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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: 12
Views: 250

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: 252
Views: 9388

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: 12
Views: 250

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: 12
Views: 250

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: 179

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: 20
Views: 454

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: 41
Views: 10531

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: 951

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: 6059

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: 50
Views: 4992

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: 5961

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: 279

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: 231

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: 205

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: 7503

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: 13728

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: 7263

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: 50
Views: 4992

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: 407

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: 554

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: 252

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: 252
Views: 9388

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: 378

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: 181087

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: 7512

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: 3761
Views: 646081

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: 20076

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: 20076

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: 2746

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: 10083

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?

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