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Re: Success!

Postby katsincommand » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:51 pm

Congrats Alex :D
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Re: Success!

Postby Alex Kane » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:50 pm

Thanks, guys. :)
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Re: Success!

Postby A.R.Williams » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:56 pm

Congrats, Alex! Good job on the acceptance :)

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Re: Success!

Postby soulmirror » Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:06 am

Success ... and Scares! Congratulations!
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Re: Success!

Postby Alex Kane » Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:56 pm

Thanks, Aaron and soulmirror.

Hopefully it'll scare somebody. :)
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Re: Success!

Postby greggarious » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:44 pm

Congratulations to all for the success you are reporting.
The editor at the british website The Night Land, Andy Robertson, is working over my story Heaven Sent, and has agreed to buy it. My break-in sale. The check is not deposited and cleared yet, but I'm celebrating anyway--not by buying anything, but just emotionally and by sharing it with you all here.
And I'm eager to fire other stories off to other editors. I'm just scared I'll sell a couple more and disqualify myself. But probably not before the end of this quarter's deadline...

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Re: Success!

Postby izanobu » Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:11 pm

Woohoo, Greg. Remember... you don't DQ until you have four professional rate sales (some argue that they have to be literally SFWA qualifying market sales, I'm not sure on that one) and all are published (or a novel sale that's published etc...). So until the stories all appear in print, you're good to go.

I made another semi-pro sale myself. The story is only very loosely spec fic (it could all be explained with drugs), but hey, two sales in just about one month? I can live with that. I'm getting spoiled... :P

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Re: Success!

Postby MJNL » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:09 pm

Woo-hoo! Congrats you guys! Break-in sales and multi-month sales, all very special stuff. Definitely reason to celebrate :) How are those novels coming, Izanobu?
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Re: Success!

Postby izanobu » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:18 pm

Wha? novels? Oh... um... friday. done by friday. Well, one will be. Then I have to take a break and write something for Q4...

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Re: Success!

Postby ThomasKCarpenter » Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:21 pm

Don't forget the query and synopsis!

*cracks whip*

:)
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Re: Success!

Postby A.R.Williams » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:48 am

Congrats on that first sale Greggarious! And congrats on two sale within a single month Izanobu :)

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Re: Success!

Postby Alex Kane » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:20 pm

Well done, Greg! :)
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Re: Success!

Postby Jeff » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:16 am

Woo hoooo. Congratulations.

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Re: Success!

Postby Dame » Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:36 am

My Q2 story has just been accepted by Daily Science Fiction. SFWA doesn't count them as pro yet, but the payrate is 8 cents pw which counts as pro for me. :)
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Re: Success!

Postby MJNL » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:12 am

Wow, awesome. 8 cents a word is fantastic- hell, it's pro-tastic! Great job!
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Re: Success!

Postby ThomasKCarpenter » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:27 am

Grats Dame. What did you earn for that Q2 story in the WOTF contest (HM, Semi, etc.)?
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Re: Success!

Postby Alex Kane » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:09 am

Rock on, Damon!
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Re: Success!

Postby soulmirror » Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:22 pm

Congratulations on your sale!
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Re: Success!

Postby Dame » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:31 pm

ThomasKCarpenter wrote:Grats Dame. What did you earn for that Q2 story in the WOTF contest (HM, Semi, etc.)?



I got a straight rejection! Just goes to show...

Thanks for all the 'grats folks. I'll let people know when it comes out.
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Re: Success!

Postby steffenwolf » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:05 pm

Dame wrote:My Q2 story has just been accepted by Daily Science Fiction. SFWA doesn't count them as pro yet, but the payrate is 8 cents pw which counts as pro for me. :)


Congrats! I have no doubt that Daily SF will be listed by SFWA within a year (meaning that your sale will be grandfathered in as SFWA pro). They've gotten a diverse list of good authors and have kept up a steady stream of stories. I'm sure their circulation is plenty large, they just have to keep it up for a period of time (what is it, 1 year?).
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Re: Success!

