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by MattDovey
Wed May 10, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 41
Views: 10307

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: 861

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: 6006

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: 48
Views: 4706

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: 5890

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: 233

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: 184

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: 160

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: 7470

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: 336
Views: 11945

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: 7218

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: 48
Views: 4706

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...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you make an arrogant character likable?
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: How do you make an arrogant character likable?

I'd think of it in terms of Writing Excuses' Three Sliders concept. In brief, there are three prongs of character likeability: sympathy (nice, friendly person), competence (the James Bond effect) and pro-activity (pushing the story forward themselves, not just reacting to events). An arrogant charac...
by MattDovey
Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tighten Your Prose
Replies: 13
Views: 478

Re: Tighten Your Prose

Stephen King recommends cutting 10% of your prose in your final pass (in On Writing ). I scoffed when I first read that. "Surely not! Every word I lay down is a perfect and necessary jewel in the crown of my prose." Nonsense. My initial revisions usually add to word count as I layer the se...
by MattDovey
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Documentary on Writers + Illustrators of the Future from ASI
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Documentary on Writers + Illustrators of the Future from ASI

Author Services have spent quite a lot of time (seriously, I saw drafts of this months ago) and evidently quite a chunk of money putting together a half hour documentary on the contests , featuring a number of very familiar faces from roundabouts :) there's lots of footage from V31 and V32, but ther...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 194
Views: 6908

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Nowt wrong wi' steampunk! Tim Powers helped invent it, after all :) My gut feeling is that it's fine so long as you do something new with it, somehow--if it's just another Victorian Gentlemen in Airships with Steam Powered Rifles then it might get an HM for being well written, but if it subverts exp...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Idioms and Tone
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: Idioms and Tone

I think there's a world of difference between a character using idioms in dialogue--which builds the world, and reflects the way people really talk--and you, the writer, using cliché in the narration. Which is to say: "Bloody hell," said Patrick. "It's raining cats and bloody dogs out...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:47 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 178062

Re: Five Minute Rant

Okay, I've been telling myself that I shouldn't complain too much about this because I've waited longer for a reply before, but it is driving me NUTS! I have had my SHM story at Asimov's for 115 days now, and not a peep! Not even a change on the submission portal! Their guidelines says they mostly ...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Grinder Restored from Back-UP....
Replies: 3
Views: 7480

Re: Grinder Restored from Back-UP....

The back up was 29th October, I think, and it was restored a couple of days ago, so about a fortnight's data.
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3745
Views: 635513

Re: Success!

I have a new story up at Flash Fiction Online this month, "Quartet of the Far Blown Winds", and I've written a blog post to accompany it :)

Congrats to everyone else rocking it right now. 2016 could do with some good news.
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 18898

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

So, I have kind of a weird question regarding my entry for this quarter and I'd like some feedback from other writers on the subject. I submitted a *very* different version of this story to IGMS last year and it got rejected (rightfully so, in retrospect). The magazine has since had a change in edi...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 18898

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

I think KD got the news they were the published finalist around January this year, though the Q4 winners were also only announced in January, so they're well ahead of schedule here. Dunno why the sudden rush--our book was ready for the gala wotf017
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:29 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What are a couple of things that have improved your writing
Replies: 33
Views: 2633

Re: What are a couple of things that have improved your writ

Mike's advice is excellent (of course) and essential. I've recently added another step as well; I save my Word document out as a PDF, then in Adobe Reader go to View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud. I can then click on a paragraph to have it read out to me in creepy robot voice, which--than...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Persistent Visions
Replies: 16
Views: 10016

Re: Persistent Visions

They claimed--in Twitter conversation with a few of us--that they weren't related to specific manuscripts but were meant to be a light-hearted list along the lines of Strange Horizons'. It certainly doesn't come across that way though, does it?
by MattDovey
Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 24913

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

I got asked to pass this message on by KL Schwengel, who is lurking but unable to register b/c of the forum email bug that continues to afflict us: Hi Matt, I'm a lurker on the WoTF forum because it's still not being nice and allowing new folks to register. :( Anyhow, I saw where D.Kav received a Fi...
by MattDovey
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33
Replies: 362
Views: 24913

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 33

Question for those have gotten Finalist before: How did you find out? I'm still confused at not having received an email or phone call, just the mailed certificate. And does that mean the judging is done or is my story still under consideration for a prize? I don't know and Joni hasn't responded to...
by MattDovey
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Persistent Visions
Replies: 16
Views: 10016

Re: Persistent Visions

They have been very, very slow. A new market should be able to keep up with slush--they've got no backlog, after all!--but they appear to read fewer stories per week than they receive, so the wait time stretches out without end. I subbed a story to them almost as soon as they opened, and it took ove...
by MattDovey
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34
Replies: 336
Views: 11945

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 34

By the way, speaking of personal rejections, I just received one from F&SF signed Charlie and going into a little detail. I've had personals from here before but always signed CC Finlay. Anyone know if this is a normal upgrade or something unusual? Getting a Charlie is a badge of some renown wo...
by MattDovey
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 18898

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Oh god. It says the applications are closed. It's 3pm here in GM10+ (Sydney) on the 30th and they've closed down. I've emailed Joni (I think?), but now I'm seriously worried. Any advice? Haha, seriously? Again? You are well within deadline--that's about 24 hours early, it's only just gone 1am LA ti...
by MattDovey
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33
Replies: 348
Views: 18898

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q4 - Volume 33

Tell you what, it's a bit weird seeing your photo suddenly pop up like this on your timeline.

Good luck, y'all wotf009

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