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by disgruntledpeony
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 58
Views: 1599

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

I've submitted every quarter for three years, but the last two rejections hit my mental health hard. I think its time to reconsider my submission process. I need to focus on quality over quantity, which means I'll submit my next story when I have done everything to make it absolutely ready, not bec...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I woke to an R I'm going back to bed. I'll try the morning again later. *big hugs* I feel you, hon. Shall we share one more cup of coco and a brownie before digging out way out of the pillow fort for another quarter? wotf035 Sounds like a plan. wotf007 *mixes cocoa, cuts brownies, sets everything o...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

"Did not place." Must mean Rejected? Very frustrating result for me, if so, as this story has received 3 editor's responses from major pro markets and the consensus was that it was pro quality, but not fitting for other reasons. I thought for sure that would indicate an HM or above. I do ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

JVAshley wrote:I woke to an R
I'm going back to bed. I'll try the morning again later.

*big hugs* I feel you, hon.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 100
Views: 6915

Re: 4 in 36

RSchibler wrote:4/4 for the second year in a row.

You go, girl! wotf024 wotf009
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

DaneCurley wrote:All speculation that predicted Thursday results: DISPROVED. :)

But every day is Thursday. wotf019
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

You know what I hate about this time in the contest cycle? "No Caller ID" calls that get my pulse racing. In the last few years all my spam calls have been faked numbers, and the "No Caller ID" is Joni, so I got really really excited when the Publishers' Clearinghouse guy called...
by disgruntledpeony
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 304
Views: 9666

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

Hi everyone, I'm brand-new to this contest, and just entered for the first time in Q3. But I then entered the same story, unedited, in Q4. For some reason I thought the judges were different from quarter to quarter, but I read here on the forum that that's not the case. My question is, is there som...
by disgruntledpeony
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897800

Re: Success!

Awesome news, amoskalik and jficke! Congrats to both of you. wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1611
Views: 47446

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Officially entered my fourth fresh story for the year. wotf008
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: 4 in 36
Replies: 100
Views: 6915

Re: 4 in 36

In for all four! Mission accomplished. wotf009
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 304
Views: 9666

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

I'm in! I was originally planning to wait until Sunday, but my husband read my story out loud to the babies and the energy was so infectious I did a few quick final edits and hurled it toward the portal at full speed.
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

It's the royalties thing that looks fishy to me. You have to pay them 5% of anything you make on the characters for the first 24 months, 2.5% for a year after that, and then 1% in perpetuity. That seems very wrong to me. Hmm. I didn't catch that. Doesn't matter for this story but that does seem a r...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

No they don't pay pro rates. I'm okay with that part. This story has gone through most of the pro-rate markets already. The provisions last for 12 months. So I'm not giving away rights to the story elements forever. My story is a retelling of a chapter from the Odyssey so the characters are public ...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Left Hand Publishers?
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Left Hand Publishers?

Anyone got info on this outfit? They accepted a story of mine but then I see that Duotrope has disqualified them for offering paid services to accepted authors. I don't know if I care about that if the services are optional but I certainly don't want to publish with someone that isn't considered le...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 651

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

I'm happy to make this thread a discussion of revision strategies. I agree with you on the "who am I to offer writing advice anyway" since I haven't sold pro yet, but I do know what it takes for me to feel confident enough to send something into markets beyond WOTF where you can't resubmi...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

...perhaps today is the day? This was my first quarter submitting and I'm crazy nervous even though I'm sure I'll get a rejection. How do you all deal with the twitching?? Welcome to the forum, and to the twitching! wotf007 Having multiple stories out to multiple markets helps me, personally, becau...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37
Replies: 58
Views: 1599

Re: Discussion: Q1 Volume 37

My first entry for v37 is already queued up, as I set aside a story I didn't think I would fully do justice in the time I had left, and submitted another story in its place. I've yet to decide what to do with the other three entries though - I have a story I'd really like to revise and resubmit, bu...
by disgruntledpeony
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 651

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

On the editing side, though, I think the pressure is mostly perceived because the super-secret challenge thread has been popular, but there's no corresponding chat ongoing, challenge or otherwise, that focuses as deliberately on revising the heck out of a previous story to see what you can do with ...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1611
Views: 47446

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Hi DP. A Scrib friend has pushed me into submitting my Q2 entry to other places. One rejection, waiting on another. Other than that - not really considered it before. Apart from WotF in the last year or so, I'm much more of a novel reader rather than s/s, so I haven't read anything of the other pla...
by disgruntledpeony
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge!
Replies: 1611
Views: 47446

Re: Moon's SUPER SECRET Bonus Challenge! Vol. 36

Thanks Z.T. My first 4 or 5 entries had all been placed in comps on the Writer's site Scribophile - all got R's in here. One was placed when Anton's Rose story wasn't - Anton has won WotF with one of his Scrib winning stories. So hopefully, they have hooks etc. But it's that uncountable reasons tha...
by disgruntledpeony
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

I’ve never been clear on the process with results. I know it varies from time to time, but generally finalists get a call first, correct? Then R’s and HM’s and SHM’s, followed by SF, then finalists are announced (but they’ve already been told, and have taken a blood oath to stay silent)? It varies ...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

*Brings the marshmallows* Well, my last submission was disqualified due to me forgetting to delete the byline from the manuscript. Can't get worse than that, right? ;) That really sucks. On the upside, you'll be extra motivated to check on that next time? wotf004 (Not much of an upside to that one,...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

*Brings the marshmallows* Well, my last submission was disqualified due to me forgetting to delete the byline from the manuscript. Can't get worse than that, right? ;) That really sucks. On the upside, you'll be extra motivated to check on that next time? wotf004 (Not much of an upside to that one,...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36
Replies: 304
Views: 9666

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 36

My story is done, but I'm tinkering with the language choices in a couple of places to tighten the thematic points. I was tempted to submit already, but resisted the urge to do so until I've finished this pass properly, so more likely to submit early next week. I'm in about the same place. I feel r...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

wotf019 I'd assume double-spaced, but that's just an assumption. (I'm a bit biased; I write double-spaced.) *sets up pillow fort, passes out hot chocolate, battens down hatches* *Ducks into pillow fort with plate full of brownies* wotf018 Is brownies with hot chocolate too much chocolate, peony? If...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36
Replies: 569
Views: 21928

Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Dave's newsletter definitely peeped today. Good luck to all! Definitely! :) As a random point, several of his articles talk about putting a hook in the first sentence, two pages, etc. - but I keep wondering if when he says something should be done in the first two pages if he means as they are regu...
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 651

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

I don't think reigheena meant her words as a personal attack, Wulf. She didn't say anything harmful toward you--she simply expressed a differing opinion on some parts of the writing process. It read to me like she disagrees with some of your methods, not with you as a person.
by disgruntledpeony
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: A Word Re: Revisions
Replies: 19
Views: 651

Re: A Word Re: Revisions

Your writing process sounds a lot like mine, reigheena. I do tend to plow through my first drafts within a day or two lately, but I often need a month (sometimes two) of downtime so my brain can shift gears from one story to another, deal with general life pressures, etcetera. My stories have gotten...

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