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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: 4989

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: 4989

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: 15666

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: 10701

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: 1718

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: 4057
Views: 882427

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: 13927

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: 1047990

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...
by MattDovey
Fri May 20, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Mailing Lists - Good ones? Yours?
Replies: 3
Views: 1054

Re: Mailing Lists - Good ones? Yours?

/has a mailing list

/has not yet used his mailing list, despite Kickstarters, new stories, prizes won

/should maybe consider it in future
by MattDovey
Thu May 05, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 222858

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Yeah, I think that's a "submit new stuff to us please" but not a rewrite on this one. Could be clearer, though!
by MattDovey
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Unidentified Funny Objects 5
Replies: 23
Views: 4497

Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

God help us all, Stewart & I have written another Baker & Dovey tale for this. In a week. 5k words.

This one has rat-people and a dog-kingdom and snakes all fighting underground. It is, if anything, even sillier.
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: 2016 Campbell Award
Replies: 41
Views: 7874

Re: 2016 Campbell Award

The Campbell has always tended more towards novelists. Novels are just a bigger market. wotf017
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: AE Micro 7
Replies: 37
Views: 7145

Re: AE Micro 7

Congrats Emily! Having a pretty good 2016 so far, huh wotf007
by MattDovey
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882427

Re: Success!

I'm beyond happy to announce that I've sold my story "Mom in the Moon" to Analog! It's been the genre market I've most hoped to sell to, for a long time. Dreams, fueled by preternatural tenacity in my case, really do come true. ANALOG Holy mother of what the bloomin' heck That's amazing! ...
by MattDovey
Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882427

Re: Success!

Congrats George & Rebecca! And don't worry, I'm climbing aboard the reprints train as soon as I can--WotF doesn't have an exclusivity period in its contract (as in, they explicitly tell you there's no exclusivity), and so my Golden Pen winner was off to Podcastle as a reprint 6 weeks ago, and ha...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882427

Re: Success!

It's hard to describe how delighted I am to receive an acceptance from Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores . wotf024 I'm doubly delighted because this is a story about the Gododdin, the old people who lived in Sliabh Mannan before me. I'm pretty sure I made it up, but the events have now melded so i...
by MattDovey
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882427

Re: Success!

Whoa, Emily! Top stuff! And congrats to Preston, as well, and let's be honest probably to George who always has something here. I've missed a couple of weeks on here. I don't know where I'm at. You know what: congrats to everyone. You're all awesome, whether you've sold recently or not. On a related...
by MattDovey
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 13927

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I haven't used Critters in so long. When I found WOTF, I started exchanging stories with some people from here. I still have a Critter account, but my ratio is pretty low by now. I might be interested in this. wotf007 You can reset your ratio and start again from scratch, so you don't have a hill t...
by MattDovey
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 13927

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I haven't used Critters in so long. When I found WOTF, I started exchanging stories with some people from here. I still have a Critter account, but my ratio is pretty low by now. I might be interested in this. wotf007 You can reset your ratio and start again from scratch, so you don't have a hill t...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 13927

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I will give it a look. I haven't submitted one of my own stories yet. How often can you submit a story and how long do you typically have to wait before it comes up? About 2-3 weeks depending on how many other stories are in the queue. I think you can just keep adding them in so they crop up every ...
by MattDovey
Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 13927

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I haven't yet had time to go through the crits from my last piece (so apologies if I've not yet replied--I will!) but my next piece is already in, "Sorrrowspeak Eve" . Magical realism, but opens with an explicit (though not even remotely erotic) sex scene, so please do skip if that's not y...
by MattDovey
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Unidentified Funny Objects 5
Replies: 23
Views: 4497

Re: Unidentified Funny Objects 5

Humor is the most taste sensitive type of writing there is. Very much this. There's not much that makes me actually laugh out loud in writing--normally "wry smile" is where it tops out. What can I say, I have high standards for humour. But I have to say, if anyone can make me laugh consis...
by MattDovey
Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4057
Views: 882427

Re: Success!

MUCH EXCITE. SO SUCCESS. I'm on the shortlist for the James White Award: http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/archives/3021 Hilariously enough, so is Jon Lasser, Q4 1st place winner, which means that in the space of two weeks we're competing for the Golden Pen and the James White Award. There will now be ...
by MattDovey
Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:36 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: critters.org Manuscript Notifications
Replies: 62
Views: 13927

Re: critters.org Manuscript Notifications

I've got a piece up this week--"Winter Witch", only 1100 words, a brief dream of magical realism. Shouldn't take long, if you fancy a gander!
by MattDovey
Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2757

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

And yet some groups of publications explicitly say they'll consider your submission for others in the family and some even go so far as to say don't submit to these others because we already considered that. For the record, Cricket/Cicada/etc. is one such group. I asked a couple of years back after...
by MattDovey
Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2757

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

Well, it was CoW, but it wasn't a form as they talked specifically about my piece. They did include the form bit ("list of recommend venues on our website under Markets") at the end, but prior to that they suggested I submit to one of the sister markets. In which case, probably wouldn't h...
by MattDovey
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2757

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

TBH I don't have a CoW rejection on hand to actually say, but I believe it goes something like If you are still searching for a podcast or magazine to publish this story, consider submitting the piece to the list of recommend venues on our website under Markets. And say hello for us! which is form. ...
by MattDovey
Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 243614

Re: Five Minute Rant

Just as there is an art to giving critiques, there is an art to receiving them, I think. In any given critter week there will, without fail, be someone completely missing the point and advocating completely changing the nature of the story, from "this would be much better told in a normal struc...
by MattDovey
Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Yet another etiquette question...
Replies: 13
Views: 2757

Re: Yet another etiquette question...

Sounds like the Cast of Wonders rejection, in which case--that's their form rejection (sorry). I always think it's a bit weird to mention it, because it's a bit like ringing up a friend and saying "hey, X has cancelled, so are you free?" The only time I do mention it, personally, is if it'...
by MattDovey
Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:54 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 243614

Re: Five Minute Rant

Commiserations LDWriter2 . It's always tough when you write to a market and get knocked back with a straight R. I sent a story into Shimmer that I'd thought of as Shimmery ever since the first draft, and got it back with a form "read the magazine to see what we publish" . wotf014 But it's ...

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