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by alpha
Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Writer's Group
Replies: 16
Views: 2769

Re: Writer's Group

I'm very interested in forming a writing group. If you want me, I'm totally in.
by alpha
Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: 4400 word alternate history/fantasy exchange
Replies: 0
Views: 855

4400 word alternate history/fantasy exchange

I think the subject says it all. I'm happy to trade crits. It doesn't bother me if your story is longer than mine.

email me. pdavid574@hotmail.com
by alpha
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

George, maybe why it's happening is your stories are good.
by alpha
Wed May 04, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202335

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Hey folks, Got a personal R today, and I'm not quite sure how to interpret it. Some of you who have more experience with the editorial side of things might be able to help me. Here's the text of the e-mail: I really did like this, just not quite enough to buy it. My main problem was that the opening...
by alpha
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: 2016 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD
Replies: 7
Views: 1597

Re: 2016 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD

My approach to submitting is "Always Enter Everything." I'll be in for the 2nd year for this one. (I HM'ed last year).
by alpha
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What did you publish in 2015?
Replies: 17
Views: 12369

Re: What did you publish in 2015?

My humble contribution to this thread:

"Adroit" in the Theian Journal.

My list is short, but I'm proud of it. It's my first sale. More to come.
by alpha
Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202335

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Yeah, Tor takes forever. It's normal. As a $0.25/word market for short fiction, I guess it's their right.
by alpha
Sun Dec 27, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

Way to go, Ishmael! It's a deserving story.
by alpha
Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202335

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

So, this story that is, to use an acronym I picked up from Ishmael, TBTIEW (the best thing I've ever written), keeps getting personal rejections along the lines of, "I like the story, but it doesn't fit here." Well where the heck does the stupid thing fit? (By stupid thing I mean work of i...
by alpha
Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 222449

Re: Five Minute Rant

Alice, my guess would be something like, "Kick-ass idea, but it fell short somewhere in the execution. But I'd love to see more of your kick-ass ideas in the hopes that next time you execute better." But it's just a guess. I have even less information to go on than you. And yeah, that &quo...
by alpha
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

Rockin' sale, George!
by alpha
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 5072

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

I'm in for this one. Took the plunge. It was easy choosing which story to submit: the only one I've ever written under 5,000 words. (Well, the only spec fic under 5,000, anyway).
by alpha
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202335

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

2 new markets to submit to; I wasn't aware of either one. Thanks for the (inadvertent) tip, George!
by alpha
Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 222449

Re: Five Minute Rant

Hey, editors! Don't start rejection letters with the word "congratulations!" I understand you're trying to engage in a polite and positive interaction with me, and I appreciate that, but some of us crave publication success badly enough that it gives us fragile psyches okay? Damn, that mes...
by alpha
Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 5072

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

I hadn't heard of it. It looks good, though. Even if the video does look and sound like I'm getting recruited for a cult.
by alpha
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 222449

Re: Five Minute Rant

Argh! Why can I write a 7,000 word story that I'm in love with, but can't come up with two or three words for a title that I don't despise? Someone should start a service where you can send them a story, and they'll come up with an awesome title for it. I would be their best customer.
by alpha
Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

Well done, Dr. Bob!
by alpha
Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

Wow. Really good story, hlf.
by alpha
Sun Nov 08, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

All right, Ish! Way to keep those stories coming!
by alpha
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

I've been head down in my novel -- almost done 71,000 words out of an estimated 80,000.


Also a success worth celebrating. Well done, Bob!
by alpha
Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

My story, "Adroit," is live in The Theian Journal. It was an HM here.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017J9LPG2
by alpha
Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: 7k Fantasy Crit Exchange
Replies: 2
Views: 1160

Re: 7k Fantasy Crit Exchange

I'm down for a swap. I think mine is about 6k (don't have it in front of me). Contemporary fantasy. Email me yours, and I'll send mine.

I probably won't have a chance to read until the weekend.
by alpha
Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202335

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Well, got a personalized R from Mr. Finlay at F&SF. I feel pretty good about that, I guess. I don't know about you, but I'm really ready to break out of this "almost there" spot I feel like I'm in.
by alpha
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202335

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Sounds like several of us sitting on the cusp of making some good sales. Good luck all! What do you say we all go ahead and break through and do a forum sweep of the publishing world?
by alpha
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202335

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Had one go to round 2 at Futuristica. That was eventually rejected, so I sent a 2nd one. Rejected at the first tier. Oh well.
by alpha
Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

Thanks, friends!
by alpha
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 809200

Re: Success!

Made my first sale ever. Sold one to Stupefying Stories. I'm officially out of the "hoping to one day be published" camp. I guess now I'm in the "hoping to one day be published again" camp.
by alpha
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 202335

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Well, got the higher tier rejection letter from Sheila Williams at Asimov's. "Thank you for letting me see [story]. The story is nicely done, but I'm afraid it's not quite right for me. I look forward to your next one, though." Not quite a win, but my fragile psyche will chalk it up as a p...

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