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by YM Pang
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: In Need of a Story Critique for Q2
Replies: 3
Views: 1886

Re: In Need of a Story Critique for Q2

I can do a general critique, though not a detailed one for 17K. Will PM you.
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2876
Views: 577078

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the forums, Shannon!

Good luck, and don't stress about that first entry too much. :)
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest
Replies: 7
Views: 1815

Re: History of LGBTQ+ Characters in the Contest

You might want to read the "WoTF:Issues and Concerns" thread in the Kitchen Sink. In short: The contest could do better, and there have been issues with this in the past (though not due to Dave or the previous coordinating judge). I don't know if things have changed. That being said: I wou...
by YM Pang
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 2665

Re: Held for consideration

I don't think there's anything wrong with an inquiry when it's past the deadline they gave to you. As long as you're polite and not pushy about it!
by YM Pang
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2876
Views: 577078

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to the forums, Lorenzo! I, too, started submitting to the contest when I was in high school. Ten years have passed since then. My advice: Write a lot of stories. Research your markets, but don't self-reject. Submit widely. I'm always willing to help (time permitting, of course) if you need c...
by YM Pang
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Held for consideration
Replies: 7
Views: 2665

Re: Held for consideration

I wouldn't reply. I know it's not technically a rejection letter, but replying creates the exact same problem: clutters up the editor's already busy inbox. :)
by YM Pang
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 22369

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

I've already submitted my Q3 (really don't think it's a "Dave" story, but my results so far seem independent of my self-evaluations). But I'd be happy to look over your story. PM me. I do have a ~300-word story of my own if you want to do a swap, but you don't have to feel obligated to rea...
by YM Pang
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35
Replies: 311
Views: 34327

Re: Discussion: Q4 Volume 35

This is our last chance to write an epic, winning story and hang out with Preston in LA!

Hey, this is misleading! Not our last chance to do most of this. Just the bold part.

But let's face it: Winning the contest? wotf017 Hanging out with Preston? wotf026 wotf024 wotf019
by YM Pang
Thu May 31, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 268897

Re: Five Minute Rant

For F&SF, there's no correlation between getting a personal comment and getting closer to an acceptance. I once received a personal comment that indicated Charlie had dropped my story on the second line! (He was simply kind enough to explain in great detail exactly why those two lines didn't wor...
by YM Pang
Tue May 29, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 985238

Re: Success!

The Razor's Edge will be released earlier than expected: June 15th. My story "Final Flight of the PhoenixWing" will be the last story in the anthology. Pre-orders here: https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc (For those outside the US, the anthology will be available through A...
by YM Pang
Tue May 29, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format
Replies: 7
Views: 2566

Re: Cover Letters v Standard Manuscript Format

I tend to save my files as RTFs (unless the market specifically requests other formats) to cut out the file information.

Echoing everyone else's thoughts: Standard Manuscript Format means with contact info unless the guidelines say otherwise.
by YM Pang
Thu May 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 268897

Re: Five Minute Rant

Cold/Warm/Hot would be nice. But that's basically tiered form rejections, which a lot of places already have. I personally find it helpful to know if Story X was held for six months because it made it all the way to the chief editor, or if someone just opened the file, forgot to reject it, and reali...
by YM Pang
Tue May 08, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 268897

Re: Five Minute Rant

Now, taking the crazy idea seriously for a second... I personally would like it 'cause some feedback feels more rewarding than none. But I don't know if it'll work on a grand scale. Even putting aside the logistical nightmares, it could lead to widespread self-rejection ("This editor said 'cold...
by YM Pang
Wed May 02, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 268897

Re: Five Minute Rant

Should not have grumbled about 8 rejections in 5 days. Writing gods aren't happy. It's now become 12 rejections in 7 days.
by YM Pang
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 268897

Re: Five Minute Rant

During the move over the last three weeks I got 4 rejections from various places and then the HM. The honorable mention is the only thing keeping me going at this point, honestly. Some days I feel like I can do this if I just keep working, and some days... well, you know. My computer (and all the o...
by YM Pang
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 268897

Re: Five Minute Rant

@Sataris Ouch. That really sucks. I did have an experience that could be considered "Rewrite request that didn't entirely go to plan," but in the end it did result in an acceptance. To do that work and just a rejection... ouch! @LDWriter2 Any chance you could change your word processing so...
by YM Pang
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 985238

Re: Success!

