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by YM Pang
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Agonizing Mistakes
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: Agonizing Mistakes

@Vin Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it too much. - Mistakes/typos in the opening lines aren't ideal, but if Dave makes it past those it shouldn't affect how he judges the story overall. - If Dave doesn't get past the opening lines (i.e. you get an R), then at least you'll know why. - If Dave does ...
by YM Pang
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3982
Views: 800509

Re: Success!

My fantasy/fairy tale story is now available from The Book Smugglers: https://www.thebooksmugglers.com/2018/0 ... -pang.html

This is my second publication. And it even came with awesome cover art!

@Henkel
Congrats!!
by YM Pang
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Flash Fiction
Replies: 10
Views: 89

Re: Flash Fiction

The shortest story I've submitted to WotF was ~1,300 words. It got an HM. I'd say flash has a chance, but this isn't the ideal market (compared to a magazine that pays by the word and can publish 3+ flash stories for every novelette) Dave is also big on sensory detail, so it's probably even harder w...
by YM Pang
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: All countdown stories

For me, stories need to have an "ending." But I'm not so sure they need a "resolution," especially in short fiction. I don't need to know the fates of all the characters, or even their ultimate success/failure if the beginning (and story length) didn't set up those expectations. ...
by YM Pang
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7703

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Congrats on the HM, Sue! It's really a special feeling, that first one. Thank you for sharing all the excellent advice.
by YM Pang
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7703

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Oh, in that case, wait a little while. :) Write something else in the meantime.
by YM Pang
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: All countdown stories
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: All countdown stories

Maybe I'm reading different magazines than this person, but I haven't noticed this. Or maybe it's because: 1) I consume a sizable amount of non-western/non-American media, and (from what I've observed) there seems to be more acceptance of open endings there. So my personal tolerance metre is probabl...
by YM Pang
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7703

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

And the word is - nope. I did not win but I am not depressed. Coming this far on a story I fully would not expect to strike's Dave's fancy is a good feeling all on its own. Commiserations. I feel like we're all fairly poor judges of "what strikes Dave's fancy"; things we send with high ho...
by YM Pang
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3982
Views: 800509

Re: Success!

Congrats, Rebecca! Your resume is helluva impressive.
by YM Pang
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Hooked on the Dragon
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Hooked on the Dragon

I'm gonna check out this Dragon thing. I'm a decent typist (if I may say so myself), but I write a lot of my fiction longhand because I get distracted on a screen. Instead of typing out hundreds of pages, it'll probably be easier on my wrists if I just read them.
by YM Pang
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tor.com opening for novella submissions
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Tor.com opening for novella submissions

Tor.com is opening for novella submissions from July 30 to August 13. 20,000 to 40,000 words, science fiction or fantasy.

https://www.tor.com/submissions-guidelines/

Not a lot of markets take this length, so if you have something that fits, submit!
by YM Pang
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 57
Views: 16561

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

New submission calls, Haunted House and Cozy Crime: http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fan ... cosy-crime Deadline is July 29.
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Do you resubmit?
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Do you resubmit?

I generally write new things. I did make resubmissions twice: one was an R I made minor adjustments to, and turned into an HM. Another was an old HM from KD Wentworth's day, which I did a lot of rewriting for (POV changes, scenes cut, scene expanded, ect.) I still think it became a better story, but...
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 192
Views: 7703

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

R. wotf23 I kinda suspected it was too irreverent and unusual, but still.
by YM Pang
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 137
Views: 7761

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

In all my submissions, only twice did I write the story last minute and have no reader feedback. One of those was my Finalist.

So... this isn't to say "Fire your writing group." Just, if FFO doesn't get back to you in time, then send the fantasy story.
by YM Pang
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3982
Views: 800509

Re: Success!

Congrats Michael, KD, Ishamael, Aaron, and all you lovely people with recent acceptances! Remember, just because a story received a rejection at one market doesn't mean it won't make it at another market. If anyone's interested, here's the Amazon link to THE RAZOR'S EDGE where I have a story: https:...
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: In Need of a Story Critique for Q2
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: In Need of a Story Critique for Q2

I can do a general critique, though not a detailed one for 17K. Will PM you.
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2471
Views: 459259

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the forums, Shannon!

Good luck, and don't stress about that first entry too much. :)
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest
Replies: 7
Views: 338

Re: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest

You might want to read the "WoTF:Issues and Concerns" thread in the Kitchen Sink. In short: The contest could do better, and there have been issues with this in the past (though not due to Dave or the previous coordinating judge). I don't know if things have changed. That being said: I wou...
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Held for consideration

I don't think there's anything wrong with an inquiry when it's past the deadline they gave to you. As long as you're polite and not pushy about it!
by YM Pang
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2471
Views: 459259

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the forums, Lorenzo! I, too, started submitting to the contest when I was in high school. Ten years have passed since then. My advice: Write a lot of stories. Research your markets, but don't self-reject. Submit widely. I'm always willing to help (time permitting, of course) if you need c...
by YM Pang
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Held for consideration

I wouldn't reply. I know it's not technically a rejection letter, but replying creates the exact same problem: clutters up the editor's already busy inbox. :)
by YM Pang
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 137
Views: 7761

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I've already submitted my Q3 (really don't think it's a "Dave" story, but my results so far seem independent of my self-evaluations). But I'd be happy to look over your story. PM me. I do have a ~300-word story of my own if you want to do a swap, but you don't have to feel obligated to rea...
by YM Pang
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 31
Views: 882

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

This is our last chance to write an epic, winning story and hang out with Preston in LA!

Hey, this is misleading! Not our last chance to do most of this. Just the bold part.

But let's face it: Winning the contest? wotf017 Hanging out with Preston? wotf026 wotf024 wotf019
by YM Pang
Thu May 31, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 219578

Re: Five Minute Rant

For F&SF, there's no correlation between getting a personal comment and getting closer to an acceptance. I once received a personal comment that indicated Charlie had dropped my story on the second line! (He was simply kind enough to explain in great detail exactly why those two lines didn't wor...
by YM Pang
Tue May 29, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3982
Views: 800509

Re: Success!

The Razor's Edge will be released earlier than expected: June 15th. My story "Final Flight of the PhoenixWing" will be the last story in the anthology. Pre-orders here: https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc (For those outside the US, the anthology will be available through A...
by YM Pang
Tue May 29, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format

I tend to save my files as RTFs (unless the market specifically requests other formats) to cut out the file information.

Echoing everyone else's thoughts: Standard Manuscript Format means with contact info unless the guidelines say otherwise.
by YM Pang
Tue May 15, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 18531

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

jficke13 wrote:Sidenote: Take past winners restaurant suggestions with a grain of salt. I'm pretty sure they sent us to one as a joke ;)

I sense a story. Tell, tell!

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