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by WriteToLive
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

All I have to say is this...

"Never tell me the odds."

Even though I'm the 94 Day Form Rejection at the top of the list...
by WriteToLive
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1, vol. 29
Replies: 78
Views: 30536

Re: Quarter 1, vol. 29

Dear Entrant, We are working on ways to make the contest results faster and have worked out that as stories are judged, you are notified of results as soon as possible. Your story has now been judged and did not win or place in the 1st quarter. Even though you have never had to wait for results in ...
by WriteToLive
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 121438

Re: Cover Workshop

I'm considering a few things for my story when I do decide to self-publish it. I may have to come up with a mockup for it and find out what I can do with it. Time to play around with Photoshop. But, I do have one question. If I find a picture of a landmark, let's say Joe Louis' fist, on the internet...
by WriteToLive
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I just completed chapter 4 of my Role Playing Game System and am about to begin the monumenting task of telling the Commanders (or Dungeon Masters for a more likened term) how to run a game. Should be fun.
by WriteToLive
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4015
Views: 824606

Re: Success!

My plan is this: get the rights back after 6 mo., then try for reprints for 3-6 mo., if nothing happens, then I'm going to take a picture, make a cover, and self-publish online.

Now I need to go off and read that off of DWS's blog...
by WriteToLive
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 236056

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

izanobu wrote:They can be read in any order. wotf008

Mmm, Skyrim. The main reason I haven't gotten more work done lately. wotf011


*sigh* Skyrim. A game you should put down before it consumes you.

Now, off to play League of Legends...wait...DRAT!
by WriteToLive
Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4015
Views: 824606

Re: Success!

Agreed. It's been rough, but it was actually a story I didn't think would sell. And it was a story I kind of jotted down notes on, but really wrote the first draft off the notes and sent it out there. Goes to show about being my own worst critic. Now, I've saved a copy of the contract (which reverts...
by WriteToLive
Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4015
Views: 824606

Re: Success!

Well, it's been 168 times around, but I finally hit the mark. I've sold my first story! wotf007 Congratulations, Michael! No better feeling in the world! But yes: Details? I'll post it up in my signature, but the story sold to AE Canadian Science Fiction. I quite honestly didn't believe it when I l...
by WriteToLive
Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4015
Views: 824606

Re: Success!

Well, it's been 168 times around, but I finally hit the mark.

I've sold my first story! wotf007
by WriteToLive
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Penumbra Submissions
Replies: 434
Views: 84887

Re: Penumbra Submissions

Thanks a lot, Marina and Elinor! All this was useful information. wotf008 I've decided to start writing the story now and submit it to them right at the deadline -- unless they finally reply to my e-mail and tell me that I shouldn't. Their themes are very broad, anyway, and stories written for them...
by WriteToLive
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 35450

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

I would recommend Scott Lynch's "Lies of Locke Lamora" and "Red Seas Under Red Skies." I call them Fantasy crack. You just don't want to put it down.
by WriteToLive
Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Leaves upon the wind
No life of their own, perhaps
Are life to the skies
~Batou Aramaki

I merely bide my time while I work on homework...and write my latest story. Gonna be a long one this time.
by WriteToLive
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Replies: 26
Views: 10328

Re: Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Why would that be shocking? They publish secondary world fantasy. Anything with more advanced tech in it wouldn't be appropriate for that market. It's easy to see the kind of stories they like by reading the magazine (they also state it pretty clearly in their guidelines). My rejections from them a...
by WriteToLive
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Replies: 26
Views: 10328

Re: Beneath Ceaseless Skies

One I got back was "it was a bit too futuristic for our tastes." That was the only thing they said wrong about it, which kind of shocked me. wotf017
by WriteToLive
Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Request for a First Reader
Replies: 0
Views: 1456

Request for a First Reader

Okay, I need someone who is willing to be a first reader for my latest story. The draft is hot off the press and I need someone to help me polish this up. Let me know via PM if you're interested.
by WriteToLive
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Intellectually, I knew I was being irrational. I told him I was being irrational. And, yet, he put my peace of mind before everything else. The value of a true soulmate. They understand all the little neurosis and don't judge. My husband wants to call the award HOTY award (Husband Of The Year - pro...
by WriteToLive
Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Q1 Volume 29

This is why I e-sub days before the closing. Less worry, more time to write other stories.

But, yes, your husband does deserve an award. I can imagine my fiancee doing the same thing.
by WriteToLive
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Replies: 26
Views: 10328

Re: Beneath Ceaseless Skies

I agree. But, I think I got the system figured out. After 30 days, you should expect the slush reader to read it. If they think it's good, it goes onto the editor's desk for about another 30 days. Reason I know this is because my first one got flat rejected by "First Reader," but the other...
by WriteToLive
Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Replies: 26
Views: 10328

Re: Beneath Ceaseless Skies

I had about 30 rejections go out before mine at Strange Horizons once. Then, I got a form rejection letter. I wouldn't read too much into the time being spent at a publisher. Sometimes, they are able to get to smaller stories because of time constraints, sometimes they get the longer ones out. It al...
by WriteToLive
Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 114424

Re: Analog Submissions

There is a difference thought between "Keep us in mind in the future" though and "We'd like to see more of your work in the future." The former is a typical tag line to keep you enthused. The latter is you've pirked their attention to you and they want to see if your other works ...
by WriteToLive
Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Q1 Volume 29

The reason the first quarter is in the end of the year, I think, is because the winners are typically announced in the beginning of the year (Jan-Mar), which is typically when the reading period was. However, with Q-3 and all the e-subs that got no response and the 3-6 month wait depending on when y...
by WriteToLive
Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Q1 Volume 29

No, I think they're trying to pick up the pace on the response times. There may have been some writers who didn't want to tie up their stories for 3-6 months at a time. I got a rejection for Q-4 about a month or so ago.
by WriteToLive
Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 114424

Re: Analog Submissions

I have gotten those from LORE and Redstone SF. I'm just waiting until Redstone opens for business again in February...as long as I have a story to send them.
by WriteToLive
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 114424

Re: Analog Submissions

I almost have the feeling of quitting sending submissions to Analog. Only because their forum rejection letter is a bit...well, let's just say if you can't describe an error in 2-3 sentences, I don't think there is an error. If it's an inexperienced writer there could be a number of mistakes and it...
by WriteToLive
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 114424

Re: Analog Submissions

I almost have the feeling of quitting sending submissions to Analog. Only because their forum rejection letter is a bit...well, let's just say if you can't describe an error in 2-3 sentences, I don't think there is an error.
by WriteToLive
Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I wrote something that I thought would be good for WotF. Then, I write something better. Then I rewrite one story and think that's good, too.

But, the one I may go with is the one which has a personal rejection from Redstone. Could be good for me.
by WriteToLive
Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4015
Views: 824606

Re: Success!

Ha, I see what you did there.... Anyways, not anything majorly noteful, but I achieved not only one, but two personal goals in this month. I just sent out my 25th story to market, meeting my goal of getting 25 stories out to market this year. Also, I received my 100th rejection letter, another perso...
by WriteToLive
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 202
Views: 72764

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

I'm more than willing to participate since my thesis is kind of winding down.
by WriteToLive
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 985645

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I don't know if I'm going to enter a retouched story or one of my newer ones. Hard decisions...
by WriteToLive
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2564
Views: 475297

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Ack! Now I have a song stuck in my head. Stop me when you know which one... Gord's Gold The legend lives on, From the Chippewa on down, Of the big lake they call Gitchee Gumee. The lake it is said, Never gives up her dead, When the skies of November turn gloomy. The Legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald ...

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