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by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 156
Views: 4858

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

But how will you ever catch Preston if you take a quarter off. I'd be willing to bet you could write a story in 1 week or less at least once a quarter. Yes. Yes you can. It's easier than you'd think, once you get into the story-a-week groove. It's like having an appointment you can't miss. The thin...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 15342

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I can't bring myself to twitch on this one. I like the story I wrote, but I took some risks I think will end up hurting my chances. Don't know if it's actually a marketable story--it's just the one that latched on out of nowhere and wouldn't let go.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 156
Views: 4858

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'll be making the final push on my story in a few days. I think I'm going take a break from the contest after this quarter, though. I've been feeling the urge to write novels more and more over the course of the last year, and I can't do that and write short stories at the same time. (Literally can...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 23
Views: 447

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I keep waffling back and forth on whether or not to apply for this, to the point where I've written the essays as a thought experiment. Probably will put the app in, if I can get the letters I need. Doesn't mean I'll win, of course, but it can't hurt to try. (I have a friend who surprised me by volu...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 968
Views: 35743

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

I've always been curious about Dave's semi-finalist crits.... what they look like and such. Are they in-line comments? Summary notes? A combo of both? How in-depth are they? Mine was summary notes, just a few paragraphs. Still useful info, although I inadvertently misinterpeted mine at first. wotf0...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar
Replies: 23
Views: 447

Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

I wish I could go, but I've got neither the funds nor the babysitters. wotf019 (Not gonna lie, the idea of applying for that scholarship is still tempting.)

I do hope everyone who manages to go has a wonderful time and learns a great deal.
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 156
Views: 4858

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Finally got a workable rough draft on a potential Q4. It needs a lot of polish yet, but writing it made me happy.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

AlexH wrote:Thanks both. :)

After getting my submission ready I'm disappointed, as the submission window for this publication isn't until winter. D'oh.

That sucks, but at least you have everything ready for when it opens up! In the meantime, you can always send it elsewhere.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

And straight in at number 1 for "Most Exciting Rejection"... An awesome pro market suggested my story reads slightly too young, and I should submit it to a sister publication, which has a more suitable audience for it. Now do I mention that in my cover letter? Something like this at the e...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 15342

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Helge Mahrt wrote:Nice of her to send us an ETA wotf008

Indeed, but I've noticed it usually takes longer than she expects. Still might be best to anticipate October.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Little confused about rule #5?
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: Little confused about rule #5?

Eagerink wrote:Would professionally published poetry count then? Just curious.

I don't think so--poetry is a very different format.
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882227

Re: Success!

Serial-HM? Submitted multiple times/earned an HM multiple times (probably with edits each time). Why did I think you could only submit a story once? Because finalists and semi-finalists can't be submitted again, maybe? (Anything below that absolutely can be resubmitted, although editing beforehand ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222794

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

WillShadbolt wrote:Very true, disgruntledpony, thanks for the advice

No problem. It's the little things that keep us writers sane. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222794

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Not sure if they've just changed up the text for their rejections or if I made a higher tier this time around, but either way, but it's always nice to get a positive and personalized rejection note. I would argue that if it's personalized in any way it's not really a form (any effort made beyond ba...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36
Replies: 968
Views: 35743

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

“Make a list of ten things you love,” he often instructed young writers, and write a short story, poem or essay about each one.” Or one novel that includes all of them? wotf019 (Oh God, now I want to try this.) Seriously, though, I like this idea. I also liked the idea of reading a short story, poe...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882227

Re: Success!

I completely forgot to post here, but my serial-HM story to WoTF, Lavender Footsteps , is in The Colored Lens's Summer 2019 issue. It's also my first paid sale and I'm pretty stoked. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it's free to read, so give it a go! https://www.amazon.com/Colored-Lens-Summer-2019-eb...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18250

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Personal writing reasons: I love writing for writing's sake, but a big part of what's pushed me this year is the desire to support my family. (Being a stay at home mom is a hard transition after a decade and a half of employment. Plus, money's been tight lately.) Book series I'd want with me on a de...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

I was advised to mention I'm a new writer by an editor of a well known pro publication, despite the fact I've been writing on and off for around 10 years (otherwise my template is almost identical to the examples above), but I'm not sure whether to include that any more. I've been submitting regula...
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 381
Views: 15342

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

chuckt wrote:
DaneCurley wrote:The first response for this Q has been logged on TGDB. A 51-day wait, answered on August 17th.

It begins.


Anyone else think that must be an erroneous entry? Nothing in the results thread.

I figure it might be erroneous, yeah. A Q2 that accidentally got marked as a Q3, maybe?
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18250

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

My Q2 did not in fact end up selling yet, but I've gotten personals from both places I've sent it after WotF so far (Diabolical Plots and F&SF). Gonna keep making the rounds.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222794

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

My own story which had been held for consideration by Diabolical Plots unfortunately just got a rejection. Same. It's all good, though. They liked my setting and some of the twists I threw into my story. On to F&SF! (It's usually my first market I sub to after WotF, but they were closed for sub...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18250

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

WriterGirl0426 wrote:UPDATE - received my SF critique late last night.

Awesome!
by disgruntledpeony
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18250

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Any other semi-finalists waiting on their critique or is it just me? Joni's email said it would be a couple days but it's been almost three weeks now and not sure if she's just insanely busy or if something fell through the cracks between her email and mine. I tried following up and no response but...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1047822

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

storysinger wrote:Only 16 posts to go to the 5000th entry, who will it be?

Probably not me, but I'll help work toward it. wotf022
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18250

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

Thanks - I've read Dave's article on turning HMs into winners, but yeah - maybe I shouldn't over analyse it too much for risk of my head exploding. I completely agree about writing stories that interest you. I've only written one story I didn't like and haven't submitted it anywhere as I don't want...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18250

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

As it's completely different to anything else I've written, and I don't know how I wrote it, I don't know where to go from here. My honest recommendation is to write stories that interest you. Polish them, yes, but don't waste time trying to guess what a particular market will and won't want (aside...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 18250

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I would like to state, for the record, that my HM from this quarter is currently being held for further consideration by the first place I sent it after WotF. No edits were made. The story may not sell, but I still feel this is proof of concept regarding the current conversation. Every market has un...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: No Confirmation Email?
Replies: 18
Views: 1458

Re: No Confirmation Email?

Hello, I submitted 2 stories and got no confirmation email either time. I emailed Joni from my regular email account and got no response. I tried using a gmail account per the advice I got here on this forum and emailed Joni again and she responded to ask a few follow up questions. I responded to t...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 17
Views: 1297

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

iota2000 wrote:When will the results be posted?

After finalists are chosen and notified. It'll probably be a few weeks yet, minimum.
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222794

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Despite my protests to the contrary, I now find myself editing that story before submitting it to a newly available venue. wotf019

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