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by morganb
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 48
Views: 1457

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

At the risk of going into religion... For the love of God, why in the hell would you ever consider going to an agent? I can kind of understand...sort of...going with a trad pub deal. Maybe. If you're desperate for validation and don't care to make money. But an agent??? Are you trying to have your ...
by morganb
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 26
Views: 1422

Re: Contest Questions

When you find yourself in that position of wondering whether you're still eligible to enter the contest, you can always send a note to Joni and ask. Include the word count of the stories you've sold, who bought the stories, and how much they paid you. She'll let you know.
by morganb
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?
Replies: 27
Views: 4021

Re: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?

Once in a very great while a story will arrive whole and complete, and all I have to do is draft it all out. Then it's a cycle of reading, thinking, revising, and rewriting until I feel like it's good enough. Most of the time though, all I get is a brief glimpse of an idea. The hard part for me is a...
by morganb
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809205

Re: Success!

Nice way to give an old story a new twist, Will. Congrats!


~Morgan
by morganb
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I submit stories I'm posting on my website?
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Can I submit stories I'm posting on my website?

Hey all, I'm doing the 52 Week Story Challenge (thanks again Phillip McCollum!) and posting the stories on my website. Not a lot of traffic there: maybe a couple members of my family and a few friends, if I'm lucky. Can I still submit these stories for publication elsewhere? I can't seem to find any...
by morganb
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: Critique exchange for a 3600 word half completed story

Solid advice from everyone above, and I wholeheartedly agree. A couple more points I'll throw in: 1) Make sure YOU are happy with the story before you send it out to others for a review. There's no point in making other people point out something you already know is an issue. I never send a first dr...
by morganb
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Reading vs writing
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Re: Reading vs writing

I write on my lunch hour during the day. I usually head over to the library or Panera or Starbucks and TYPE TYPE TYPE. Depending on how soon I wake up before my alarm goes off in the morning, I might also get another thirty or sixty minutes in before work too. In all, at least one hour a day, someti...
by morganb
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9279

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I feel drained after writing my Q4 story. I took it easy the middle 2 quarters of this year but Q4 I went all in. Usually I finish a story bored and ready to move onto something more exciting but this time I am not sure what comes next. I need some time. I am in a weird transitional stage where I a...
by morganb
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Bigger Piece or One-Shot?
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: Bigger Piece or One-Shot?

I say as long as the story can stand on its own, with its own story and character arc, and it's told vividly with an original voice, then GO FOR IT!

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 307
Views: 9279

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I've sold three HMs. Heck, there are people who've sold Rs. That's pretty awesome. I've gotten into the odd habit of wondering how some of the pro stories I've come across would fare on Dave's desk--and how some of the WotF stories would fare on, say, Neil Clarke or C.C. Finlay's desk. You really n...
by morganb
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10896

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

DylCary wrote:Thanks for the responses, everyone! Now to spend all of the next few weeks answering every unnamed caller I receive. Goodie


I wouldn't get too worked up about it. As KD mentioned, if Joni calls and can't reach you, she'll leave a message and you can call her back.


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10896

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Here's Dave's latest blog post: https://mystorydoctor.com/how-to-bore-an-editor-to-death/ Happy to say that I don't think I'm guilty of any of these in my Q3. So glad that Dave is alright and recovered from his hospital stay! I just read this. I think my Q3 might pass, but my Q4 is totally screwed....
by morganb
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2524
Views: 465375

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi guys, I'm new. My name's Will, and I'm excited to meet you all. I've been a wannabe writer since like 2011, but only in the past year have I really buckled down and gotten seriously (and only within the past year have I started seeing some success!) Welcome, Will. Strap in and hold on tight; it'...
by morganb
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 744

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Phew! Okay thanks. That's one less thing to stress about. Since I do my writing directly in Word on a computer/iPad Pro, and I don't convert for Kindle or Nook, I'm going to assume I'm okay.

~Morgan
by morganb
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 19
Views: 744

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

about this, i'm not sure if you check, but if you look at the file author, some ppl forget to remove their author tags in MS word. Can someone explain what this means? "File author"? "Author tags"? Does this mean all of our personal information under the File > Info section of W...
by morganb
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

How much are you charging, Orbivillein? lol


~Morgan
by morganb
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 659

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: 4006
Views: 809205

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: 137

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: 307
Views: 9279

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: 340
Views: 10896

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: 726
Views: 202338

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: 307
Views: 9279

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: 340
Views: 10896

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: 5
Views: 294

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: 2524
Views: 465375

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: 14
Views: 526

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: 14
Views: 526

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: 307
Views: 9279

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...

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