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by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Surprise Endings
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Surprise Endings

If I had an easy answer to this, I'd be making thousands from running workshops wotf001 That said, from experience, I would say layer in more foreshadowing than you think you need. You'll think you're making it screamingly obvious, but that's because you already know; readers won't pick up on all yo...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines

Only insofar as a story with an HM must have something going for it, and has lifted itself above the noise somewhat. General advice is not to mention it in the cover letter, though; whilst an HM *is* an achievement, it's also (sorry) just a fancy rejection, and it's not good to mention other markets...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: "We regret that we cannot accept children's stories." Define "children!"

sounds like yours is YA, rather than a Children's Story. Yes, it probably is. So is WotF an appropriate publication for a YA story? Offhand, I can't recall reading any winning stories that were targeted for a predominantly YA audience. The target audience is teenagers, though. It's hard to say. Jus...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 9
Views: 219

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Daniel Davis' v31 story was short, only 2-3k, and RM Graves' Freebot in v32 was 2.5k, for more recent examples. I don't think you could get away with shorter than that, because Dave is a plot structure nerd, and flash is too short to really work with that.
by MattDovey
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Finishing Stories

The only things of mine that have sold with no revision work have been <500 words (e.g. DSF, June 1 ), because they're small enough to hold the whole thing in my head and just blurt it out on paper. Revision is everything: and again, that may not be true for you, and I certainly know people whose fi...
by MattDovey
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congrats to everyone getting certificates, especially amyhg on levelling up to the ultra-twitch and Rebecca on getting the full house of responses wotf007 has anyone else ever managed that before?
by MattDovey
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Finishing Stories
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Finishing Stories

Am I setting myself up for failure for aborting so many potential stories instead of getting in the habit of completing one before moving on to the next? Sorry, but... yes. Endings are a huge, huge part of whether a story works or not. For every story I bump from slush at PodCastle, there's another...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters
Replies: 8
Views: 136

Re: Mixed Viewpoint Styles Across Characters

My opinion: you can do it if it's a small portion of the work (I'm thinking of China Miéville and Perdido Street Station, where each section opens with a brief 1st person segment). If it's 1 chapter in 4, though, I think it would get annoying to switch so often. All this is, of course, opinion.
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 668

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

* Flash fiction doesn't count (not sure the word count that qualifies flash, maybe 1000?) I've a feeling they count flash as "2000 words or less", y'know. Certainly 1500 or less. The point is: WotF is set up as a contest for beginners because that's what LRH's will states. But it's in the...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 668

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

From Martin: "More than 3." I confirmed that with Joni just last April. 4 > 3, but 3 is not more than 3. Also keep in mind that the contest considers any story that's eligible for this contest (i.e., under 17,000 words) to be a short story when counting. When they discuss 2 short novels, t...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 668

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

Pretty sure Martin is the man to ask on this, as he was skirting ineligibility. I'll ping him on Facebook.
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 399

Re: V34 Q1 Analysis and Discussion

Well they bloody well paid me by my word processor's word count, not by the 6-character estimate... so I'd say ignore this. It's old fashioned advice.

If WotF suddenly send me a cheque for the other 30% I will be sure to come back here and report it!
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 13
Views: 414

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

... (and admittedly new) narrator for podcasts. Dude, I could listen to you narrate a dictionary . You, and James Earl Jones. I'm ready. Webster. Whereas for my money, I reckon Tina Connolly could make me cry reading the dictionary. Zyzzogeton she'd whisper, and tears would roll down my face. I may...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 407
Views: 13782

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

There should be a reason to keep reading in the first paragraph, and that reason should, generally speaking, be conflict. It doesn't have to be the story conflict--in fact, unless it's flash, it probably shouldn't be--but there should be something going wrong, ideally for the character but at least ...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 13
Views: 414

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

What everyone's said makes sense. I don't have much experience in the business of publishing, but I"m assuming being professionally published says a lot to editors about my ability. Then they can judge if that ability extends to their niche by reading the submission. For some reason I was thin...
by MattDovey
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?
Replies: 13
Views: 414

Re: Wanting to Do Well But Not Win...?

