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Re: Success!

Postby michaeljwyantjr » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:53 am

amoskalik wrote:I just got an acceptance from Nature!


Congratulations!

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Re: Success!

Postby morganb » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:54 am

amoskalik wrote:I just got an acceptance from Nature!


Woot! Nice going! Is it your first acceptance? Someday I hope to know what that feels like. Until then, I'm living vicariously through you guys.


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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:40 am

amoskalik wrote:I just got an acceptance from Nature!


Hoo-rah! wotf009
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Re: Success!

Postby amoskalik » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:42 am

morganb wrote:
Woot! Nice going! Is it your first acceptance? Someday I hope to know what that feels like. Until then, I'm living vicariously through you guys.


~Morgan


Thanks everybody! This is my second acceptance at Nature. Those are my only two pro-level sales. I find getting sales for flash to be easier than my longer pieces, but that may be because:

1. I've written more flash pieces because they are quicker to produce
2. There are more places to submit them to
3. The turn around time from the various venues for flash is faster, therefore I have more total submissions for flashes than for shorts

If you don't write flash pieces already, I recommend it, if for no other reason than to get those first few creds. That's not to say writing flash is easy. I find it increasingly hard lately, because my mind seems to be chasing bigger ideas and more fleshed out characters.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:57 am

Ishmael wrote:wotf013

And I've actually sold another story but I can't say where as yet.


Which is that my story 'Conspiracy of Silence' will be appearing in 'More Alternative Truths' due out on 11/11.

Sometime in 2015, just after I'd sold 'The Old Man on the Green' to T Gene Davis, a reader actually enquired when I would be producing another story about retired Oxford University Professor Michael Bishop, who'd discovered weird goings-on in a quiet English village. Well, Michael Bishop fan(s) the long wait is almost over. Professor Bishop is about to ride again!

In the next enthralling episode... the dark underbelly of village politics! What lurks beneath the placid surface of the parish council?

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Re: Success!

Postby amoskalik » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:38 am

Ishmael wrote:
Ishmael wrote:wotf013

And I've actually sold another story but I can't say where as yet.


Which is that my story 'Conspiracy of Silence' will be appearing in 'More Alternative Truths' due out on 11/11.

Sometime in 2015, just after I'd sold 'The Old Man on the Green' to T Gene Davis, a reader actually enquired when I would be producing another story about retired Oxford University Professor Michael Bishop, who'd discovered weird goings-on in a quiet English village. Well, Michael Bishop fan(s) the long wait is almost over. Professor Bishop is about to ride again!

In the next enthralling episode... the dark underbelly of village politics! What lurks beneath the placid surface of the parish council?

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I remember Professor Bishop. I look forward to reading it. Will it be online?
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:05 am

I don't think so. Details are sketchy at present but I got the proofs this a.m. so all should be known soon.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:07 am

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And Now! Available for preorder at an Amazon page near you!

Containing not only my story mentioned above but also the sonnet mentioned earlier. Hey! For the first time ever, I'm in the same anthology twice!

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Re: Success!

Postby Dr.Bob » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:22 pm

That is marvelous news, Ishmael and amoskalik. Mazel tov!

This has been a transitional year for me, in regard to life and work, and much of it has been engrossed in a project I hope to share with everyone in the next 48 hours since it involves a number of our fellow WOTFers.

Meanwhile, I'll share that my very first Writers of the Future contest Finalist story has just been reprinted in:
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https://www.amazon.com/More-Human-than-Androids-Manufactured/dp/1597809144/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=&dpID=510R-uCGf1L&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=detail
...and I'm thrilled to, at last, have a story accepted by Neil; and to have my little tale (okay, not so little at 11,000 words) appear among the likes of Elizabeth Bear, Ken Liu, Charles Stross, Rachel Swirsky, Ian MacDonald, Catherynne M. Valente, Alistair Reynolds, Cory Doctorow, Lavie Tidhar, and some (super-talented) bloke named Martin L. Shoemaker, and others.

