Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

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Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Postby jficke13 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:57 am

Here's a downside to the workshop: Eventually it ends and you have to fly home. Grrr.

I'm going to go through my notes once I settle back into real life and hopefully will be able to parrot some of the wisdom we heard along.

If you ever get a chance to talk to Tim Powers seize it with both hands. That guy is awesome.
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Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:26 am

jficke13 wrote:Here's a downside to the workshop: Eventually it ends and you have to fly home. Grrr.

I'm going to go through my notes once I settle back into real life and hopefully will be able to parrot some of the wisdom we heard along.

If you ever get a chance to talk to Tim Powers seize it with both hands. That guy is awesome.


This is one of those good "I told you so's." : ) Glad you got to spend time with him, Jon! I've chatted with Tim at several conventions, and remember an incredible interview that was done with him at a World Fantasy. His life is as crazy as his novels, and his stories are hilarious to listen to. Charismatic, and filled with a love of life and all its oddities that he culls for story ideas. When you look in his eyes, you really do see worlds spinning there, and know you are sharing a moment with a humble genius.

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Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Postby jficke13 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:17 am

Good morning all,

I'm still kinda getting my feet under me in the real world, and have only just begun trying to record thoughts/impressions/experiences from the conference. I'm going to put some stuff up at my site rather than drop huge walls of text over here, because I think the reading experience will be a little nicer.

Anyway, so the tale of the 24 hour tale is here. https://jonficke.com/2018/04/15/24-hour-story/

And the Reveal is here. https://jonficke.com/2018/04/14/sidneys-illustration-the-reveal/

That's pretty much all I've gotten to thus far.
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Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Postby Wulf Moon » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:12 am

jficke13 wrote:Good morning all,

I'm still kinda getting my feet under me in the real world, and have only just begun trying to record thoughts/impressions/experiences from the conference. I'm going to put some stuff up at my site rather than drop huge walls of text over here, because I think the reading experience will be a little nicer.

Anyway, so the tale of the 24 hour tale is here. https://jonficke.com/2018/04/15/24-hour-story/

And the Reveal is here. https://jonficke.com/2018/04/14/sidneys-illustration-the-reveal/

That's pretty much all I've gotten to thus far.


Thanks, Jon! We look forward to reading your accounts! Nice of you to do this!

Cheers,

~Moon~

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Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Postby vjalrik » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:08 pm

jficke13 wrote:Good morning all,

I'm still kinda getting my feet under me in the real world, and have only just begun trying to record thoughts/impressions/experiences from the conference. I'm going to put some stuff up at my site rather than drop huge walls of text over here, because I think the reading experience will be a little nicer.

Anyway, so the tale of the 24 hour tale is here. https://jonficke.com/2018/04/15/24-hour-story/

And the Reveal is here. https://jonficke.com/2018/04/14/sidneys-illustration-the-reveal/

That's pretty much all I've gotten to thus far.

I enjoyed these - thanks for sharing!
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Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Postby jficke13 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:28 am

Hey all, over the next week or so I'm going to be posting about each of the individual stories. So if you haven't gotten a copy of the book yet, you can get a glimpse of the art and a bit about each story. I won't post every link here, but they'll all be at jonficke.com
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Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Postby jficke13 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:44 pm

Okay, since today was Thursday, these are two relevant pieces of judge wisdom (Abbreviated for the moment):

1. Rob Sawyer said: Write ambitious fiction. Don't try something ambitious, get rejected, then see [thing you don't hold in high esteem] being successful and think to yourself "I'll bring my fiction down because only [unambitious stuff] sells." Aim for Nebula-worthy quality. It's worth it in the long run.

2. Tim Powers said: Make a list of markets. Rank them from best to worst, most prestigious to least, the ones you want to be in most to least. Figure out what the worst market you want to be in is, then draw a line beneath it. Every market below that line, discard. Never submit below your line. Start at the top, sub. If the story's rejected, send it to the next market down... until you hit your line. If you hit your line and it still hasn't sold, retire it. It's not worth putting your name on something of inferior quality simply to get it "published."

Why do I share these?

Because all but 8 people are out for Q1. We're on to Q3. So write ambitious fiction for Q3. AND, re-read your submissions, see if you see a glaring hole, a missed typo, did you get SF critique? Work it in maybe, but then send it to the next market on your list. You have no idea why DF didn't put it in the Finalist pile, and the next market might buy it.

Remember, pro-ing out is a GOOD outcome too. Send it to Clarkesword, Lightspeed, F&SF, and so on.
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Re: Vol. 34 (2018) -- Anthology, Workshop, & Gala

Postby Jeremyteg » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:12 pm

jficke13 wrote: You have no idea why DF didn't put it in the Finalist pile, and the next market might buy it.

Remember, pro-ing out is a GOOD outcome too. Send it to Clarkesword, Lightspeed, F&SF, and so on.


I'll echo this and say that two of my four professional sales in the last year were stories that got HMs. Just because Dave didn't buy it doesn't mean someone else won't!


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