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by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Grinder vs. Duotrope
Replies: 12
Views: 5158

Re: The Grinder vs. Duotrope

Analog, Grinder: Accuracy: There are 241 completed reports in the past 12 months. Averages and Boundaries: 33 min | 134.44 mean avg | 133 median | 327 max days Responded: 97.93% Accepted: 2.90% Rejected: 95.02% (14.41% of rejections are personal) Rewrites: - Dead Letters: 2.07% Lost/Returned: - Neve...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: WorldCon Roll Call
Replies: 79
Views: 19335

Re: WorldCon Roll Call

It's time once again for the WorldCon Roll Call, Sasquan edition! WorldCon in 2015 will be in Spokane WA, August 19-23. If you're planning to go but haven't got your tickets yet, buy now. The price goes up tomorrow! Also, some cons don't open hotel reservations until the start of the year, but Sasqu...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 964723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

So here's a question. What 50 (or maybe 10 if you're much busier than me wotf004 ) would pop into your head first? No thinking about it, just the first 10, or whatever... And I kept it to sf writers only, no pure fantasy writers. Niven Pournelle Asimov Heinlein Clarke McDevitt Steele Bova Torgersen...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804118

Re: Success!

I believe Mike Resnick told me to come talk to him again when I'd put my plan in action and earned six figures in a year from my fiction. (He said this on this forum back in 2012ish I think? And I said by 2016 was my goal). So, hi Mike, and everyone else. I did it this year and I'm on track to blow...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 964723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd Ishmael brings the thread to 4,500 posts! Hurray!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Slush
Replies: 14
Views: 4390

Re: Slush

Thanks, Mike! Great advice, as always. It's no fun being in the slush, but it's nice to remember that we all start here. It's just part of paying our dues.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: A question or two for KD
Replies: 9
Views: 5770

Re: A question or two for KD

Although not active recently, Prisoner has a long history here, including starting this thread. fairyanna, on the other hand, has been declared Dragon Brunch. As Kary explained it to me (and I've seen examples), this is a stealth trick to add links: post a seemingly innocent, almost on topic, link-f...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Galaxy's Edge
Replies: 114
Views: 72055

Re: Galaxy''s Edge

bobsandiego wrote:Ahh a reprint of 'All You Zombies" just in time to go with the film adaptation.
wotf007


Mike and Shahid (the publisher) worked hard to make that deal come together. They even have a still from the film incorporated into the cover. Nice work!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2483
Views: 461730

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome aboard, Aidan! The anxiety is normal. Joking about it helps!
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3997
Views: 804118

Re: Success!

I've been sitting on this one for a loooong time now, because I hadn't received/signed the actual contract, but I just sent in the contract for Part One today, so I think it's okay finally put this in a public place. One of my WotF straight rejections will be appearing Cricket magazine. It's going ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 220413

Re: Five Minute Rant

Thanks Rebecca! At least everyone here has been so nice and congratulated me! I think other people that aren't writers just don't get it. They see writing as a chore, and can't see why I'd want to continue it. Oh and I can't believe I forgot to mention my favorite line that someone gave me after I ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 200104

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Got a form rejection from Tor.com after 214 days. My previous submission there had been my first, which got a nice personal rejection after 146 days asking me to send more writing; so I had really high hopes this time. I thought I'd at least be guaranteed a personal rejection after 7 months of wait...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Analog Submissions
Replies: 507
Views: 112069

Re: Analog Submissions

I noticed my status changed about a week ago to rejection at the submission system about 130 days after submission, but I still haven't received any email or other rejection notice (I have of course checked my junk folder). I'm eager to submit to a different market (gotta hurry up and wait...), but...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 200104

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I should add...

At Asimov's, IN MY EXPERIENCE, the wait from Under Review to a decision is usually days, maybe a week.

