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by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

Editors also talk to other editors, especially at cons. I know they do talk about who is close, because Dean (Wesley Smith) told me they do. And when someone that was *this close* to getting published drops off the face of the earth, they also ask one another what happened, and whether they've seen...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 13
Views: 293

Re: Why Do You Write?

Absolutely. Build your support network. They're also simply faster. Musicians get better and faster with practice. So do artists, engineers, doctors, mathematicians... Any profession you can name. And so do writers. Five years ago, 3,000 words per day felt impossible to me. Now it feels like slackin...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

Rules are rules. The easiest way to get disqualified is to not follow them. Worse is to lie and hope the judge doesn't catch it. Writers worry that a bad story will ruin their reputation forever. Every editor I've spoken with says they're too busy to remember bad stories, much less the authors. The...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

[quote="jI would hope this reputation now precedes this individual?[/quote]

I don't recall the name, unfortunately. I'll search the archives, but old threads get pruned to save space.

In the mean time, it's always a good idea to check Writer Beware and Absolute Write.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

So sorry, Ishmael. I've heard horror stories like that. In one (much discussed here, I think), the editor practically wrote his own story -- adding in major elements of sadism and sexual brutality -- and then mocked the author for objecting. A little research showed he was famous for that. And for g...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

My own experience (so far) is strictly short fiction, and almost exclusively pro-paying markets. (I'll occasionally give a story for a friend's market or friend-of-friend's. I'm notoriously easy to flatter.) My markets have included: ⋅ Analog ⋅ Galaxy's Edge ⋅ Clarkeswo...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for novels
Replies: 0
Views: 36

The editorial process for novels

As suggested by Ishmael, this is a thread for discussing the editorial process and what to expect. Novel editing and short fiction editing have significant differences, so I'm launching two threads. I'll bet you can guess what this one is... I've also invited editors to contribute their thoughts. We...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 165

The editorial process for short fiction

As suggested by Ishmael, this is a thread for discussing the editorial process and what to expect. Novel editing and short fiction editing have significant differences, so I'm launching two threads. I'll bet you can guess what this one is... I've also invited editors to contribute their thoughts. We...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 710
Views: 181072

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Ishmael wrote:The thing was, nobody had given me any idea of what to expect. I wonder if a thread discussing editorial licence would be useful, or whether they're all so different that no guidance is really possible?


Or maybe two. I'm launching them now.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 710
Views: 181072

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

In the final analysis I am the custodian of my own reputation, though I'm quite aware my literary profile is so low that to call it 'my reputation' is more than somewhat vainglorious. But I like to think of myself as a wordsmith, a craftsman, writing beautiful prose, creating art. My work needs edi...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Form vs Personal Rejection
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Form vs Personal Rejection

I've yet to find personal rejection comments useful. By the time I start submitting a story I've moved on creatively so even if I got a truly insightful comment that would help me make a piece much better, I wouldn't act on it because I feel my time is better spent working on my latest story. But t...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 195

Re: Fixing the place up

For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page. Found it! It's under the Quick links menu in the upper left: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/search.php?search_id=unreadposts . It used to be under the thread/post list. I'll leave it where it is. Tha...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Form vs Personal Rejection
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Form vs Personal Rejection

Wet blanket note... Mike Resnick likes to point out, "The operative word in 'personal rejection' is 'rejection'."

Optimistic note... Mike also points out that tells you not very much, and keep trying. I think he said one story took 17 years to sell.

But it sold!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886903

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

storysinger wrote:99 to go.


...take one down, pass it around...

wotf013
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 13
Views: 293

Re: Why Do You Write?

I think you have to be very careful when you look at speed-to-market and the business side of writing. There are lots of pro writers who use ghostwriters to help them publish book after book after book. So when you see pro authors cranking out two or three or four novels a year, chances are good th...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 195

Re: Fixing the place up

For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page. Found it! It's under the Quick links menu in the upper left: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/search.php?search_id=unreadposts . It used to be under the thread/post list. I'll leave it where it is.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 259
Views: 7292

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

SHM. That rounds out my set of responses from WOTF with at least one in each category, except, of course, "Winner". Maybe next year! A blackout bingo! That's amazing. Has anyone else ever achieved this? (I knew there was a reason I've been collecting "R"'s - I wanted to make sur...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 31
Views: 839

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Started my first draft of a story, yesterday. Got 500 words in, got stuck, went to work, and realized I was beginning the story too early while I was halfway through my shift. Had to scrap almost everything I wrote, this morning. Even so, I've gotten started! And I'm (GASP) pantsing my first draft....
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886903

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

This is the thread that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends. Some people started posting here, not knowing what it was, And they'll continue posting here forever just because This is the thread that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends. Some people started posting here, not knowin...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

From David on Facebook: The Contest is now officially using word processor count, NOT publisher's word count.

Go wild, people. Go wild.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 195

Re: Fixing the place up

Avatars were limited to 6K, also to 100x100.

Evil Martin bumped that to 16K and 180x180, and he allowed remote avatars.

Go wild, people. Go wild.

wotf013
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 195

Re: Fixing the place up

The avatar limit is set to 6KiB, which is so tight I can't upload a 180x180 JPG because it is 6,968 bytes i.e. 6.8KB. Might be worth easing up on it a little bit? Bandwidth isn't that expensive anymore wotf001 (this may be why my avatar has disappeared from my posts altogether, even though it still...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 195

Re: Fixing the place up

And PLEASE! I'm new to phpBB. If it seems like I break something, please let me know ASAP.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 195

Re: Fixing the place up

disgruntledpeony wrote:New users can't make avatars, and the users who already have avatars can't change them. I'd like to see this functionality come back, please. wotf007


I changed the avatar settings to forbid remote avatars and allow uploading of avatars. Please give it a try. Thanks!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 195

Fixing the place up

So as long-time members know, there was a dark period. New users couldn't get their confirmation email. Existing users couldn't recover their passwords -- not even us admins, so I was locked out. Brad fixed this by basically reinitializing the site to defaults, and then installing updates. All hail ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886903

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

disgruntledpeony wrote:Only 107 posts to go. Jeebus! wotf015


Let's see if I can help that along... wotf013
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Thank you all!
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Thank you all!

I've been away. Partly due to the broken forum software and lost passwords, partly due to my writing career getting crazy busy. I'm back. But while I've been gone, you all have been great. You haven't burned the place down. And you've done a great job of reporting spammers! (Even if none of us admin...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue May 03, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 886903

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Awesome! Less * than 400 to go. Tina? Where are youuuu? *fewer wotf004 And oooh, first post on lucky page #159. My bad. "If you want a simple rule, the difference between less and fewer is straightforward: The traditional advice is that fewer is for things you count, and less is for things you...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun May 01, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Registering Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 1932

Re: Registering Problem

Speaking! As soon as paperwork is processed, I'll be the new Administrator hereabouts. That will give me a direct contact to the hosting company, instead of the layers between us right now. This issue is my number one task to address. It has been going on for six months or so, but it has been imposs...

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