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by Andy Dibble
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?

From what I've learned, the vast majority of the slush doesn't survive 15 seconds of reading. I think this is plausible, at least for top markets (some markets are gracious enough to read everything they get sent). I also think some markets are more forgiving than others. My WotF winner had a missi...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: Fantasy and Science Fiction-How does Charlie do it?

I think there are other slush readers for F&SF. I read the bio of a Swedish writer that said he was a First Reader for F&SF, and not all my rejections are from him. On the other hand, I think that Grinder only represents the minority of submissions F&SF receives. There's Duotrope and man...
by Andy Dibble
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Passing of Mike Resnick
Replies: 11
Views: 166

Re: Passing of Mike Resnick

Wow. Kind of feels like there's a hole in the world. I hope everyone close to him is able to grieve productively.
by Andy Dibble
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Novel Structures - Pros and Cons
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Novel Structures - Pros and Cons

Hi, The reader has to be told what the world is before understanding how it changes in the First Turning Point, how long is that allowed to be? 1 chapter? 2? 5? ... I'm confident in the first chapter, but when the second chapter doesn't showcase the First Turning point, I am concerned that no matte...
by Andy Dibble
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Orson Scott Card podcast
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Re: Orson Scott Card podcast

This may be a subtle difference, but starting at 1:02 I didn't hear a call to write fresh stories but rather (in Card's words) to "reinvent" the story. It's fine to do be big rewrites (he talks about ditching even 200 pages and starting over from the beginning) of the same story. What he c...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

I have seen it done both ways in published works. I can make an argument that in a historical fiction, the English words are the loan words and the Latin/other languages are the actual language of the character, but it's early and that makes my head hurt. Point being, I guess I feel like italicizin...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: Accents/Diacritics and Pinyin

I had to work through some of these questions for my story that will be in v36. I would be careful about using weird diacritics at all because they will often confuse readers. I think it's best to just spell things phonetically unless your story actually turns on the diacritics in some way or a char...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Scene Changes
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Scene Changes

I wouldn't go out of your way to add chapter headings because they can sound cute or forced. Chapter headings are kind of like adverbs. Always consider whether it works better without them :) A short story where chapters work well is https://uncannymagazine.com/article/a-year-and-a-day-in-old-therad...
by Andy Dibble
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 146
Views: 4002

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I'm happy to do critiques. Might ask you to critique my writing too. :) Can't promise I'll get through all of any 10k+ word monsters, but feel free to PM me.
by Andy Dibble
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Little did he know...
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Little did he know...

I think it depends, in great part, upon your point of view. Some authors are very successful with an intrusive third person narrator (that narrator need not be the author). If the established PoV is one of the characters, it would be harder to make "little did he know" work. If the charact...
by Andy Dibble
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 573
Views: 16995

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Just got the second call from Joni. Apparently, I came in 4th place. Just shy. Ahh well. Sorry, you didn't quite make it all the way. I have to think it was a GREAT story. A few months ago I read "Verum" by Storm Humbert in Interzone, and I loved it so much I went to his website and told ...
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 19
Views: 927

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

"But wait!" you say. "If I get a dozen critiques, I don't have to worry about that. If ten guys and gals all say the same thing, then I know they must be right!" Maybe. Maybe not. But I'll argue if that were true, then every person in Critters and Codex would already be bestsell...
by Andy Dibble
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2209
Views: 67850

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

So, I got my result, and... wotf059 Third place! I just got the call from Joni and she told me I could "scream it to the hilltops"! AWESOME! Looking forward to meeting you :) I totally get expecting an R. When I hadn't heard back at first the quarter I won, I thought they had lost my stor...
by Andy Dibble
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 19
Views: 927

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

Andy I've had similar experience on critique circle with disparate quality of critiques and with widely differing opinions! One thing I'd make a counterpoint to in your comment is about needing lots of critiques. I've mostly stopped using the open queues on CC because getting too many critiques doe...
by Andy Dibble
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How to Get the Most From Critiques
Replies: 19
Views: 927

Re: How to Get the Most From Critiques

Disgruntledpeony, I'm also waiting to see if we get to meet in April :) My two cents on critique: * If you're going to respond to a critique with more than just a generic "thanks," sleep on it first. Normally critiques seem more reasonable, or at least represent a legitimate perspective, o...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 236
Views: 85806

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

I'm happy to do critiques. PM me.
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you improve your writing output?
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: How do you improve your writing output?

