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by Jason Parker
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Why Do You Write?
Replies: 16
Views: 3015

Re: Why Do You Write?

A. would be fun, but there's no reason why you can't inject an emotionally moving theme into that type of story. On production . . . Once I get past the first ten or twenty pages I can jam out pages fast, fast, fast like Kevin J. It takes a little while for me to get a feel for the characters and to...
by Jason Parker
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 1783

Re: Can you recommend a writing teacher?

Thanks, guys. jficke13, yeah, I love those lectures. Kent, what level am I? 5 novels written and 500 rejections. Not sure if that's a level or just plain sad. Morgan, I might try Critters again. I was a member back in college in '02. Really, I'm looking for corrective feedback from a proven teacher....
by Jason Parker
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Can you recommend a writing teacher?
Replies: 10
Views: 1783

Can you recommend a writing teacher?

I like to take David Farland's classes, but they're all closed right now. I'm looking for a teacher who will look at my work or exercises and give me corrective feedback. Can you suggest a teacher?
by Jason Parker
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?
Replies: 16
Views: 5179

Re: Who’s familiar with Dwight Swain’s scene/sequel format?

Jim Butcher is a direct descendant of the Swain school of writing, so that's pretty cool, and it's proof the approach works.
by Jason Parker
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4111
Views: 909156

Re: Success!

Congrats, Emily! You're on a roll.
by Jason Parker
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 3, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 33
Replies: 37
Views: 8912

Re: Quarter 3, Writers and Illustrators of the Future vol. 3

Congrats on the HMs. I got the dreaded R.
by Jason Parker
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4111
Views: 909156

Re: Success!

And I have news of my own as well. Achievement unlocked: after several attempts I finally managed to have a story accepted by Grievous Angel. Bonus: it was the first of my micro-stories (100 words) to sell. Extra bonus: this ended a dreary dry spell of over two months interspersed with a lot of exc...
by Jason Parker
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4111
Views: 909156

Re: Success!

Woo hoo!
by Jason Parker
Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4111
Views: 909156

Re: Success!

amoskalik wrote:I just received my print copy of Mad Scientist Journal, Fall 2016. I'm the first story.
There is something about having a physical representation of your writing that satisfies on a deep level.


Rock on!
by Jason Parker
Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 2 Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume 33
Replies: 24
Views: 6396

Re: Quarter 2 Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume

Triseult wrote:Submitted Feb 27, 2016.

Semi-Finalist on August 28, 2016.


Congrats!
by Jason Parker
Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15787

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

Ishmael wrote:I have over forty active stories. Experience has taught me the wisdom of Heinlein's Rule 'Keep it on the market until it sells.'


wotf009
by Jason Parker
Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?
Replies: 29
Views: 6154

Re: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?

1. Have idea 2. write story (3. Submit to Beta readers) (4. Revise story) 5. Enter WotF 6. Wait 7. Receive HM (usually, of late) 8. Read story / Realise how badly written story was 9. Re-write story 10. Make sale (sometimes)! Yeah, number eight happens almost every time I look at any story I've wri...
by Jason Parker
Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?
Replies: 29
Views: 6154

Re: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?

1. Have idea 2. write story (3. Submit to Beta readers) (4. Revise story) 5. Enter WotF 6. Wait 7. Receive HM (usually, of late) 8. Read story / Realise how badly written story was 9. Re-write story 10. Make sale (sometimes)! Yeah, number eight happens almost every time I look at any story I've wri...
by Jason Parker
Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: What's Your Short Story Writing Process?
Replies: 29
Views: 6154

What's Your Short Story Writing Process?

My best approach seems to be . . .

Take a day to work out story details on a single sheet of paper, a beginning, middle, and end.

Next day write the story.

Let it cool for a few hours, then revise and submit it.

Repeat.
by Jason Parker
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4111
Views: 909156

Re: Success!

Nice job keeping me in suspense on that one, Emily. Also, vivid writing.
by Jason Parker
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4111
Views: 909156

Re: Success!

wotf054 This morning I had a story called "A Sound Like Glass Raindrops" accepted to Unsung Stories!! This is the 9th place I sent it out to, and was starting to believe no one would want it, but there it is, the acceptance letter! It's coming out this Friday...I'll give you guys the link...
by Jason Parker
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 229276

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

disgruntledpeony wrote:C.C. Finlay seems to be good for personals, I've noticed. wotf007


That's what she said.
by Jason Parker
Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 229276

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Just got my first personal, from F&SF. wotf007 Wow Jason!!! Congrats! Thanks! I'm pretty happy because I got some feedback i can actually use. Apparently I have some structural problems. That I can use. The message: Dear Jason, Thank you for giving me a chance to read "-----------." U...
by Jason Parker
Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 799
Views: 229276

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Just got my first personal, from F&SF. wotf007
by Jason Parker
Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15787

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

George, What's your submission strategy, if you don't mind my asking? Mine has been to submit to these markets in order: F&SF Clarkeworld IGMS WOTF Then I have no strategy beyond that. It's a bit complicated. I have a spreadsheet with all available pro and semi-pro markets, with data collected ...
by Jason Parker
Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15787

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

George,

What's your submission strategy, if you don't mind my asking?

Mine has been to submit to these markets in order:

F&SF
Clarkeworld
IGMS
WOTF

Then I have no strategy beyond that.
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15787

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

I sort of agree with all of you. Pre-framing and persistence work in salesmanship, but the product must also be so good that it can't be ignored.
by Jason Parker
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15787

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 Jason Parker
Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15787

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%. Good to know. This stuff should be com...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15787

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

I guess you'd call it a conversion rate. At least in direct marketing you would... The markets I'm submitting to accept between half a percent and a percent of submitted stories. As a writer, what is a good conversion rate? Three percent of your submissions accepted? Ten percent? I don't mean three...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?
Replies: 28
Views: 15787

What's a good conversion rate when submitting to markets?

I guess you'd call it a conversion rate. At least in direct marketing you would... The markets I'm submitting to accept between half a percent and a percent of submitted stories. As a writer, what is a good conversion rate? Three percent of your submissions accepted? Ten percent? I don't mean three ...

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