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by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Test post
Replies: 0
Views: 3747

Test post

Wulf is having trouble posting, so I’m testing to see if it affects everybody.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 4354

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

For every "I didn't start selling until I did X" story, there's an "I didn't start selling until I stopped doing X" story. If you say "It doesn't work for me," you might be right. (But did you try it? Or did you just assume?) If you say, "That can't work for anyone...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 4354

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

I'm afraid I have seen no "constant pressure". No "pressure" at all, merely a discussion of A way to write. Discussion of ways to write is the point of this forum. Getting upset because someone has a different way of writing makes no sense to me. Their way is not an attack on you...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: About the Forum - Start Here
Topic: Writers & Illustrators of the Future Forum ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY
Replies: 0
Views: 3977

Writers & Illustrators of the Future Forum ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

Writers & Illustrators of the Future Forum ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY The Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests are committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all participants in both Contests which includes this Forum as well as any other activities, meetings, or events...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: About the Forum - Start Here
Topic: Welcome to the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Forum!
Replies: 2
Views: 5558

Welcome to the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Forum!

Welcome to the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Forum. The Forum has been created to provide a place for aspiring writers and artists to meet other like-minded writers and artists, individuals interested in pursuing a dream of becoming a writer or artist. In this forum, you will meet people fr...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: About the Forum - Start Here
Topic: Congratulations to our new moderator, Wulf Moon!
Replies: 3
Views: 2783

Congratulations to our new moderator, Wulf Moon!

John Goodwin has asked Wulf Moon to become a Forum Moderator. Wulf has graciously accepted. Please welcome Wulf to his new role.

Let's not all misbehave at once, now...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: About the Forum - Start Here
Topic: If you’re locked out of the Forum.,.
Replies: 0
Views: 4170

If you’re locked out of the Forum.,.

Currently the Forum won’t send out automated response email. That prevents new members from signing up; but it also prevents recovering lost passwords. If you find yourself locked out and can’t recover your password, email me (first name at last name dot Space), and I’ll try to resolve it. I can onl...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2971
Views: 626426

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Wulf Moon wrote:Welcome at last, BrandieJ! Glad the system finally got fixed!


Sadly, it’s not really fixed yet. As a stopgap measure, John or I can manually approve new accounts. And I’m not certain I can do that from my phone (for technical reasons), so approval may be delayed until I get home from work.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: About the Forum - Start Here
Topic: We Apologize for the Inconvenience...
Replies: 1
Views: 1851

We Apologize for the Inconvenience...

There have been problems -- recurring problems -- with the Forum server. It hasn't been sending out confirmation email, nor password recovery email. Please trust that Your Loyal Internet Hamsters are hard at work trying to resolve this. It's complicated, with many layers. We haven't yet identified t...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Clever spammer!
Replies: 2
Views: 2077

Clever spammer!

Some of you (thank you!) have been reporting a particular spammer. This one is more clever than average. The comments you have reported have had no spam links! But the comments have been nonsensical, off-topic, in broken English. I think the trick here is that the spammer makes a number of seemingly...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun May 20, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1199665

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Wulf Moon wrote:Okay, my writing advice. "Good things come to those who wait, but only what's left behind by those who hustle."


The best way to wait is to write more stuff.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun May 20, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for novels
Replies: 3
Views: 3775

Re: The editorial process for novels

My experience is only one book, so far: Today I Am Carey based on my short story "Today I Am Paul". Editor Tony Daniel sent me a two-page doc. Lots of it consisted of tense changes and similar copy edits. There were also places where he thought a point deserved emphasis, usually because it...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Testing
Replies: 5
Views: 3390

Re: Testing

That would be telling...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Testing
Replies: 5
Views: 3390

Testing

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by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 272157

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

RSchibler wrote:Got what I’m calling a second tier rejection from Analg today, after over 100 days. I was invited to resubmit with something else, so I’m calling it a win! For a bare novice like me, the little signs are really encouraging.


He means it. When an editor says that, they always mean it. Keep going!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1199665

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Here's an idea, since Sean Hazlett dropped by (hi Sean!). Why don't we fill the short jaunt to 5000 with advice on how to win the contest from former winners. It can be something you did that turned the page, something you learned at the workshop, something someone told you on a critique, advice fr...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 12
Views: 5364

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: 12
Views: 5364

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: 12
Views: 5364

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: 3
Views: 3775

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: 12
Views: 5364

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: 836
Views: 272157

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: 836
Views: 272157

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: 4950

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: 4313

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: 4950

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: 5000
Views: 1199665

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 8:22 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 4313

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 6:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1199665

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 5:21 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 4313

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.

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