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by AlexH
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Goals four V.38!
Replies: 25
Views: 498

Re: Goals four V.38!

Submit co-authored stories to WotF? That sounds interesting, especially with a different author each time. Are you aware of co-author winners? I don't remember any. I haven't missed a WotF quarter since I first submitted, so my goal is to continue submitting each quarter until I win or pro-out and t...
by AlexH
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 272153

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I was getting a bit frustrated by my number of 'almost made it' rejections, but Charlie's highest tier rejection from F&SF with a bit of extra feedback was quite exciting! "Thank you for giving me a chance to read "[redacted]." Unfortunately, this story didn't win me over -- in pa...
by AlexH
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 836
Views: 272153

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Beneath Ceaseless Skies usually give personal rejections, and I love them for taking that time. It's great they pick out positives as well as offering suggestions. Here's mine from a week or so ago (redacted bits as this is my backup story for WotF, should I not finish my favoured story in time): &q...
by AlexH
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 6201

Re: Dialogue Tips

It is interesting, and I guess it doesn't matter we've gone so off topic so much when it's an old bumped post. The likes of Google and Apple are spending millions trying to figure out what exactly us humans are writing and saying, supposedly so they can improve their algorithms and understanding to ...
by AlexH
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 6201

Re: Dialogue Tips

Definitely a bot and/or spam in my opinion, though the signature link in itself isn't harmful. Are you sure the link isn't harmful? It literally ends with "keylogger.html" and I know that certain kinds of malware are specifically meant to log your keystrokes. I'd treat it very carefully. ...
by AlexH
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dialogue Tips
Replies: 29
Views: 6201

Re: Dialogue Tips

Definitely a bot and/or spam in my opinion, though the signature link in itself isn't harmful. We have a couple of bots floating around, though I don't want to keep bothering the moderators with reports, especially if someone else has already reported the posts. I wonder if it's possible to ban link...
by AlexH
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 150
Views: 8197

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:Looking for 1 or 2 Alpha readers. Grammar should be good, commas, are all over the place, but does the story work? 4400 words. I can return an under 10k swap after Aug 5th. wotf009

I can read it on Friday if that helps (I've e-mailed you). I owe you a 450 too!
by AlexH
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 43540

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I consider major revisions a new draft, though I realise major will mean different things to different people. I'm making fewer major revisions now compared to 6 months ago. I save a new document each time too. I've just made some small line edits to the HM I mentioned, so as they're small edits I w...
by AlexH
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 43540

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

I just realised my Q2 HM was only a third draft. How many drafts do people do generally? My previous rejections and HMs would have been at least 4 or 5 drafts, sometimes as many as 7 or 8. It's taking me longer to write stories*, but less drafts feels like a good thing! *On that note, I should add t...
by AlexH
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051897

Re: Success!

Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007
by AlexH
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?
Replies: 12
Views: 1325

Re: HM and SHM Crit Exchange?

This sounds a good idea to me - I'd love to swap if you're looking for another reader (I'll PM you). I have a 7,500-word story that just received HM. I broke one of my main writing rules and it has something else I consider to be a considerable flaw in my efforts to winning WotF. I wonder if the sto...
by AlexH
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37
Replies: 544
Views: 43540

Re: Discussion: Q2 Volume 37

A third HM for me, and a second in a row, so I guess I can almost call myself a consistent HM receiver! An HM seemed an unattainable task to me 2 or 3 years ago, so this must be good news. Well done to everyone who received HM first time or levelled-up, especially Becky! Dave's critique will be gold...
by AlexH
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How low should you shoot when submitting to venues?
Replies: 3
Views: 791

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

New anthologies and markets can crop up at any time, so I stick mostly to pro-market submissions. Most of my stories are still doing the rounds at pro markets, though I've only made two non-WotF story submissions this year (I'm slowly editing older stories), so that's not saying much (60ish rejectio...
by AlexH
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2971
Views: 626425

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome In, new members. wotf008

And hello NeighborlyRaven - I write a lot of poetry too (including speculative). I've actually received the proofs of an anthology of work from my local Stanza Group today.
by AlexH
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Why do you submit? (all markets)
Replies: 17
Views: 1623

Re: Why do you submit? (all markets)

"#2. To have others read your words. Who doesn't want an audience for our art?" is the prime mover for me. Although I have another, possibly entirely wrong-headed, motivation: I want to have my work and ideas published. Once upon a time, I planned on being an academic, and academics care ...
by AlexH
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 150
Views: 8197

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Dustin Adams wrote:I'm ready to start, but can't make myself get up in the AM. I'm out of the habit. Anyone have any tips for getting butt out of bed and into chair?

