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by Alex Kane
Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

Of course, this puts Alex halfway to pro'ing out. So I'm happy for him, but also hope he sees some good news in Q2 or Q3 before he goes the rest of the way! Not quite. Multiple sources have said that the contest uses the list of SFWA-qualifying markets as the basis for determining eligibility, so a...
by Alex Kane
Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

Just made my second "professional" sale, as defined by the SFWA. Details forthcoming when I've returned the contract. I owe a big thanks to our very own Brad Torgersen, who beta-read the story last summer and provided some invaluable feedback that helped make the piece what it became after...
by Alex Kane
Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Has the line between sci fi and fantasy changed?
Replies: 21
Views: 8926

Re: Has the line between sci fi and fantasy changed?

It's all marketing nomenclature. You just write the best story you can and let the publisher worry about what to call it. I am considered and labeled a science fiction writer, amd have written a total of 4 novels that have been marketed as fantasy -- yet I doubt that I've had 5 serious science-fict...
by Alex Kane
Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

I would say wait and make it a full collection. The more stories you have in it, the higher you can price it, which means fewer copies need to be sold to earn back what you spent on the cover. Okay, thanks for the input. I've got 11 or 12 stories that I'm hoping to include, which add up to more tha...
by Alex Kane
Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

I just LOVE the image, Alex. Did you photoshop/manipulate it yourself? Really liking the image. Wish I was that talented. :-) I bought the image from Danielle Tunstall, who does some insane Photoshop work, mostly horror- and science fiction-inspired. Was an expensive license, but I couldn't resist....
by Alex Kane
Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Are anime style drawings acceptable?
Replies: 4
Views: 4150

Re: Are anime style drawings acceptable?

I can recall a few recent illustrations that I'd call very 'manga' influenced, without being full-out (I'm not very informed on the nuances) ... I'd say they were manga-influenced but not as "cartoony" as most I've usually seen? I'd echo Martin: show range and depth. Manga per se is rathe...
by Alex Kane
Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

Getting closer? (Really appreciate all the feedback, guys!)

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by Alex Kane
Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

Okay, it's down to these two versions, I think:

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Yay or nay on the color?
by Alex Kane
Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Makes a nice thumbnail, Alex. Even if you go back to the old font, I would keep the new font for your name.

At full size, I agree, I like the old font better for the title.

What do you think about the green one?
by Alex Kane
Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

Or . . . ?

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by Alex Kane
Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

Here's take two. Should I switch back to the original font? I like it a tad better, but this one is perhaps more readable in thumbnail format. Tried color, and the only one that looked decent was red, which is a bit too much, I think.

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by Alex Kane
Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

Thanks, everybody. I'm thinking I'll try leaving the background image alone for now and changing all the titles to a soft, standout blue or green, depending on what looks best. And yeah, as much as I love the title font at full resolution, it's probably gotta go. Will play around and upload v2 when ...
by Alex Kane
Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 119373

Re: Cover Workshop

Okay, what should I do with the titles? Obviously they're too dark. Also: Should I keep the "and other stories," and make this a collection, or just have it be a single 6,500-word short story? "In the Arms of Lachiga" was my Q4 2010 Honorable Mention, which went on to sell to Dig...
by Alex Kane
Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

So, I've been jumping up and down all day because my Q4 finalist just got accepted to an SFWA qualifying market! Yay, my second sale! No contracts or edits done yet, so I'll hold off on announcing which venue, but--YAHOOOOO! And now back to your regularly scheduled program. Heck yeah! Congrats, Mar...
by Alex Kane
Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 41507

Re: Chicon 7

I'll be there.
by Alex Kane
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4969
Views: 968711

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Congratulations, Martin, Tina, and Marina! And to everyone else, as well. Bravo! (Anyone else notice how if you take the first three letters of Martin's name, and connect them to the last three of Tina's name, you get Marina? Eerie! There's only one explanation: they must each be a single incarnatio...
by Alex Kane
Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)
Replies: 32
Views: 12089

Re: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)

