Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby tkunit » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:56 am

LDWriter2 wrote:And since I still am forgetting to come here what podcast?


Started at the end of March. Couldn't find an official link from writersofthefuture.com but here are some links (you can subscribe from wherever you get your podcasts).

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:53 pm

I did major revisions this afternoon. Now for the spit polish. Who knows...maybe I'll go all crazy and turn it in a day early? wotf017

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:28 pm

JVAshley wrote:I did major revisions this afternoon. Now for the spit polish. Who knows...maybe I'll go all crazy and turn it in a day early?


Oh let's not get hasty. Don't want to create false expectations wotf007
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby TimE » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:48 pm

Finished my Q3, waiting on a few crits to smooth out, but will be submitted with a few days to spare. I haven't kept count, but must have entered 8 or 9 consecutive quarters now. This will be my 3rd written specifically for WotF.

Better start thinking about Q4.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:18 am

Henckel wrote:Oh let's not get hasty. Don't want to create false expectations wotf007

“But I spoke hastily. We must not be hasty." - Treebeard, The Two Towers
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby czing » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:22 am

Henckel wrote:In other news... Do you have any Reccomendations. I'm looking for publisher for my novelette. It got HM last year in Q3. It's 15600 words. Sci Fi. It's an unorthodox love story set in amidst a futuristic jailbreak. An has a unique mind bender of an ending. Complex and poetic.

I'm not fussed about being paid. But really really want this published in hard copy.

I've checked submission grinder and then did general google search on submissions, but nothing really fits... Also, I'm not going to waste my time with analogue, asimov, or magazine of f&sf. I mean the story is good, but not that good.

Any sugestions? Otherwise I'll resort to self publishing.... And have the same 11 people buy it as my last self published story (thanks mom)


I agree with Helge. By no means do I consider myself the best writer out there but I always start with high level paying markets first. I admit so far that hasn't netted me a lot of results but my submission count is probably only 20ish total so far so....

At that length you could consider Clarkesworld - they've upped their word count limit to 22K I think and mentioned on Twitter that people aren't really submitting the long pieces yet despite their increased word count limit. I know it is on my radar for one of my stories (assuming it doesn't end up winning this contest).

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:17 am

I used to espouse this same belief: Start at the top and work your way down. We say it because all the experts say it. It is said so much it must be true, right?

From my own experiences, I've found this canon belief isn't true. And I suspect this rule is holding a lot of good writers back from getting good sales and getting published.

It's like telling a novice mountain climber, "Start with Everest and work your way down to the lower elevation mountains." And so the novice takes the advice, finds out he doesn't have the skills to climb Everest yet, and even if he by some miracle gets close, the only trail up is blocked by all the expert climbers. But everyone says this is the way you climb mountains, so that novice is only going to believe he has mastered mountain climbing by climbing Everest.

Meanwhile, someone saw a clear path up a 6K, focused all their efforts on it, and made it to the top. And again. Then climbed their first 14er. Then did a set of 14ers. And built up such a good reputation of successes, people asked if they'd like to join them on more difficult climbs. Maybe that climber never gets to Everest. He doesn't care.

He's cleaning up down below.

What I'm trying to say is that there's another way in. No, not starting at the bottom and working your way up--your writing is better than that, right? Focusing on markets where your skill level is at. I call this going in sideways and working your way up.

I'll do a SUPER SECRET on this soon if you're interested. Deadlines right now, just as they are for you.

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby DoctorJest » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:51 am

One separate thing I would recommend is submitting to markets that give good feedback. Many give just form responses, but some are far more forthcoming and helpful, and as such, very valuable to someone trying to hone their craft. Leading Edge is one such--not swift, for sure, but the couple of times I've submitted there, I've received thorough, excellent feedback.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby jficke13 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:52 pm

Re: What markets to sub to, Tim Powers shared his thoughts on this subject for the Vol 34 crew.

He said, essentially, that the trunk exists for a reason. Write out a list of all the markets you may sub to and rank them #1 on down. When you're done, re-read it and think about where you no longer would be happy to see your name in print, draw a line there. Start at the top and sub your way to the line but never below that line.

