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by Ishmael
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

I fear I took your name in vain in my letter to Mike, George. He replied that if George vouched for me it was good enough for him, so I hope the story I sent him was worthy of your trust. I've worked and reworked this one until I hardly know where I am with it, but I'm firmly convinced it's at least...
by Ishmael
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

Thanks George, I didn't know this. Maybe after this quick flush of pro-sales I might summon up the courage to ask. Unfortunately of course it will also put an end to my career as a WotF competitor. I don't think even Joni can stretch the rules any further to keep me in. Theoretically, if Flame Tree ...
by Ishmael
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

Wow, George. You talk about me being on a roll! I can't even get an invite to Galaxy's Edge, let alone be published by them!

Many (well deserved) congratulations to you.

wotf009
by Ishmael
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 51
Views: 11811

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

From correspondence with Gillian Whitaker I have ' in the range of 60,000 to 120,000 words – in the realms of SF, fantasy, horror and crime fiction.' Also 'our preference really is for completely new novels, previously unpublished in any form (on the basis that they have already had some exposure in...
by Ishmael
Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Congratulations everyone, especially the finalists! wotf009

HM here. I'm in for Q4, but it's beginning to look as though I can't write a DF story and I'm running out of time.
by Ishmael
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

Wow, Ishmael! You are an inspiration. When are we going to see your first novel? Thanks, Preston, but remember I couldn't sell anything in the first half of the year so I wasn't too inspirational then! Actually I self-published a novel The Prophets of Baal a few years ago. It was the discovery that...
by Ishmael
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

wotf013 And I've actually sold another story but I can't say where as yet. Okay I know this looks swollen-headed but in the first half of this year I couldn't sell a story to save my life! It's just like London buses - nothing for ages and then a whole lot at once. When the last of these is publishe...
by Ishmael
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

And:

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Includes my story 'The Black Horse'. Also now available for pre-order from Amazon.
by Ishmael
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

And:

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Includes my story 'Iron Hail'. Now available for pre-order from Amazon.
by Ishmael
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

Still rolling: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QsOIEoE6Vmk/WalvIUl3ZkI/AAAAAAAAgvY/Uxch0M4ZLmMwC_S9MTq5IcG9rpoL0BpMwCLcBGAs/s640/3%2526S.jpg TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction: Back and Foreword----------- Robert B. Finegold, MD The Memory of Huckleberries -------------- Rebecca Birch The Temptation of Fathe...
by Ishmael
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

After a pretty fallow six months are we on a roll here? http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/hs-fs/hubfs/9781786645562.jpg?t=1503591280088&width=190&name=9781786645562.jpg Flame Tree have accepted my story 'Heavy Weather' for their 'Pirates and Ghosts' anthology. Oh I do so enjoy it when some...
by Ishmael
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Commiserations to the R's. Twenty odd reported on The Grinder so this is a substantial wave. Newcomers should take some consolation from the quality of the experienced writers who went down at the same time. I wonder if this early date for the first round suggests Dave wants to clear the decks for a...
by Ishmael
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

I hope you enjoy it Aaron. Some way left field of my normal work these days. N.B. Everyone else - Today is the last day for the free download (see above). And in other news: (Drum Roll. Fanfare of Trumpets. Clash of cymbals. Writer enters to frantic applause while dainty damsels cast carnations befo...
by Ishmael
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 866893

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Jeremyteg wrote:
Fearless intellectual Eddy lectured from a holographic helicopter on Mother's bed.


Ineffectual intellectual Eddy lectured from a holographic helicopter on Mother's bed.
by Ishmael
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

I'm pleased to announce that my short story The Ship of Theseus has been published in the August 2017 edition of Phantaxis Magazine. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51fg%2Bx7yHGL.jpg I'm very fond of this story, in which an undercover cop in a dystopian future San Francisco discover...
by Ishmael
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Past Quarter Statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Past Quarter Statistics

It's the reality of publishing. Lots of people auditioning. Room for few on the stage. You have to ignore all the other people sitting in the hallway and keep saying, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people LIKE me!" And when you don't get hired at the audition, you say...
by Ishmael
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 866893

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Rebecca Birch wrote:
Galen wrote:The flabby birds balked at the speckled donut under our dock.


The flabby birds balked at the speckled donut under our woodshed.


Even flabby birds balked at the speckled donut under our woodshed
wotf008
by Ishmael
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4890
Views: 866893

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

disgruntledpeony wrote:The flabby birds slapped at the speckled donut on the dock.


The flabby birds balked at the speckled donut on the dock.
by Ishmael
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

Thanks Aaron. Whatever the outcome, I've certainly learned a lot about writing from this contest. On the other hand I do still need my mistakes pointed out!
wotf008
by Ishmael
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

Congratulations Jeremy! Apparently story sales are like London buses: you wait ages and then two come along at once. After 'The Ship of Theseus', my story 'The Black Horse' has been accepted by Third Flatiron for their anthology Strange Beasties . This one adds to my embarrassingly large number of p...
by Ishmael
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 311
Views: 11242

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

And since we're talking about typos, maybe this is a good time to mention that text reader programs do read out what you've written whereas when you read it through you read what you think you've written. Alternative is getting a helpful friend to read it for you, or even, some say, to reading it a...
by Ishmael
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

If michaeljwyantjr is trying to send me a PM, it seems to be blocked. I don't know why.

I suggest an email if you or anyone else wants to contact me.
by Ishmael
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 79
Views: 2176

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I've a finished draft, if anyone would like an exchange. In the 6-7K range. Email or PM me if you're interested.
by Ishmael
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 18195

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

amyhg wrote:And the results?

Joni giggled.

I got SECOND PLACE! *happy dance*

If I understand correctly, that removes me as a contender for the Golden Pen, which means I can officially stop twitching and kick back until April.


Well done. That's great! wotf009
by Ishmael
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Drafting
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: Drafting

Sometimes you take a wrong turn and it's helpful to have a fixed point to which you can return and start again, or from which you can rescue a section deleted in error. Sometimes I've tried to cut down a long story in order to submit to a call for limited-length submissions, such as Flame Tree's 400...
by Ishmael
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

A little flower has blossomed in the desert. My story The Ship of Theseus (7400 words) has been accepted for August's edition of Phantaxis.

I liked this story enough to write a sequel already.

Because everyone admires Heraclitus, right? wotf011
by Ishmael
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3827
Views: 686789

Re: Success!

Tangentially related to writing success... my first self-published book, Immortal , just got me my first real, career-based writing job. After 17 years in IT, I get to write for a living and leave tech troubleshooting to others. I'm calling it a win! wotf007 It's what you're calling it that matters...
by Ishmael
Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Past Quarter Statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Past Quarter Statistics

Entries are increasing year on year, so we're told. Some time ago rumour had it that there were around 1,000 entries per quarter. More recently speculation has suggested 2,000. With no slush readers and the coordinating judge responsible for getting through anything up to 20 stories a day, he inevit...

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