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by T. R. Napper
Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 3169

Re: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

My rejections for 2015 just hit 194 today, of which 32 personal. This year's acceptances 7, plus 2 x HM and 1 x SHM. Wow. Way more productive than I. I've only retired one piece, and that's because I belatedly realised I was trying to be clever, rather than writing something I believe in. Like many...
by T. R. Napper
Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Asimov's has gotten really fast
Replies: 3
Views: 1846

Re: Asimov's has gotten really fast

Davian Aw wrote:http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/Market.aspx?mid=6

Lots of responses within a day or two, usually within a week. Any idea what happened there? New slush readers or something?


No idea. But the quick turn around has moved it right up to the top of my submission list.
by T. R. Napper
Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 861562

Re: Success!

george nik. wrote:Once again I will mention my SFComet story. wotf002
But this time it's to announce it's been published, so you can read it if you'd like! wotf008
A Rise To The Surface


Congrats. I'm jealous - I'd love to get published at that site.
by T. R. Napper
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: New SFWA Rules
Replies: 31
Views: 9536

Re: New SFWA Rules

Any recommendations on the Vietnamese short story front? Nothing that is widely available (though I need to do more research on this front). I get a local newspaper here that publishes one short story a week. The translation are often bad, the story-telling sometimes poor, but every now and again i...
by T. R. Napper
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: New SFWA Rules
Replies: 31
Views: 9536

Re: New SFWA Rules

Historically I think this is true. These days, I'm not sure it's quite so clear-cut. Look at the recently released F&SF cover: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/01/table-of-contents-fantasy-science-fiction-magazine-marchapril-2015/ There are also plenty of excellent magazines with a more in...
by T. R. Napper
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: New SFWA Rules
Replies: 31
Views: 9536

Re: New SFWA Rules

There appears to be a lack of clarity with the new SFWA rules on what is a SFWA market and what isn't. My understanding is they are yet to produce a final version of the new criteria. However, when they do, I hope WotF adopts the new definition for determining 'pro' writers. There's been a lot of am...
by T. R. Napper
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: New SFWA Rules
Replies: 31
Views: 9536

Re: New SFWA Rules

It's maybe significant that I sold my first story to Cat Sparks, an Australian woman. I sold my second story to Canada. It could be there's something about British women writers that US readers can't abide. How many current British writers in any genre can you name? A question for my American frien...
by T. R. Napper
Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: F&SF has a new editor--and now does e-subs!
Replies: 32
Views: 10132

Re: F&SF has a new editor--and now does e-subs!

This is great. Living here in Vietnam made snail mail submission to F&SF pretty much impossible. And even if it did manage to get through, to cost to mail a story over was prohibitive.

I have a story with him now actually. So fingers crossed.
by T. R. Napper
Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Grinder vs. Duotrope
Replies: 13
Views: 6202

Re: The Grinder vs. Duotrope

I only recently signed up for The Grinder, but I currently have 29 stories on submission (from flash to 12,000 words) and one pitched to an imprint, making 30 simultaneously in the wild. Of course this volume tends to mean that I get rejections in batches, but I also get positive vibes with more fr...
by T. R. Napper
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Grinder vs. Duotrope
Replies: 13
Views: 6202

Re: The Grinder vs. Duotrope

Personally I've found Duotrope a superior service. I'm on a very frugal budget, but I'm always willing to use my spare change to put money into an industry that has struggled in recent years. Mostly this involves buying new books whenever I can afford it, with the occasional SF magazine thrown in. B...
by T. R. Napper
Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Slush
Replies: 14
Views: 4733

Re: Slush

Thanks for this Mike. Very interesting.
by T. R. Napper
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 120
Views: 77435

Re: Galaxy''s Edge

Ahh a reprint of 'All You Zombies" just in time to go with the film adaptation. wotf007 Mike and Shahid (the publisher) worked hard to make that deal come together. They even have a still from the film incorporated into the cover. Nice work! Might I add that - despite having a small budget - i...
by T. R. Napper
Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 775
Views: 216279

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

18-day personal rejection from Strange Horizons yesterday. They made some positive comments about the content of the story, so it was an actual personal rejection (unlike the Shimmer rejections mentioned above). A HM for WotF should certainly be considered a 'personal' rejection. You're in (roughly)...
by T. R. Napper
Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous submissions
Replies: 13
Views: 4670

Re: Simultaneous submissions

Until today I thought it reasonable to assume that 184 days and two unanswered queries was evidence of lack of interest and could be taken as a rejection. I even asked my wife to confirm that this was a reasonable assumption. It's reasonable. I've had similar experiences to the one you've described...
by T. R. Napper
Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Black Static / Interzone
Replies: 22
Views: 11132

Re: Black Static / Interzone

I forget to mention it here, but I managed a second acceptance at Interzone. Coming out in January, I think. The story is called: "An Advanced Guide to Successful Price-Fixing in Extraterrestrial Betting Markets." It's fairly weird and the closest I've ever written to a PKD-type story. So ...
by T. R. Napper
Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories is back
Replies: 27
Views: 7108

Re: Fantastic Stories is back

Beth Powers wrote:
T. R. Napper wrote:34 Day rejection. "...quite good, but not what I'm looking for."


