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by YM Pang
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807537

Re: Success!

Congrats Michael, KD, Ishamael, Aaron, and all you lovely people with recent acceptances! Remember, just because a story received a rejection at one market doesn't mean it won't make it at another market. If anyone's interested, here's the Amazon link to THE RAZOR'S EDGE where I have a story: https:...
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: 203

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: 2510
Views: 464206

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: 445

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: 342

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: 2510
Views: 464206

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: 342

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: 147
Views: 8627

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: 243
Views: 7172

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: 1170
Views: 221808

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: 4006
Views: 807537

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: 337

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
Tue May 15, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19469

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

jficke13 wrote:Sidenote: Take past winners restaurant suggestions with a grain of salt. I'm pretty sure they sent us to one as a joke ;)

I sense a story. Tell, tell!
by YM Pang
Fri May 11, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19469

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congrats, Sataris! wotf010 Just make sure you keep silent about the details of your story... You still have a chance at the grand prize!
by YM Pang
Thu May 10, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Acceptable level of violence for contest entry?
Replies: 6
Views: 445

Re: Acceptable level of violence for contest entry?

I think violence should be fine, so long as you're not going into paragraphs and paragraphs of gory detail. What always worried me were the requirements around profanity. I actually stripped all the profanity out of my Q2 (and thought it weakened the story) but what I read later suggested that I mig...
by YM Pang
Thu May 10, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19469

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congratulations, Preston! What an incredible journey it's been for you. wotf010 This is only the start, of course. Keep writing, keep submitting! My silver honorable had a bit of a literary bent to it - though in hindsight, I probably put too much focus on the language (at the expense of plot in par...
by YM Pang
Thu May 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221808

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 10:10 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19469

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Volume 32 I think was the opposite, with most of the stories being science fiction. It sure felt that way while reading it. But when I went back I counted, I think it's just 7 sci-fi to 6 fantasy. (Would be 7:5 without KD's PF.) What’s your writing style? ease of readability, lyrical, or academic? ...
by YM Pang
Tue May 08, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221808

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: 1170
Views: 221808

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: 1170
Views: 221808

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: 1170
Views: 221808

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: 4006
Views: 807537

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: 1170
Views: 221808

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: 353

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 7:16 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19469

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I've sold an HM. So, yeah, keep sending those stories out. I feel the decision to "trunk" a story shouldn't depend on how many HMs or personal rejections it got. Only trunk a story once you yourself no longer wish to publish it. There are writers who got 20 rejections for a story but ended...
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: 2141

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
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19469

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

Congratulations, Preston. There's no one who deserves it more. I hope you win, and if you do I hope you have a fantastic experience at the workshop. I do wish Joni had been honest with you about the circumstances, regardless of what they were... Anyway, the stories are very close at the top, and you...
by YM Pang
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35
Replies: 402
Views: 19469

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 35

I wouldn't personally worry too much about a late reply. For one of the 2017 quarters, the portal closed on the last day and I dashed off in a panic to the post office. Mailed it the old-fashioned way. It took a while to hear back, but I ended up getting an HM. The reply will come. Don't panic. (Tho...
by YM Pang
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"
Replies: 15
Views: 658

Re: Tim Power's "Power Reading List"

It's a good list for a history of SF/F. But as some others have expressed, it's not necessarily representative if what's getting published today. I'd like to check out some of the fantasy books, though my own SF knowledge is so lacking that I should probably brush up on modern stuff first. I would a...

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