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by Sataris
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 726
Views: 201725

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

So I got a personal rejection letter today, from C.C. Finlay of F&SF, and he was kind enough to explain what hadn't worked for him about my story. He also said that my writing was very good, and to keep submitting to F&SF. You can imagine how pleased I was to hear that, and I'm excited beca...
by Sataris
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 63932

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Mike Resnick wrote:Northwest of Earth, by C. L. Moore
Dimension of Miracles, by Robert Sheckley
Galaxies, by Barry N. Malzberg
City, by Clifford D, Simak
The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester
Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon


thanks for this! added to the queue
by Sataris
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Markets for Awkward Word Counts
Replies: 7
Views: 341

Re: Markets for Awkward Word Counts

I don't think self-identifying will hurt you in any way at either of those markets, doubly so when it has relevancy to the story like yours does. they might not have the same inclusive language that Fireside, BCS and crew have, but they're still putting out some pretty progressive stuff. as for whet...
by Sataris
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 211
Views: 6346

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

I've sold three HMs. Heck, there are people who've sold Rs. That's pretty awesome. I've gotten into the odd habit of wondering how some of the pro stories I've come across would fare on Dave's desk--and how some of the WotF stories would fare on, say, Neil Clarke or C.C. Finlay's desk. You really n...
by Sataris
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Software, Reviews & Deals
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Software, Reviews & Deals

i've got a super cheap laptop i travel with for work that I threw kingsoft office on, and it works fine. totally free too. as to the point about novels v short stories, I've found scrivener to be super helpful for novels (particularly if you're on a mac). it's got some super cool organizational feat...
by Sataris
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10096

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

pair of acceptances just showed up over at duotrope

wonder if that's finalist, or if the results are already in?

wotf017
by Sataris
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10096

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Honourable Mention. And so I bow out with 10 HMs and 1 Finalist. It's been a good run, and I've learned loads by entering the contest throughout the years and having deadlines to work with. Cheering for the rest of you, and I'm still up for story exchanges in the future should anyone need it. Congr...
by Sataris
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10096

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

ahhh twitching on all of your behalves, good luck all!
by Sataris
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10096

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

Yuuup, seconding unnamed caller
by Sataris
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2507
Views: 464082

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, spiraledpen and sifimarine! Hope you find the forums helpful, and good luck with your entries!
by Sataris
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807260

Re: Success!

Thanks for the kind words, Preston! And the link (whoops lol)
by Sataris
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807260

Re: Success!

Congrats wiseserpent and Ishmael!

Also have a story of my own out today-an early version of which was a shm a little ways back.

You can read it (free!) over at syntax and salt
by Sataris
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 211
Views: 6346

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

So is there a general feeling that having complex longer stories (between 15k and 17k) with multiple viewpoints may not be as competitive, even if they're otherwise sold? I'd not considered this. My woefully unqualified opinion is that no matter where you submit, you start edging into the realm of ...
by Sataris
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807260

Re: Success!

Very pleased to announce that my new story "Korba's Revenge," is now live at Stupefying Stories! It's my first attempt at steampunk. (2000 words). Here's the link if you'd like to take a peek: https://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2018/09/showcase-korbas-revenge-by-preston.html wotf026 w...
by Sataris
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807260

Re: Success!

I saw that on Twitter! What an awesome idea, going to grab one shortly
by Sataris
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10096

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

congrats to those of you that have already heard back!

the way these are coming out makes me wonder if they're being sent as each piece is read individually rather than in waves once everything's been sorted
by Sataris
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807260

Re: Success!

preston wrote:
WiseSerpent wrote:I got a story published in Swords & Sorcery Magazine Issue 79. August 2018!

Congrats! A very vivid and inventive story. Well done. I enjoyed it very much.


seconded!

and congrats as well, Ishmael!

And to Ym Pang!
by Sataris
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10096

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

roughly 12 months wotf027 That's the best thing to be twitching for but the wait has to be unbearable. Your story and three others go before a full panel of judges right? yup! the wait, surprisingly, isn't all that bad—the golden pen thing just sorta feels like a potential-but-unlikely bonus, thoug...
by Sataris
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10096

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

And after that-if you get the call-you get to have a miniature heart attack every time the phone rings for several weeks while you wait for the final decision. Pretty sure I lost a pound or two from all the unexpected cardio How much do you think you will twitch while waiting to see if you win firs...
by Sataris
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35
Replies: 340
Views: 10096

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 35

This is my first time jumping into the forums, and Q3 V35 is my first WoTF entry, so I'm lurking here to read all these juicy posts from more experienced WoTF entrants. Good to know, KD, that we can expect another 2-3 weeks for announcements. How does it work? I think I read in here somewhere that ...
by Sataris
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Results
Replies: 11
Views: 1526

Re: Contest Results

yeah that makes sense - thanks!
by Sataris
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Results
Replies: 11
Views: 1526

Re: Contest Results

Semi-Finalist get a critique from the judge and cannot be re-submitted to the contest. Really?... I thought any story that wasn't a winner could be resubmitted??? nope, sadly semi-finalist stories are disqualified from further entry. read somewhere that it has to do with keeping the contest from bo...
by Sataris
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807260

Re: Success!

Well this is my first post on the "sucess" thread. .. I just got the news a few days ago that a short story of mine as been accepted into an anthology. (I'm dancing on the inside. Really. Otherwise a 40+ year old man dancing beside a public pool with a phone in his hand might just come of...
by Sataris
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Unintentional Relevance
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Unintentional Relevance

I think if you’ve got two stories of about the same quality ready for submission, it couldn’t hurt to trunk the similar one and send it out a bit later. At that point you’re just getting rid of a potential concern so why not. But if it were me and I felt like the similar one were stronger, I’d just ...
by Sataris
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Simultaneous Submissions
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Simultaneous Submissions

in general, agents expect that you're querying widely, but often ask that if you're offered representation before they've responded to your query you let them know and give them a week or so to respond (to decline or ask for pages). You might get a request for an exclusive somewhere along the way, t...
by Sataris
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tor.com opening for novella submissions
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: Tor.com opening for novella submissions

oooh thanks for the heads up!
by Sataris
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8394

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

bobsandiego wrote:so Q2 vol 34 I posted that Dave had returned me to the dog house.
Last week I found out that this year, this Q2, I am a finalist.
It doesn't seem real.
wotf058


Congrats! I'll be pulling for you!
by Sataris
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 8394

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

pcmccollum wrote:Wow, did not expect this...

wotf057

Now to submit a story for Q3!


congrats! that's already a pro quality story, and I bet the critique will be super useful.

and congrats to all the hm/shm folks as well! Anything within the top 10% is just awesome.
by Sataris
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: Held for consideration

congrats, that's awesome! personally I never reply since those emails are often automatically generated when a reader puts a story forward, and generally speaking the editor who is emailing you probably hasn't had a chance to read the piece yet themselves. doubt it would hurt you if you replied, but...
by Sataris
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19408

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

That was a great read! Such an uplifting story

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