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by Athena
Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

*twitch twitch* *twitch twitch*

They're on West Coast time. They're on West Coast time. They're on West coast time.

*twitch twitch*
by Athena
Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Ivy Fairhaven wrote:I know I'll be checking my email often tomorrow and jumping at every innocuous phone call.


Who do they call? Just the finalists? For some reason, I was thinking it takes some finalists months and months and months to hear. I'm still pretty new at this, so I'm still figuring out how it all works.
by Athena
Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Ooh, this suspense. I usually submit figuring on a straight up and immediate R, but this one I submitted with high hopes. Double-anxiety for me here.
by Athena
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Where is the fainting smiley? Thursday? That's... that's... tomorrow! wotf015
by Athena
Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I was HM on my first round and didn't get a 2nd cut email. I'm trying not to let this email get my hopes up, but today being Thursday and all, I'm feeling especially twitchy.
by Athena
Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I got that one, too! Does that mean it's probably an HM or above? Or does it just mean they're buying time until after the gala?
by Athena
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2342

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

MattDovey wrote:For the record, Cricket/Cicada/etc. is one such group. I asked a couple of years back after a personal.


My youngest subscribes to LadyBug which I think is also part of that group, but I could be mistaken.
by Athena
Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2342

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

Well, it was CoW, but it wasn't a form as they talked specifically about my piece. They did include the form bit ("list of recommend venues on our website under Markets") at the end, but prior to that they suggested I submit to one of the sister markets.
by Athena
Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2342

Yet another etiquette question...

I received a rejection in which the editor suggested that I submit to a different publication and said that I should "say hello" for them. Is this editor simply being polite or should I say, "_____ from [publication] suggested I submit this story to you." Many thanks as usual for...
by Athena
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:03 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Looks like I'm still in, too! wotf003
by Athena
Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

For list purposes, I submitted on Dec 8th.
by Athena
Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:21 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Etiquette Question: Responding to Emails from Magazines
Replies: 6
Views: 1152

Re: Etiquette Question: Responding to Emails from Magazines

Thanks you guys. I sent a very short "Thank you for the update."

It's the story that got an HM here, so I'm trying hard not to get my hopes up.
by Athena
Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Etiquette Question: Responding to Emails from Magazines
Replies: 6
Views: 1152

Etiquette Question: Responding to Emails from Magazines

I know that we should never respond to a rejection, not even to thank them and wish them well, but if you receive an email stating that your story is being held for closer consideration, would it also be inappropriate to respond with a quick thanks? I was raised in the south, so the desire to thank ...
by Athena
Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Etiquette Question: Responding to Emails from Magazines
Replies: 0
Views: 611

Etiquette Question: Responding to Emails from Magazines

I know that we should never respond to a rejection, not even to thank them and wish them well, but if you receive an email stating that your story is being held for closer consideration, would it also be inappropriate to respond with a quick thanks? I was raised in the south, so the desire to thank ...
by Athena
Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 11911

Re: Story Titling

The four root words dust, gift, monster, awake permutations number 56 possible sequences. Used as adjective, adverb, noun, or verb (or gerund) adds another exponential possible number of variances. Add preposition of , maybe by , from , etc., and articles a , an , or the , possible titles become as...
by Athena
Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I've got a final draft ready to submit, but I still don't have a title. Story of my life. I feel really good about this one. Maybe this is the one!

Edit: Scratch that. I've got a title! Here we go!
by Athena
Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221822

Re: Five Minute Rant

Argh! Why can I write a 7,000 word story that I'm in love with, but can't come up with two or three words for a title that I don't despise? Someone should start a service where you can send them a story, and they'll come up with an awesome title for it. I would be their best customer. This is the s...
by Athena
Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Crossed Genres
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

Re: Crossed Genres

I saw this yesterday and was very sad. It sounds like their editor is really having a tough time, which I am sorry to hear. I can't imagine how difficult the decision was. I was really looking forward to submitting to them, so on a personal level, I'm sad, too.
by Athena
Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807602

Re: Success!

I'm not sure if this qualifies as a success here, but I'm pretty excited. I got my first personal rejection today from Scott Andrews over at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. It was for the story I got the HM here in Q3. I know it's still a rejection, but it was definitely not a form one! It feels really enc...
by Athena
Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 90218

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I've got a draft for Q1, and I'm really hoping. I feel really good about it, which probably means it's terrible.
by Athena
Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2429

Re: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question

I honestly find all of this fascinating. Publications vary so widely in the way they correspond with people. Some even make you feel good about being rejected! Asimov's is my favorite for rejections. Their form letter is just so darn nice!
by Athena
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Looking to Exchange 5000 Words
Replies: 1
Views: 916

Looking to Exchange 5000 Words

Well, I'm feeling brave-ish, so I'm going to go out on a limb and do something I've never done. Ask for a critique from one of you wonderful folks. I've got a story that's a bit under 5000 words, fantasy, and I'd like to exchange for something around the same length. Anyone up for a swap?
by Athena
Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2429

Re: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question

s_c_baker wrote:(Also, it's now in Rejection Wiki. :) )


Ooh, nice! Thanks for the add.

I'm going to celebrate the small victories and take this rejection with a big smile. Baby steps!
by Athena
Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2429

Re: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question

Ah, interesting. No, I know that it certainly is a form, it was the "keep us in mind" bit at the end that gave me pause.

Mine was signed by Robert, so it didn't get passed up to Warren. Still, I'm going to take them at their word and send them more. wotf007
by Athena
Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2429

Fantastic Stories Rejection Question

Has anyone gotten a rejection from Fantastic Stories of the Imagination? I ask because, I got a form rejection, but I'm not sure if it's the higher tier rejection. They're not listed in rejection wiki, so I am unsure. "Thank you for sharing your story with us at Fantastic Stories of the Imagina...
by Athena
Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807602

Re: Success!

izanobu wrote:I hit the USA Today bestseller list just about two weeks ago. That was kind of awesome :)


Holy Moly! Huge congrats to you!
by Athena
Sun Sep 20, 2015 3:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 2856

Re: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

Ishmael wrote:My rejections for 2015 just hit 194 today, of which 32 personal. This year's acceptances 7, plus 2 x HM and 1 x SHM.


Very nice! Now that is a hard year of work!

Again, thanks for the encouragement. You guys are awesome.

And I do like that poem. wotf007
by Athena
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 2856

Re: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

I mean, to be fair to myself, when you think of fish in the sea, the markets I've been submitting to are whale sharks.

(Why, yes! I can beat a metaphor to death!)

I just need to slog on. Keep going.
by Athena
Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 2856

Re: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

Thanks for the encouragement you guys. Three rejections in 48 hours left me feeling pretty down. I know, I know. It's part of it, and since I'm just starting out, it's going to be a long road. That's okay. I'm willing to walk it. It just left me a little blue is all. I thought I had exhausted the SF...
by Athena
Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 2856

Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

At what point do you guys retire a piece? Give up on it? Send it to the big file cabinet in the sky? Do you go through all of the SFWA qualifying market, Pro, and Semi-Pro? Do you bother with what The Grinder refers to as Token market and unpaid? When do you call it quits on a story? wotf005 Yes, it...

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