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by MattDovey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34
Replies: 23
Views: 5134

Re: Quarter 4, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 34

Two winners from the forum! Top showing :D

Congrats to you both! I'm sure you don't need telling, but start getting excited--you're going to have an amazing week :)
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The editorial process for short fiction
Replies: 12
Views: 4392

Re: The editorial process for short fiction

I think it's worth making a distinction between edits after acceptance and revise & resubmit . For the former, it's usually copy-edits IME--an editor highlighting an image they think could be clearer, or striking something they think hurts the momentum, but the story is fundamentally still the s...
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 3565

Re: Fixing the place up

For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page. Found it! It's under the Quick links menu in the upper left: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/search.php?search_id=unreadposts . It used to be under the thread/post list. I'll leave it where it is. Tha...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing the place up
Replies: 12
Views: 3565

Re: Fixing the place up

The avatar limit is set to 6KiB, which is so tight I can't upload a 180x180 JPG because it is 6,968 bytes i.e. 6.8KB. Might be worth easing up on it a little bit? Bandwidth isn't that expensive anymore wotf001 (this may be why my avatar has disappeared from my posts altogether, even though it still ...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1127961

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Surely, if we're that close, we can make it by the end of the year?
by MattDovey
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 981682

Re: Success!

There's a few things to respond to in here, Amy :) I always enjoy keeping up with this thread because it's so encouraging. You'd think that seeing other people's successes and not having one to report myself would be a bummer, but somehow it's not. It is a truth universally acknolwedged that their j...
by MattDovey
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st
Replies: 9
Views: 3486

Re: Angry Robot Open Sub Period Nov 1st - Dec 31st

As a relative newcomer to the writing world, I thought it was better to have an agent first? I’m confused by this whole thing, like where they say they wouldn’t mind if, after acceptance, you went looking for an agent. Doesn’t the agent finding process take months, at best? Would this be a smart mo...
by MattDovey
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 22195

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I learned about critters (thank you Matt!) My pleasure :) may it serve you as well as it served me! FWIW I completely agree that critiquing other people's work is far more useful than getting critiques on your own; the latter helps you fix *that* story, but the former helps you fix your craft. It f...
by MattDovey
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 806
Views: 253396

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

If your stories keep showing up during final reviews again and again, an editor's going to look at them and say, "This guy's consistently good enough and he's got more than one story in him. Let's publish him." At least, in my own mind that's how it's going to happen; I'm not published an...
by MattDovey
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 806
Views: 253396

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

For those of you getting final rounds, "so close!", etc., this Twitter thread from Apex's Lesley Connor is important reading . Once you're at that level, it's not a lack of skill or competence; it's just taste and magazine style. You are good enough: the magazines aren't big enough. You're...
by MattDovey
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: RIP Dr Pournelle
Replies: 3
Views: 2500

RIP Dr Pournelle

News broke over the weekend that Dr Jerry Pournelle, long time collaborator of Larry Niven and a WotF judge since (I believe) the very beginning, passed away in his sleep at age 84. Meeting him was certainly an experience, and I'm saddened that many of you will never have the chance now. There's few...
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1127961

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

amoskalik wrote:
storysinger wrote:
Even flabby birds squawked at the spooky snake under our woodshed.


Forever flabby birds squawked at the spooky snake under our woodshed.


Forever flabby birds lectured at the spooky snake under our woodshed.
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 5000
Views: 1127961

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Rebecca Birch wrote:A tabby cat slapped at the speckled donut on the dock.


A flabby cat slapped at the speckled donut on the dock.
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Surprise Endings
Replies: 5
Views: 2456

Re: Surprise Endings

If I had an easy answer to this, I'd be making thousands from running workshops wotf001 That said, from experience, I would say layer in more foreshadowing than you think you need. You'll think you're making it screamingly obvious, but that's because you already know; readers won't pick up on all yo...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines
Replies: 5
Views: 3215

Re: Submitting Honorable Mentions To Magazines

Only insofar as a story with an HM must have something going for it, and has lifted itself above the noise somewhat. General advice is not to mention it in the cover letter, though; whilst an HM *is* an achievement, it's also (sorry) just a fancy rejection, and it's not good to mention other markets...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: How Short Is Too Short?
Replies: 29
Views: 6386

Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Daniel Davis' v31 story was short, only 2-3k, and RM Graves' Freebot in v32 was 2.5k, for more recent examples. I don't think you could get away with shorter than that, because Dave is a plot structure nerd, and flash is too short to really work with that.
by MattDovey
Wed May 10, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 69
Views: 28707

Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

The Grinder stats generally represent about 10-20% of the writing population, anecdotally speaking. However... Flame Tree have a habit of sending acceptances first, rejections after (you can see the pattern on the recent responses on the Grinder). So I suspect those of us who have not yet heard anyt...
by MattDovey
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 9585

Re: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions

Only this month I'm afraid, till Apr 30. Though I'd aim for Apr 29--when Nightmare (JJA's other magazine) said they were open 15 Feb - 15 Mar, they closed at 00:01 on 15 Mar and caused much consternation...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 19124

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

It may amuse some of you to look at my story in the critters queue this week, because it's the story I wrote in the WotF 24 hour challenge last year, based on the stone Tim gave me: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/KD-Julicher-Matt-Dovey-_SMP9691.jpg Spoilers: it's not th...
by MattDovey
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 9507

Re: Cover Letters

From a slusher: you can only ever hurt your chances with a cover letter. I scan the cover letter for two pieces of info (relevant to PodCastle): word count and reprint/original. Some markets only take originals so you don't need to mention the latter; other markets also accept multiple genres, so me...
by MattDovey
Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: New account verification fixed
Replies: 6
Views: 3311

Re: New account verification fixed

Cheers Brad wotf007
by MattDovey
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: How *NOT* to Handle Rejection
Replies: 4
Views: 8978

Re: How *NOT* to Handle Rejection

Goodness. I mean, I've heard of plenty of authors arguing with rejections, or claiming guidelines don't apply to them, or just being insulting; I've even heard of an author threatening legal action against a magazine for not accepting them (how I'd love to know what grounds they'd predicate that upo...
by MattDovey
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: New "Campbellian" Anthology
Replies: 2
Views: 8476

Re: New "Campbellian" Anthology

The anthology is out now if you want to grab a free copy :) http://dl.bookfunnel.com/c7adzdd31h

It's only available until July 15, so get on it! 75+ authors, 350k+ words, and free. Bet y'all can guess which story I'm in with again :)
by MattDovey
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 19124

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I have wielded my MIGHTY and NEWFOUND powers of pro-authorship to sneak a story into the queue at zero notice :D 3000 words of magical realism turning to horror, up for another couple of days. It's got 13 crits already, so enough to be going on with; mostly posting this here in case any of you are n...
by MattDovey
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Documentary on Writers + Illustrators of the Future from ASI
Replies: 1
Views: 2476

Documentary on Writers + Illustrators of the Future from ASI

Author Services have spent quite a lot of time (seriously, I saw drafts of this months ago) and evidently quite a chunk of money putting together a half hour documentary on the contests , featuring a number of very familiar faces from roundabouts :) there's lots of footage from V31 and V32, but ther...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:47 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 268075

Re: Five Minute Rant

Okay, I've been telling myself that I shouldn't complain too much about this because I've waited longer for a reply before, but it is driving me NUTS! I have had my SHM story at Asimov's for 115 days now, and not a peep! Not even a change on the submission portal! Their guidelines says they mostly ...
by MattDovey
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Grinder Restored from Back-UP....
Replies: 3
Views: 8802

Re: Grinder Restored from Back-UP....

The back up was 29th October, I think, and it was restored a couple of days ago, so about a fortnight's data.
by MattDovey
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 981682

Re: Success!

I have a new story up at Flash Fiction Online this month, "Quartet of the Far Blown Winds", and I've written a blog post to accompany it :)

Congrats to everyone else rocking it right now. 2016 could do with some good news.
by MattDovey
Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Persistent Visions
Replies: 16
Views: 12580

Re: Persistent Visions

They claimed--in Twitter conversation with a few of us--that they weren't related to specific manuscripts but were meant to be a light-hearted list along the lines of Strange Horizons'. It certainly doesn't come across that way though, does it?
by MattDovey
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Persistent Visions
Replies: 16
Views: 12580

Re: Persistent Visions

They have been very, very slow. A new market should be able to keep up with slush--they've got no backlog, after all!--but they appear to read fewer stories per week than they receive, so the wait time stretches out without end. I subbed a story to them almost as soon as they opened, and it took ove...

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