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by jficke13
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4104
Views: 904727

Re: Success!

Here’s a cool thing I didn’t really expect to have happen to me when I started typing about a hellbeast who doesn’t fit in at the office where he works: “The Howler on the Sales Floor” or “Ulguja müügiosakonnas” was translated into Estonian and is up now in Algernon. http://www.algernon.ee/node/1137...
by jficke13
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 385

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

And if you have any doubts about contract language, reach out to people to help you parse it. Bad contracts are bad news.
by jficke13
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 24 hour story anthology Novels
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: 24 hour story anthology Novels

The two stories we all read and critiqued among the 34s were good, a polish pass away from publication. I'm not sure I can say the same about mine but I haven't looked at it since...
by jficke13
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4104
Views: 904727

Re: Success!

I've neglected to post it here, but last summer Mad Scientist Journal published a classified ad where I imagined a mad science organization looking to hire a mad engineer to actually put their mad science into practice. It's out of exclusivity, so I put it on my site. https://jonficke.com/2019/03/28...
by jficke13
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23292

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Re: What markets to sub to, Tim Powers shared his thoughts on this subject for the Vol 34 crew. He said, essentially, that the trunk exists for a reason. Write out a list of all the markets you may sub to and rank them #1 on down. When you're done, re-read it and think about where you no longer woul...
by jficke13
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 572
Views: 23292

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Mine in Vol. 34 was humor. What sub-flavor of humor (or whether it was humor*ous* at all), I'll leave to the readers to decide.
by jficke13
Fri May 17, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 30610

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Yaay big response from Wulf Moon, that made my day wotf010 Yes I didn't mentioned it was a mysteryş Thanks to you İ found out it's called cozy. I'm also conspiring its about the ethnicity of antihero that editors fear to get sued. I'll change his ethnicity and shop it around to cozy mystery market....
by jficke13
Wed May 15, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 8362

Re: Contest Questions

I did not receive a 1099 for my prize money or per-word-rate, but I reported them on my taxes as I would any business income.

IIRC Tim Powers, Kevin Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, and Mike Resnick went into some depth on the subject of taxes as it affects writers.
by jficke13
Mon May 06, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54052

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

On a recent podcast Anderson talks of not winning WotF (after 23 submissions) before getting a novel published, and mentions Sawyer having done similar. So - do you NEED to win? Nope. Many many many more authors break in having not won WotF than break in having won WotF. It’s a path, but not the on...
by jficke13
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 80
Views: 6063

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

Chuck - Thanks for the kind words! I'm terrible at keeping up with facebook these days. Sorry

The continuing adventures of Nya and his terribly unfortunate mortal roommate are currently in a holdpile, so with luck there will be more of everyone's favorite eldritch horror to share.
by jficke13
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT
Replies: 80
Views: 6063

Re: VOL 35, ANTHOLOGY, WORKSHOP & GALA EVENT

I'll be watching too. Wulf-Do you get a preview of the other winning stories? Would be cool if they let you do that so you can talk about the stories with the other winners. They issued eARCs (with blank pages where the art belong) via .pdf to the winners in Vol. 34. Each winner got their quarter's...
by jficke13
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Sex and Cursing in your Story
Replies: 30
Views: 2341

Re: Sex and Cursing in your Story

While I do know of at least one winner who had their curse words... erm... sanitized during the editing phase, for this market you may want to consider whether it's worth submitting on hard mode by toeing close to a line that a judge has explicitly explained is a potential deal breaker for him.
by jficke13
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54052

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Interesting. I wonder why the change?
by jficke13
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54052

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

[...] Finalists (usually eight) do know they are in the running--the contest administrator calls them, but they're under strict orders not to tell anyone. [...] If finalists are ordered not to reveal that they're finalists during the time period between when they're notified they are a finalist and...
by jficke13
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1857
Views: 54052

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Howler was about 2,250. And I probably added about 250 words after the acceptance during edits. I don't know that I'd be concerned overly concerned with story length for this market. There are plenty of examples of shorts that verge on flash and novelettes that butt up against the wordcap. Think mor...
by jficke13
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2726
Views: 528827

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I'm @jonficke on twitter.
by jficke13
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 8362

Re: Contest Questions

When you find yourself in that position of wondering whether you're still eligible to enter the contest, you can always send a note to Joni and ask. Include the word count of the stories you've sold, who bought the stories, and how much they paid you. She'll let you know. The, erm, perception is th...
by jficke13
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Submitting
Replies: 5
Views: 1091

Re: Submitting

If you take 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any given quarter, you're ineligible in the future. Anything else, and you're still eligible.

(Except possibly, if you are a Published Finalist and being published in WotF constitutes your fourth pro publication, then you would end up pro-ing out with the sale)
by jficke13
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25869

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

You definitely should include HMs to your author's bio and market your work. I'm sure it will land you some publications. Don't you think so? The standing advice around these parts is that an Honorable Mention is essentially still a rejection. It's a good rejection, and shows ability and progress, ...
by jficke13
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25869

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

FWIW for Q4 last year I got the finalist call on Nov. 7 and the you won call on Nov. 14. Their deadline to get the book edited/laid out/etc. looms pretty tight on the 4th quarter.
by jficke13
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 28479

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Or go back to aprocyphal quotes from the framers:

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Thomas Jefferson
by jficke13
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Can I plagiarize my own material?
Replies: 24
Views: 4377

Re: Can I plagiarize my own material?

Regarding advances, this Sanderson lecture may be helpful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDdu_U ... C&index=41
by jficke13
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1962

Re: Flash Fiction

[...] Send out your stories, top market down to your threshold of where you believe is still a respectable venue to showcase your work. [...] ~Moon~ That is almost word-for-word one of the best pieces of advice (or at least the pieces of advice that stuck with me the most) that I received at the co...
by jficke13
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1962

Re: Flash Fiction

[...] However, I will respectfully submit again that restricting our submissions to protect our WotF qualification is a mistake. The purpose of the contest is to help us become pro writers. Winning the contest would be nice, but not if we pin all our efforts and dreams on one market we have no cont...
by jficke13
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1962

Re: Flash Fiction

There have been pretty short stories that have won. Mine was about 2k words. Janey Bell's "Face in the Box" was pretty short in Vol. 34 as well. I recall "The God Whisperer" being very short too. I don't know that there's a floor on word count, so if your story is good, it will s...
by jficke13
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Agonizing Mistakes
Replies: 9
Views: 1464

Re: Agonizing Mistakes

And, Mike, I've developed a pretty hardcore system of version management. Unless guidelines give a formula for submission file name, or are like Daily SF where you copy/paste text into a sub window, I don't sub ANYTHING that isn't [Title] - [Market] - Submission.docx/doc/rtf Each story gets a folder...
by jficke13
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Agonizing Mistakes
Replies: 9
Views: 1464

Re: Agonizing Mistakes

I have a couple responses, 1. It certainly doesn't help your submission chances. Them being at the beginning isn't great as you absolutely must grab the editor and keep their attention while the pages turn. DF has made mention that one typo-style error isn't likely to make him reject a story, but mo...
by jficke13
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 25869

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Hi all. A quick question for off of you that have been published in the WOTF annual books. How different was your original story from the final published version? Did you find your stories required a lot of polishing/revision/editing? Or were there only minimal polishing edits??? (I'm gaging the st...
by jficke13
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 19911

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

FWIW, and I didn't go back and edit my post about meaning of HM/SHM/etc., but in LA, DF said essentially that unless he gets a story that blows him away on the first read that is a "surefire finalist" he ends up with a pile of last-look stories that he then assembles his 8 F, 8 SF, and rem...

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