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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: 4974
Views: 969982

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: 927

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
Sun May 20, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19862

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm late to the party, but... Congratulations, Preston!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19862

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Chris533 wrote:Congrats to everyone - I imagine the finalists are not getting any sleep tonight! I hope I get to have that problem some day.


Get sleep! It could be a while. You want to be wide awake for The Call.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19862

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Sataris wrote:just got off the phone with joni, who was lovely as you'd expect—finalist this time! still shaking a little bit. best of luck all!


Yowza!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Testing
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: Testing

That would be telling...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Testing
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Testing

wotf013
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202320

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: 4974
Views: 969982

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
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 23
Views: 3800

Re: writing books

Good morning, little spammer! Thought you'd catch me napping?

They've learned to disguise their spam links as "Recommended reading lists".
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 20258

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Absolutely take pride in your Honorable Mentions! They don't just give those out like candy. Yes, it means your story was in the top 10%, maybe even the top 5%. Only around a hundred per quarter. It means Dave found enough to like that he finished your story. Most stories, he only reads a page or tw...
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: 17
Views: 1503

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: 16
Views: 1526

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: 17
Views: 1503

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: 1004

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: 1004

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: 1004

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: 927

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: 1004

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: 726
Views: 202320

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: 726
Views: 202320

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: 1203

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: 1013

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: 1203

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: 4974
Views: 969982

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: 16
Views: 1526

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: 1013

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: 285
Views: 20258

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: 402
Views: 19862

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: 4974
Views: 969982

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...

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