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by morganb
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

Here are my favorite free learn to write references on the internet: Writing Insights Part One: Becoming a Writer http://amazonauthorinsights.com/post/165774835635/writing-insights-part-one-becoming-a-writer?ref_=aai_fp_wr Writing Insights Part Two: The Rough Draft http://amazonauthorinsights.com/p...
by morganb
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804018

Re: Success!

That is a gorgeous cover!


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Short Fast Q4 Exchange
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Short Fast Q4 Exchange

vjalrik wrote:I have a 1500 word story I'd like another set of eyes on, with say a one week turnaround so I can still get it submitted this quarter. If you've got a short piece and can get some general impressions back quick, I'd be happy to swap!



PM sent!


~Morgan
by morganb
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm going to be submitting my 1st story on wotf this quarter. It has some downer portions and doesn't end on the highest note. From what I've read in vol 34, all the stories have generally happy endings. Does this mean stories without happy endings don't stand a chance? Good writing to everyone! wo...
by morganb
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I wonder if Kary lets those quarterly love letters to Dave slip through anyway just to mess with him. Then she just sits back and laughs and laughs...


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 200050

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 Sep 11, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Just my opinion, but it seems to me if they want to see shorter stories, perhaps the word count limit in the rules should be lowered to, say, 10K max?


~Morgan
by morganb
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

So... Do writers normally get these notifications or is this something new? Either way, can one speculate that receiving this notification means they have achieved at least HM? Submission progress notifications throughout WotF contest history have been episodic and erratic. Submission management so...
by morganb
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: Text to Speech in Word: Instructions

Thanks for the tutorial! Also, if you go into your computer's Text to Speech settings, you can customize the voice you want to hear. If you make changes though, I think you have to restart your computer before it becomes effective.


~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2483
Views: 461665

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome welcome to all the new forum folks!

You'll like it here (everybody does)...


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: Flash Fiction

Hi all, I sent an email to Joni in September last year and asked whether Flash Fiction sales count against our eligibility in the contest. She wrote back and said they do not. So at least according to her, flash sales should still be safe. But please let me know if anyone hears any differently. ~Mor...
by morganb
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: Flash Fiction

Hi all, New. I see the contest invites entries of up to 17,000 words, and I noted that David Farland doesn't view flash fiction as particularly competitive. Just wanted to invite comments from any flash writers who have submitted here. I write and submit flash stories in between writing short stori...
by morganb
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Hi all. A quick question for off of you that have been published in the WOTF annual books. How different was your original story from the final published version? Did you find your stories required a lot of polishing/revision/editing? Or were there only minimal polishing edits??? (I'm gaging the st...
by morganb
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 1196

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Scalables is the publication business model principle of resales and optional subsidiary rights placements, as much a facet for writers' considerations as publishers and agents'. Digest reprints and book anthologies might earn and, therefore, pay more than a first-publication sale. Might not. Short...
by morganb
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm late getting into the game for Q4, but on my way! Finally finished a very rough draft during my lunch hour today. This one's going to be big, I fear, probably +10,000 words. A real monster. Starting the first rewrite tomorrow, where I hope to start sticking blood and flesh on this skeleton. Then...
by morganb
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Wulf Moon wrote:But meesa happy yousa want meesa to have mooey mooey good writing space!


Ugh. What's truly awful is I can actually HEAR Jar Jar speaking that line. Thanks man. Yousa needs to be . . . pyoonished.

~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 85
Views: 1977

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Yikes. I've been dealing with other deadlines, but now a month has gone by, and look at all you busy bees! Good job! I just had a vision of Darth Vader. He sucked on his regulator, stabbed a finger in my face and said, "I am here to put you back on schedule." I assured him I was working a...
by morganb
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 190
Views: 5912

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Harion wrote:yes. i received the confirmation email for this recent quarter. i'm talking about the first entry i sent some 10 years ago. never heard from that one.


Yeah I'd say that one's probably a lost cause at this point. wotf011 But maybe you were able to find a home for that story elsewhere...?


~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous Submissions
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Simultaneous Submissions

If you are looking for an agent to represent you, your best bet is to pick up a copy of Writers Market or subscribe to Writers Digest and find several who seem like they'd be a good fit for a) your work, b) your goals as a writer, and c) your personality. Write a brief letter to each and let them kn...
by morganb
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7854

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: 3997
Views: 804018

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: 3499

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: 220

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: 3997
Views: 804018

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: 9
Views: 289

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: 192
Views: 7854

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: 302

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: 720
Views: 200050

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: 259

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: 192
Views: 7854

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

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