This book may be the first collection I'm in to actually land on bookstore shelves, and resulted in my first mention (don't blink, you'll miss it) on Publisher's Weekly:https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/reviews/single/978-1-59780-914-6

..and even made one reviewer's top seven favorites (out of the twenty-seven tales in this mega-volume):

AND THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR THY POSSESSION by Robert B. Finegold M.D.

This novella is built on the premise of an alternate post-WWII world, and a New Europe; it is a very intriguing world. Rabbi Albert Makal and Officer Danel make a compelling pair. Danel is an automaton and I loved how he evaluated his status in the universe with faultless logic. This is a very well-written story, in spite of the haphazard French, which I hope will be corrected upon final editing. I really liked this one.
--Monique Daouest, FreshFiction.com
http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=64063

My luck to be reviewed by a Master of Linquistics fluent in French. wotf002 wotf008
I knew I should have studied harder those five years in French class - over forty years ago.

So while no new stories of mine have been (as yet) accepted this year (a year mostly dedicated to editing, as I hope to soon share with everyone), I cannot say it has been a "terrible" one for me as an author.

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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:14 am

Wow! That's an impressive anthology in which to appear, Bob! Well done! wotf010
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Re: Success!

Postby amoskalik » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:59 am

Well done indeed. Congrats.
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Re: Success!

Postby Dr.Bob » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:40 am

My thanks, Ishmael and amoskalik.
But now for something else, as Ishmael knows ...and I see has already mentioned back on SEP 1st.

I'd emailed the Administration on if I could and where I could share the following announcement, since it is the result of Writers of the Future contest (and this forum) for bringing together and inspiring so many new authors, and this project is both by and for our literary virtuoso community and the larger audience of readers we hope to reach.

But I, unfortunately, did not receive an answer as yet; and I assume that this "Success!" thread, at least, would be an appropriate place to share. We, your fellows, would welcome all here to "pass it on" and "pay it forward." So here goes (next post).

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Re: Success!

Postby Dr.Bob » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:04 am

Join us for LAUNCH!
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And bring your friends. wotf007 :)
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289036825/3rd-and-starlight

I'm pleased to share the launch of our Kickstarter to support the production of 3RD AND STARLIGHT, an anthology of 14 tales by 16 rising new stars in science fiction and fantasy. With 15 interior illustrations and amazing cover art, this is a stunning collection I believe you'll long enjoy.

Please consider supporting us, and spreading the word.

"Delicious and exotic creations by some of the best new writers in the speculative fiction field.”
– William Ledbetter, 2016 Nebula award-winning author of “The Long Fall Up.”

"Every piece has its own delights!”
– J. Kathleen Cheney, Locus award-winning author of “The Golden City.”

"Vibrant new voices. Remember these names!”
– Martin L. Shoemaker, WSFA award-winning author of “Today I Am Paul.”

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Okay, now a little about the particular relevance of our project to our fellow WOTFers.

This year it has been my turn to carry the torch to showcase stories by our fellow Writers of the Future Forum members in this new anthology,which is the third to-date. The annual STARLIGHT ANTHOLOGIES collect stories by authors who have been winners, finalists, and semi-finalists in the contest and subsequently also joined the Future Finalists Forum (http://www.futurefinalists.com) to offer critiques, share successes and failures, and provide mutual support. L Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest, and its (this) illustrious Forum, is where the majority of our authors first met and formed friendships, some of which inspired collaborations that earned professional publication in markets like OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show and Mike Resnick's and Shahid Mahmud's Galaxy's Edge Magazine. Two such collaborations are reprinted (as slightly revised "directors' cuts" in 3RD AND STARLIGHT

This year's collection collects both original tales and revised and edited reprints, including a sampling of WOTF Finalist stories that may be of particular interest to our fellow WOTF forum members interested in assessing the kinds of stories that made that longed-for "final eight."

All our contributors, and ye humble editor, have inexpressible gratitude (although I'm giving it a shot here) to the Writers of the Future contest, and its judges and staff, for bringing us together and challenging us to grow as writers. We were pleased that Writers of the Future, and Joni and Dave graciously consented to our including an acknowledgment to them all in the book. Although I must be clear that THE STARLIGHT ANTHOLOGIES are not associated with or endorsed by Writers of the Future or Galaxy Press, Inc. Without them, however, we (all of us here) would never have met, our book never made. Credit, therefore, where credit is do.