Set an alarm and put it across the other side of the room with a pen and paper.
by AlexH
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: An offer for writers and poets.
Replies: 2
Views: 4430

Re: An offer for writers and poets.

Do you enter the Illustrators of the Future contest?
by AlexH
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 275
Views: 22694

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Not being American comes with a certain disadvantage when it comes to word choice. Just found out a word I used in my story has racist connotations in the USA, yet in Australia it's seen as innocent. =( I've confused people with my British English usage of wallet and purse. In British English, a wa...
by AlexH
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051897

Re: Success!

Charlie talks about his rejection templates here, though it's from a few years ago when electronic submissions first opened, so may not be exactly the same: http://www.ccfinlay.com/blog/nectar-for-rejectomancers.html “didn’t grab me” = only read the opening “didn’t work for me” = good, read all the ...
by AlexH
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 150
Views: 8197

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

I have a story I wrote as a contender for Q2 I'm going to work on, so it should be easier than writing a new story from scratch. Okay, this quarter my goal is to be done with my story early, so I won't be racing against time on the last day! (I think I said that in Q3 also :[} ) Happy writing everyo...
by AlexH
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 275
Views: 22694

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I'm in with a revised story. Submitting at 3am (UK time) was better than the 25 hours without sleep and only one hour sleep before work I managed last quarter. Listening to music by Aural Method, Slow Meadow and Hammock saw me through this time and probably last time too. Well done and good luck eve...
by AlexH
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 275
Views: 22694

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

HermioneLee wrote:I have submitted my story, but I didn’t get the confirmation email from Joni. Does anyone have the same problem?

I usually receive a Wizehive confirmation, then Joni's confirmation a day or two later.
by AlexH
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Horrid fiction?
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Horrid fiction?

Bad writing in what sense? A bad story to someone is often a good story to someone else. Many top-selling authors are apparently bad writers, but are millions of people really wrong? This is a good little article: https://contently.com/2018/01/19/separates-good-writing/ Bad writing to me would maybe...
by AlexH
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 275
Views: 22694

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

Oops - my post was worded poorly. I will submit the story, I'm just waiting until closer to the deadline in the hope inspiration strikes in the meantime.

I agree: never self reject! wotf008
by AlexH
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37
Replies: 275
Views: 22694

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 37

I have a revised HM ready to go. It's a better story, but I'm holding back on submission as I still don't think I've made the premise believable enough for it to level up.
by AlexH
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4242
Views: 1051897

Re: Success!

Congrats everyone! I'd love to read about how you worked this out together Liz and Becky. Is there a blog post coming? Maybe co-written! I read an article about co-writing stories recently. Maybe it was a link shared here.
by AlexH
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37
Replies: 150
Views: 8197

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 37

Oh God, it is coming up, isn't it? wotf019 Subbing early for Q3 has left me with a lot of time to figure out my Q4. I've been poking at editing the story I wrote for the WotF workshop, but amusingly enough I'm not sure it's appropriate for WotF. (The subject matter is... well... not exactly what I'...
by AlexH
Wed May 27, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Real Life Research Helpers
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Real Life Research Helpers

It's a good idea. Wulf asked us Super Secret participants for a similar reason in the Super Secrets thread. I've worked in office-based telephone customer service, as a web developer and designer, and for the last few years as a Technical SEO Manager (helping make websites more user and search engin...
by AlexH
Wed May 27, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Professional Editor for WOTF piece?
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

Re: Professional Editor for WOTF piece?

I had stories professionally edited the year I started taking my writing seriously and submitting to WotF. I'm definitely a better writer because of that. I sent my recent HM story to Mica Scotti Kole (an editor and recent WotF winner) and have just read her excellent feedback on the story. It makes...

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