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by Alastair
Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Hey, thanks for the tip about Anywhere But Earth . I'm trying to avoid subbing to less-than-pro publications, but I'll make exceptions for print anthologies that grab my interest. (My "Poetic Justice" will get a pro-rata share of the (relatively high) royalties for Space Horrors . I figure...
by Alastair
Sun May 23, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

For all of us eagerly anticipating the fame and fortune of our first novel, a little musical entertainment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZoJ5OKmEJY

:)

And for aspiring mystery writers, try this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LBfECGdGUc -- the line at 3:10 had me laughing out loud.
by Alastair
Sun May 23, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

I track subs two ways. First, everything goes into a spreadsheet (yes, color coded to help pinpoint what's where currently, what's sold, etc.) Second, each work has a seperate folder on my computer (I keep old drafts, disk space is cheap), and in each folder I have a "submitted" text file ...
by Alastair
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Okay, that was delightfully twisted.

And I wasn't aware of that market before. Pro rates, cool. Now to see what I can squeeze into 750 words.
by Alastair
Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.
Replies: 179
Views: 71043

FLASH FORWARD (based on a WOTF winner or judge's work, is it?) Yes, Robert J. Sawyer is a WOTF judge. There are a lot of detail differences between the book and the TV series (although once the season got rolling, fewer than I at first thought -- different POV characters), but still a fun ride. Saw...
by Alastair
Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Conga rats, Joey, that's cool.
by Alastair
Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.
Replies: 179
Views: 71043

Cool.

The snow around the bodies is neither blood-spattered nor trampled, and there's not enough snow on the bodies for it to have snowed later. Is this a point in the book (which I haven't read) or just sloppy set dressing?
by Alastair
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: This is how you format your PAPER Contest entry!
Replies: 52
Views: 30780

It doesn't even need to be Windows based. Dark Courier font files work just fine with OpenOffice under Linux, too, although I prefer the on-screen look of Courier New.
by Alastair
Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Thanks, all!
by Alastair
Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Another sale! I just got word that my (invited) submission for the Space Horrors anthology (fourth volume in the Full-Throttle Space Tales series from Flying Pen Press) has been accepted. (Not a pro-level sale, mostly its a share-of-the-royalties deal.) My story is a riff on Poe's "A Cask of Am...
by Alastair
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Hah, I remember the first time I went skiing. It was with a group from work (all youngish software developers at a start-up). Did a bit of practise on the bunny slope, figured I had the hang of it, and started down an more-or-less easy run with the rest of the gang. Halfway down there was a flattish...
by Alastair
Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

just do the same thing over and over and hope for different results ;) "If at first you don't succeed, try again -- then try something different. No sense being a damn fool about it." * The "something different" in our case being improving our writing. Or trying a different edit...
by Alastair
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Good points, both.
by Alastair
Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Congrats on the sale! There's some flexibility in the SFWA rules if you approach them right. A friend of mine sold a "magical realism" story (reads like early Bradbury, actually) to a Denver scene magazine ( 303 ) for a very good word rate. It may well be the only spec fic piece they ever ...
by Alastair
Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

izanobu wrote:I just made my first sale... Going to dance on rooftops now :)


Yay, congrats! I know the feeling. ;)
by Alastair
Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 131715

Lots. Maybe the movie that makes 3-D the future of Movie-going, if you believe the spin. Well, Popular Science and Popular Mechanics and most of the rest of the usual suspects have been hyping the movie for its film-making technologies. We'll see if that leads to too-high expectations in the audien...
by Alastair
Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.
Replies: 179
Views: 71043

As a SF writer, if I have to choose between awards and academic recognition, and selling a lot and being popular with fans, I choose the latter. Or as Jerry Pournelle put it when one of his and Niven's bestsellers (might have been Lucifer's Hammer , not certain) missed out on the Hugo (yeah, hardly...
by Alastair
Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Science Fiction and Fantasy on TV.
Replies: 179
Views: 71043

Avatar's SFX look astounding, but the plot makes me yawn. As has been said in other places around the net: FernGully Troopers. Or perhaps Disney's "Pocahontas" in Space . Somebody should set the trailer to "Colors of the Wind". ;) But, because it introduces some new (to film) tr...
by Alastair
Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Alastair, I'd consider this a *BIG* triumph. Stan has pretty high standards, in terms of spec fic content and technical accuracy. I am not surprised at all that you made the sale, having become more familiar with you and your background since Kris'n'Dean earlier in the year. Boat drinks, my friend!...
by Alastair
Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:29 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

But you're known at Analog now, known to Stan Schmidt. I wouldn't undervalue that. Our are you just speaking monetarily? Matt No, not just monetarily, although it is that. WOTF winners get noticed by editors too, and the annual workshop and awards are valuable for both their educational and network...
by Alastair
Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:59 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

Not enough congrats to Alastair for getting into Analog yet. So I'll add mine. I can't imagine what that would be like, seeing that contract instead of a rejection slip. Haven't you been close at Analog before this, Alastair? Ha ha, thanks. It was a bit of a surprise (to put it mildly). I knew the ...
by Alastair
Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

That's great, Emery, congratulations! I remember DAW from back when all their books used to have the yellow spine, definitely one of the landmark publishers in the genre.
by Alastair
Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

administrator wrote:Well done, Alastair!

I would still love to see you at one of the Writers of the Future ceremonies. Crossing my fingers for you.

Peter


Thanks Peter, so would I! :wink:
by Alastair
Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4083
Views: 899855

I'm pumped. I just sold a story to Analog ! This is my first pro-level sale (and so the race is on -- will I win WOTF before I disqualify myself?) and to a market that some pro writers try for years before getting into -- not that I haven't been trying for years myself. (I haven't even heard from St...
by Alastair
Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 131715

That's not a Coke bottle, that's an hourglass.
by Alastair
Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 131715

My angel is a centerfold... Angel is a centerfold... Heh. On that note, I discovered this video for the Beach Boys' The Little Girl I Once Knew over the weekend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZWFItQPf_k It does have a writerly tie-in, the images are from book covers. And I wonder if any of them w...
by Alastair
Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 131715

Well, that's it then. Print media has finally surrendered to video. Not. Cute (and appropriate characters for the clip - I love Big Bang Theory ). I'm sure we'll see this tech turning up in greeting cards real soon, but it has a ways to go. I remember when National Geographic did the first-ever holo...
by Alastair
Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 131715

Hah! That's great. Although ten seconds is pushing it for the payoff, it's almost like putting the hook on page two.
by Alastair
Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 131715

There was another thread that extolled the virtue of paper for its longevity. Guess they never heard of gold CD-R: http://www.cddimensions.com/Gold-CD-R-Media/products/199/ Tested to 300 years, . Simulated tests to 300 years -- unless they have a time machine. Scuff the surface of a CD and it's pre...

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