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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: 15179

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: 15179

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: 15179

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: 4031
Views: 848663

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: 8820

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: 9682

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: 4031
Views: 848663

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: 4031
Views: 848663

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: 4700

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: 4700

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: 13945

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: 10529

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: 1517

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: 4031
Views: 848663

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: 12698

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: 4979
Views: 1011399

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: 951

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: 764
Views: 213043

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: 4233

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: 7399

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: 6759

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: 4031
Views: 848663

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: 4031
Views: 848663

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: 4031
Views: 848663

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: 4031
Views: 848663

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: 12698

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: 12698

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: 12698

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: 12698

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: 4233

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...

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