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by dstein
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Registering Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2769

Re: Registering Problem

My buddy's having the same problem—what's the current status? Or does registering via a different browser or something like that help?
by dstein
Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 14715

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I have over forty active stories. Experience has taught me the wisdom of Heinlein's Rule ' Keep it on the market until it sells.' Ah, that'll do it. I probably also need to reduce the turnaround on my demoralized, "nobody will ever love this story" period following a rejection. This is th...
by dstein
Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Wow. Finalists announcing early and winners stories being publicly acknowledged. What's next, An eight-way tie for 1st for Q2/33? I could accept that wotf001 . The acknowledgment of the stories was actually a mistake; they've fixed it. Now will everybody who saw the original post please look right ...
by dstein
Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 14715

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

Ishmael wrote:I have over forty active stories. Experience has taught me the wisdom of Heinlein's Rule 'Keep it on the market until it sells.'


Ah, that'll do it. I probably also need to reduce the turnaround on my demoralized, "nobody will ever love this story" period following a rejection.
by dstein
Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 14715

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I don't really see it as aiming for rejections; rejections are just an inevitable consequence of voluminous submissions. I've noted this on another thread, but it's relevant here. Last year I made a neat round 300 submissions, garnering 9 acceptances and 267 rejections, of which 48 were personal. I...
by dstein
Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 33
Replies: 22
Views: 4848

Re: Quarter 1, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 3

Hmm... Hi everybody!

Also:

wotf059

A little late to the party here, but I'm going to MidAmeriCon next week and super excited! I'm also finishing the first draft of my book within the next week!
by dstein
Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 4342

Re: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their car

Thanks, everybody! Definitely a lot of food for thought. Looking over previous winners already tempered my expectations for the contest, driving me to consider it equivalent to a sale (which after reading the responses here seems to be the right approach). So to sum up the responses: - Continue to w...
by dstein
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 4342

What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?

[Advice from previous finalists and published authors particularly wanted] After hearing that I was the first-place finalist for Q1, my main thought was: "Well, guess I'd better finish that novel." But there's more to that, isn't there? With three more quarters to go until Volume 33 comes ...
by dstein
Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Does anyone know the third winner? wotf017 Joni mentioned somebody, and apologies if I'm not remembering correctly, but I think it's a woman from the UK who isn't a forumite here? Joni told me that the other two winners were from Utah and Durham, U.K. My apologies, dstein, but I can't recall if you...
by dstein
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

storysinger wrote:Does anyone know the third winner? wotf017


Joni mentioned somebody, and apologies if I'm not remembering correctly, but I think it's a woman from the UK who isn't a forumite here?
by dstein
Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Good luck! I feel like the publicity from WotF might help with Baen in particular; both are still fond of a certain type of heroic genre fiction.
by dstein
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Congrats everyone! Now onto to the next stage of waiting.... wotf011 Is it weird that I'm not that bothered about whether or not I actually get the grand prize? I mean, the $6k is nothing to sneeze at, but I'm so over the moon about being published that getting the grand prize would just be gravy. ...
by dstein
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

So... I just spoke to Joni and she said I can take this public, so I'ma do it: FIRST PLACE! Matt, thanks for the info about keeping my title/story characteristics secret. So, I also spoke to Joni and I won: SECOND PLACE! Looks like we'll be seeing each other next April, buddy! wotf059 Yeah, Joni me...
by dstein
Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

So... I just spoke to Joni and she said I can take this public, so I'ma do it: FIRST PLACE!

Matt, thanks for the info about keeping my title/story characteristics secret.
by dstein
Tue May 10, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Like Matt said, the real secret about starting with conflict is that you don't have to start with the major, story-ending conflict. But there has to be something, some dissonant note, something wrong with the world in an intriguing way to convince the reader to come along. If it's a hint at your sp...
by dstein
Fri May 06, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

David, you may have read Brad Torgersen's essay "How to win the Writers of the Future contest": https://bradrtorgersen.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/how-to-win-the-writers-of-the-future-contest/ Everything there is true, but I also don't think it's possible to "game" the system here. ...
by dstein
Tue May 03, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Congrats Rebecca!
by dstein
Tue May 03, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Well, it's been 24 hours since I got the call so I can say it: I made finalist!

Also, Joni's really nice over the phone.
by dstein
Mon May 02, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I wish there were some way to know not necessarily which finalists have been notified, but at the very least when all finalists have been notified. The fact that I got Joni's "you're still in the running" e-mail last month means a lot to me, but I've gotta think there's a better alternativ...
by dstein
Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Oh, yeah. I got that email. I know I made the first cut at least. This is the twitchiest Thursday I've ever had. The worst thing is, my phone rang an hour ago. Unknown number. A woman's voice on the other end of the line... Trying to scam my credit card info. wotf23 I guess I should give it until n...
by dstein
Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Athena, did you get the e-mail in mid-March from Joni letting you know that you've made the first cut? If not I'd send her a quick e-mail so you don't get your hopes up (or, alternately, so that you can be appropriately excited at still being in the running, which is also likely!). As far as I know ...
by dstein
Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Nothing yet, except that Sarah Toth still really wants me to take a look at some Hubbard westerns...
by dstein
Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I was pretty peeved last quarter that my "R" was never sent, leading me to think I was a finalist until the last moment. But at least it cured me from checking this forum all the time. I'll probably still cycle a short story through WotF once a quarter, but I'm starting to target them for ...
by dstein
Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Does Dave read things more or less in order, either as they come in or after the quarter closes? I'd be interested in seeing a distribution of winners by submission date, though it wouldn't really be possible to control for any writerly factors which might lead somebody to submit early and write kil...
by dstein
Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Submitted my new story last night. Still pretty bummed about having heard nothing at all about my submission from last quarter, though, which had me thinking I was a finalist until literally a couple of days ago. Ah, well—wake up call, I suppose. Good warning to put that hunger and drive back into f...
by dstein
Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Dumb question, but did this quarter already end? The submission site currently says "THIS CONTEST RUNS FROM January 1st, 2016 THROUGH March 31st, 2016." Do they usually chop Q1 off early for the holidays? No, it's still open; it's always open. You cannot escape the contest. I've submitted...
by dstein
Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Dumb question, but did this quarter already end? The submission site currently says "THIS CONTEST RUNS FROM January 1st, 2016 THROUGH March 31st, 2016." Do they usually chop Q1 off early for the holidays?
by dstein
Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Does anyone have a strategy for dealing with distractions? A lot of the time I have available comes in blocks of ten to twenty minutes... In my experience, short blocks of time are a lousy time to "do some writing" in a kind of unplanned sense, but often a GREAT time to go in with a well-...
by dstein
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 23
Views: 3682

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. My pick for sure! I find that books about "writing" never inspire me so much as something like Wonderbook, which is basically pure imagin...
by dstein
Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90214

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

disgruntledpeony wrote:I'm having trouble with mine, but I should be able to resolve said trouble before the end of the month. Everything's still percolating.


Does it ever feel like your ability to write is like a goldfish; it expands or shrinks to fit the amount of time you have before something is due?

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