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by morganb
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 173
Views: 4031

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: 53

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: 173
Views: 4031

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: 331
Views: 9253

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: 331
Views: 9253

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: 2507
Views: 463204

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: 632

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: 632

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: 460

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: 460

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: 4001
Views: 805780

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: 80

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: 173
Views: 4031

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: 331
Views: 9253

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: 723
Views: 200980

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: 173
Views: 4031

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: 331
Views: 9253

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: 3
Views: 88

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: 2507
Views: 463204

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: 13
Views: 253

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: 13
Views: 253

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: 173
Views: 4031

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: 1465

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: 173
Views: 4031

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: 173
Views: 4031

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: 173
Views: 4031

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: 331
Views: 9253

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: 195

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: 8149

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: 4001
Views: 805780

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

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