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by MattDovey
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Lightspeed Open for Fantasy Submissions
Replies: 8
Views: 8062

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: 14488

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: 7973

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: 1965

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: 8739

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: 8311

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: 14488

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: 1374

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: 247860

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: 8622

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: 4082
Views: 898375

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: 12166

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: 12166

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...
by MattDovey
Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 14488

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I fell off the critters wagon over the summer, I'm afraid, but I'm clambering back on now. And I have one up this week, a mere slip of a thing at 1500 words, about fairies, if anyone has the time. Cheers!
by MattDovey
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15672

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I have over forty active stories. Experience has taught me the wisdom of Heinlein's Rule ' Keep it on the market until it sells.' Ah, that'll do it. I probably also need to reduce the turnaround on my demoralized, "nobody will ever love this story" period following a rejection. This is th...
by MattDovey
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15672

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I do not have proof of this, but suspect this to be true. Two things help your submission. One, having some previous creds in your cover letter (this guy's stories can't be too bad, so and so bought one) and two, submitting to that market before (This is the fifth story from this guy this year. He'...
by MattDovey
Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15672

Re: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets

I'm currently at 6.06%. I have seen other writers with significantly higher sub counts come down around the same mark, between 4 and 6%.

That's over 132 lifetime subs (excluding those still pending). Over the first 100, it was 4%. Over the first 50, it was 2%.
by MattDovey
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 898375

Re: Success!

Philip--if you have a Google account, go to https://www.google.com/alerts and set up an alert for your byline inside speech marks i.e. "Philip Brian Hall" . Then Google will email you when it notices a new page that matches those search terms. Can be useful :) You can also set it up with r...
by MattDovey
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 8987

Re: Submission Grinder

As far as I'm aware from conversations had with the old timers at the bar in April, the only person who has ever made a living solely from short fiction was Ray Bradbury... which is a pretty high bar wotf013
by MattDovey
Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Highest Paying Publishers
Replies: 10
Views: 9897

Re: Highest Paying Publishers

The Submissions Grinder has full payment details in now, as of a couple of weeks ago, so you can easily search & sort there. Off the top of my head, though... Terraform is a top payer, at 25c a word. 2000 word limit, near future SF only, and they don't respond in the case of rejection... but 25c...
by MattDovey
Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 898375

Re: Success!

rharp wrote:Mike Resnick at Galaxy's Edge accepted my finalist story!! I'm super excited of course. My first pro sale!! wotf008


Oh, that's awesome news! You must be over the moon! Congratulations wotf007
by MattDovey
Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 898375

Re: Success!

Congratufabulations to Jeremy (and yay for art! Art for stories is the best surprise), George AGAIN (killin' it, man), Preston (still not sold my HMs, so top stuff), Ishmael again (all those subs starting to work for you), Emily on becoming a PROPER REAL PUBLISHED AUTHOR, and Nick (picking up some m...
by MattDovey
Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 5171

Re: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their car

On a different note, I love how the board is truncating the title for all of the replies.

It's also a question I feel much more qualified to answer. I put the key in the ignition, put my foot on the brake, turn the key, then take the handbrake off and shift from Park to Drive. Easy wotf001
by MattDovey
Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 5171

Re: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their car

This thread is relevant to my interests. /cough I agree that winning the contest is not a magic ticket to success. There have not been 384 best-selling authors from WotF. WotF is a symptom of success, not a cause. I also didn't unlock any particular great secrets from the workshop. Don't get me wron...
by MattDovey
Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 66
Views: 16434

Re: Story Titling

I don't know about the current batch of editors but not long ago some of the more well known ones had a habit of changing a title on a writer. I don't know if Dave has ever done that. One of the WotF32 stories did have its title changed, I think, though it's not my place to say which one. I think t...
by MattDovey
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: WOTF simultaneous submissions
Replies: 13
Views: 10806

Re: WOTF simultaneous submissions

I've never thought that of either of them. The Submissions Grinder lists both as not accepting simsubs. I assume "no simsubs, no multisubs" as the default, to be honest, as it's such a commonly held position, and there's little to gain (a publication three months sooner than otherwise) and...
by MattDovey
Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Long long long SF novels like Battlefield Earth
Replies: 5
Views: 1810

Re: Long long long SF novels like Battlefield Earth

Neal Stephenson novels tend to the longer end of things (except Snow Crash, which you should read anyway)--Cryptonomicon and Diamond Age are the two I can vouch for, and the others are on my list. Hyperion & The Fall of Hyperion are about 500 pages each, but essentially two halves of one book, a...
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 898375

Re: Success!

Oh man, I have not kept up with this thread at all. I have no idea how far back I need to go with congrats, but the fact that I can't keep up is testament to the awesome goin' on. Note to future Matt: go from here. Anyway, in happy and relevant news, I'm delighted to report that PodCastle have picke...
by MattDovey
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:28 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 14488

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

Indeed we do. About 5k, and a very silly fantasy thing it is too. Confession: the pissing dog statue is the fault of my corrupted imagination, athough Stewart is hardly innocent as far as ridiculous ideas go. Sorry I missed your piece the other week Zaan--being kept too busy by other things over my ...
by MattDovey
Tue May 24, 2016 4:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1065438

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

*sneaks in, looks around* I've been summoned from the depths of hence where Golden Pen winners are stored. Matt Dovey, be prepared to be shoved in this coat closet when your reign ends. Is this why they give us such an unnecessarily large and weighty trophy, that we may fight off the horrors that l...

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