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by amoskalik
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 16
Views: 342

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

My story has been outlined but now that it's time to write, I feel all out of sorts. What is a beginning? How do I do this? How have I done this before? Every single time I sit down to write something, I become convinced that I don't know how to write wotf019 Ah well. Enough procrastination. Here I...
by amoskalik
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

Re: Success!

Congrats Rebecca!
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Word Counts

I've always assumed it was the body only, but I do not think there is a universal rule that applies to all markets. Also, most markets do not need a level a precision that the extra words of the title, byline, address ,etc. would matter. Usually when such precision does matter, they will specify in ...
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 92
Views: 2221

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

reigheena wrote:1 down, 3 to go. I have next quarter planned, and an idea for third. 4th - no clue.


I second that.
by amoskalik
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 91
Views: 2726

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I'm in. Happy Holidays everyone.
by amoskalik
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

Re: Success!

Congrats! The first sale is the sweetest.
by amoskalik
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 905792

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

This might be jumping the gun a bit, but seeing how a lot of forum members have already turned in their Q4 stories and are working on Q1, I thought I'd start this thread. For Q1 I'm writing a Fantasy. My last three entries have been more science fiction. I love science fiction, love to read it, but...
by amoskalik
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

I don't see why not. I believe DF turned his winning story for this contest into a novel and I'm sure there are plenty of other examples like that one.
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

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 amoskalik
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

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.
by amoskalik
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

I went to school with a bunch of folks from the suburbs of Chicago. We always used to joke that all of the suburbs there were a combination of [Geographic Feature] and [Flora]. For example, Cedar Lake, or Oak Lawn. So we started trying to make up our own imaginary Chicago Suburb Names. The best we ...
by amoskalik
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

That's me. I'm Topanga Canyon. When I found this out, it was one of the biggest shocks of my life. It was like I had a secret identity I didn't even know about. The stories I could tell you! And I fully intend to tell them all. The good news is: I didn't give up forever. I came back, and my stories...
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

My example is from the other end of the spectrum, too little editing. I had a story published by a fly-by-night operation that has since gone out of business. I submitted by email which, as you might imagine, can change some of the formatting. The editor 1. Posted the story as it appeared in the ema...
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

Re: Success!

Well done indeed. Congrats.
by amoskalik
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Form vs Personal Rejection
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Form vs Personal Rejection

Wet blanket note... Mike Resnick likes to point out, "The operative word in 'personal rejection' is 'rejection'." Oh, absolutely. On the one hand, personal rejections can give an author hope because it means they're closer to an acceptance than they might have gotten with a basic rejectio...
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4934
Views: 905792

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

This is the thread that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends. Some people started posting here, not knowing what it was, And they'll continue posting here forever just because This is the thread that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends. Some people started posting here, not knowi...
by amoskalik
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: Goodbye, Publisher's Word Count!

Thanks Martin. Publisher's word count is a pain, so I'm glad to see it go.
by amoskalik
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 9910

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Dead cat R for me.

I seem to have a negative correlation between expectations and results with this contest. The stories I know will be Rs, get HMs and the ones I think I hit out of the park get Rs. Oh well. Next quarter's story is in my opinion so so, so who knows?

Congrats to the HMs and Silvers.
by amoskalik
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 9910

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Eek. All of our stories are like Schrodinger's cat, simultaneously rejected and in that sainted pile at the same time. Until Thursday when the box is opened and we find... another dead cat (the expected value in this experiment).
by amoskalik
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 9910

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Tomorrow is Thursday.
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 92
Views: 2221

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

Blake Wallace wrote: Sooo, when do the butterflies subside?


Never. But they do get older and less energetic the more you submit. The first submission is the hardest, so congratulations on making that first leap.

Best of luck!
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

Re: Success!

wotf013 And I've actually sold another story but I can't say where as yet. Which is that my story 'Conspiracy of Silence' will be appearing in 'More Alternative Truths' due out on 11/11. Sometime in 2015, just after I'd sold 'The Old Man on the Green' to T Gene Davis, a reader actually enquired whe...
by amoskalik
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

Re: Success!

Woot! Nice going! Is it your first acceptance? Someday I hope to know what that feels like. Until then, I'm living vicariously through you guys. ~Morgan Thanks everybody! This is my second acceptance at Nature. Those are my only two pro-level sales. I find getting sales for flash to be easier than ...
by amoskalik
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

Re: Success!

I just got an acceptance from Nature!
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3876
Views: 734289

Re: Success!

I usually have between 10 and 15 stories out at a time. My most rejected story is currently at 30. My best story sold first time out. I've had stories sell after 20 rejections (although at nominal rates). I rarely revise, not because I believe my stories are perfect, but because I'd rather use my li...
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 9910

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

It's been almost a year since I worried about Thursdays... it's good to be back in the game!
by amoskalik
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 13
Views: 445

Re: Why Do You Write?

Let's be honest, either one would be awesome. I like (b) better though. I don't mind writing being a side gig, but giving my stories immortality, that would be truly special.
by amoskalik
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 21
Views: 791

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

I think this is good encouragement for all of us, especially if you've sold some things, that we should be writing with publication in mind, instead of the "well, I'm just not there yet," mindset. Exactly. wotf007 wotf010 I guarantee that part of the reason I haven't sold any of my WotF s...
by amoskalik
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Poems for Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 2734

Re: Poems for Pleasure

Woke up one morning with this little ditty going through my head. No idea where it came from in the night, but I'm picturing some future antagonist whistling the tune as he makes his way over people's rooftops and down into their homes. Sincere apologies to Mr. Dick Van Dyke... Chim chiminy Chim ch...

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