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by morganb
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 196902

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Dang! So close! I had a story that was being held for consideration by a semi-pro magazine. I sent them a follow-up after their deadline had passed for getting back to me. The editor told me it's a strong story; they just can't use it at this time. He also told me if the story hasn't sold by Septemb...
by morganb
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Held for consideration

I'm glad I found this message thread. First of all, congrats Rebecca for getting that far! I also have a story being held for consideration. However, in his email to me, the editor said they'd try and have a decision for me by last week. As of today, still no response. So I'll probably give them unt...
by morganb
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 114
Views: 5277

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Bwa ha ha...someone submitted a love letter to Dave as their Q2 entry???

Thanks KD. I have May on the brain since I work in Accounting and we just closed out the month. I meant March! wotf007


~M
by morganb
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 114
Views: 5277

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

RSchibler wrote:For the interested, Dave peeped. His note today said he was on his first pass. I believe that’s code for Calm Down Writers. But who knows...


Ha ha...just NOW getting to his first pass for the thousands of entries from May 31st? This could be a very long twitch!

~M
by morganb
Tue May 29, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3960
Views: 790073

Re: Success!

The Razor's Edge will be released earlier than expected: June 15th. My story "Final Flight of the PhoenixWing" will be the last story in the anthology. Pre-orders here: https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc (For those outside the US, the anthology will be available through A...
by morganb
Tue May 29, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 114
Views: 71155

Re: Galaxy's Edge

FYI...I forwarded my original submission (May 3rd) to Lezli and she passed it on to the editorial staff. She said to allow up to an additional 30 days before hearing anything back. Glad they were able to figure out what happened and get it taken care of.

~Morgan
by morganb
Thu May 24, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215860

Re: Five Minute Rant

Oh my gosh, Matt, I can't tell you how good that blog post from Charlie made me feel this morning! I've been pretty bummed lately about my lack of success (i.e. "Still not a single pro sale...") I had never seen this post from Charlie before. I've submitted four stories to F&SF in the ...
by morganb
Thu May 17, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 114
Views: 71155

Re: Galaxy's Edge

MIne was submitted 57 days ago. Having misplaced Mike's email address, I sent it to the general submissions when the slush pile was opened to non-invitees for the first time two months ago. It looks as though Mike's continued to reply promptly to those that go direct to him, but very little activit...
by morganb
Thu May 17, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 114
Views: 71155

Re: Galaxy's Edge

For those who have submitted to Galaxy's Edge previously, did any of you receive a confirmation that your story was received? I did not, and based on activity in The Grinder, looks like most results come back within 12 days or so. My story's been out 14 days, and I just want to make sure Galaxy rece...
by morganb
Thu May 10, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16615

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

wotf059 Second place! I still can't believe it. Got the call today at work. I screamed and cried. Joni is the sweetest person ever. I'm ridiculously excited. This was the 47th time I've submitted. I began submitting back in 1986-1992, then again in 2009-2018. It's been a very long journey. Here's m...
by morganb
Thu May 10, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hello everyone!
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Hello everyone!

Henckel wrote:Hi Morgan. Good to have you on board.


Why thank you! lol
by morganb
Wed May 09, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215860

Re: Five Minute Rant

I guess you know you're getting warmer when you start seeing more personal rejections...? One of my flash stories this year made it to the final round of reviews at FFO. Suzanne Vincent sent me a personal email to tell me how close I was, which really sucked on one hand (to be THAT CLOSE and not qui...
by morganb
Tue May 08, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16615

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

The final outcome of the contest is always the annual anthology. I'm sure Dave wants to make sure there's a little bit of everything in that anthology -- a melting pot flavored by all the subgenres found inside fantasy and science fiction. So you might submit an amazing fantasy story in Q4, but if t...
by morganb
Tue May 08, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hello everyone!
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Hello everyone!

Frasier wrote:Hi all. I'm new to the forum,very happy to meet you.

Best Regards


Welcome aboard, Frasier. Happy writing!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon May 07, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16615

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Can someone help me out? Let me see if I understand all this? The portal closed early for Q1 this year. They realized their mistake and allowed additional entries? Then this backlogged the results so they have not yet published the winners? Is this correct? Are there any websites up that have a lis...
by morganb
Tue May 01, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

I think one of the biggest traps associated with WotF is to think that it's a rite of passage, barrier to cross, or even some definitive arbiter of quality--the attitude that "I'm getting Rs in this 'beginner's contest' so my stuff isn't saleable in pro markets." I think Jon makes a very ...
by morganb
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

Every published writer gets rejections and acceptances. Therefore, if you get a rejection, you're 50% of the way to being a published writer, right? That makes a certain amount of sense and is exactly how I'm going to choose to think about it from now on as long as I...ummm...don't think about it t...
by morganb
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"
Replies: 15
Views: 426

Re: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"

For more "modern" works, I'd have to recommend: Fantasy Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn" series Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" series Lauren Oliver's "Dilirium" series Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" (could be...
by morganb
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16615

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats to everyone who heard back already. I was really hoping to hear something by now, because the anticipation of not knowing is killing me, whatever the response is. But I was also one of those who got locked out on December 31st and had to email my sub to Joni because I waited too long. I ho...
by morganb
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16615

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats to everyone who heard back already. I was really hoping to hear something by now, because the anticipation of not knowing is killing me, whatever the response is. But I was also one of those who got locked out on December 31st and had to email my sub to Joni because I waited too long. I hop...
by morganb
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 16615

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I think I'm not going to leave the office tonight; just going to sit here at my desk and hit the refresh button on my email until something comes through. This is BEYOND twitching!

~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

You can always join up with Critters online and get feedback on your stories. I've always received feedback from at least ten or a dozen different people and most of the information is pretty useful.


~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 215860

Re: Five Minute Rant

I totally feel your pain, LD. You meet that one editor and the two of you totally connect and they really like what they're seeing in your work, but your work isn't selling at THEIR OWN MAGAZINE. Argh! Workshops are unique because it's a smaller group of writers and the workshop leader -- in this ca...
by morganb
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 16
Views: 2802

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

I've driven myself nuts in the past trying to box my story into a pre-fabricated package where so many rules apply. I've always thought of Swain's scene/sequel format more of a guideline of how the elements of a story naturally progress, rather than a step by step plotting guide where every thing mu...
by morganb
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1580

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

A four hour video of the event?!? It's gonna take me a week to watch that whole thing!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 889

Re: Contest Questions

Question asked from newbie Jason on the intro thread I'm also wondering... Do they offer a critique for our entries? Thanks! My understanding is they only provide critiques for semi-finalist entries and above. But I don't really know for sure because my entries have not reached above HM yet...YET! ...
by morganb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1580

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Matt -- were you able to get a print of Adrian's final artwork for your story? That would be amazing.


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 1580

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

How much time are the illustrators given to finish their artwork for the stories? Maybe that's their 24 hour challenge? lol


~Morgan

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