His reasoning was simple: He thinks you should set a standard of excellence for your work and not settle with violating that standard just to chase a publication credit. He used the editors' judgment as a litmus test for whether it's worth putting your name on it. Rejected by (your chosen markets)? Maybe it just wasn't good enough, write something new.

Just another perspective.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:20 pm

Thanks everyone for all your comments and diverse advice.
I really appreciate your input wotf009
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:47 pm

Henckel wrote:Thanks everyone for all your comments and diverse advice.
I really appreciate your input wotf009


That was the funny thing at the WotF workshop. Our three instructors--Card, Farland, and Powers--often had completely divergent advice (except for writing in first person. All three asserted it was absolutely the wrong way to write a story. wotf011 ) And then when other pros came in at the end of the week? They countered many things we were taught in the workshop--especially was this the case with Dean Wesley Smith. I said a few words to Dean just before he went up to teach--we're old friends. "Hey, Dean, we've heard the traditional side all week. I'm glad you're here. You ready to blow things up?" He laughed. "That's why I'm here. I love blowing things up."

Dean came at everything from an entirely different angle, being an Indie writer and publisher. It was refreshing, even if you had no plans to go Indie. Dean took an entirely different path, has worked his whole life thinking outside the box, and was just as successful as any other writer in that room.

You listen. You take notes. And you figure out your own path.

In the end, that will be the right path for you.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:51 pm

I completely agree. While there's nothing but good intent behind advice, not all advice is the right fit for all people.

I felt the same way listening to one of the WOTF podcasts. I forget who was being interviewed. Some advice about not overpolishing your stories because they'll just come out looking like just another smooth stone....

Respectfully, many professionals can get away with that. But not new aspiring writers. Unique and innovative is good. But if an editor, agent, publisher sees something risky like that from an unknown author, they won't even read it.
Why? Because they are in the business of making money. And the risk associated with unpolished prose from a well known established author is far less than that of an unknown new author.

Those are my thoughts.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby DaneCurley » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:58 am

First timer. wotf009

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby LittleRed » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:30 am

wotf017 Hmmmm I just replied, agreeing with one of Hencke's points. At first my post appeared and then it disappeared. Was it a glitch or did it get deleted by nefarious thread gnomes?
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:51 am

Henckel wrote:I completely agree. While there's nothing but good intent behind advice, not all advice is the right fit for all people.

I felt the same way listening to one of the WOTF podcasts. I forget who was being interviewed. Some advice about not overpolishing your stories because they'll just come out looking like just another smooth stone....

Respectfully, many professionals can get away with that. But not new aspiring writers. Unique and innovative is good. But if an editor, agent, publisher sees something risky like that from an unknown author, they won't even read it.
Why? Because they are in the business of making money. And the risk associated with unpolished prose from a well known established author is far less than that of an unknown new author.

Those are my thoughts.

When it all comes down to it, no advice is right for everyone. I'm a weird combination of pantser and plotter--how far I lean in either direction depends on the story. The rough draft of my Q3 was absolutely pantsed in a day, although I'd been chewing on aspects of the story in my head for quite a long time. I polished it into something readable, sent it out to critiquers, and talked it over with my husband. Ended up making some semi-heavy edits to a few scenes and rewriting one scene completely because my husband and I figured out a better way to convey the message I wanted and crank the tension up at the same time. Doing my final pass today.

Will I write my next story using the same methods? Probably not. That's okay, though. As long as the end result is good, the production process is allowed (perhaps even expected) to be a bit messy.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby TimE » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:06 am

Henckel wrote:I completely agree. While there's nothing but good intent behind advice, not all advice is the right fit for all people.

I felt the same way listening to one of the WOTF podcasts. I forget who was being interviewed. Some advice about not overpolishing your stories because they'll just come out looking like just another smooth stone....

Respectfully, many professionals can get away with that. But not new aspiring writers. Unique and innovative is good. But if an editor, agent, publisher sees something risky like that from an unknown author, they won't even read it.
Why? Because they are in the business of making money. And the risk associated with unpolished prose from a well known established author is far less than that of an unknown new author.

Those are my thoughts.


