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by MattDovey
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: 2016 Campbell Award
Replies: 41
Views: 8132

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: 4082
Views: 898384

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: 4082
Views: 898384

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: 4082
Views: 898384

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: 4082
Views: 898384

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: 14488

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: 14488

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: 14488

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: 14488

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: 3595

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: 4082
Views: 898384

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: 4082
Views: 898384

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: 4082
Views: 898384

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: 1175
Views: 247863

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.
by MattDovey
Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 226991

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Randy Hulshizer wrote:Does anyone know if FFO always offers feedback for Personal-R stories?


I believe they do if they make it to that final roundtable discussion. Stewart can tell you more, he reads slush there.
by MattDovey
Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 226991

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Thanks, Matt. And congrats on your acceptance at FFO. Saw it on the Grinder. Thanks wotf007 not posted anything about it yet as I haven't yet signed a contract (and I only logged it on the Grinder for my own stats), but I'm delighted as (a) first magazine sale (WotF was my first ever sale) (b) FFO ...
by MattDovey
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 226991

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Wasn't sure whether to post in the "almost success" thread or the "success" thread, since this is somewhat of a success for me. I've submitted to DSF many times and received Form-Rs each time until now. Getting the Good News/Bad News notice is success indeed--I've never had one,...
by MattDovey
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 226991

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Muri McCage wrote:In case anyone hasn't noticed yet...I think too much.


Isn't that a prerequisite for being a writer?
by MattDovey
Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 226991

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Muri, Bearing in mind I know as little as anyone, I would say: don't let it weigh on your mind one jot. CC Finlay @ F&SF said he received 10,000 submissions last year; Asimov's had around 7500; most pro mags are getting around those numbers, as far as I know. Our names are like grains of sand ca...
by MattDovey
Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:33 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 898384

Re: Success!

My story in Nature was just published: Ghosts in the Machine About the story blog post I'm very geeked because not only do I get paid, but this is my first story that will be in print as well as online, AND I get a free one year subscription to Nature. I am concerned at how probable aspects of that...
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 898384

Re: Success!

Congratulations to all the handsome, successful and talented types above. Some good last minute 2015 publications there :D
by MattDovey
Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1065458

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I've never DMed (though I've sat at the table a number of times) but a lot of my writing is based in my time spent LARPing. It helps with quickly imagining characters (from all the times I wander in as a barely-fleshed out random to serve a specific plot purpose, and have to spin backstory out on th...
by MattDovey
Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 898384

Re: Success!

That's a heck of a contents page already--congrats, George!
by MattDovey
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 226991

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

s_c_baker wrote:I agree. Comic Papyrus would have been a much more rational choice...


OH DEAR SCIENCE WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME

WHY CREATE SUCH AN ABOMINATION

DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN

IF JAMES CAMERON SEES THIS BEFORE AVATAR 2'S SUBTITLES ARE FINISHED... OH GOOD GRIEF /cries
by MattDovey
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 226991

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I managed to sign up without problems but I had trouble submitting; bizarrely, in the end, I had to remove all punctuation from my cover letter before it would submit. I had the exact same problem, although I left in my periods and commas. Apostrophes and ampersands were the big culprits, so I'm gu...
by MattDovey
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 5922

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

Hm. Another one confined to US and Canadian writers. Never mind. Hadn't noticd that. Arse! Oh well, one less market-decision to make. Currently prevaricating over whether to submit an ex-HM to the James White award (published in Interzone, good home exposure, but a wash on the money front if I get ...
by MattDovey
Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?
Replies: 28
Views: 5922

Re: Anyone know about Neoverse writing competition?

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Man... 5,000 words...


Maybe submit some plot notes? Claim it's experimental.

Assuming you can get plot notes down under 5k, of course... ;)
by MattDovey
Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 226991

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

I managed to sign up without problems but I had trouble submitting; bizarrely, in the end, I had to remove all punctuation from my cover letter before it would submit. In combination with the Comic Sans MS they've chosen for the submissions page (urgh), it made it look like an eight year old's Engli...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Chappy Fiction Time Travel Anthology
Replies: 8
Views: 11424

Re: Chappy Fiction Time Travel Anthology

Ooh - I have a time travel story lurking that's in need of a polish. Pretty short-ish as well, ~1500 words in its current (non-final) incarnation.

I shall have to give it a polish. Cheers!
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 23
Views: 5380

Re: writing books

Stephen King's On Writing is very enjoyable; half auto-biography, half discussion of writing prose. Mostly just fascinating and easy reading.

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