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by chuckt
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland's Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Re: Dave Farland's Workshop

On number 3, I believe he said that is a typical MO. I suppose he meant that the ending might not be a deal-breaker if the opening is strong enough? 5. The title is important. He likes a good title. 6. A Silver HM means you are so incredibly close. Something needs fixing. Sometimes your'e getting a ...
by chuckt
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Dave Farland's Workshop
Replies: 9
Views: 68

Dave Farland's Workshop

I'm just back from doing Dave's week-long craft workshop in St. George. Well worth it and I strongly recommend. It's great to have a whole week to concentrate on writing. Although almost everything he spoke of is somewhere in his blog or daily tips, it was very helpful to have it delivered in a prog...
by chuckt
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40918

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

A complete list of the vol. 36 challenge's super secrets follows. Now that I realize how descending works and that it will cause page numbers to constantly change as more comments are added, I will likely take that part out in my next comment and simply indicate that the provided page number is for...
by chuckt
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 239
Views: 6680

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Results were mid-November last year. wotf007 I don't guess we will get that this year.

I wonder if Q4 has the highest number of submissions? Everyone trying to get one in the current year? Pretty sure I read there is a drop-off in Q1.
by chuckt
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 50
Views: 979

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

Over the last few years of entering, I've penned twelve stories, eleven of which were entered in the contest, and I've only trunked one of them. (It was the first story I'd written in something like ten years, and I've made/corrected so many new writer mistakes with it over the years it's not even ...
by chuckt
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 239
Views: 6680

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Whew! I'm in. My first entry without a really bad rookie mistake (that I know of). My Q1 lacked a good opening. Q2 started with the character waking up. And my Q3 went in without its headline! I really like this story. I'll be disappointed if it does no better than R even though I know the competiti...
by chuckt
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40918

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Okay! Completed the challenge. 1 new story each quarter of 2019.
by chuckt
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19136

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Congrats to all! I can reveal the very stupid thing I did: When I deleted my identifying information, I also deleted the title. And the story was one where the title itself was important to the story. I really like the story and may resubmit it next year. ...I just realized I did the same thing. Cr...
by chuckt
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19136

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Congrats to all! I can reveal the very stupid thing I did: When I deleted my identifying information, I also deleted the title. And the story was one where the title itself was important to the story. I really like the story and may resubmit it next year.
by chuckt
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36
Replies: 31
Views: 1755

Re: Quarter 3 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol 36

Congrats HMs!! Another R for me
by chuckt
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19136

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Henckel wrote:Ha ha ha. We have a solid plan.

Oh yeah, if any of you are coming to NZ for the World Con 2020, it's right here in town. Let me know. Will be great to meet some y'all in person.

Re the book, I've already got full draft. In revision stage now.


That would be cool!
by chuckt
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1316
Views: 40918

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

So here's the deal. If I do this for the Volume 37 year starting October 1st, I'm going to up the challenge. I'm assuming less will join, which might give me more opportunities to critique one story from each member over the course of the year. If you join the challenge, it means you like what I've...
by chuckt
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 239
Views: 6680

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'll be slipping in just under the wire. Got one more round of editing I'm going to do this weekend.
by chuckt
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 141

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

I decided to sell the story to them anyway. The agreement's aggressive provisions don't matter for this story and I think this one would be a difficult sale in most markets. And it will end up in a real paperback that can be purchased off Amazon. That's cool. The editors check out as legit. We'll see.
by chuckt
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 141

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

I don't even see the reason for it. Is it remotely likely that some novice writer that publishes a story with them is going to hit it big using an element of the story in the future? Again, none of this matters for this story but if good writers are shunning this market, it doesn't do me any good to...
by chuckt
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 141

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

It's the royalties thing that looks fishy to me. You have to pay them 5% of anything you make on the characters for the first 24 months, 2.5% for a year after that, and then 1% in perpetuity. That seems very wrong to me. Hmm. I didn't catch that. Doesn't matter for this story but that does seem a r...
by chuckt
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 141

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

No they don't pay pro rates. I'm okay with that part. This story has gone through most of the pro-rate markets already. The provisions last for 12 months. So I'm not giving away rights to the story elements forever. My story is a retelling of a chapter from the Odyssey so the characters are public d...
by chuckt
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 141

Left Hand Publishers?

Anyone got info on this outfit? They accepted a story of mine but then I see that Duotrope has disqualified them for offering paid services to accepted authors. I don't know if I care about that if the services are optional but I certainly don't want to publish with someone that isn't considered leg...
by chuckt
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19136

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

For what it's worth, Dave Farland had the following snippet in his 8/30 "Tips" email: "scurrying to finish up judging on a large contest."
by chuckt
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Jody Nye's Workshop
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Jody Nye's Workshop

I just got back from Jody Nye's workshop at Dragcon and can't give a higher recommendation. She slices right to the issues that need work and was spot on. She also has an encyclopedic knowledge of how things work. (She made a comment about how the explosive in my story was unlikely to be able to be ...
by chuckt
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4065
Views: 890680

Re: Success!

Sent another to Asimovs. I don't know why I bother with them. At this point, my goal with them is for my story to stay under consideration longer than 48 hours. wotf019
by chuckt
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19136

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Henckel wrote:I just received notification from Joni. Q3 results are due in about a month. wotf024


Oof.
by chuckt
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Revising an HM to make it a Winner
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: Revising an HM to make it a Winner

Interesting. Thanks all for sharing.
by chuckt
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4065
Views: 890680

Re: Success!

https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/hs-fs/hubfs/9781787556942.jpg?width=244&name=9781787556942.jpg I'm happy to report my fourth Flame Tree acceptance. This one is for 'Detective Stories', due out in November. It's a second outing for my two Victorian policemen, MacAndrew and Smithers, whose f...
by chuckt
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19136

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I suppose everyone here regularly reads Wulf's Super Secret thread. Just in case you don't, he said he spoke to Joni and the results for Q3 will "be a while" yet. The reports on Grinder and Duotrope are not Q3 results--none have gone out.
by chuckt
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Revising an HM to make it a Winner
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Revising an HM to make it a Winner

I was messaging a writer who was in Vol 31. I guess I shouldn't mention who without permission. He was not a 1st place winner but the story was fabulous. (Which is why I messaged him). He mentioned that he got 4 HMs with the story before getting in. He revised each time. I'm not advocating this appr...
by chuckt
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36
Replies: 391
Views: 19429

Re: Discussion: Q2, Volume 36

I am enthusiastic in my dislike of Moby Dick, though I did at least read it in its entirety. I like bits of it, but don't like the way it's written or structured overall. (I'd note that I'm generally in a minority group on this one though--some of my other friends adore it. But I dislike the idea t...
by chuckt
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19136

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

At the Submission Grinder it looks like there was a 56 day rejection today. Maybe it’s not a mistake and results are starting to trickle out Or, per Milo's logic.... ANOTHER mistake. ;) Who can tell? Either way, good luck and happiness to all~ Hmm. So perhaps someone gets an HM email from Joni and ...
by chuckt
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 547
Views: 19136

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

DaneCurley wrote:But I'm sure there are plenty of participants who do not engage on this forum.


True. I hope they are rolling out.

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