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by AliceBrook
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 77917

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Just want to let you know - Joni said this time there were "highest ever entries," sooo this quarter was, I think, extra hard. So we all did great wotf007 Also, do we put HM in our cover letters? Or only when we're submitting our HM/SHM stories? Is that a thing or is it unnecessary when su...
by AliceBrook
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 77917

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Thank you, and congrats to everybody else, even the Rs because rejections are also confirmation - you are writing and improving and, though it stings, a rejection is only an opportunity for you to tell them 'Just you wait' and get back to the stories wotf008 I wasn't offered a tip, only a note that ...
by AliceBrook
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 77917

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

HM !
This is the first time I submitted to WotF so wotf010
by AliceBrook
Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 197928

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Hey, Muri Personally, I don't think you should read too much into it. We're about, what, 40 years too late for personal correspondence with editors, right? [I read in Tiptree's biography she'd just strike a conversation post-submission, and a friendship would be born] I don't think we can do that an...
by AliceBrook
Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 197928

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Hm, well, I guess I should just keep waiting. I only hope they'll be able to answer soon...
by AliceBrook
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 197928

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Got my first personal rejection from Liminal Stories, in the second try -- incidentally, this was for my last week's HM, so it's the second "close but not that close" for this story in a week. They said that the worldbuilding was "wonderfully done" and they look forward to my ne...
by AliceBrook
Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

Dammit, I have to ask. I got a rejection from a magazine I absolutely adore/respect/swoon at. It said the story was ambitious and that they'd like me to submit more stories with that kind of ambition. That...that was a damn near perfect rejection. Nonetheless, I'm confused about the meaning of 'ambi...
by AliceBrook
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 22
Views: 3227

Re: writing books

Oh, how could I forget?!

Jeff VanderMeer's Wonderbook! I really loved that one, it's packed with exercises and examples and the artwork is jawdropping.
by AliceBrook
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 22
Views: 3227

Re: writing books

I've gone through quite a bit of these, mostly because I can't afford a workshop so I just made my own wotf008 Nancy Kress - Beginnings, Middles and Ends James Scott Bell - Plot & Structure Renni Browne & Dave King - Self-editing for Fiction Writers David Manning - Revising Fiction, a handbo...
by AliceBrook
Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:33 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

Thanks, Ishmael and amoskalik
So it won't be too long now wotf008
by AliceBrook
Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

So how long is the Tor wait these days?
All I can see on Grinder is anywhere between 4(??) to 490 days...I'm on day 70 with a story a kinda-sorta like, so I'm wondering when I should get my hopes up/down
by AliceBrook
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

Presumably they didn't just lose my story then suddenly rediscover it down the back of the sofa, though who knows? You know that really does happen! When my dad worked as a postman (sometime in the 70s/80s), one family kept complaining they never got their letters. It was only after a couple of mon...
by AliceBrook
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 197928

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Really? Reaaally? wotf012 Story got a 2nd round, then a personal with notes, then one form, I redrafted it, then submitted again. This time Story's ''lost momentum in the middle'' Now I can't tell whether the ''loss of momentum'' is because of the market itself, or if the story, did, in fact, lose m...
by AliceBrook
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

aaaargh, really? goddamn and the hells and aaargh Personals with 'send more's are awesome, it's just that...dammit, would somebody buy a story already?? Is this the bit when writers are in a personals loop, on the cusp of the first sale? Have any of you gone through this? It's just frustrating (but ...
by AliceBrook
Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:57 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 197928

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

For the first time ever, I reached the second round in Clarkesworld...aaaaand then got a form rejection.

It's a tough market, so 2nd round is awesome, even more so because I think myself a baby writer [both by age and experience]. I'm not sure Neil ever sends out personals, though.
by AliceBrook
Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3970
Views: 796108

Re: Success!

Congrats, everyone! wotf010 wotf010 wotf010
by AliceBrook
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:24 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

I almost did too! If it weren't for twitter, I'd probably send this one to Tor to get rejected after 6 months

Uncanny is a beautiful market, so do try them out. I recommend The Heat of Us only because it still haunts me.

Again, subs are open June 16-23, people wotf008
by AliceBrook
Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

And the tiny rusalka story gets yet another "seal of approval," this time from C. C., but still a rejection.
Goddamnit. I don't know whether to squeal in excitement or huff steam out my nose in frustration.
aaargh, I'll try Uncanny next.
by AliceBrook
Fri May 29, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3970
Views: 796108

Re: Success!

Thank you everyone! Can't wait to see what s_c_baker added to The Lane wotf007

Oh, and I have a story prepped for an exchange at the "Story Critique Exchange" so if you're up for a novella that's (supposed to be) noir with magic in it, have a look
by AliceBrook
Wed May 27, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3970
Views: 796108

Re: Success!

Thank you wotf007
by AliceBrook
Wed May 27, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 197928

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Yeah, it's in their slush now wotf008
by AliceBrook
Wed May 27, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3970
Views: 796108

Re: Success!

My little "Magpie" will appear in The Lane of Unusual Traders ! wotf010
by AliceBrook
Tue May 19, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 716
Views: 197928

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Wellp - I received one major compliment from Sizemore, but still rejected. I swear, when I read that email, I forgot all language and felt my heart beat the ribs outta me. I don't know where to send this story, it's tone is..odd. Maybe Finlay? But from what I've read, I'm not sure it would fit in th...
by AliceBrook
Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

Thanks, Ishmael and E.CaimanSands wotf008 I'm so glad I found this forum, finally a place to vent to people who actually understand what I'm talking about! Blank stares and "oh, that's nice"s don't...well, they don't do anything. I might give up on Strange Horizons too - at this point, I h...
by AliceBrook
Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 217545

Re: Five Minute Rant

I had high hopes for this story, I even [dare I say it] liked the voice - somewhat experimental [almost run-on sentence train of thought], but readable. It might have not fit Strange Horizons since it's a kind of retelling, but, damn, I thought I'd at least get a comment, at least get through to the...

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