I agree, it is important that Cmaeron's writes and Scott doesn't. When the film sucks under Comeron, it really is *all* his fault. Scotts just can't tell a good script from a bad one. Give him a good script and you have a decent chance of getting a masterpiece, give him a crap script and you get fi...
by Alex Kane
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)
Replies: 32
Views: 12089

Re: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)

Difference here, I think it's worth noting, is that Scott doesn't write his films; Cameron does. (This is probably Cameron's biggest fault as a filmmaker--he's too proud to hand over the reins to someone more competent, even though his films would be all the better for it if he did. Smart and logica...
by Alex Kane
Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)
Replies: 32
Views: 12089

Re: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)

Don't get me wrong, I like Cameron's Aliens a ton--in fact, it's probably the best film of his career, except for maybe Titanic. (Avatar and Terminator, entertaining as they are, are basically plagiarized cheesy-action popcorn fluff in an expensive, shiny package. I love The Abyss, too, but that fil...
by Alex Kane
Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)
Replies: 32
Views: 12089

Re: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)

OK, my nephew and his friends just asked me a simple question that probably has a complicated answer: is this film a prequel to "Alien"? Or an unofficial prequel? Or...? It is a standalone, self-contained film set in the same universe as the Alien films (but which didn't need to be), with...
by Alex Kane
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: 1,000-word Biopunk/Post-cyberpunk Flash Fiction piece
Replies: 1
Views: 1771

Re: 1,000-word Biopunk/Post-cyberpunk Flash Fiction piece

Got enough critiques forthcoming for this one, guys. Thanks for the quick response!
by Alex Kane
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)
Replies: 32
Views: 12089

Re: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)

Having said that, I've been an Alien (s) fan most of my life, and for me, this movie really delivers. Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Peirce--these are superior actors and in this movie they are all at their best. I think this one is actually a little less scary than Alien wa...
by Alex Kane
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)
Replies: 32
Views: 12089

Re: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)

There's only one truly "gory" part, and you'll know for sure when it's coming. It involves a medical procedure.
by Alex Kane
Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: 1,000-word Biopunk/Post-cyberpunk Flash Fiction piece
Replies: 1
Views: 1771

1,000-word Biopunk/Post-cyberpunk Flash Fiction piece

Anybody want to trade short-shorts? I'll read anything up to 3,000 words or so in exchange for comments on my latest flash fiction piece, "War Dogs." PM or email me, if interested.
by Alex Kane
Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)
Replies: 32
Views: 12089

Re: PROMETHEUS Speculation/Discussion (Potential Spoilers)

Is it any more gory than Aliens? That's probably as "horror" as I get... lol Not in terms of what's going on, but . . . let's just say that it's a lot more realistic. You "feel" this one. Oh, and by the way, I think it was maybe the best SF film I've ever seen. Ridley Scott rein...
by Alex Kane
Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4969
Views: 968711

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I stand by the inkling that they're going to announce the Q1s and Q2 simultaneously... Given the need to hastily deliver all the thousands of entries to Farland following K.D.'s passing, this wouldn't surprise me a bit. And since my Q2 entry is vastly better than my Q1, which has already been form-...
by Alex Kane
Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1170
Views: 221831

Re: Five Minute Rant

Hmmmm....I was promised that winning WOTF would lead to worldwide adulation and fame, as well as my own magazine (a la Brad's Bradalog ). What are all these form rejections doing cluttering my inbox? Oh, and my 2010 finalist, which I love, is about to be trunked. Sigh. And that's nothing compared t...
by Alex Kane
Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

Thanks, Ember! -- and indeed, to everyone who took the time to read it. I'm honored. If it's not too much to ask, I'd love for you to rate the story (on a scale from 1-5 stars), if you get the chance. I imagine that stories that receive a higher number of votes, or a better average rating, are more ...
by Alex Kane
Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:01 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

dantzel wrote:Great story, Alex!

Thanks! wotf007
by Alex Kane
Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

My story "Moonbound" is live over at ThunderDome Magazine.

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