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by s_c_baker
Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10835

Re: Story Titling

Dustin Adams wrote:
preston wrote:"A New Man in Time For Christmas."
Guess what that one's about? wotf011

Feminist subversion of Easter?
by s_c_baker
Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

Specklit, woohoo!

jeeohn wrote:Are they based in the UK? Is this normal? Can I safely assume it made it past the slush pile, at least? The anticipation is killing me!

They're in NYC, owned and operated by Dell Magazines. Good luck!
by s_c_baker
Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 10835

Re: Story Titling

I think titles are supremely important--but I may be biased because I love coming up with them. Like Dustin, I feel like the core of the story should be in the title. A great title should also set the tone and at least hint at the genre for a story before you ever even start to read it. I was also t...
by s_c_baker
Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

Congrats everyone! I myself recently got published on 365Tomorrows and made my first paid sale on Theme of Absence for their November issue! I got a whole 3 dollars for it, which is a pittance--but I'll gladly trade beer for writing. wotf001 Nice work! I remember 365Tomorrows from when I first star...
by s_c_baker
Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2360

Re: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question

Then there's the rejections that come in the 2nd round. You'll get an e-mail that says you've made the 2nd round, so you know someone likes it, even if just a slusher -- then you get a form. Those are rough, I think. Good news, but also bad news, and no news. wotf015 Yeah, Warren seems to use exclu...
by s_c_baker
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

Rebecca Birch wrote:My fantasy short story Beneath the Raven's Wing is live at Fantasy Scroll Magazine today. It received an HM from WotF once upon a time. wotf008

Woohoo! wotf010
by s_c_baker
Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

Today I enjoyed receipt of the Flame Tree anthology Chilling Ghost Short Stories. I have never before held a hardback containing my work. I feel like a proper author. They arranged the stories by author alphabetically. There are classic authors as well as modern. I'm between Nikolai Gogol and Washi...
by s_c_baker
Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

amoskalik wrote:I've two acceptances to report. One to The Mad Scientist Journal and another to Stupefying Stories. I've now broken 3 figures for the year. Woo hoo!

Huzzah! Very nicely done. wotf007
by s_c_baker
Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:42 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2360

Re: Fantastic Stories Rejection Question

Generally speaking at FSI, if you make it past the first reader you will get a notification that you're being passed up to the editor. But (out of 8 submissions) I have received one rejection straight from Warren that said I got past the first reader where I didn't get the bump e-mail. Not sure that...
by s_c_baker
Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 86473

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

Yes -- I lost to myself. (grin)


Ha!
by s_c_baker
Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33
Replies: 676
Views: 86473

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - Volume 33

I think there are too many variables to do any sort of statistical analysis, although I do know of at least one story that was revised from a form rejection into a winner. (My own revisions received either the same score--an HM--or a form rejection.) Depends on what you changed, how effectively you ...
by s_c_baker
Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4954
Views: 947969

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ztfrr8fls

^^^ Not a rick-roll, believe it or not.
by s_c_baker
Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Strange New Worlds is back... with a catch
Replies: 1
Views: 885

Strange New Worlds is back... with a catch

Strange New Worlds is basically an official publishing opportunity for Star Trek fanfiction. I know a few people here have published in it in the past, and will probably be pleased to see it return. But there's a catch, and it's kind of a doozy. http://www.startrekbooks.com/contest_rules The new inc...
by s_c_baker
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Hugo Long List
Replies: 1
Views: 826

Re: The Hugo Long List

That blog post is about a week old, so they're no longer "trying to"--they are. :) The Kickstarter ended up funding with about $8500: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/753351971/long-list-anthology-0/description Not all the novelettes will be included, but there's still quite a lot of s...
by s_c_baker
Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

hlf wrote:Way to own the A&A slush pile, Baker & Birch!

We sound like a gritty crime duo. wotf019
by s_c_baker
Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

Rebecca Birch wrote:Congratulations, Stewart!

I'll also jump on the Abyss & Apex bandwagon, having just had a story accepted there as well. Mine is slated for April 2016, so I won't get to be TOC-mates with Stewart, though, which is a bummer. wotf008

Woohoo! Yay! Waa! wotf010
by s_c_baker
Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

Just sold a story I wrote in 2012 (and that had earned me a form rejection from the contest in 2013 some time) to Abyss & Apex, after 246 days on submission. And it won't publish until next October. That's a long lead time! wotf003
by s_c_baker
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

wotf010
by s_c_baker
Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Wyrm's Gauntlet writing contest
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Wyrm's Gauntlet writing contest

I took part in this writing/reviewing contest last year and enjoyed it quite a bit. Basically, there are four rounds, some of which involve writing a story, and others of which involve writing a review . It's free to sign up, and there are cash prizes for anyone who makes it to the top three places....
by s_c_baker
Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

amoskalik wrote:My second drabble was published Tuesday:
http://specklit.com/blog/2015/09/29/down-time/

Nice one! wotf007
by s_c_baker
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

Good stuff, Dustin!
by s_c_baker
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

izanobu wrote:I hit the USA Today bestseller list just about two weeks ago. That was kind of awesome :)

Woohoo! wotf010
by s_c_baker
Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 2764

Re: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

Starting at the top and working your way down is a great submission strategy, for whatever that's worth. wotf007

Do you know of / use Duotrope or the Submission Grinder? Those are great places to find markets at any pay level.
by s_c_baker
Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:52 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 2764

Re: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

Rarely, and usually only if I personally have come to dislike some aspect of it to the extent that I don't want it out in public with my name attached. I don't often submit to token markets unless I'm familiar with them and think they publish excellent stuff, though. I had a bad experience a few yea...
by s_c_baker
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

An audio version of my story "Behind the First Years" is up today at StarShipSofa, if you're into that sort of thing: http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2015/09/16/starshipsofa-no-402-stewart-c-baker-and-bogi-takacs/
by s_c_baker
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights
Replies: 8
Views: 1859

Re: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights

BCS is pretty amazing too--even if they're not quite Lightspeed! I'd be more than happy to be published in either. wotf007
by s_c_baker
Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights
Replies: 8
Views: 1859

Re: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights

Generally speaking, reprint markets don't pay as much as the high-profile (free to read) places like ClarkesWorld and Lightspeed. So while there's definitely something to be said for submitting with an eye to reprints, I'd avoid doing that to the extent where you cut yourself off from top-tier magaz...
by s_c_baker
Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights
Replies: 8
Views: 1859

Re: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights

The key words there are: Author may terminate the grant of non-exclusive electronic rights and ask the Publisher to remove the Work There's not really much benefit to taking the story down except for reprints--and even then, there are places that will do reprints even if your story is still availabl...
by s_c_baker
Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 3938
Views: 786884

Re: Success!

Congrats, Dustin, Phillip, and Rebecca!

I also have a new piece of flash out: http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v11/n9/full/nphys3483.html

I'm so glad Nature exists. Where else would I ever sell a fictional annotated bibliography?

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