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by MattDovey
Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

MUCH EXCITE. SO SUCCESS. I'm on the shortlist for the James White Award: http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/archives/3021 Hilariously enough, so is Jon Lasser, Q4 1st place winner, which means that in the space of two weeks we're competing for the Golden Pen and the James White Award. There will now be ...
by MattDovey
Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:36 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 12698

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I've got a piece up this week--"Winter Witch", only 1100 words, a brief dream of magical realism. Shouldn't take long, if you fancy a gander!
by MattDovey
Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2568

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

And yet some groups of publications explicitly say they'll consider your submission for others in the family and some even go so far as to say don't submit to these others because we already considered that. For the record, Cricket/Cicada/etc. is one such group. I asked a couple of years back after...
by MattDovey
Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2568

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. In which case, probably wouldn't h...
by MattDovey
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2568

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

TBH I don't have a CoW rejection on hand to actually say, but I believe it goes something like If you are still searching for a podcast or magazine to publish this story, consider submitting the piece to the list of recommend venues on our website under Markets. And say hello for us! which is form. ...
by MattDovey
Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 233142

Re: Five Minute Rant

Just as there is an art to giving critiques, there is an art to receiving them, I think. In any given critter week there will, without fail, be someone completely missing the point and advocating completely changing the nature of the story, from "this would be much better told in a normal struc...
by MattDovey
Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2568

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

Sounds like the Cast of Wonders rejection, in which case--that's their form rejection (sorry). I always think it's a bit weird to mention it, because it's a bit like ringing up a friend and saying "hey, X has cancelled, so are you free?" The only time I do mention it, personally, is if it'...
by MattDovey
Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:54 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 233142

Re: Five Minute Rant

Commiserations LDWriter2 . It's always tough when you write to a market and get knocked back with a straight R. I sent a story into Shimmer that I'd thought of as Shimmery ever since the first draft, and got it back with a form "read the magazine to see what we publish" . wotf014 But it's ...
by MattDovey
Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:37 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 12698

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

And the crit... is in. Good story--enjoyed it!
by MattDovey
Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1011390

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

There are children in kindergarten who were not alive when this thread was created. Now you say that... neither of my two boys were, and one of them starts school in six months wotf015 It also amuses me greatly that Tina starts the thread, idly discussing the story that went on to be the Golden Pen...
by MattDovey
Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:40 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1011390

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

...sounded almost human, almost normal; but Kaytlin couldn't ignore the scraping sounds of claws on the doorframe. She knew, from bitter experience, that she couldn't ignore such a knock. Ragged memories of...
by MattDovey
Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

It's official: today, I am Paul. No, wait . Today, I am a published author. This is the Sound of the End of the World is up at Flash Fiction Online and you can all go read it now, for free. The world changed for me while I slept, and will never be the same again. (Also: here's a blog post about the ...
by MattDovey
Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 764
Views: 213042

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Thanks to Matt, for very good advice some time ago. I was trying to figure out how to approach a top editor who suddenly went informal in a personal, then back to formal next time. I followed Matt's suggestion to stick with informal on my end, assuming it was a matter of expediency on their part on...
by MattDovey
Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

Woo! Congrats Emily!

May it be the first of many wotf010

(And further congrats to Mr Nikolopoulos further up the thread as well! Seems like every time I stop by this thread I say that.)
by MattDovey
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

My word, you lot are attractive and successful, aren't you?

Congrats Elinor, Ishmael & amoskalik!
by MattDovey
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

Uh, 17 rejections is an average month for me, just saying wotf017 Do you suppose, not to discount for a moment the high quality of your writing, that your WOTF win has increased your odds in the other markets? Just wondering. I don't know if it's increased my odds; to a large extent, this streak is...
by MattDovey
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: 2016 Campbell Award
Replies: 41
Views: 7399

Re: 2016 Campbell Award

I would however assume that any anthology of Campbell-eligible stories would have to be produced well in arrears since exclusive rights for the initial publishers may take a year or so to expire in some cases. Stories published in 2013 and therefore eligible in 2014 would probably not be publishabl...
by MattDovey
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

It's good you won the contest first, then. Before you started your pro spree. wotf007 I know! One more in the next two months and I've pro'd out in the time from winning WotF (first ever sale) to going to the workshop. If you count the WotF story, I already have pro'd out, with 4 pro sales. I alway...
by MattDovey
Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

And that's the Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores contract signed.

That's 3 pro acceptances in a month.

Brain cannot too much comprehension escapes pretty flowers what is this I don't even
by MattDovey
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

To be fair, the only other thing I know about Chumbawumba is that they once threw water over the Deputy Prime Minister at the Brit awards, and I've been alive and conscious in the UK throughout their musical "career". I was originally going to link the Fiona Apple album , but discovered th...
by MattDovey
Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

wotf007 wotf007 wotf007 wotf007 This is the story of the most ridiculous title . A title which, in fact, ended up being complimented specifically by the editor. This will not end well. There's a world record for the longest album title ; I reckon we can top that with a short story title. Fun fact: R...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 12698

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

And after all that... I don't actually have anything coming up in the queue right now wotf019 but once I've got something revised & polished enough to send in, I'll make sure to post here, even if I'm only going to be talking to myself.
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 12698

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

So--how should you critique? There are hundreds of discussions of this about online, and everyone will have their own preference on how to give and how to receive. These are my thoughts, for what that's worth, and it's only one approach, but I like to think I'm half-decent at doing this now. Most i...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 12698

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

(Adapted from another post of mine elsewhere on here.) So, what does critters do? ⋅ Every Wednesday, 20 or so manuscripts are posted for critiquing. They'll be a mix of fantasy, sci fi and horror. Don't worry, they're labelled, so you can choose your poison. ⋅ Over the next week,...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:21 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 12698

critters.org Manuscript Notifications

On the back of Stewart's astonishingly generous and selfless offer , and a couple of conversations I've had online recently, I thought this might be useful: a thread where people can mention a story they have in the critters.org queue, to try and make sure they get feedback. I figure we here want to...
by MattDovey
Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: New Writer? Never Scored higher than an HM? I'll crit you!
Replies: 8
Views: 3132

Re: New Writer? Never Scored higher than an HM? I'll crit yo

a) You're a liar, stop trying to steal JW's glory. You won the 2nd quarter, not the 1st. Pfft. b) How's the social media break going, then? Feeling productive with all these extra minutes? /continues avoiding the writing work he is meant to be doing to deadline ETA: more seriously, though, Stewart i...
by MattDovey
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

Might be something about Eldritch and Doh-Vee? Ha, might be. Technically they've accepted, but they want a revision to even out the narration (which I'm doing tonight), and so I've not signed anything yet. But I've clicked the big "YES PUBLISH ME DEAR GOD PRINT MY STORY"* button on their ...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

emilymccosh wrote:I don't think WotF works on flukes... wotf007


Do you think my impostor syndrome cares about details like that? wotf004

Cheers for the congratulations, all. I look forward to posting here again soon wotf007 (that's a wish, not a hint. I wish it were a hint.)
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4031
Views: 848658

Re: Success!

New story out at Triptych Tales. My first of 2016. 'Sober Kevin...' http://triptychtales.net/sober_kevin_is_a_bch.html *may contain wild profanity & alternate timelines That turned into something much more profound and beautiful than I was expecting. Further to posts in Mixed Feelings, where we...
by MattDovey
Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 233142

Re: Five Minute Rant

No matter how thick a skin you develop, two in one day still gets to you. My sympathies to you both wotf014

Just gotta turn 'em round and send 'em straight back out. Only way of dealing with it.

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