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by Ishmael
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

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by Ishmael
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

Congratulations to all and especially to Rebecca on pro'ing out. Just don't be like me and follow up with six months selling nothing! However, pleased to announce my story 'Devine Justice' in Alternative Theologies from B-cubed. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41LDd4O5-zL._SX331_BO1...
by Ishmael
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

I think it's pretty amazing to have got in Razor's Edge, YM. Those guys are hard to please! Here's my own first effort this year. Slow off the mark but running at last! http://www.gumshoereview.com/IMAGES/GR_Orig_Story_Logo.jpg The Eleventh Commandment is not actually my first crime story, but it's ...
by Ishmael
Sun May 27, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 115
Views: 72332

Re: Galaxy's Edge

Thanks Chris. I'll inquire.
by Ishmael
Thu May 17, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 115
Views: 72332

Re: Galaxy's Edge

Actually six weeks would be unusually rapid for quite a number of publishers. I tend to query around ninety days unless I've a reason to wait longer - e.g. I submitted at the beginning of a window and the publisher doesn't take a serious looks before the close.
by Ishmael
Thu May 17, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 115
Views: 72332

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 activity...
by Ishmael
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

Thanks YM. And congratulations to you!
by Ishmael
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

Thanks guys!
by Ishmael
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

Well, after being on a real roll in the second half of last year I honestly wondered where my next sale was coming from. I can now reveal it's coming from Gumshoe. Yes, I wrote a crime story! (The story is called 'The Eleventh Commandment' and is due out in June.) Following my political satire in 'M...
by Ishmael
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critiques by Ishmael
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Re: Critiques by Ishmael

Sure, Louis.

You're welcome, Michael.
by Ishmael
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critiques by Ishmael
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Re: Critiques by Ishmael

Always happy to help, Louis. Punt it over.
by Ishmael
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critiques by Ishmael
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Critiques by Ishmael

May I remind forum members that I'm still happy to offer critiques and sometimes exchanges despite being pro'ed out of the contest. Obviously if I knew how to win I'd have won, but I managed a semi-finalist and a couple of silvers. I don't however tell people their stories are good if I don't think ...
by Ishmael
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

Good news! Well done. And as a former teacher, I hope your new profession is good to you.
by Ishmael
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

Well done, Rebecca. Two top markets.
wotf009
by Ishmael
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

My Nature story is out: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-07228-2 I'm quite proud of this one. It is the first story that made my beta readers cry and at 950 words that's hard to do. Oh yes! But the interview is almost better than the story. There's more here Aaron. You've created a world ...
by Ishmael
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 1401

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

Do not explain to anyone who may be oversensitive the literal meaning of some place names.

Grand Tetons?

Especially not Grand Tetons, Long John. wotf003
by Ishmael
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966610

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Oh! Sound of frog lodged in the throat Of dying wolf that made sweet chords! How shall our untuned lyres give note Angelic to to thy rough-hewn words? For clothed like sheep the lycanthrope’s Grey goatskin glimmers neath red moon; And like the frog bathed in lye soap Our feeble croaks and sighs end ...
by Ishmael
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

Wow! That's an impressive anthology in which to appear, Bob! Well done! wotf010
by Ishmael
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 886

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

I want to stress that I have worked with pro editors who were content to leave the writing to the writer (Flame Tree and Third Flatiron for example.) I've also had the good fortune to work with editors who saw what I was trying to do and helped me do it better. Honourable mentions to MJ Moores, Josh...
by Ishmael
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 886

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

The truly infuriating thing about recent events was that I had contrived to improve the story. I think when multiple changes are made to a text it's very easy for it to become rather clunky. What began as a beautifully-choreographed if perhaps slightly elaborate dance becomes a series of disconnecte...
by Ishmael
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 886

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

I'm finding it hard to write down my recent experiences. I shall be brief. If I've counted right, and I may not have because the exchanges were drawn out, it adds up to six rewrites, four by me and two (uninvited) by an editorial team. The first of the editorial redrafts came after my first. It took...
by Ishmael
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 723
Views: 201013

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Thanks, Martin. That was pretty much my thinking. I have to say that I've encountered a huge variety of editorial philosophies and degrees of intervention, even in my short career. The first time I encountered a strongly interventionist editor I was quite taken aback. "No, no," I said, &qu...
by Ishmael
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 723
Views: 201013

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

A certain writing saga of mine has been going on so long I can't remember what thread it was in. You may recall I mentioned decling publication of a story that had been, in my view, excessively re-written by a pro editor? Well the editor asked me to take another shot at it myself, which I did, incor...
by Ishmael
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19654

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Thank you, Moon; you are in danger of giving me a swelled head! Now for some reason I'm being pressed to investigate whether my various pro outlets met the 5,000 copies / hits rule as well as paying pro rates. Since my first pro sale was way back in 2014 and that outlet is not at present back after ...
by Ishmael
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19654

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I thought I'd posted my result already. Maybe I failed to press submit or something. Anyway I'm signing off from WotF with my eleventh HM, a batting average of .583 and a hitting streak of 12 consecutive entries. Close but no cigar. Not much more than a whiff of a distant cigarillo. Fortunately ther...
by Ishmael
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4001
Views: 805852

Re: Success!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51i1Zf7iAWL.jpg And Now! Available for preorder at an Amazon page near you! Containing not only my story mentioned above but also the sonnet mentioned earlier. Hey! For the first time ever, I'm in the same anthology twice! wotf007
by Ishmael
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 19654

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

disgruntledpeony wrote:There's a good chance we will see those on Thursday.


And here was I, just sleeping about the forum as I do, minding my own business, when DP says this! On Bonfire Night for goodness' sake!

wotf039
by Ishmael
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 16
Views: 1394

Re: Why Do You Write?

Is it art if it's not in the public domain? The standard answer is to point out Van Gogh sold only one paiting in his lifetime. On the other hand, I for one certainly started with the notion that my work didn't sell because it was too artistic for the uncomprehending market. The truth, as I now kno...
by Ishmael
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 147
Views: 8464

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I would add that sending stories to a number of outlets is a good way to reduce size of butterflies connected with any particular outlet. I got a rejection this morning, to which my reaction was "What on Earth did I send to them?" wotf013

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