That's fair, and you make a good point: solving a difficult problem with a story or doing research is progress with writing even if it doesn't come out in words written. sometimes that's more progress than writing a lot of crappy words that don't even come together in a finished piece.
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 921918

Re: Success!

Definitely agree about different ways to measure success. Here's another: finishing stories you really want to write, even if you don't think they are particularly publishable. There was a story about a somewhat esoteric theological problem I really wanted to write, and I wrote it. Just got a person...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: The hyphen, the en dash, and the em dash...please help!
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: The hyphen, the en dash, and the em dash...please help!

There's one use of the em dash where grammar almost requires it: if you have a subordinate clause that contains commas It was only to be expected that Troy should fall — and fall emphatically, its very location effaced and, for millennia, forgotten — because the Gods and heroes on the Greek side wer...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: How do you improve your writing output?
Replies: 3
Views: 347

How do you improve your writing output?

I was getting better about writing more words in a day and finishing what I started and now I'm not so great. :p There are things I do which I think help: * get the ideas for a story, its speculative ideas, setting, characters, etc. out in a messy brainstorm format before I try to write actual scene...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: David Farland's New Book: WRITING WONDER

I really enjoyed this book. It made me rethink what makes a good magic system, what Tolkien's successes were, and the importance of setting. Just before I started reading this book, I was reading another book, which was literally putting me to sleep. I started reading this book, and I read it in one...
by Andy Dibble
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 8
Views: 382

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

There's a great deal about fiction writing I don't do intuitively. And if my first drafts ever got out to the interwebs, I think I'd die from shame :) There is one intuition you have to develop: know when what you've written isn't good enough. If you get that far, you know to re-write or revise. If ...
by Andy Dibble
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Common Issues I see on critiques
Replies: 8
Views: 382

Re: Common Issues I see on critiques

Good stuff, especially the bit about fixing structural things before you fix finer details. But I think you missed a few important ones (and others probably have their own lists) Story Doesn't Do Much of Anything Innovative: Something or a combination of somethings should set your story apart from a...
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 921918

Re: Success!

Congrats, Beth! Your going through the process motivates me to follow you. Self-publishing a book is definitely it's own form of achievement. And when it's a collection of shorts it gives you leeway to stick in some that weren't picked up by a market but you're proud of or that fit with a theme.
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 921918

Re: Success!

I got my first personal rejection from Asimov's.
by Andy Dibble
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4131
Views: 921918

Re: Success!

Congrats! It's a rush, isn't it?
by Andy Dibble
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Wulf Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 2209
Views: 67850

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!

Like everything we learned in school, there's more to denouement than "the falling action". The plot's loose ends must be tied; the promise to the reader, fulfilled. Better yet, there should be some emotional resolution for the reader. Moon mentions coming full circle as a satisfying deno...
by Andy Dibble
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 236
Views: 85806

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

I have some extra time now so if anyone want me to critique the first 450 of their piece, I'm happy to. PM me
by Andy Dibble
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions
Replies: 15
Views: 1342

Re: Cover Letters on Paid Market Submissions

I often include if the story I'm submitting was held for additional consideration by a specific professional market, the rationale being that the reader will have more reason to think this story has merit. Your publishing credentials don't indicate that directly. The argument against doing this is t...
by Andy Dibble
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 573
Views: 16995

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I agree that you should write the story first and only worry about length in the revising stage. One exercise that helps me while revising is to force the story to be a certain size (e.g. 20% shorter). Often times, it gets better. The best thing that ever happened to a story I once submitted to Diab...

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