I hope you will check out our Kickstarter, see many names you recognize, and the wonderful samples of the interior illustrations, and consider supporting the project and sharing the link with those who may like some great reads by new voices as well.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob
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Re: Success!

Postby jficke13 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:35 pm

My story "The Final Sundering of Hellas" will be in the forthcoming anthology "Tales of Ruma" (early 2018). The anthology is the tie-in fiction associated with a tabletop RPG, Ruma: Dawn of Empire, which was funded on Kickstarter. The premise of the game world is that in the post-Hellenic Mediterranean, Helene magi managed to open a gate to Hel (as one does) and ushered in the downfall of their empire (classic Helene magi, really) and gave rise to the Ruman (Roman) Empire.

My story pitch is:

Pausanias is one of the somatophylakes, an elite bodyguard-general for his king. The last of the Helenes have barricaded themselves behind the walls of their only city yet to fall to the forces of Hel. Though loyal to his king, a mysterious woman give him a command he cannot disobey: kill the king or your family dies. With almost every option leading to the grave, Pausanias must chart a delicate course if he wants to escape with his, and his family's, life.
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Re: Success!

Postby Dr.Bob » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:25 am

TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC - Editing a SF and Fantasy Anthology (the Interview)

Read it here: https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/a-trip-to-3rd-and-starlight-interview-with-the-editor/

What fun! My first interview in an ezine. :)

Chief Editor Fran Eisemann of Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores takes the pencil from behind her ear and stares me into a chair to answer questions about my first foray into indie editing and publishing with 3RD AND STARLIGHT. Dark room, bare bulb hanging from the ceiling, something unseen sniggering wickedly in the corner . . . I take a few moments to reflect.

KICKSTARTER UPDATE DAY 1 - 3RD AND STARLIGHT: 24% FUNDED!

I understood from the start the odds for success are very low, and we've a long way to go. Still, not a bad first day.
We appreciate the support and spreading the word.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289036825/3rd-and-starlight?ref=creator_nav

Respectfully,
Bob
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Re: Success!

Postby Dr.Bob » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:59 pm

3RD AND STARLIGHT DAY 5 - 34%!
We're over 1/3 the way toward our goal in 5 days!

We raise our prosthetic fingers (the index-pointer one, to be clear) and our flagons of cider and ale - and a few of motor oil - and shout our thanks and approbations! While there lie many hazards still ahead (none worse than the beast Apathy), with your help, we’ll carry and “Share” knowledge of our Company and seek more to band with us so that we all may reach our Goal and equally share in the treasure. Please continue to help us spread The Word!

But, now, come. We’ve reserved seats for you by the hearth, and the best of our wine, mead, and lubricants. Sit and I’ll introduce you to the first of your new friends, Rebecca Birch (well, many of us have been joyful to have known Rebecca, a twice WOTF Finalist for many yeats), and her weekend gift to you.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289036825/3rd-and-starlight/posts/2048580

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Re: Success!

Postby Dr.Bob » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:30 am

One week in with this crowd-funding experience with 3RD AND STARLIGHT, and it is very interesting.
For a bunch of relatively unknown authors, albeit all WOTF winning graduates or aspirants, to receive close to $1K in backer support (38% of our goal) in one week, is "Success!"

And I've been humbled by the "established" authors and editors who've help promote and even donated to the project (more on these in DEC during the last week push). What an amazing community is this one of authors, editors, and artists! After decades of practicing medicine and dealing with the competition between hospitals, insurance companies, and even fellow physicians, I cannot express how truly great our creative community is. wotf009

Anyway, new author mini-interview with our own K. L. Schwengel: STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289036825/3rd-and-starlight/posts/2048902
And a free add-on gift to our 3RD AND STARLIGHT print edition supporters by cover artist Lou Harper: LOOK AT THE PRETTY BIRDIE! >GAWP!<
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289036825/3rd-and-starlight/posts/2050989

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Truly, what an experience this project has been and continues to be.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob
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