You'll only be defined by your winning piece if you allow yourself to be, continuing to write only in the way that you won with. I won with a fantasy, but that's not stopped me selling sci-fi. It's short fiction, so everyone expects range and variety anyway--and with WotF in particular, it's categor...
by MattDovey
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Question about rules - Publishing Story
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Question about rules - Publishing Story

First up: I'm absolutely with the above, and agree you shouldn't submit unless simultaneous subs are explicitly allowed (e.g. we're okay with them at PodCastle). That said--WotF doesn't actually claim any exclusivity over the story. No mention of it at all in the contract. I'd subbed mine as a repri...
by MattDovey
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?
Replies: 25
Views: 668

Re: If I get a fourth professional sale while I'm waiting for the results, do I get disqualified?

Just to add--I believe it's the fourth *publication* that disqualifies you, not the fourth sale. So if that fourth pro sale takes a year to come out, you get a whole extra year to submit :)
by MattDovey
Wed May 10, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 47
Views: 10995

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

The Grinder stats generally represent about 10-20% of the writing population, anecdotally speaking. However... Flame Tree have a habit of sending acceptances first, rejections after (you can see the pattern on the recent responses on the Grinder). So I suspect those of us who have not yet heard anyt...
by MattDovey
Wed May 10, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Eligibility
Replies: 8
Views: 1045

Re: Contest Eligibility

Just seconding everything Dustin says above.

Also: Joni doesn't count flash. And Joni counts flash as anything <1.5k, I think (might even be 2k to be honest; something ludicrously generous, anyway)
by MattDovey
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions
Replies: 6
Views: 6137

Re: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions

Only this month I'm afraid, till Apr 30. Though I'd aim for Apr 29--when Nightmare (JJA's other magazine) said they were open 15 Feb - 15 Mar, they closed at 00:01 on 15 Mar and caused much consternation...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 54
Views: 5414

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

It may amuse some of you to look at my story in the critters queue this week, because it's the story I wrote in the WotF 24 hour challenge last year, based on the stone Tim gave me: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/KD-Julicher-Matt-Dovey-_SMP9691.jpg Spoilers: it's not th...
by MattDovey
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 6031

Re: Cover Letters

From a slusher: you can only ever hurt your chances with a cover letter. I scan the cover letter for two pieces of info (relevant to PodCastle): word count and reprint/original. Some markets only take originals so you don't need to mention the latter; other markets also accept multiple genres, so me...
by MattDovey
Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: WotF33 Workshop & Gala
Replies: 5
Views: 336

WotF33 Workshop & Gala

Well, I for one am ruthlessly following everyone on Facebook and Twitter to see what's going on at the workshop. I keep looking at the time and subtracting 8 hours and thinking ah, they'll be at lunch now , or looks like time for barcon . I may be a little bit nostalgic right about now. Anyway! I wa...
by MattDovey
Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New account verification fixed
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: New account verification fixed

Cheers Brad wotf007
by MattDovey
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Using historical figures in a story
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Using historical figures in a story

All Tim Powers writes is historical fiction, with magic and conspiracy blended into the gaps. He doesn't change the facts, and forces himself to work to the recorded facts. Orson Scott Card played a little more fast and loose with the Alvin Maker series, which has oh so many cameos in it--presidents...
by MattDovey
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How *NOT* to Handle Rejection
Replies: 4
Views: 7551

Re: How *NOT* to Handle Rejection

Goodness. I mean, I've heard of plenty of authors arguing with rejections, or claiming guidelines don't apply to them, or just being insulting; I've even heard of an author threatening legal action against a magazine for not accepting them (how I'd love to know what grounds they'd predicate that upo...
by MattDovey
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 353
Views: 15228

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

Just keep writing. Just keep submitting. http://i.giphy.com/JgxEbMIW6XSso.gif Best tactic I've found for handling rejections is knowing where I'll send the story to next (which carries an implicit "expect it to be rejected"). That, and having a few things out at a time, so I'm not focusin...
by MattDovey
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: New "Campbellian" Anthology
Replies: 2
Views: 7320

Re: New "Campbellian" Anthology

The anthology is out now if you want to grab a free copy :) http://dl.bookfunnel.com/c7adzdd31h

It's only available until July 15, so get on it! 75+ authors, 350k+ words, and free. Bet y'all can guess which story I'm in with again :)
by MattDovey
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 54
Views: 5414

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I have wielded my MIGHTY and NEWFOUND powers of pro-authorship to sneak a story into the queue at zero notice :D 3000 words of magical realism turning to horror, up for another couple of days. It's got 13 crits already, so enough to be going on with; mostly posting this here in case any of you are n...

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