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by MattDovey
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Developmental Editor
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: Developmental Editor

Spencer Ellsworth is an excellent writer and excellent person, and currently open to work: http://spencerellsworth.com/editing-proofreading-services/ (I thoroughly recommend his space opera trilogy, btw, currently A Red Peace + Shadow Sun Seven with Memory's Blade out next month. This month? Soon, a...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 748310

Re: Success!

I mentioned being accepted into an anthology of game-tie-in fiction a few months ago and the publisher finally announced it: http://azurekeep.com/portfolio/tales-of-ruma/ Looks like Dave and I are going to be anthology buddies again. /channels Matt Dovey and celebrates success whilst stabbing malic...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions About The Contest
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: Questions About The Contest

1. Nope. Just has to be speculative fiction.

2. No minimum, though flash length tends to be a harder sell. Maximum is 17,500 words i.e. novelette length.

3. I think so, but you would need an adult to accomany you on the trip if you win, I believe.
by MattDovey
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 11398

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

But you're about to get the one I covet most of all--the Lexan Impaler! Seriously, doesn't anyone worry about tripping as they walk off the stage with that thing? They should instruct you to hold it point down, like scissors! : ) Cheers! ~Moon~ I still worry about dropping the things every time I p...
by MattDovey
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 11398

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

I've been in contact with Joni about other matters recently, and she is swamped with finishing up Q4 stuff, which I take to mean she is in the process of getting all of those certificates out to you lovely people. wotf008 "other matters", he says casually wotf001 *casually glances to the ...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34
Replies: 285
Views: 11398

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 34

Jeremyteg wrote:I've been in contact with Joni about other matters recently, and she is swamped with finishing up Q4 stuff, which I take to mean she is in the process of getting all of those certificates out to you lovely people. wotf008


"other matters", he says casually wotf001
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Can I get a Round of Applause for the Next Asimov? LOL

I think discussions of faith are plenty fair game. Bear in mind that whilst LRH is obviously associated with Scientology, Dave Farland is a Mormon and Tim Powers is a Catholic, and the other judges run the gamut all the way to atheism too. Same as anything: treat the topic with respect and you shoul...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Conflict & Tension
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Conflict & Tension

Was it this post you were thinking of? I think conflict between the scene and the reader is absolutely possible. Conflict between what a reader expects, behaviour wise, and what your character is doing, provokes a particular kind of intrigue. Why is this sympathetically-presented character engaging ...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Word Counts
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Word Counts

I always go from the first word to the last word, without header or title, then work out how many # section breaks there are and subtract it, because I can't bring myself to be vague and approximate. But nearly every market just asks for "rounded to the nearest 100", so it doesn't really m...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 609

Re: Magical Realism?

Clever about the scar on your arm. Ever tell how that really happened? Now where would be the fun in that? wotf011 Plus, choke, that story was great. Tina did a wonderful job reading it. Tina is an amazing reader. She does a lot at Escape Pod, but she also has her own podcast that's just started up...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Thousands of examples. Ender's Game started as a short. Flowers for Algernon started as a short. Martin is just turning his Clarkesworld short Today I Am Paul into a novel. I can't think of a flash turned into a short--which arguably compete more than shorts v novels--but chances are it would take y...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

On another note related to this thread, what do y'all do about facebook? Do you keep a separate profile for writing associates? for fans? just create a "page" for ppl to follow? I've just gained access to this incredible network of writers, but I'm not sure I want them to see my blanket F...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 609

Re: Magical Realism?

and I appreciate your fine notes too, sir, even if the narrative is off. ;) It's fun to hear about the experience. Anyone willing to write about it is awesome-possum in my book. :) I'll take what I can get. And photographers following your every move? Nice. Love the luggage photo too lol wotf013 Ac...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retellings
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: Retellings

I think, to be honest, the market was flooded with retellings for a while and they've become a bit... passé. Which is not to say it can't be done, but that it needs to be more than simply retelling it with a modern setting or from another character's perspective; it works best when combined with som...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Websites (This one's not spam, I swear)

Before I made the plunge, I poked around other author websites first. Matt Dovey's uses a service called DISQUS, which seems nice. Brandon Sanderson uses a private web design company (Blue Mountain Media) as does Patrick Rothfuss (Authors on the Web), but a lot of other writers, including David Dal...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 609

Re: Magical Realism?

