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by MattDovey
Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 764
Views: 213123

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: 764
Views: 213123

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: 764
Views: 213123

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: 764
Views: 213123

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: 764
Views: 213123

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: 4033
Views: 848921

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: 4033
Views: 848921

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: 4979
Views: 1011670

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: 4033
Views: 848921

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: 764
Views: 213123

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: 764
Views: 213123

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: 5497

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: 5497

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: 764
Views: 213123

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: 11204

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: 4533

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.
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 13964

Re: Story Titling

My titles tend to make more sense after finishing the story. They also usually have to do with the ending. Like, "Ah, that title makes sense now." Not sure that's the best idea, but the intent is for it to be a mental bonus that adds to the story after its been read. Personally speaking, ...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 13964

Re: Story Titling

I have a mental block: without a title, I can't start writing. Oh, I might jot down a couple of paragraphs; but by the time I hit the Save button for the first time, I have to have a title. I'll sit there for hours until it comes to me. I generally like short titles. Four words make a long title fo...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4033
Views: 848921

Re: Success!

Blimey Dr. Bob! That's some post!
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 233213

Re: Five Minute Rant

You know what, it might be an interesting exercise one day to see if I can write a story to one of those random titles. Assuming I have any time left by the time I've gotten through my current list of ideas, of course... But you never know. Maybe The Thoughts's Waves is my Hugo nominee in waiting! A...
by MattDovey
Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:27 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 233213

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. Stop trying t...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4033
Views: 848921

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 en...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4033
Views: 848921

Re: Success!

Congrats to all of those making sales, I promise I'm not deeply envious or anything. It's ok, though, my next rejection will be my 50th! I'll hold a party. A sad, crushing party for myself and my failure. We'll have sausage rolls and fizzy pop! That story was heartbreaking by the way, hlf . The part...
by MattDovey
Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 233213

Re: Five Minute Rant

This one was a year old, so really shouldn't get to me (I wrote a contest winning story in the intervening gap, after all!), but I was certain one of Nature, DSF or FFO would find it a perfect fit, and, well, no, evidently not. It's the frustration at misunderstanding a market so thoroughly as much ...
by MattDovey
Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 233213

Re: Five Minute Rant

I'm normally pretty good with rejections, but this one got to me. I've won a quarter here! My writing is Good Enough! Things are on the up for me! So when I have a story that I _know_ is a perfect fit for a market, and I get excited to send it in because _this will be the one_, it's a good concept, ...
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Crossed Genres
Replies: 6
Views: 2024

Re: Crossed Genres

Curses! I liked the way they went about things. I once found myself with the perfect story for one of their themes--an android story with a gay protagonist--and had to decide between submitting to them or entering it here. It was the best story I'd written to that point, and I really, really wanted ...
by MattDovey
Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 13964

Re: Story Titling

The way I see it, a title can do three things. I will illustrate with random examples from the bookshelf to my right. 1) It can set the tone: "Smoke and Mirrors", "Fragile Things" 2) It can summarise the story: "Harry Potter & the Thing of Whatever", "Memoirs o...
by MattDovey
Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2647

Re: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question

Well it's form--because I just got the exact same email :) as to whether it's a genuine sign of encouragement, well, we need some brave soul to cop to getting something worse before we know that, I suppose.
by MattDovey
Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:20 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 32
Replies: 24
Views: 7327

Re: Quarter 3, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 3

I already mentioned this in Jibber Jabber, but I only get one chance to use this smiley, so:

wotf059
by MattDovey
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2628
Views: 491337

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Probably long overdue for me to sign up here. Hi! I'm Matt. In August 2012 I thought two foolish things: * "I'm really broke this month. I know, I should sell some fiction! That'll help with money." * "I've got some really good stuff already. It'll sell straight away! The world will b...

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