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by morganb
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 187
Views: 6647

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

And the word is - nope. I did not win but I am not depressed. Coming this far on a story I fully would not expect to strike's Dave's fancy is a good feeling all on its own. Sorry you didn't win. But at least as a finalist, your story is publishable, so you should have no trouble finding a professio...
by morganb
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3973
Views: 796284

Re: Success!

Totally excited for you, Rebecca! A little sad though too. Must be a bitter sweet feeling to be a pro writer and have to leave the contest at the same time. wotf014

~ Morgan
by morganb
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 23
Views: 3283

Re: writing books

I've collected a good number of writing books. I read anywhere from twenty to thirty novels a year. I've also attended a lot of workshops, joined up with writing groups, taken classes, subscribed to online magazines, listened to podcasts, etc. It's been several years and I get frequent personal reje...
by morganb
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Hooked on the Dragon
Replies: 8
Views: 135

Re: Hooked on the Dragon

I use Dragon Dictation on my morning and evening commutes to and from the office. I like it, although sometimes I have to scratch my head deciphering what the app hears me saying. I don't, however, use it when I write at the library or other public spaces where other people are trying to concentrate...
by morganb
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3973
Views: 796284

Re: Success!

michaeljwyantjr wrote:So, clarification on that publication:

Aphotic Realms: Dystopia, due out July 15th.

My story, “Perfecting Humanity”, makes an appearance. wotf024


Way to go, Michael, and all you great writers who are rocking the publication markets this year!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Rejection
Replies: 7
Views: 138

Re: Rejection

I'd be happy to take a look at it for you. Send it on over! PM me if you need my email address.


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 187
Views: 6647

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Another R to add to my list.
by morganb
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do you resubmit?
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Do you resubmit?

I'm also in the fresh camp; I don't resubmit old stories. I interpret Dave's R and HM stamp to mean my story still lacks a certain fundamental "Awesomeness Factor." In order for me to put that factor into my story, I'd pretty much have to break the whole thing down and completely rewrite i...
by morganb
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 197976

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. But . . . he also said if the story hasn't sold by ...
by morganb
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 154

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: 187
Views: 6647

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: 187
Views: 6647

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: 3973
Views: 796284

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: 71338

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: 217629

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: 71338

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: 71338

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: 17087

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: 154

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: 217629

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: 17087

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: 154

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: 17087

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: 605

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: 605

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: 453

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: 17087

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: 17087

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...

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