I think you said you write humour, Henckel. I've had this discussion with Wulf. You'll see many advise that humour must be edited much more often because it's about wringing every laugh you can. So, not just about being polished writing. I think Wulf referred to an author who does edit a lot (haven't looked back) - and everyone has different methods. But I do get the notion of over-polishing. Listen to every crit you get and you might just edit so much, you end up with something that no one objects to, but loses your own style.
As for the unique and innovative - it's a line you'll hear from a number of people around WotF. It's not about being risky, it's about standing out.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:26 am

And I'm in.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby zeeteebeez » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:46 am

DoctorJest wrote:One separate thing I would recommend is submitting to markets that give good feedback. Many give just form responses, but some are far more forthcoming and helpful, and as such, very valuable to someone trying to hone their craft. Leading Edge is one such--not swift, for sure, but the couple of times I've submitted there, I've received thorough, excellent feedback.


Man, this is huge. After about 5 years of submitting to WOTF on and off, I'm realizing how valuable it is to me to have some extra eyes on it to iron out some wrinkles I hadn't noticed. Beta readers, critique services, magazine submissions that will give good feedback, can all be great resources.

Q3's submission is the first time I've really gotten some feedback before submitting. Hoping to push a little farther than another HM this time!
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby LDWriter2 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:33 pm

tkunit wrote:
LDWriter2 wrote:And since I still am forgetting to come here what podcast?


Started at the end of March. Couldn't find an official link from writersofthefuture.com but here are some links (you can subscribe from wherever you get your podcasts).

https://mytuner-radio.com/podcasts/writ ... 1458235353
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/w ... 1458235353

Thanks I tried to remember if I saw an E-mail about that.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby BrandieJ » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:38 pm

Just submitted!

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:41 pm

BrandieJ wrote:Just submitted!


Good work!!!!! wotf024
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:45 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:And I'm in.


Ya know, just looking at your trajectory (SHMs, SFs, and F) I can't help but to admire your commitment. I suspect your on the cusp of a win.

Best of luck to you this quarter and to everyone.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby DoctorJest » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:57 pm

And, in. Phew. Honestly wasn't sure if I would get this one finished in time, but happy that I did.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:08 am

Henckel wrote:Ya know, just looking at your trajectory (SHMs, SFs, and F) I can't help but to admire your commitment. I suspect your on the cusp of a win.

It's not so much a trajectory as a spatter pattern, if we're being honest. wotf019

Also, I daren't get my hopes up. Even if I make finalist again, the odds are only 3 in 8 of placing. Not bad, but not great either. Better that I try for it but not expect it, because overly high expectations can lead to crushed spirits. The flat rejection I got the quarter after my finalist piece hit me pretty hard--but a modified version of that story was my second sale (currently pending publication). My aim has always been to win or to pro out; either way I'm making progress as a writer, and will hopefully gain the courage to take my next steps on the journey.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby vsutherland01 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:18 pm

I'm in with a fresh story for Q3.
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Henckel » Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:44 pm

Sounds like a solid plan.

I've learned a LOT since my HM last year and put in a lot of effort to making this Qs sub the best it can be....

I'm in a weird transition with my writing. I know what I need to do and I've got a reasonable amount of practice doing it. But I still need practice to master doing all the essential pieces at the same time in the same story.

I don't want to undersell myself or set myself up for disappointment. So my expectations for this sub is (hopefully) something above an HM.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love a win. And I'm shooting for a win. But will be content with an upward trajectory. wotf011
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby JVAshley » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:46 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:It's not so much a trajectory as a spatter pattern, if we're being honest.

wotf019 Love that peony!

Count me in for Q3.
A WHOLE day early, I might add!
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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby LDWriter2 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:04 pm

So I am entered. Hmmm...
Working on turning Lead into Gold.

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:16 pm

Congrats to those that have their Q3s in!

Tick, tock, tick, tock, the ship is about to leave the dock!

Get 'em in before midnight tomorrow. You can do a lot with a day and a half. You can win this contest with a day and a half. wotf001

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Re: Discussion: Q3 Volume 36

Postby tkunit » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:24 pm

Going to sleep on mine tonight and read it through one more time before sending it off tomorrow.

Congratulations to all those that submitted; the hardest part is done.
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