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by amoskalik
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Kary English wrote:
I also apologize, repeatedly, profusely, and with lots of brownies, for any of the rejections I might send your way. I'm sorry!!



No need to apologize, but the brownies are always welcome wotf007
by amoskalik
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 89
Views: 2064

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I'm still pushing for this quarter but it is looking grim. I'm at 9K+ and probably have at least 1000 words to go in my rough draft. I don't see how I can clean that up in less than a week to submittable quality. Sigh. Looks like I'll be 3/4 for this year. I'm toying with the idea a pushing out a fl...
by amoskalik
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 205
Views: 6165

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? Something similar has been done in the past and then they stopped for whatever reason. It does not guarantee an HM or high...
by amoskalik
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 205
Views: 6165

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

For the record, I submitted on June 21st and received my first pass email on Sept. 4 at 2 AM. (Joni never sleeps apparently.)
by amoskalik
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 205
Views: 6165

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

michaeljwyantjr wrote:
vsutherland01 wrote:Just got an email from Joni saying I made it through the "first pass" my story is still in the running for Q3 so it will now be reviewed by DF. Who else got an email?


Did anyone else get one of these emails?


I just got one. Maybe I will finally break my streak of 4 consecutive Rs...
by amoskalik
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Unintentional Relevance
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Unintentional Relevance

A few years back, I was in a similar situation. I submitted a story with the biblical story of Noah as the major theme (with a sci-fi twist). As soon as I submitted, I heard that a major picture about Noah was coming out. Well, long story short, that movie bombed (I watched it, it was bad) and my st...
by amoskalik
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804109

Re: Success!

Congrats!
by amoskalik
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest First Reader - Kary English!
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: Contest First Reader - Kary English!

Exciting news. Congrats, Kary! Will you be serving up your Rs with brownies of commiseration?
by amoskalik
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: All countdown stories

RSchibler wrote: What about them is currently seen as marketable or appeals to a broad audience?


Let's post links to these types of stories here as we run across them so that we can analyze. I am curious as well.
by amoskalik
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: All countdown stories

Indication that the ending didn't work: If I quickly forget what the ending was. This. I couldn't think of the title of recent story that had this issue or even what it was about. The only thing I remember is feeling annoyed. And that is why a non-ending ending is a bad idea. We really need to leav...
by amoskalik
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: All countdown stories

OK, I actually read the Cat Rambo story now. I like it. I did not feel like it ended abruptly. Its arc began and ended where you would think it would, so I agree with Orbivillein, the blogposter missed the point. I have seen stories recently though just seemed to cut off mid-arc or even sooner. Mayb...
by amoskalik
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 304

Re: All countdown stories

I’ve mentioned this precise phenomenon to a few writing friends recently based on stories I read in the pro magazines. Curious to hear your thoughts. https://drmauser.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/fizzle/ I've noticed this in a few stories lately. From a writer's point of view, I understand why it happe...
by amoskalik
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804109

Re: Success!

I had two stories published at the beginning of this month: "This Isn't Better" in Galaxy's Edge , and "Peace in the Valley" in Factor Four Magazine . They were my second publications in both markets. I am now officially pro-ed out from the contest. I have learned so much from b...
by amoskalik
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7878

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

bobsandiego wrote:so Q2 vol 34 I posted that Dave had returned me to the dog house.
Last week I found out that this year, this Q2, I am a finalist.
It doesn't seem real.
wotf058


Awesome!
by amoskalik
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Magic in the 4th
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: Magic in the 4th

I just started my Magic in the 4th story. I am semi-pantsing it. I have a pretty strong concept, some interesting characters, and I know where I want to end up, but no idea how I'm going to get there. Should be fun!
by amoskalik
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7878

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I'm out. But the good news is, my Rs sell better than HMs, so off to the Grinder!
by amoskalik
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Quarter 3 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Submitted June 21, 2018. First day of Summer!
by amoskalik
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 138
Views: 7953

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

Three down and one to go.
by amoskalik
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 205
Views: 6165

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I'm in. I really like this story and this is my 1000th post, so maybe...
by amoskalik
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest
Replies: 7
Views: 370

Re: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest

I agree with what everyone said above. I would also add that writing with a fear of rejection is counter-productive. It will prevent you from taking the risks necessary for your story to have any chance. This contest, and indeed any venue worth publishing in, is looking for more than just competence...
by amoskalik
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804109

Re: Success!

I have a story out The Garden of Esther in The Colored Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BXG21D3.
It's free on KindleUnlimited and will be on sale for $0.99 on June 19th is anyone's interested.
by amoskalik
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804109

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 amoskalik
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804109

Re: Success!

Mad Scientist Journal accepted two fictional advertisements from me. Normally I'd wait to circulate contracts to post about it, but I wanted to tell everyone here because their submission window is still open. http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/ and this maybe gives you more time to get som...
by amoskalik
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 18837

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

preston wrote:For those who might be interested, I am featured on the WOTF blog! Whew! The excitement never ends!


https://www.writersofthefuture.com/never-give-up/

Truly inspirational, especially for those of us stuck in HM/R land.
by amoskalik
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7878

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

morganb wrote:Bwa ha ha...someone submitted a love letter to Dave as their Q2 entry???


Darn, once again unrequited.
by amoskalik
Wed May 30, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 114
Views: 72055

Re: Galaxy's Edge

FYI...I forwarded my original submission (May 3rd) to Lezli and she passed it on to the editorial staff. She said to allow up to an additional 30 days before hearing anything back. Glad they were able to figure out what happened and get it taken care of. ~Morgan Same for me. Thanks for the heads up.
by amoskalik
Thu May 24, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 220408

Re: Five Minute Rant

Lukewarm would be someway of saying "send in another story" evidently editors who say that mean it and aren't just being nice or polite. Hot would be a personal comment, especially if it says you were close. FWIW this is what we do at PodCastle. There are 4 tiers of rejections, available ...
by amoskalik
Fri May 18, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Magic in the 4th
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: Magic in the 4th

I've been thinking about what I want to write about. I have a vague concept that I want to try, but it is going to need some more work before I can even do a log line.

But first, I've got to finish up Q3. Just finished my first draft.
by amoskalik
Thu May 17, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 114
Views: 72055

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 activit...
by amoskalik
Mon May 14, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 18837

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats Sataris!

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