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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby WriteToLive » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:35 am

gower21 wrote:I did get a personal rejections that was pretty extensive on a story. It had comments from all the editors and had made it to the top round of considerations, but they didn't like the ending I think is what it comes down to. This was the second market I sent it too and this is the second personal rejection. It seems it is a very interesting concept, but I need to rethink the direction I choose to lead to the ending.


I'd keep submitting it without changes. If you got two good personals, the story is good, just not the right taste for them. Just like my piece at Universe right now. Too dark for their taste.
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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby gower21 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:45 am

WriteToLive wrote:
gower21 wrote:I did get a personal rejections that was pretty extensive on a story. It had comments from all the editors and had made it to the top round of considerations, but they didn't like the ending I think is what it comes down to. This was the second market I sent it too and this is the second personal rejection. It seems it is a very interesting concept, but I need to rethink the direction I choose to lead to the ending.


I'd keep submitting it without changes. If you got two good personals, the story is good, just not the right taste for them. Just like my piece at Universe right now. Too dark for their taste.



In this particular instance I agree with the analysis and I'm thinking of ways to make the ending more active. Making the ending more active will make the story better and character more interesting.

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Postby george nik. » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:20 am

Just made it to the second round of Penumbra again, so that's 2 out of 3 there. Hope I'm more successful this time. It seems like a lot of us are becoming Penumbra second-round regulars, it will be nice to have an issue with a few forumites in it!

On another story, which I'm not posting on Success thread as it's not fiction related, a German literary review is dedicating an issue to modern Greek poetry, and they want to include me as one of the five featured Greek poets AND write an article on contemporary Greek poetry for them -- so, I'm an internationally recognized poet now...
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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby morshana » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:23 am

george nik. wrote:Just made it to the second round of Penumbra again, so that's 2 out of 3 there. Hope I'm more successful this time. It seems like a lot of us are becoming Penumbra second-round regulars, it will be nice to have an issue with a few forumites in it!

On another story, which I'm not posting on Success thread as it's not fiction related, a German literary review is dedicating an issue to modern Greek poetry, and they want to include me as one of the five featured Greek poets AND write an article on contemporary Greek poetry for them -- so, I'm an internationally recognized poet now...


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Postby E.CaimanSands » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:14 am

"P.S. Well-written but too dark for what we're putting together."

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Postby WriteToLive » Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:05 pm

A personal rejection today from AE. Duff said my story was good, but once you strip away all the style, there's not much there for him to buy it. The good part: he's "sure another editor will see it differently."
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Postby austinDm » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:58 pm

WriteToLive wrote:A personal rejection today from AE. Duff said my story was good, but once you strip away all the style, there's not much there for him to buy it. The good part: he's "sure another editor will see it differently."


Since AE doesn't take many writers outside of Canada, I'd say a personal rejection from them is pretty good.

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Postby WriteToLive » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:29 pm

That's why I waited a while before submitting there again. Still, it was like a rejection pep talk.
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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby austinDm » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:23 pm

I got to the second round at ASIM. This was my first time submitting there, mainly because I don't write much that can be considered humorous. Off to duotrope. Who wants my tongue-in-cheek fractured fairy tale?

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Postby AMcCarter » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:29 pm

austinDm wrote:I got to the second round at ASIM. This was my first time submitting there, mainly because I don't write much that can be considered humorous. Off to duotrope. Who wants my tongue-in-cheek fractured fairy tale?


Fantasy and Science Fiction if you haven't already. GVG likes that stuff.
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Postby austinDm » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:33 pm

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austinDm wrote:I got to the second round at ASIM. This was my first time submitting there, mainly because I don't write much that can be considered humorous. Off to duotrope. Who wants my tongue-in-cheek fractured fairy tale?


Fantasy and Science Fiction if you haven't already. GVG likes that stuff.


Did I mention it's flash? As far as I know, the big three don't really take flash (though feel free to prove me wrong).

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Postby AMcCarter » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:35 pm

Analog has a section for flash pieces. Ask Alastair Mayer if he ever deigns to drop by again. His first couple of sales were short pieces to Analog. F&SF does take flash. Don't forget to research your markets:

https://duotrope.com/market_28.aspx
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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby austinDm » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:54 pm

Okay, I stand corrected. My comment was mainly based off my experience that while Asimov's doesn't list a floor for word counts, no issue that I've read has included a story as short as 1,000 words. (The difference between official guidelines and unofficial preferences.) Now that you mention it, though, I remember reading a flash-length story in F&SF, so this might be worth a shot. Thanks, Amanda!

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Postby LDWriter2 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:36 pm

austinDm wrote:Okay, I stand corrected. My comment was mainly based off my experience that while Asimov's doesn't list a floor for word counts, no issue that I've read has included a story as short as 1,000 words. (The difference between official guidelines and unofficial preferences.) Now that you mention it, though, I remember reading a flash-length story in F&SF, so this might be worth a shot. Thanks, Amanda!