Congrats, Ishmael! I heard crime is a pretty tough market to crack, so yay you! I'm gonna end up posting both here and in Five Minute Rant today, because it's been that kind of day. I've sold a story to Escape Pod; happened a while ago but I wanted to wait until contracts were signed before saying a...
by YM Pang
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1175
Views: 268897

Re: Five Minute Rant

I've gotten three form rejections today (one for a story "Held for further consideration") and the day isn't even over. Grumble, grumble. Normally rejections don't bother me (or rather, they bother me less than many other writerly annoyances), but it's nicer when they don't come in a big b...
by YM Pang
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Anyone submitting to UFO?
Replies: 5
Views: 2421

Re: Anyone submitting to UFO?

That's awesome, Preston. Do give it another shot!

I had a story I started writing last year, and I've been eying UFO as its destination the entire time. But the final draft... ended up too long. So I'm editing one of my shorter stories.
by YM Pang
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 25
Views: 5615

Re: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35

Now, back to the actual thread topic: I got an HM. *sigh*
by YM Pang
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 24087

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

Dustin Adams wrote:Opened my story this morning to check a certain line and found a typo. I know one typo isn't a deal breaker, but damn, it was right there waiting for me. Oh well, less twitching is good, right?

Lol, I brought mine to a writing group. And found at least five typos! wotf001
by YM Pang
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2876
Views: 577078

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome!

The eight finalists in every quarter get notified with a phone call. Everyone else gets notified via email.

The only people who receive critique are the semifinalists. This also bars you from re-entering that story, since getting personal critique from Dave is kinda an unfair advantage.
by YM Pang
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 985238

Re: Success!

Fantastic sale, Michelle! Congratulations! I have a new flash story, "Phoenix, Fallen," out in the brand new magazine Factor Four. Excited to be in the inaugural edition, along with several other Writers of the Future-type folks! Thanks, Rebecca! And congratz! Something I'll be reading th...
by YM Pang
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 1 Writers and illustrators of the Future Vol 35
Replies: 25
Views: 5615

Re: Quarter 1 Writers of the Future Vol 35

Emailed Joni last second on Dec 31st. She said I'm in, so I'm in.
by YM Pang
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Contest Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 13445

Re: Contest Questions

1. It's Pacific Time. In Q1 the portal closed and I emailed Joni with my entry after it was past midnight in Eastern Time. She accepted it. I felt like a jerk and wouldn't recommend doing what I did, but Pacific Time is the cut-off. 2. Not sure. But I assume with electronic subs, it's a little less ...
by YM Pang
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2876
Views: 577078

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome Katie and Phoenix!

I would second what Jeremy said: Best to keep details about your story (title, plot points, ect.) secret, or at least off these particular forums where judges might look. It's a small chance, but breaking anonymity could result in disqualification.
by YM Pang
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)
Replies: 149
Views: 22369

Re: Four in Thirty-Five (4 in 35!)

Two down. If barely.
by YM Pang
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4179
Views: 985238

Re: Success!

Thanks! Feels pretty crazy, in the best sense of the word.
by YM Pang
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Quarterly Results
Topic: Quarter 2, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 35
Replies: 11
Views: 3183

Re: Quarter 2, Writers & Illustrators of the Future, Vol 35

Submitted March 30th (WotF time)
by YM Pang
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35
Replies: 194
Views: 24087

Re: Discussion - Q2 - Volume 35

I'm... in... Not sure how switching the story last minute will affect me, but I'm in.

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