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by orbivillein
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Apex is back. New queue management scheme?
Replies: 14
Views: 2362

Re: Apex is back. New queue management scheme?

State-of-the-art submission management software, not necessarily the most expensive, can be set to be as transparent to submitters as to any staff access, only non alterable and non influential for decisions. However, the power elite yet don't want to surrender their gatekeeper status nor reveal the...
by orbivillein
Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Apex is back. New queue management scheme?
Replies: 14
Views: 2362

Re: Apex is back. New queue management scheme?

Sounds to me like the system is more of a what grabs your attention, first reader, and a second priority of keeping the submission responses timely. Submission manager software makes several screening selection methods possible and practical, non-linear, non-chronological among them. Paper managemen...
by orbivillein
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 69125

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Parallels drawn between Hubbard, Card, and Farland-Wolverton's story craft do revolve around a morality system and urgent heroic adventure, where somewhat roguish heroes are outraged and made by immoral circumstances. "Everybody loves a rogue." Today's rogue is different, though, from Hubb...
by orbivillein
Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 69125

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Quick question for anybody with a little info: I've been told that Dave generally picks a story in each genre. I can think of a few off the top of my head that I've read in collections—urban fantasy, trad fantasy, sci-fi, horror, possibly dark fantasy or military SF—but does anybody have a better i...
by orbivillein
Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tor.com is closing to submissions!
Replies: 2
Views: 1018

Re: Tor.com is closing to submissions!

Tor.com is closing to unsolicited short fiction submissions only, stories eight thousand words or less. They remain open for unsolicited novella-length fiction submissions. They rarely published short work from their unsolicited submission deluge anyway. The policy change reflects the actual state o...
by orbivillein
Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1126
Views: 202997

Re: Five Minute Rant

"Ambitious," in a declined submission context, and school paper assessment, means daring, bold, reaches for a greatness peak though falls short in some problematic yet promising way. Possibly matters of content and organization craft, or grammar and mannerism, maybe expression. Audience ap...
by orbivillein
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10035

Re: Story Titling

Oh my, fantastic that a thought exercise could be a writing prompt. May the namesake god be with you.
by orbivillein
Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10035

Re: Story Titling

I understood the title before I saw any trailers or content and it aroused my curiosity somewhat even for being generic. Though the series is more or less of the same plot formula as any other situation comedy skit back through time to at least when vaudeville revue playhouses were in tents (sic) an...
by orbivillein
Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10035

Re: Story Titling

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is intended irony, the title's incongruency of literal statement and actual intent the verbal irony, not per se the sarcasm of the title. Ironic titles might appeal and be memorable for their irony. Likewise, titles that allude to well-known matters: allegory. Tuck...
by orbivillein
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 16
Views: 2498

Re: writing books

Knight discusses dialogue in a one-page section -- pgs 167-68 -- with two dialogue exercises, and related topics, "Speech Tags," "Dialect," "Thought," "Viewpoint," "The Expository Lump." The first chapter's "Four Stages of a Writer's Development...
by orbivillein
Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 16
Views: 2498

Re: writing books

Damon Knight, Creating Short Fiction , a primer of prose mechanics. If any book contains comprehensive prose composition method review, spans gaps, and beginner, intermediate, to advanced prose methods and concepts, this is close. This might be a first place to start and build from. Say hello to Fre...
by orbivillein
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10035

Re: Story Titling

Barfity barf. I'm realizing now that a title needs to be INTERESTING at the outset, and not just THEMATICALLY APPROPRIATE in retrospect. One of the major lessons in covers is that cover art isn't an illustration, it's an advertisement. It needs to grab the reader and drag them to the book. If it il...
by orbivillein
Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Creative Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 4382

Re: Creative Practice

Pressure is but the crucible which...leaves me unable to finish this analogy. . . . bounds earth from fire -- the melt and temper. “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of s...
by orbivillein
Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Creative Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 4382

Re: Creative Practice

liz wrote:Pressure is but the crucible which...leaves me unable to finish this analogy.

