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by vjalrik
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41684

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I just realised my Q2 HM was only a third draft. How many drafts do people do generally? I usually read through a story multiple times as I'm writing and a couple of times all the way through after, tinkering with minor things. The only different versions I save are my actual submissions to differe...
by vjalrik
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41684

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Peter Glen wrote:R me hearties!

wotf001 wotf010 wotf009 wotf019
by vjalrik
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41684

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

HM for me too
by vjalrik
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41684

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

Long time lurker here. Been following the thread and enjoying it, while also trying to stay distracted with a new novel WIP. That said, I happened to be over on Submission Grinder and noticed a rejection report had been filed for Writers of the Future. A 132-day form rejection, posted today, 07/14....
by vjalrik
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41684

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

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by vjalrik
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1046689

Re: Success!

MiloMinderbinder wrote:
"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.

Congrats!
by vjalrik
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41684

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

It's actually quite exciting isn't it, all this waiting around. Almost worth entering just to get that anticipatory thrill (oh so fleeting). Though the revelation that Joni calls the finalists before the rejection emails come out means that the whole 'dodged the first wave, maybe I'll go all the wa...
by vjalrik
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How low should you shoot when submitting to venues?
Replies: 3
Views: 727

Re: How low should you shoot when submitting to venues?

I think you're right that it's all of the above. There are only so many markets that pay professional rates, and they each have their own preferences about what types of stories they'll publish, so I wouldn't limit yourself strictly to pro markets unless you're only interested in writing the types o...
by vjalrik
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 41684

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

This got me curious, so if you are too, here are my notification dates for the last four years:

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Maybe not a majority, but definitely a solid bet.

RSchibler wrote:And yet, Thursday cometh.
by vjalrik
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 269
Views: 21561

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I'm in. wotf040
by vjalrik
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1046689

Re: Success!

I've been taking Dean Wesley Smith's free course on Fiction Kickstarters https://wmg-publishing-workshops-and-lectures.teachable.com/p/kickstarter and am giving an open submission anthology a go (it's live now!). If you're interested in which SFF authors your writing is most like (or in using comput...
by vjalrik
Sat May 23, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Why do you submit? (all markets)
Replies: 17
Views: 1495

Re: Why do you submit? (all markets)

The biggest one for me isn't really on your list: 6.) Self-assessment. How good/bad am I? Submitting just to help you finish a story might get you into the first market, but what then? And that first market will most likely be a rejection, so it couldn't be just to get your words read either, unless...
by vjalrik
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 437
Views: 47415

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

With the info Joni released I believe it's safe to assume the ones that received phone calls are reading the forum responses and chuckling. I for one haven't received any call so I don't have to worry about that. I do hope for something I can hang on the wall of the office. Good luck to all and to ...
by vjalrik
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 576
Views: 58981

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Congrats Kent, SR, and all the other placers! wotf009
by vjalrik
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 595
Views: 55875

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'm in.
by vjalrik
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 44590

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

HM for me. Finally out of my R rut! Congrats everyone - onward and upward. wotf009
by vjalrik
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 54532

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

Got mine too. Revised my SHM into an R. This was my first (and likely last) revise and resubmit attempt for WotF - I was hoping it would break me out of my rut, but it must be deeper than I thought....
by vjalrik
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 44590

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I'm in
by vjalrik
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36
Replies: 537
Views: 54532

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 36

I'm in.
by vjalrik
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 39835

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

R for me. On to the next.
by vjalrik
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1046689

Re: Success!

WillShadbolt wrote:After numerous attempts, I finally placed a story in DSF! It's the first pro market I've been published in, so I'm pretty pumped.

https://dailysciencefiction.com/hither- ... -labyrinth

Congrats Will! I enjoyed the story - fun idea wotf010
by vjalrik
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 39835

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Wulf Moon wrote:Our Girl in the Glasses got to share her story on creating 5 in 35! Well done, Brittany! Check it out on the Writers of the Future website and see her adorable baby girl too!

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/birt ... -rainsdon/

Fun story! wotf010
by vjalrik
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 39835

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

Thanks for this. You have given me some stuff to think about. I have often wondered about creating checklist stories in hopes of stringing together HMs. I suppose I am still new to this contest and after a few years I might have a better idea of my approach, what aspects to be consistent in and whe...
by vjalrik
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1046689

Re: Success!

I'm happy to announce I have a fun story in a fun anthology that just came out last week: The Church of Raw in Thuggish Itch: Scientific . The story was a quirky early WOTF rejection that I still really liked, but was a poor fit for most markets, so I've been shopping it around for a couple of years...
by vjalrik
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 39835

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I hope I can land an HM this quarter. My ratio is embarrassing, I was hoping to do better this year. I am still at the point where my absolute best effort barely makes an HM. I gotta improve that next year. I'm starting to think the place/rejection ratio is overrated (though this may be due to mine...
by vjalrik
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 101
Views: 20524

Re: 4 in 36

I know these challenges are meant to be fun and motivational, but just to spoil that a little, I have a rules question.... Do repeat submissions count? I personally would say yes, but I'm open to hearing thoughts otherwise. Is the challenge more about writing or submitting? This will be my first qua...
by vjalrik
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 41295

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

R for me too. Deciding I really don't like the addition of the "still in the running" emails....
by vjalrik
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 341
Views: 41295

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

thegirlintheglasses wrote:Thursday is coming. wotf009

"And I'll have 3rd quarter results tomorrow!!! best, Joni Labaqui"

Thursday is tomorrow.

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