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by dstein
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Registering Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 3681

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: 15539

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 1:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15539

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: 15539

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: 5648

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: 5060

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: 5060

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
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 23
Views: 5193

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
Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 15867

Re: Story Titling

I should clarify that I don't mind the title, but I don't think it's an asset to the show; I know easily a half-dozen people who had to be persuaded pretty intently to watch the show (even if they ended up loving it), because the title put them off. I think it creates a very generic initial impressi...
by dstein
Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 15867

Re: Story Titling

Yeah, best of both worlds. I think of titles which seem to have almost nothing to do with the material they reference, even in retrospect, and which can even push people away (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and titles which seem compelling in advance and rich in retrospect (Tuck Everlasting), a...
by dstein
Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 15867

Re: Story Titling

My titles tend to make more sense after finishing the story. They also usually have to do with the ending. Like, "Ah, that title makes sense now." Not sure that's the best idea, but the intent is for it to be a mental bonus that adds to the story after its been read. Personally speaking, ...
by dstein
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 15867

Re: Story Titling

I've noticed that my titles tend to be pretty generic, and I often don't reconsider them if the story or its needs change while I'm writing it. For example, my HM submission last year was a thriller about an android blackmailing a corporate executive so that he could afford to buy some more bodies t...
by dstein
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.
Replies: 179
Views: 69897

Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.

Honestly Bob, I think that Rick and Morty is one of the best things on TV right now of any genre.

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