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by MattDovey
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 764
Views: 213200

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 25, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jeff Carlson has passed away
Replies: 4
Views: 1074

Re: Jeff Carlson has passed away

Very sorry to hear it, Corbin. Sounds like a loss to us all.
by MattDovey
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 33146

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Winners announced! And the first place winner represents something of a first AFAIK--she's married to a former winner, Eric James Stone. We're usually joking when we say WotF is like a family...
by MattDovey
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 33146

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Just heard back from Joni. I'm not a winner, but they did ask to hold my story for potential inclusion in the anthology. Also, Tim Powers apparently loved it, so I'm pretty darn geeked about that. wotf007 Blimey, that was quick. Commiserations on not placing, but you never know with PF; it's worth ...
by MattDovey
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: RIP Dr Pournelle
Replies: 3
Views: 1040

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
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34
Replies: 312
Views: 33146

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q3 - Volume 34

Congratulations Peony, Kristy and especially Kate, who clearly benefitted from sitting next to me at the v32 workshop ;) (just kidding, her and Dan are awesomesauce all on their ownsome, and if anything the transfer went the other way) Good luck with the next phone call, and with getting anything do...
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1012032

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 4:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45522

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

And the results? Joni giggled. I got SECOND PLACE! *happy dance* If I understand correctly, that removes me as a contender for the Golden Pen, which means I can officially stop twitching and kick back until April. Woot! Congratulations :D It does indeed remove you from the running, and means you ha...
by MattDovey
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4979
Views: 1012032

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: 1518

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: 1526

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: 3423

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 Jul 12, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45522

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Congrats to everyone getting certificates, especially amyhg on levelling up to the ultra-twitch and Rebecca on getting the full house of responses wotf007 has anyone else ever managed that before?
by MattDovey
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45522

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

There should be a reason to keep reading in the first paragraph, and that reason should, generally speaking, be conflict. It doesn't have to be the story conflict--in fact, unless it's flash, it probably shouldn't be--but there should be something going wrong, ideally for the character but at least ...
by MattDovey
Wed May 10, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Flame Tree seeking short stories
Replies: 67
Views: 19534

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: 7569

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: 12712

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: 7514

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: 1605

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: 8580

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: 8174

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: 12712

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: 1160

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
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34
Replies: 425
Views: 45522

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 34

Nowt wrong wi' steampunk! Tim Powers helped invent it, after all :) My gut feeling is that it's fine so long as you do something new with it, somehow--if it's just another Victorian Gentlemen in Airships with Steam Powered Rifles then it might get an HM for being well written, but if it subverts exp...
by MattDovey
Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:47 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 233300

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: 8496

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: 4034
Views: 849214

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: 11831

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: 11831

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: 12712

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!

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