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by s_c_baker
Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Do people track their WOTF results using Duotrope? Last I checked there were something like 128 pending WOTF submissions listed on Duotrope (if you are logged in when you look at the market details, you'll see lots of juicy details), though admittedly some of those may be from last quarter, and som...
by s_c_baker
Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

One exists to serve. wotf011
by s_c_baker
Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Nevermind, its at the bottom of the page. Would be better if it was at the top. Is there any way to have the site remember our preferences? You should be able to do this by clicking "User Control Panel," then "Board Preferences" and then "Edit Display Options." The opt...
by s_c_baker
Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Corbin Maxwell wrote:Could someone provide me the link to the duotrope forum please.

Also,

Anyone receive results yet for Q1? Have they started coming out?


Thanks.

http://www.duotrope.com

WotF's listing is http://duotrope.com/market_203.aspx :)
by s_c_baker
Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2898
Views: 583515

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

hazlett wrote:Thanks, s_c_baker! I look forward to getting to know you as well, though I promise to keep my politics on my blog and out of both my stories and this forum. wotf019

I'll do the same on the forums, at least! wotf007
by s_c_baker
Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2898
Views: 583515

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Wow, Sean, that's one crazy post! Makes my eyes bug out. wotf015 Nice work putting it together.

Welcome to both you and Erik--looking forward to getting to know you both (although judging from your URL, Sean, we will not get along in terms of politics. wotf001 )
by s_c_baker
Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

What I did with my nervous energy (and I have a lot with the workshop coming up and now knowing results are coming out). I sent off all my stories that were laying around to new markets. YEAH! Do I get a cookie? If you e-subbed, I'm willing to bet you got a cookie for each site you visited... wotf0...
by s_c_baker
Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I hope y'all know how bad it irritates me that I misspelled commiserate the first time I used it either this morning or last night...can't remember now (been a long day). Many, many posts down the line. wotf020 If I have time to scroll back that far I will go edit it out. If it makes you feel bette...
by s_c_baker
Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

With postal vs electronic, it's worth keeping in mind that it's only recently the contest has made the switch to electronic even being possible. I suspect that in a year or two, that 3.75% will be significantly lower. The biggest problem with trying to use duotrope to determine acceptance rates is: ...
by s_c_baker
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Grade? GRADE? Good gods, man. Get a hold of yourself. wotf004 Yep. It is interesting to note that of those who keep submission tracker's through Duotrope, the acceptance rate for WOTF is 2.2%, which applied to 100 or so gives us 2, but if applied to the whole batch for quarter could be as high as 22...
by s_c_baker
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Very cool on the new results-only threads. Thanks, Brad and David! wotf007

Let the jibber-jabber continue...

Commiserations, Michael. Worry not: statistically speaking, almost (if not) all of us will be joining you before the Quarter ends.

(How's that for a cheery note of optimism?)
by s_c_baker
Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

It's okay with me if all (forum) November entries become finalists, as long as not all finalists are November entries. I submitted on December 19. :-) Sounds like some kind of logic puzzle... (even setting aside the fact that that would probably leave us with far too many finalists!) If all Novembe...
by s_c_baker
Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I'm not at all sure they are read in the order they were submitted. Me, neither. I'm not sure how KD reads, but I'm not convinced (with the new, electronic system, anyway) it's in chronological order. It's okay with me if all (forum) November entries become finalists, as long as not all finalists a...
by s_c_baker
Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

He never woke, so we are all running amuck. His story goal is to find the Gatekeeper personality before the Gatekeeper takes over the forum and traps him in here forever. Forever discussing duotropery, forever discussing rejectomancy, forever quoting Dean W. Smith and his rules of never rewriting. ...
by s_c_baker
Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I've been reading about Modal Logic (See also: Possible Worlds Theory), so this discussion is even more fun! wotf001 A few things: 1) I wish I were clever enough to be Bobwriter. 2) I'm an optimist--form rejection's aiming high for that piece. wotf001 3) Tina, I think you have your next story topic!
by s_c_baker
Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

More topically, the trickle does seem to have some meaning to it.

