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by jficke13
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 251
Views: 7442

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: 251
Views: 7442

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: 340
Views: 10318

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: 1823

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: 448

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: 448

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: 448

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: 369

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: 369

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: 251
Views: 7442

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: 8469

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...
by jficke13
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807618

Re: Success!

Hey all, at least for the moment, the antho containing my first pro sale is free on Kindle. If you wan to check it out, I reviewed it here: https://jonficke.com/2017/12/17/what-an ... ion-means/

There's a story by DF in it as well as by finals judge Jody Lynn Nye as well.
by jficke13
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8469

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Is there a difference between honorable mention and silver honorable mention? What does silver honorable mention even mean? how many get it? How many entrants? Still super stoked since I didn't even realize how big this contest was when I entered this Q2 for the first time ever. So excited. Wonder ...
by jficke13
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10318

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

I'll probably send mine in tonight. I always get nervous about sending something in early, because then I think of something, and yep, his eyes were blue and I said they were green , but it's now out of my hands... All the best on your entry, KD. If it's the one I gave a critique on the opening, it...
by jficke13
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Publication Limit?
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Publication Limit?

To echo Moon... even pro-sales that look disqualifying might not be. Circulation/traffic numbers aren't exactly common knowledge, and for some of the smaller pro markets very possibly are not over that 5k threshold. If you think you're disqualified but aren't sure, query Joni. I believe ties tend to...
by jficke13
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807618

Re: Success!

Yeah the fact that they were my first sale a year ago has earned them a special place in my heart. I'm happy to have been able to submit to their open call (happier still to be accepted).
by jficke13
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807618

Re: Success!

Mad Scientist Journal accepted two fictional advertisements from me. Normally I'd wait to circulate contracts to post about it, but I wanted to tell everyone here because their submission window is still open. http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/ and this maybe gives you more time to get some...
by jficke13
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2511
Views: 464261

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Thank you all! I am still new to all of this. I have a few children's books that are available but they aren't actually published yet. I really want to branch out and discover the best way to publish my other genre's. Does anyone have advice on the best way to get your work out there to readers? Ar...
by jficke13
Tue May 15, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19491

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

The facebook group Matt mentioned had a post about how "Fists of Fusion Island Grill" was the best restaurant they had went to during the week. Past winners kind of all posted about how great it was and so on. The hotel is connected to what felt like a big open-air shopping mall (LA people...
by jficke13
Tue May 15, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 2143

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

The Workshop in a Nutshell [...] we argued over whether quotations are necessary for good writing [...] What I said was just use them! They make prose more intelligible! That being said, Jeremy schooled me badly on this, and I obviously missed the entire point of the book I was trying to read (The ...
by jficke13
Tue May 15, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 2143

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

S[...] "The Howler on the Sales Floor," by Jonathan Ficke is wickedly funny, interweaving ancient and modern elements into an urban fantasy piece that really made me wonder about some of my co-workers in the office! It is less than 7 pages long. It won 3rd place. " [...] Thanks man! ...
by jficke13
Tue May 15, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19491

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I second what Matt said. Anything you want to know, feel free to ask.

Sidenote: Take past winners restaurant suggestions with a grain of salt. I'm pretty sure they sent us to one as a joke ;)
by jficke13
Fri May 11, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Acceptable level of violence for contest entry?
Replies: 6
Views: 445

Re: Acceptable level of violence for contest entry?

I think violence should be fine, so long as you're not going into paragraphs and paragraphs of gory detail. What always worried me were the requirements around profanity. I actually stripped all the profanity out of my Q2 (and thought it weakened the story) but what I read later suggested that I mi...
by jficke13
Tue May 01, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Reject Rejectomancy!
Replies: 12
Views: 859

Re: Reject Rejectomancy!

There are people I've observed say something along the lines of "I could make a great anthology out of my non-winning stories from WotF that went on to sell at [various big, pro, markets]." Then they list of MANY stories that found homes in Apex, F&SF, Lightspeed, Asimov's, etc. I thin...
by jficke13
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19491

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats to everyone who heard back already. I was really hoping to hear something by now, because the anticipation of not knowing is killing me, whatever the response is. But I was also one of those who got locked out on December 31st and had to email my sub to Joni because I waited too long. I ho...
by jficke13
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 2143

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Okay, since today was Thursday, these are two relevant pieces of judge wisdom (Abbreviated for the moment): 1. Rob Sawyer said: Write ambitious fiction. Don't try something ambitious, get rejected, then see [thing you don't hold in high esteem] being successful and think to yourself "I'll bring...
by jficke13
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 2143

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Hey all, over the next week or so I'm going to be posting about each of the individual stories. So if you haven't gotten a copy of the book yet, you can get a glimpse of the art and a bit about each story. I won't post every link here, but they'll all be at jonficke.com
by jficke13
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala
Replies: 45
Views: 2143

Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Good morning all, I'm still kinda getting my feet under me in the real world, and have only just begun trying to record thoughts/impressions/experiences from the conference. I'm going to put some stuff up at my site rather than drop huge walls of text over here, because I think the reading experienc...
by jficke13
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19491

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

disgruntledpeony wrote:
AmytheAuthor wrote:Thursday has come and gone.

*stating the obvious*

Yes, but every day is Thursday. wotf011


And now today is Friday the 13th...
by jficke13
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 570

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

There are loads of free resources that might be worth checking out too. At least two semesters of Brandon Sanderson's BYU lectures are available on Youtube, which are pretty great.

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