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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: 15306

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
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 777
Views: 216764

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

amoskalik wrote:
Jason Parker wrote:
Already submitted my same piece to Clarkesworld. wotf007 Best of luck with yours.


20 rejections a month is my standing goal. I've only made it once, but I usually get to 15. Keeps me submitting and drastically lowers the emotional impact of any one of them.


Good idea.
by Jason Parker
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 777
Views: 216764

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

morshana wrote:
Jason Parker wrote:
storysinger wrote:wotf030 it'll be ok.


wotf024 Onward!


wotf024


Already submitted my same piece to Clarkesworld. wotf007 Best of luck with yours.
by Jason Parker
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 777
Views: 216764

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

storysinger wrote:wotf030 it'll be ok.


wotf024 Onward!
by Jason Parker
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread
Replies: 777
Views: 216764

Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

morshana wrote:Just received a nice personal from F&SF. *sigh*


Was just rejected by them less than an hour ago too. *sigh*

wotf061 lol
by Jason Parker
Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 862868

Re: Success!

http://i2.wp.com/www.sciphijournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/UltimateTemporalParadox-Cover.jpg?resize=212%2C300 I have just got round to noticing that earlier this week Sci Phi Journal published one of the two stories of mine they were holding. The Ultimate Temporal Paradox is free to read on ...
by Jason Parker
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 8853

Re: Submission Grinder

On a side note, Otto Penzler put together massive volumes of stories written by these old writers. Pulp collections, Noir collections, Vampire, Zombie, Ghost. . . I have most of them. They're impressive.
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by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 8853

Re: Submission Grinder

Nope, my math is off. Turns out many of those publications only pay five cents per word for flash fiction.
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 8853

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 hehe . . . Yeah, probably. John D. MacDonald used to fill entire issues of pulp mags with h...
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Submission Grinder
Replies: 6
Views: 8853

Submission Grinder

Thanks for telling me about the Submission Grinder, everyone. I was messing around on there and I made this little one-minute video with some thoughts: https://goo.gl/TmEoM5 It's interesting to me that you could potentially make a living writing short stories the same way those old pulp writers made...
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Highest Paying Publishers
Replies: 10
Views: 9732

Re: Highest Paying Publishers

What's Clarkesworld's response time? Looks like F&SF is about 3 days, which is awesome. Seems like Clarkesworld has a similar submission system. Clarkeworld also responds in about 3 days. Cool! Then I think I'm going to adopt Matt's strategy. Submit to F&SF then Clarkesworld then all the ot...
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Highest Paying Publishers
Replies: 10
Views: 9732

Re: Highest Paying Publishers

What's Clarkesworld's response time?

Looks like F&SF is about 3 days, which is awesome.

Seems like Clarkesworld has a similar submission system.
by Jason Parker
Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Highest Paying Publishers
Replies: 10
Views: 9732

Re: Highest Paying Publishers

Good point, submitting for prestige. Thanks also for sharing your submission strategy. I just submitted my first story to F&SF. I think I might start with them for each story too. I really want IGMS, too, mainly because Ender's Game is one of my favorite books, and it would be cool to have my na...
by Jason Parker
Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Highest Paying Publishers
Replies: 10
Views: 9732

Re: Highest Paying Publishers

Thank ye kindly!
by Jason Parker
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Highest Paying Publishers
Replies: 10
Views: 9732

Highest Paying Publishers

I assume the highest paying publishers of short SF/F are: Writers of the Future, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Analog, Asimov. Am I missing any biggies? On a side note . . . Wouldn't it be cool if you could make a living today like those old...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 862868

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


Awesome! Must be a great story if Mike Redneck likes it! He killed it with his story in WOTF V30.
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 4797

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

Thanks, everybody! Definitely a lot of food for thought. Looking over previous winners already tempered my expectations for the contest, driving me to consider it equivalent to a sale (which after reading the responses here seems to be the right approach). So to sum up the responses: - Continue to ...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 4797

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

WOTF is positioned as the contest that will launch your career, but after reading the real story behind Rothfuss's success here in this thread, I realize it's all just like everything else -- networking, networking, networking, relationships, relationships, relationships. Isn't it always the key in...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 4797

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

Jason, yes, you can keep it up. You'll keep getting better the more you read and write, even if sometimes you write garbage. You know, learning from mistakes and all that. I consider my BIGGEST mistake as a newbie writer, even bigger than quitting for a few years, was coasting. After my first Final...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Writer's Group
Replies: 16
Views: 3375

Re: Writer's Group

I'd recommend critters.org for critiques.

I've always liked the idea of being in a writers group, but I think being in one would kill my productivity.
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 4797

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

J'nae Rae wrote:F&SF is pretty quick on response time for electronic subs, so you may be able to still submit here if they don't take it.


Thanks for the heads up. I believe it said I was 246th in the que.
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 4797

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

Well, guys, you just inspired me to submit my best piece to the Mag of SF&F instead of submitting it to 4th QTR WOTF. I've come to realize I only want a few pro credits so agents will read my manuscripts. WOTF is positioned as the contest that will launch your career, but after reading the real...
by Jason Parker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: What are the best ways for a finalist to start their career?
Replies: 20
Views: 4797

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

Well, guys, you just inspired me to submit my best piece to the Mag of SF&F instead of submitting it to 4th QTR WOTF. I've come to realize I only want a few pro credits so agents will read my manuscripts. WOTF is positioned as the contest that will launch your career, but after reading the real ...
by Jason Parker
Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 862868

Re: Success!

Hi guys, I'd like to report that the first story I ever sold is finally in print! Here come the dancing bananas... wotf026 wotf049 wotf026 wotf049 It's in the second volume of a two part anthology series from Guardbridge Books. Volume I is called Around the World and Volume II is called Beyond the ...
by Jason Parker
Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4042
Views: 862868

Re: Success!

Thanks, Jason, Alpha and Philip. George, maybe why it's happening is your stories are good. I like my stories -- though some of them more than others. I liked them last year too, even though they didn't sell much. Maybe it means that I'm improving. wotf006 Or maybe it's like an avalanche; when it s...
by Jason Parker
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: WOTF simultaneous submissions
Replies: 13
Views: 10589

Re: WOTF simultaneous submissions

LaurieG wrote:And the Submission Grinder was created by our own David Steffen. wotf007

He used to hang out on the forum a lot, at least until he pro's out of WOTF.


Cool!

(BTW, I had to explain to my wife that if she sees an e-mail hit my phone that says "Grinder" then don't be alarmed).
by Jason Parker
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: WOTF simultaneous submissions
Replies: 13
Views: 10589

Re: WOTF simultaneous submissions

I actually write sales copy for a living. Been doing it full-time since 2009. That's how I know I need more credibility, proof elements. Over the years I've learned that a strong proof element is GOLD because it can't be manufactured by a copywriter. It's best when you couple a powerful proof eleme...
by Jason Parker
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: WOTF simultaneous submissions
Replies: 13
Views: 10589

Re: WOTF simultaneous submissions

I think I'll play it safe and assume both WOTF and IGMS forgot to put "no simultaneous submissions" on their submission pages.
by Jason Parker
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:21 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: WOTF simultaneous submissions
Replies: 13
Views: 10589

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) an...

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