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by amoskalik
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3859
Views: 712773

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: 14
Views: 319

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: 14
Views: 319

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: 178

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: 3859
Views: 712773

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: 242

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: 4927
Views: 889582

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: 14
Views: 319

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: 261
Views: 7530

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: 261
Views: 7530

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: 261
Views: 7530

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: 60
Views: 1232

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: 3859
Views: 712773

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: 3859
Views: 712773

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: 3859
Views: 712773

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: 3859
Views: 712773

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: 261
Views: 7530

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: 306

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: 582

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: 2455

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...
by amoskalik
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:34 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: 582

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

Even Rs can be publishable. I've sold 3 out of 5 Rs so far, and only 1 out of 5 HMs.
I do feel my HMs are better than my Rs in general, so it is just a matter of market really.
by amoskalik
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7530

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I keep forgetting to report in here, but I submitted on September 29th, and I just received the confirmation a few minutes ago, so I'm in for Quarter 4! I first entered the contest 10 years ago this quarter, and I've only missed one quarter since--this is my 40th entry wotf024 Wow, that's determina...
by amoskalik
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 32
Views: 1225

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

I used to be told I had a great accent too. Then I asked how it was considered possible for an Englishman to speak English with an English accent. I mean, do we accuse the French of speaking French with a French accent? (I have to concede that my accent nowadays places me somewhere between Windsor ...
by amoskalik
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 261
Views: 7530

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

You and me, Stephanie. Four entries in 35! I may have only one in all of 34. That's not good... I've been obsessed with political stuff for over a year and it's killed my creativity. Real life is an unwelcome balm to the fire of the muse. Once I work out how to stop obsessively checking the news ea...
by amoskalik
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: RIP Dr Pournelle
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: RIP Dr Pournelle

Very sad news. Thanks for sharing.
by amoskalik
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 34
Views: 926

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I really like this one so far. 90% done with the first draft. Of course I started writing a year ago.
by amoskalik
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 15229

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

At least you three didn't have to twitch for long. Finalist is awesome! I hope to be like you someday wotf007
by amoskalik
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3859
Views: 712773

Re: Success!

katsincommand wrote:Hey guys I've got a story out in Fireside today.

https://firesidefiction.com/feeding-mr-whiskers


Nice one. Brings back memories of my Dad's Frankenstein kite that hung on our basement wall. I could've used a light-saber or two back then.

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