At Analog, I have never seen one of my stories in Under Review. Maybe Trevor has that feature turned off.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 200104

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I am curious whether Under Review means a reader has just been assigned to the piece, or if a reader is forwarding it to editorial for 2nd level reading. Could anyone shed any light into the editorial flow at Asimov's? Up until this year, Sheila had no reader. She read all her own slush. Now the ru...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 200104

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

38 days at Asimov's is average for them, maybe even a little fast. 68 days at Analog is 40 to 60 days short of their recent response times. Patience is indeed the watchword there.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 720
Views: 200104

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

have a submission at Assimov's at 38 days, and today it just switched over to "Under Review." I also sent something to Apex nearly four weeks ago and received a response within two days stating it was being forwarded to the Editor in Chief, Jason Sizemore. Don't get me started on my 68 da...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 964723

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I feel you. I used to write 100 word stories. Then maybe a page or two. I couldn't seem to write anything longer than that and have it come out coherent. Then I buckled down and wrote the first draft of a novel, 100K+ words. I worked in all sorts of subplots, themes, world building, a large cast of...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:23 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 220413

Re: Five Minute Rant

Why the HELL can't I get anyone to touch any of my stories? Do they have some kind of infectious disease? Why do these editors not recognize my stories as INCREDIBLE WORKS OF GREAT GENIUS?! These are really good stories! (I know because I've read every last one of them.) I've collected tons of reje...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 220413

Re: Five Minute Rant

LDWriter2 wrote:Kinda of surprised I'm the only one here.


I'm here. And I hear ya. Yelling into the void and not getting even an echo back is plenty of reason to rant.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: [erased]
Replies: 2
Views: 1599

Re: What do you think of my story so far?

michaelfehr95, I applaud your enthusiasm, but there are some insurmountable problems here: 1. The Contests are supposed to be anonymous, and judges sometimes come around here. Assuming Michael Fehr is your real name, you've just broken anonymity. I recommend you remove the images and links ASAP. 2. ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: The dhooooooooooooom scammer
Replies: 5
Views: 2328

The dhooooooooooooom scammer

So does anyone have a clue what the dhoom scammer is up to? Last Friday, new user dhoom made their first post: a nonsense comment on a three-year-old thread about 9-11: There's probably some general privacy rules. If nothing else, it'd probably be impolite for me to call them out with their name on ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Foreign payments
Replies: 10
Views: 2759

Re: Foreign payments

Thank you, Mike! I have heard of markets paying by PayPal, but I never thought about all the benefits.
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Favorites from WotF anthologies
Replies: 19
Views: 7415

Re: Favorites from WotF anthologies

Good question! Tina's "Twelve Seconds", of course. I got to see that one before it won. Fortunately it was too late for her to follow my bad advice! Bill Ledbetter's "Rings of Mars" and Dr. Phil's Moon story (I forget the name) were right in my favorite niche. Stephen Sottong's &...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How much do short stories help to build a career?
Replies: 27
Views: 7398

Re: How much do short stories help to build a career?

I think the statistics are something Mike has quoted to me before. In any given year there are perhaps 2,000 to 2,500 new novels published, in the SF/F genre. Not counting indie publications. And including small presses. Even if you roll Analog together with all the other pro SF short markets like ...
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:03 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Laura Resnick on the importance of cover art
Replies: 3
Views: 1141

Re: Laura Resnick on the importance of cover art

Mike Resnick wrote:Kid's got good genes. wotf007


Yep, Carol should be proud! wotf013

(Seriously, I enjoy Laura's writing on the business. She has learned well.)
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: World Fantasy Convention Nov 6th - 9th Washington DC
Replies: 10
Views: 2498

Re: World Fantasy Convention Nov 6th - 9th Washington DC

Is it time to break out the #SeriouslyThisIsJustAsCoolAsWFC tag already?
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:21 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How much do short stories help to build a career?
Replies: 27
Views: 7398

Re: How much do short stories help to build a career?

Brad R. Torgersen wrote:Which of course doesn't change the fact that breaking into a magazine like Analog is probably much more difficult than getting an editor at Baen or TOR or DAW to take a chance on your first novel.


Really? Do you have data on that?
by Martin L. Shoemaker
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How much do short stories help to build a career?
Replies: 27
Views: 7398

Re: How much do short stories help to build a career?

Case in point: when I first met Toni Weisskopf (Baen chief editor and publisher) in 2011, she'd already gotten good word of mouth about me from Mike Resnick and Larry Correia; based on my short fiction track record. That I eventually picked up some Hugo nominations was kind of icing on the cake. Th...

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