my friend Lillian Csernica. I remember feeling cold and a little sick. I immediately IMed Brad at 6:28 pm. This was the conversation I had with him at that time.
Me: Brad, I am sorry, but if you will be labeling me as a sad puppy I will have to ask you to withdraw me from your list.
Brad: You’ve not been labeled a sad puppy. This is the :fight puppy-related sadness list” I contacted you about earlier. You said you were OK with it.
Me: You did not say you were going to be calling it the Sad Puppies list. I feel like you were misrepresenting it. I’m happy to be one of your Hugo recommendations. This is different.
Brad: (shrug) I think your story deserves to make the final ballot. If you elect to not participate, so be it.
Me: I think I would be more comfortable if I were not on the list. Thanks for thinking of including me.
Brad: You’re off the list.
Me: Thank you.
After that I walked around my house angry for a while thinking about how disingenuous he was about the whole thing.
Thanks to Juliette Wade for adding to our understanding about how the slate was assembled, and confirming how her withdrawal was handled.