. . . bounds earth from fire -- the melt and temper.
by orbivillein
Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10035

Re: Story Titling

wotf051 wotf044 wotf039 Where does the title rank in importance to the story? Different question, more to do with marketing: Where does title rank in importance to memorability? Does the answer to the second question change the answer or attitude toward the first? Kent The above questions perplex m...
by orbivillein
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10035

Re: Story Titling

The four root words dust, gift, monster, awake permutations number 56 possible sequences. Used as adjective, adverb, noun, or verb (or gerund) adds another exponential possible number of variances. Add preposition of , maybe by , from , etc., and articles a , an , or the , possible titles become ast...
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10035

Re: Story Titling

I'm of both minds: titles don't matter; titles do matter, and a third mind; that is, both at once matters and doesn't matter -- how a large audience will receive a story and its title, some from column A, some from room B, some from line C, and miscellaneous D - ZZ, etc. For me, a title is the first...
by orbivillein
Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Strange New Worlds is back... with a catch
Replies: 1
Views: 840

Re: Strange New Worlds is back... with a catch

Simon and Schuster and Penguin have a greater connection than mere "Big Five" competitors' status. Their parent organizations were parts of Pearson PLC after CBS divied up Viacom: CBS Corporation for Simon and Schuster and Random House current owner Bertlesmann for the Penguin Group, merge...
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights
Replies: 8
Views: 1679

Re: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights

Nonexclusive rights means any publisher with reprint rights, even a self-publisher, could reprint a work electronically, print, or both, at any time after an exclusive rights time limitation term expires. I don't see any reason for a writer to remove a work from "print" if the work is unde...
by orbivillein
Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights
Replies: 8
Views: 1679

Re: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights

A consideration of why nonexclusive electronic rights time limitations matter is for subsequent limited exclusive electronic and print rights, for reprints that want a season of exclusive access, especially to highlight a writer's body of work in a collection, which is best some previously published...
by orbivillein
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Creative Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 4382

Re: Creative Practice

My best creative practice is reading and meditation of what a story is really about -- stories I read and stories I write. A machine intelligence overlord dystopia is a superficial story without a human connection and lacks a focused argument about what the story is really about. The machine intelli...
by orbivillein
Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 2495

Re: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

I don't retire a work. Works have value regardless of whether declined or accepted. Declined works just aren't ready for debut. What makes a work publication worthy -- there's the rub. A recent and hard-won ah ha! insight synthesized a lifetime of investigation; that is, a story's language must be f...
by orbivillein
Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie Author vs. Self Published
Replies: 19
Views: 2942

Re: Indie Author vs. Self Published

Grunge Mob Spare Dance!?
by orbivillein
Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie Author vs. Self Published
Replies: 19
Views: 2942

Re: Indie Author vs. Self Published

For me, again, "author" is a sacred label. The tangibly empirical activities of writer self-promotion, nonetheless, are everyday profane from their assertions of self-interested and vain self-worth value to the public, and are singularly subjective assertions too often without substantive ...
by orbivillein
Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie Author vs. Self Published
Replies: 19
Views: 2942

Re: Indie Author vs. Self Published

I've found talking about a writing life is less complex if I say I'm an editor, which I am. And "author" to me is a sacred term that is best used judiciously and then only when others speak of a writer, nearly always never when a writer speaks of the self.
by orbivillein
Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie Author vs. Self Published
Replies: 19
Views: 2942

Re: Indie Author vs. Self Published

"Indie" originates as independent publisher. Formerly, the term was used to describe publishers who were not part of large syndicates. They were standalone, independent from any subsidiary affiliation. They published works of writers not from the publisher's staff. Anymore, many indie publ...
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2387
Views: 429260

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

My BFA and MA schools were mixed -- some instructors celebrated science fiction and fantasy, some limited allowable types, some allowed none. Literature instructors were also mixed though lower proportions of celebrants and limited examples, except for Shelley, Wells, Verne, Orwell, Bradbury, and Vo...
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2387
Views: 429260

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi, geekyMary,

What's Seton Hill's position toward science fiction and fantasy? Pie?
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 16024

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

Any respectable award for a writer is an automatic read by a publisher and a high likelihood of publication sale and a career maker. Beyond personal distinction, beyond the prize package, beyond the public acclaim, that's the enduring value of awards like the Hugo. I believe that's the real motive b...
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 16024

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

A Mulligan is a duffer's do-over when a stroke was poorly executed. A Mulligan is any stroke done over with no penalty or stroke counted. A gimme is a conceded short putt or a too-easy, effortless win. The Gimme Slate!

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