I didn't notice but have you tried Flash Fiction Online? I believe they pay pro rates for flash. Hard to get in though--obviously some make it or they wouldn't have a magazine--with different guidelines.


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Postby austinDm » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:01 am

LDWriter2 wrote:
austinDm wrote:Okay, I stand corrected. My comment was mainly based off my experience that while Asimov's doesn't list a floor for word counts, no issue that I've read has included a story as short as 1,000 words. (The difference between official guidelines and unofficial preferences.) Now that you mention it, though, I remember reading a flash-length story in F&SF, so this might be worth a shot. Thanks, Amanda!



I didn't notice but have you tried Flash Fiction Online? I believe they pay pro rates for flash. Hard to get in though--obviously some make it or they wouldn't have a magazine--with different guidelines.


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Yeah, this one's been there and back as well. I got an "almost but not quite" from FFO once (different story), and think it would be a great market to get into, so I send pretty much every flash I write there. Now that they're only publishing two stories a month instead of three, breaking in is even harder.

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Postby AMcCarter » Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:27 am

Daily Science Fiction loves flash pieces. And yes, they do take fantasy as well. You can also try Fantasy magazine and Clarkesworld.
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Postby LDWriter2 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:44 pm

And I have recently found a couple more that takes flash.

Crowded Magazine

Rats, there was another one but I can't find it right now.

Came back to add.

Crossed Genres takes stories down to 1,000 words I believe.

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Postby austinDm » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:42 pm

Thanks for all the advice! I thought for sure that DSF had already seen it (I send almost all of my speculative flash there first), but I just checked my records and they haven't wotf003 Since I just got a rejection that "almost made [their] second round" I'd like to keep my exposure up there, and this would be a great way to do it. I think we have a winner!

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Postby ThomasKCarpenter » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:11 pm

Got a nice personal from LORE. This story has made it to the final selection at a number of magazines. Oh well, I'll keep plugging. In addition, I *almost* had twenty stories out at once, but I have a couple of stories that had no place to go. So close! wotf011
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Postby LDWriter2 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:21 pm

ThomasKCarpenter wrote:Got a nice personal from LORE. This story has made it to the final selection at a number of magazines. Oh well, I'll keep plugging. In addition, I *almost* had twenty stories out at once, but I have a couple of stories that had no place to go. So close! wotf011



Been a long time since I had a 20 out at once. But a nice "way to go" on both almosts wotf007

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Postby Kary English » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:44 am

Ok, now that I've slept on it, I guess i do feel the tiniest smidgen of disappointment. There is, however, a method to my madness.

We all know the anthologies are sci-fi heavy, right? And we know that 'balance' is one of the things considered when selecting the pubbed finalist, ergo a fantasy story would be the logical choice to round out the anthology. Especially a fantasy story that's on the shorter side of things.

The waiting will suck, but I can always withdraw the story if I change my mind. For now, though, I'm setting my cap for pubbed finalist. It would be kinda cool to be pubbed finalist in Vol. 29, only to turn around and win in Vol 30. and thus get in twice. Not like I'm being greedy or anything... wotf013
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Postby katsincommand » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:12 am

LOL Dream big, Kary. Always dream big. :D
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Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:59 am

Non-winning finalist is the epitome of mixed feelings.

I second (or third) the others when they say we'll be seeing your name up top again.

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Postby morshana » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:32 am

I agree, Dustin. And the same goes for you!
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Postby dantzel » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:18 pm

Received my 25th rejection yesterday. In 8 months and 8 stories, I've received 2 personal rejections and a second-round email. I think I'm okay with this - in a sense - but you know, it wouldn't hurt to hear better news.

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Postby katsincommand » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:51 pm

dantzel wrote:Received my 25th rejection yesterday. In 8 months and 8 stories, I've received 2 personal rejections and a second-round email. I think I'm okay with this - in a sense - but you know, it wouldn't hurt to hear better news.

... onward.


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Postby E.CaimanSands » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:56 pm

katsincommand wrote:
dantzel wrote:Received my 25th rejection yesterday. In 8 months and 8 stories, I've received 2 personal rejections and a second-round email. I think I'm okay with this - in a sense - but you know, it wouldn't hurt to hear better news.

... onward.


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Postby dantzel » Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:02 pm

Eep! Nice gator... pretty gator... here, take this salmon, I didn't want it anyway.
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Postby LDWriter2 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:58 pm

dantzel wrote:Received my 25th rejection yesterday. In 8 months and 8 stories, I've received 2 personal rejections and a second-round email. I think I'm okay with this - in a sense - but you know, it wouldn't hurt to hear better news.

... onward.



So far you're not doing too badly. So keep it up, looks like yours will come sooner than a lot of writers.


And I agree. Better News would be...better. wotf007
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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby E.CaimanSands » Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:44 am

dantzel wrote:Eep! Nice gator... pretty gator... here, take this salmon, I didn't want it anyway.


Yum! wotf006
*Gulp*

Buuuuuurp.

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