I'm for sure going to put together a bit of a diary/journal thing on the winning experience. I won't be the first to do it, but if it helps anyone it's worth it, right? Don't reckon on getting anything written up during the week, you'll be too busy! But keep notes about each day, because by the tim...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 609

Re: Magical Realism?

I won with magical realism, albeit in an historical setting. And speaking from a PodCastle perspective (where I slush), "speculative element in the real world" absolutely counts as fantasy for our purposes. Personally I usually find it more interesting than secondary world, especially if ...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Magical Realism?
Replies: 23
Views: 609

Re: Magical Realism?

I won with magical realism, albeit in an historical setting. And speaking from a PodCastle perspective (where I slush), "speculative element in the real world" absolutely counts as fantasy for our purposes. Personally I usually find it more interesting than secondary world, especially if t...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 23
Views: 794

Re: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34

Two winners from the forum! Top showing :D

Congrats to you both! I'm sure you don't need telling, but start getting excited--you're going to have an amazing week :)
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 11
Views: 367

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

I think it's worth making a distinction between edits after acceptance and revise & resubmit . For the former, it's usually copy-edits IME--an editor highlighting an image they think could be clearer, or striking something they think hurts the momentum, but the story is fundamentally still the s...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 455

Re: Fixing the place up

For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page. Found it! It's under the Quick links menu in the upper left: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/search.php?search_id=unreadposts . It used to be under the thread/post list. I'll leave it where it is. Tha...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 455

Re: Fixing the place up

The avatar limit is set to 6KiB, which is so tight I can't upload a 180x180 JPG because it is 6,968 bytes i.e. 6.8KB. Might be worth easing up on it a little bit? Bandwidth isn't that expensive anymore wotf001 (this may be why my avatar has disappeared from my posts altogether, even though it still ...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4936
Views: 916297

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Surely, if we're that close, we can make it by the end of the year?
by MattDovey
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Filter words
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Filter words

Anna is an absolute marvel. You'll not go far wrong listening to her :D

I suspect this is a habit we all have to wean ourselves off. One of those things you only recognise subconsciously as a reader, and have to have pointed out to you as a writer. There's so many of those things!
by MattDovey
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Filter words
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Filter words

Saw this excellent thread on Twitter earlier and thought I'd share here, because this is something I'm constantly working on, and it's had a huge impact on the quality of my work. If you can follow this then everything you write will, IMHO, have more impact, be more engaging, will grab your readers ...
by MattDovey
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3900
Views: 748310

Re: Success!

There's a few things to respond to in here, Amy :) I always enjoy keeping up with this thread because it's so encouraging. You'd think that seeing other people's successes and not having one to report myself would be a bummer, but somehow it's not. It is a truth universally acknolwedged that their j...
by MattDovey
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?
Replies: 21
Views: 897

Re: What's a Silver Honorable Mention as opposed to a regular HM?

Huh. Now I think about it, not a one of my other WotF entries has sold. One of my (heavily revised) HMs got onto the James White Award shortlist in 2016, but is still circulating. Two are now trunked, two are still going, and one got thrown up on my site as my first story, because it felt like it ne...
by MattDovey
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 35
Views: 1650

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

Chris, I believe he said an extra $108. So maybe $1000 plus $108 because of word count. Then the grand prize. Matt pretty much cleaned up. And he has a cool accent... You, sir, are too kind wotf011 though hilariously a commenter on StarShipSofa 503 * complained that they couldn't understand my acce...
by MattDovey
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Questions: Scene breaks
Replies: 35
Views: 1650

Re: Questions: Scene breaks

A note on word counts and the contest... Dave sometimes says that he counts by the old fashioned method that produces counts up to 20% higher, but unfortunately (for us) the contest pays the per-word rate by the word processor count. If and when they ever get in touch to send me an extra $108 I wil...
by MattDovey
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: What does "win" mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 476

Re: What does "win" mean?

Winning is placing. It means Joni asks you if you're sitting down. Words I have yet to hear. However, published finalist is not a win, but grants almost all the benefits of a win, plus you can keep entering. I love Eric James Stone's method. His Q4 was the published finalist, and around the time he...

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