Those are the worst. I responded by submitting another story wotf007



Always the best response.
by T. R. Napper
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories is back
Replies: 27
Views: 7108

Re: Fantastic Stories is back

34 Day rejection. "...quite good, but not what I'm looking for."
by T. R. Napper
Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories is back
Replies: 27
Views: 7108

Re: Fantastic Stories is back

s_c_baker wrote:I got my 45-day rejection on Tuesday. It was essentially a form rejection, but one that confirmed I passed the first reader. Ah well!


Bad luck mate. My rejection must be coming soon, I guess. At 33 days now.

They've got a 0% acceptance rate on Duotrope, so not an easy market to crack.
by T. R. Napper
Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories is back
Replies: 27
Views: 7108

Re: Fantastic Stories is back

Beth Powers wrote:You might have already gotten your responses, but the Submission Grinder is reporting 39-48 day responses. So, they might be reading the second round--I too am waiting for a 30+ day submission.


Still no response here, but can see 52, 49 and 38 day rejections in Duotrope.

Must be getting close.
by T. R. Napper
Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories is back
Replies: 27
Views: 7108

Re: Fantastic Stories is back

Well, I sent my first story to them. A WotF reject from a couple of quarters ago. I almost changed my mind when I saw how long it was--I had forgotten--since they say the longer the story the better it has to be. I have enough problems with shorter stories being written well enough, but with their ...
by T. R. Napper
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories is back
Replies: 27
Views: 7108

Re: Fantastic Stories is back

They're very fast with returns, as well. Of my three submissions there so far, I got two back in under 3 days each, and am still waiting for the last one at around 40 days (which supposedly means it's gone to the second round). Yeah, I'm at 26 days. Duotrope says the average is 4.4 days, which is a...
by T. R. Napper
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How much do short stories help to build a career?
Replies: 27
Views: 8114

Re: How much do short stories help to build a career?

I'm not sure how relevant this advice is going to be, given you've already written 20 self-published novels, but I can give you the perspective of a relative newcomer. I've just returned from a convention in Australia where I pitched to a small publisher and a major publisher. Having the WotF win an...
by T. R. Napper
Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 118976

Re: Analog Submissions

After 247 days, I can now say: Captain Nick Aames is scheduled for a third appearance in Analog! Another sale? Congrats Martin. The editor clearly likes your stuff. Question: is there a point, after many sales to the same mag, where you no longer submit with the plebs through the slush pile, and st...
by T. R. Napper
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Black Static / Interzone
Replies: 22
Views: 11132

Re: Black Static / Interzone

A preview of the next Interzone is up (an issue I have a story in). The art looks bloody fantastic: http://ttapress.com/1813/interzone-254/
by T. R. Napper
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1173
Views: 236800

Re: Five Minute Rant

192 day personal rejection from Tor.com. RANT! RANT! RANT! RANT! RANT! Oh, well, off to Duotrope... Ha. I've had something with them for 112 days. I reckon I'll be waiting 6 months total for nothing more than a form rejection from those guys. Personal rejection from Tor though Martin - that's a thi...
by T. R. Napper
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:33 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Black Static / Interzone
Replies: 22
Views: 11132

Re: Black Static / Interzone

Alex Kane wrote:
T. R. Napper wrote:After posting here last I managed a 2-day acceptance to Interzone. Pretty happy with that. They're still a semi-pro market (though with a pro rep).

Congratulations! How long is the story they bought?


8200. The 'acceptances' for next issue link is here: http://ttapress.com/interzone/acceptances/
by T. R. Napper
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Black Static / Interzone
Replies: 22
Views: 11132

Re: Black Static / Interzone

After posting here last I managed a 2-day acceptance to Interzone. Pretty happy with that. They're still a semi-pro market (though with a pro rep).
by T. R. Napper
Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:33 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Black Static / Interzone
Replies: 22
Views: 11132

Re: Black Static / Interzone

I do keep trying, but no. Yesterday Interzone rejected a story of mine on the same day, in little more time than it must have taken to read it, assuming they did read it. Yeah, I've copped some quick Rs from them as well. Not clear to me why they aren't up front about payment. Perhaps they want roo...
by T. R. Napper
Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:58 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Black Static / Interzone
Replies: 22
Views: 11132

Re: Black Static / Interzone

At Interzone's Duotrope listing, payment has changed from 'semi-pro' to 'unknown.' A search of their website provides no useful information. Has anyone on the forums sold a story to this mob, or know someone who has? It'd be useful to know what they actually pay.
by T. R. Napper
Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Penumbra Submissions
Replies: 434
Views: 88616

Re: Penumbra Submissions

Just got this rejection:

"Your story is well-written and while I enjoyed reading it, I’m afraid it’s not quite what I’m looking for. Best of luck to you in placing this elsewhere, and I hope you’ll consider submitting something else to us for future issues."

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