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by s_c_baker
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 226
Views: 79423

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

A-yup, just PM away. :)
by s_c_baker
Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 226
Views: 79423

Re: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

(Oh, and I'm obviously interested in doing this, in case that wasn't clear... wotf007 )
by s_c_baker
Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges
Replies: 226
Views: 79423

First Four-Fifty Critique Exchanges

Tight on time, but want to give and get feedback? Let's swap the first 450 words of our entries each quarter! Why will this be helpful? The first 450 words will be about the first two pages of your entry (if you're using Standard Manuscript Format, which you should be). This isn't much of a story, b...
by s_c_baker
Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1037814

Re: Q1 Volume 29

...the speculative element really doesn't appear for the first 2,700 words. Up until that point, it might be a mundane story where some of the characters simply believe in the supernatural. My SF entry wasn't speculative at all for about the first 7,000. To resolve this, I just inserted a brief (~1...
by s_c_baker
Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1037814

Re: Q1 Volume 29

...the speculative element really doesn't appear for the first 2,700 words. Up until that point, it might be a mundane story where some of the characters simply believe in the supernatural. My SF entry wasn't speculative at all for about the first 7,000. To resolve this, I just inserted a brief (~1...
by s_c_baker
Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2671
Views: 508548

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Need help with avatar. Again, tried to upload an avatar, double checked the pixels, but no luck. Is the 'how' listed somewhere I'm missing? I have it in my facebook page, after seeing someone managed to upload it from their facebook, but still invalid. Is the file size greater than 6kb? (you can ri...
by s_c_baker
Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4043
Views: 872888

Re: Success!

Very cool, Steve! wotf007
by s_c_baker
Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2671
Views: 508548

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I'm still waiting for Digital SF to get back to me about my HM winner. I reckon their reader is at Worldcon too. It's the only thing I have out so I guess we'll see. wotf005 They're also overloaded. They promised a three week turnaround, but have recently apologized that they're not hitting their t...
by s_c_baker
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:14 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: And a word from KD...
Replies: 19
Views: 6841

Re: And a word from KD...

True enough!

I don't think you need to worry about speaking out of turn on a forum like this--I was just offering up a counter-example. :)
by s_c_baker
Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:52 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: And a word from KD...
Replies: 19
Views: 6841

Re: And a word from KD...

As far as word counts go, I'd hazard a guess that 4% isn't going to make or break a story. If it's good enough to win a contest/get published/change the world, it'll manage just as well at 11538 or 12000. I doubt most publishers nitpick quite that much about word counts. (As a caveat, please don't ...
by s_c_baker
Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: And a word from KD...
Replies: 19
Views: 6841

Re: And a word from KD...

I'm an Open Office person myself, but I use Open Office and Word both Have you noticed different word counts in Open Office and Word? Last year, a contestant in the Dutch SF writing contest "Fantastels" (maximum number of words 12.000) asked if his story was okay if Word said it was 11.99...
by s_c_baker
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: And a word from KD...
Replies: 19
Views: 6841

Re: And a word from KD...

Three sentences about non MS-Word software is hardly a war. Barely even a salvo! wotf004

edit: Okay, four sentences if you count "What's Word?"
by s_c_baker
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: And a word from KD...
Replies: 19
Views: 6841

Re: And a word from KD...

Hooray for OpenOffice! wotf010
by s_c_baker
Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: And a word from KD...
Replies: 19
Views: 6841

Re: And a word from KD...

Maybe this has to do with that "don't rewrite" thing again. I like to tinker with my prose, so if I accidentally had track changes on... it'd be pretty obvious from all the underlined red stuff everywhere. wotf007
by s_c_baker
Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:04 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: And a word from KD...
Replies: 19
Views: 6841

Re: And a word from KD...

Track changes is really useful when you're critiquing someone's work, but I'm not quite sure how it could be useful when revising your own... wotf021

Why not just save a new version, instead, and make the changes there?
by s_c_baker
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4043
Views: 872888

Re: Success!

Joni has made it utterly clear to me that SFWA-qualified markets only are the ones that count. Here is her email when I asked: Correct, only the SFWA qualified count as pro sales. So you are still good to enter. Best, Joni Labaqui Works for me. But why in the heck don't they update the contest rule...
by s_c_baker
Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4043
Views: 872888

Re: Success!

You know, with all these folks selling to Digital Science Fiction , I guess it's time to ask this question: Has anyone queried to see how the contest views pro-rate sales to markets that are not yet SFWA-qualifying? My own reading of the rules would be that they count as sales for contest purposes,...
by s_c_baker
Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2671
Views: 508548

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Speaking from an accessibility point (and maybe all this webby discussion ought to be moved off the welcome thread?), flash-only websites are a terrible idea. For instance, due to an humorous anecdote involving 64-bit Microsoft Vista, Firefox, and eighty-six brightly-coloured rubber bands, my defaul...
by s_c_baker
Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Slushpile readers
Replies: 15
Views: 4231

Re: Slushpile readers

For that matter, in fiction you can probably get by (and people usually do) by just naming the source. Er... though reading your question again, quoting it with the URL is definitely not plagiarism. Not quoting it, and pretending it was your own words, would be plagiarism. Plagiarism is use of text ...
by s_c_baker
Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2671
Views: 508548

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

E.CaimanSands wrote:So I wanted something up there to brag about how annoyingly smart I am. wotf019


Isn't that the only reason anyone has a blog? wotf007
by s_c_baker
Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Slushpile readers
Replies: 15
Views: 4231

Re: Slushpile readers

wotf019

If it makes you feel any better, I actually read it how you meant it and didn't even spot the typo.
by s_c_baker
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Slushpile readers
Replies: 15
Views: 4231

Re: Slushpile readers

There are probably some posts from KD Wentworth floating around the forums which describes what she looks for in a contest piece, but I'm not sure where they are. There in often overlooked Information Alley . Also, you can search posts by user and look up all of KD's posts. Aha! I must have figured...
by s_c_baker
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2671
Views: 508548

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome, Tony! I tend to agree with Martin--that background makes me go wotf003

I hear you on the "attractive website" thing, though. I've visited some professional author's sites and been amazed at how awful they are. (The fact that part of my job is web design probably does it.)
by s_c_baker
Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Slushpile readers
Replies: 15
Views: 4231

Re: Slushpile readers

Contest aside, know your market. Some markets are good for obscure and artsy. Others are not. I'm not sure WotF would be a good fit (although of course it's impossible to tell without reading the piece). Most of the stories I've read in earlier volumes, although not without artistic merit(!) or wort...
by s_c_baker
Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2671
Views: 508548

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

I got the book one too--but as I haven't read anything by either author, ever... :roll:

Took me three tries to get past those questions. :lol:
by s_c_baker
Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2671
Views: 508548

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Halloa, all. :) I've been lurking on the forums for a while now, mostly popping in and being paranoid in the Quarter threads to see whether or not other people have gotten responses. Figured I should go ahead and register, and--after a bit of confusion with the "I am not an automated process&qu...

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