Exciting! That means I'll be getting that form rejection any day now. wotf006
by s_c_baker
Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

And anyone writing in something other than their native language has my major respect automatically. If I tried to write in Japanese (the only language other than English I'm anything like fluent in) it'd sound like a half-asleep third-grader wrote it and then a random-word-generator filled in the ...
by s_c_baker
Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

How does it compare to your English? wotf007 My English is a consciously affected informal style designed to convey a Midwestern "Aw shucks" persona. I intentionally eschew the formal prose stylings of business or academia, having decided that they obscure more than they convey. But havin...
by s_c_baker
Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

I've been reading some of George's stuff. I really can't tell English isn't his primary or even only language. Sorry to intrude on the thread with that, but I've been meaning to say it for some time now and keep forgetting. wotf004 Let me put it this way... George's English is 1000% better than my ...
by s_c_baker
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

When I was writing in Greek I had finished sixteen stories of which 7 had been published, but in Greece you are not paid if they publish your story (and the circulation is insignificant as well) so it was a bit pointless anyway. I think I can do much better than that here, because I'm really dedica...
by s_c_baker
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Patrick S. McGinnity wrote:Checking tells me how far out each is, and how far I have to go to reach the average response time, but isn't that just data that doesn't necessarily have a bearing on any individual submission?


What Martin said.

But we do like to pretend... wotf001

(See also: false equivalence)
by s_c_baker
Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

One thing that saves me from daily Duotrope checks is that I currently have nothing out to market. Same for me, Tina. Well, just about: only my WotF entry and something at Penumbra, both with ~64 day wait times. That, or I'm so busy with this blasted thesis that I can't concentrate enough on my fic...
by s_c_baker
Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Given the so-far-low rate of reporting, I have a hard time taking it as good data. In the last go-round, the rejection-rounds looked more like this: 1. 63-day form rejection from Writers of the Future Contest on November 3. 2. 33-day form rejection from Writers of the Future Contest on November 2. 3...
by s_c_baker
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

We need to make a Lolcat postard for inclusion with paper subs (anywhere, not just WOTF). Piktur of kitteh wif capshun "Yur ms. We haz it." http://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/2012/2/24/0758b44a-9803-4ff4-9068-e9d417bbfdbf.jpg http://cheezburger.com/View/5887337728 (I went for the more ambi...
by s_c_baker
Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Penumbra Submissions
Replies: 434
Views: 97919

Re: Penumbra Submissions

George, I got an e-mail like that for a piece I submitted to them in December. I still haven't heard back on that round! wotf001
by s_c_baker
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:00 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 11772

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

So I'm not sure how the average editor approaches a manuscript any differently than a writer-slash-English-major: They go to the page hoping to love the story, but expecting to be disappointed and knowing their time and budget is limited, and they have to read with a somewhat critical eye to spot f...
by s_c_baker
Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 11772

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

Well, I have to assume that folks like Cat Rambo, Kelly Link, or Paolo Bacigalupi would qualify as experienced readers to the same degree that they're respected as writers. Different skills, but you can hardly have the latter without the former. But yeah, hopefully magazines seek editors based on t...
by s_c_baker
Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 11772

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

Thanks, everyone! Yeah, I'd absolutely love to nab the position. But let's not kid ourselves -- there will be at least a hundred or so applicants, and I'm sure some of them will be folks vastly more qualified from a proof-in-the-pudding standpoint. I've got a handful of sales I'm proud of, sure, bu...
by s_c_baker
Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Battle of the Books
Replies: 17
Views: 6158

Re: Battle of the Books

Very cool.

I'll have to add both to my (already far too long) reading list.

Thanks for posting here again and reminding me about this! wotf007
by s_c_baker
Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1139133

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Beez wrote:That's the second invite I've gotten to this year's awards ceremony, and I haven't even submitted anything yet. Which also means I'm not watching for rejections wotf001

Perhaps the organizers are seeking your protection from airborne pests. wotf007

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