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by Jason Parker
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189578

Re: Success!

Congrats, Emily! You're on a roll.
by Jason Parker
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 33
Replies: 37
Views: 15617

Re: Quarter 3, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 3

Congrats on the HMs. I got the dreaded R.
by Jason Parker
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189578

Re: Success!

And I have news of my own as well. Achievement unlocked: after several attempts I finally managed to have a story accepted by Grievous Angel. Bonus: it was the first of my micro-stories (100 words) to sell. Extra bonus: this ended a dreary dry spell of over two months interspersed with a lot of exc...
by Jason Parker
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189578

Re: Success!

Woo hoo!
by Jason Parker
Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189578

Re: Success!

amoskalik wrote:I just received my print copy of Mad Scientist Journal, Fall 2016. I'm the first story.
There is something about having a physical representation of your writing that satisfies on a deep level.


Rock on!
by Jason Parker
Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 2 Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume 33
Replies: 24
Views: 10566

Re: Quarter 2 Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume

Triseult wrote:Submitted Feb 27, 2016.

Semi-Finalist on August 28, 2016.


Congrats!
by Jason Parker
Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 18109

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.'


wotf009
by Jason Parker
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189578

Re: Success!

Nice job keeping me in suspense on that one, Emily. Also, vivid writing.
by Jason Parker
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189578

Re: Success!

wotf054 This morning I had a story called "A Sound Like Glass Raindrops" accepted to Unsung Stories!! This is the 9th place I sent it out to, and was starting to believe no one would want it, but there it is, the acceptance letter! It's coming out this Friday...I'll give you guys the link...
by Jason Parker
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 306025

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

disgruntledpeony wrote:C.C. Finlay seems to be good for personals, I've noticed. wotf007


That's what she said.
by Jason Parker
Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 306025

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Just got my first personal, from F&SF. wotf007 Wow Jason!!! Congrats! Thanks! I'm pretty happy because I got some feedback i can actually use. Apparently I have some structural problems. That I can use. The message: Dear Jason, Thank you for giving me a chance to read "-----------." U...
by Jason Parker
Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 306025

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Just got my first personal, from F&SF. wotf007
by Jason Parker
Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 18109

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

George, What's your submission strategy, if you don't mind my asking? Mine has been to submit to these markets in order: F&SF Clarkeworld IGMS WOTF Then I have no strategy beyond that. It's a bit complicated. I have a spreadsheet with all available pro and semi-pro markets, with data collected ...
by Jason Parker
Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 18109

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

George,

What's your submission strategy, if you don't mind my asking?

Mine has been to submit to these markets in order:

F&SF
Clarkeworld
IGMS
WOTF

Then I have no strategy beyond that.
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 18109

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I sort of agree with all of you. Pre-framing and persistence work in salesmanship, but the product must also be so good that it can't be ignored.
by Jason Parker
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 18109

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I do not have proof of this, but suspect this to be true. Two things help your submission. One, having some previous creds in your cover letter (this guy's stories can't be too bad, so and so bought one) and two, submitting to that market before (This is the fifth story from this guy this year. He'...
by Jason Parker
Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 18109

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I'm currently at 6.06%. I have seen other writers with significantly higher sub counts come down around the same mark, between 4 and 6%. That's over 132 lifetime subs (excluding those still pending). Over the first 100, it was 4%. Over the first 50, it was 2%. Good to know. This stuff should be com...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 18109

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I guess you'd call it a conversion rate. At least in direct marketing you would... The markets I'm submitting to accept between half a percent and a percent of submitted stories. As a writer, what is a good conversion rate? Three percent of your submissions accepted? Ten percent? I don't mean three...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 18109

What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?

I guess you'd call it a conversion rate. At least in direct marketing you would... The markets I'm submitting to accept between half a percent and a percent of submitted stories. As a writer, what is a good conversion rate? Three percent of your submissions accepted? Ten percent? I don't mean three ...
by Jason Parker
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 306025

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

amoskalik wrote:
Jason Parker wrote:
Already submitted my same piece to Clarkesworld. wotf007 Best of luck with yours.


20 rejections a month is my standing goal. I've only made it once, but I usually get to 15. Keeps me submitting and drastically lowers the emotional impact of any one of them.


Good idea.
by Jason Parker
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 306025

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

morshana wrote:
Jason Parker wrote:
storysinger wrote:wotf030 it'll be ok.


wotf024 Onward!


wotf024


Already submitted my same piece to Clarkesworld. wotf007 Best of luck with yours.
by Jason Parker
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 306025

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

storysinger wrote:wotf030 it'll be ok.


wotf024 Onward!
by Jason Parker
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 306025

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

morshana wrote:Just received a nice personal from F&SF. *sigh*


Was just rejected by them less than an hour ago too. *sigh*

wotf061 lol
by Jason Parker
Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4296
Views: 1189578

Re: Success!

http://i2.wp.com/www.sciphijournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/UltimateTemporalParadox-Cover.jpg?resize=212%2C300 I have just got round to noticing that earlier this week Sci Phi Journal published one of the two stories of mine they were holding. The Ultimate Temporal Paradox is free to read on ...
by Jason Parker
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 9800

Re: Submission Grinder

On a side note, Otto Penzler put together massive volumes of stories written by these old writers. Pulp collections, Noir collections, Vampire, Zombie, Ghost. . . I have most of them. They're impressive.
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by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 9800

Re: Submission Grinder

Nope, my math is off. Turns out many of those publications only pay five cents per word for flash fiction.
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 9800

Re: Submission Grinder

As far as I'm aware from conversations had with the old timers at the bar in April, the only person who has ever made a living solely from short fiction was Ray Bradbury... which is a pretty high bar wotf013 hehe . . . Yeah, probably. John D. MacDonald used to fill entire issues of pulp mags with h...
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 9800

Submission Grinder

Thanks for telling me about the Submission Grinder, everyone. I was messing around on there and I made this little one-minute video with some thoughts: https://goo.gl/TmEoM5 It's interesting to me that you could potentially make a living writing short stories the same way those old pulp writers made...

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