Postby Prisoner » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:32 am

That's great! Congrats!
It makes sense that DSF would take stories that WotF won't. WotF's average winner is close to 10k words. DSL likes flash, or at least short. Hey, a daily pro bill must be a drain for a free zine, so little wonder they don't accept 7500 words a day.
The stories I've seen from the aren't always science fiction, despite the title, and often have twist or surprise endings. They're a mixed bag, in my opinion. Still, a good way to know what they'll take is what they've taken.
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Re: Success!

Postby Dame » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:38 am

Thanks Dave and Prisoner.

Yeah, I've liked most so far, Today's one about George washington went right over my head, though.

My story wasn't flash BTW. In fact I wrote it with WOTF in mind. It's a 5.5K fantasy. DSF will be using it as one of their Friday stories, I imagine.
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Re: Success!

Postby steffenwolf » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:11 am

Prisoner wrote:That's great! Congrats!
The stories I've seen from the aren't always science fiction, despite the title
Prisoner


Their guidelines say they take any kind of speculative fiction, which is the broad definition of SF that some people prefer.
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Re: Success!

Postby Prisoner » Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:20 am

I still think that a mag called Daily Science Fiction shouldn't have medieval trope queens and rocs and mermaids, or whatever it was I saw there. Standard fantasy characters. Didn't meet my expectations that day.

If you call yourself SF or speculative fiction, I think those are more broad. I just don't want fantasy overwhelming science fiction. Science fiction is a small subset, yes, but it does have boundaries.

I've written some fantasy, and don't obviously dislike all of it. But the SciFi story that breaks new ground, like Left Hand of Darkness or Blood Music, while we'd be completely at sea without some anchors, are really impossible without science, preferably good science, that is a reasonable projection from current to future science. That's what I like.

Off my soapbox. Crowd didn't gather, outside a few bobbing and cooing pigeons, hoping I'd scatter some bread. People just pass the crazy guy by <sob>.

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Re: Success!

Postby Michael B » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:55 pm

Ah, see, I thought you were talking about the stories that aren't speculative fiction at all, Prisoner. There have been some of those. The very first one, with the forged documents, I believe didn't have any speculative fiction. The one about the chef who serves himself (a touch of horror, perhaps? No spec as far as I can tell). Those always annoy me simply because they're being featured in a venue that touts itself as speculative--not that I have anything against mainstream fiction. Just principle, I guess.

I do agree that Daily Science Fiction is an inappropriate title, but I've always just considered them a general spec market despite that. It's the name that's inappropriate to the market, not the stories themselves, with those few exceptions.

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Re: Success!

Postby Prisoner » Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:32 am

Oh, so now we have three layers:

1. The name and the expectation that sets.
2. The genre of the magazine, as defined by who? Formally, submission guidelines. In practice, the actual stories.
3. The whole world of fiction, at least that part that is offered for sale to the editors.

So, you're saying that Daily Science Fiction often doesn't live up to its title, but usually lives up to its genre, or its guidelines (before I wrote I never read submission guidelines). And, it doesn't even live up to its genre, always.

Messy. I'm guessing the editors, if asked, just say they pick the best stories they have, that they think their readers will like, and point to increasing readership.

For me, I don't always read them, and stop after I screen them. I'd rather editors do that for me.
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Re: Success!

Postby izanobu » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:21 am

I've been reading all Daily SF's stuff. I didn't expect them to mean just sci/fi as defined by a narrow definition, so I guess I don't have a problem with them publishing everything. So far the stories have been mostly good, and I've liked getting little bites of fiction in my email each night (I'm a night owl, so they come in around the time I'm probably winding down for sleep, it's nice to get a little extra reading in). If they can keep it up, I think this mag will be pretty awesome and probably have wide readership.

And hey, do they pay quite well. I'm not only looking forward to the day my own story shows up in my email (the story I sold them is science fiction, in the narrower definition of the genre btw), but also that check ;)

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Re: Success!

Postby steffenwolf » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:37 am

My story "Turning Back the Clock" is now available in issue #3 of Bull Spec. Not only that, but it's illustrated by Joey Jordan, who I met at this very forum. :)

This one's especially special to me because:
1. It's my first pro-rate sale (though not SFWA listed... yet)
2. It's my first story in a print magazine
3. It's my first illustrated story (and did I mention Joey Jordan? :) )

You can download a PDF for whatever price you want (including zero, though I encourage you to donate if you like the magazine):
http://www.bullspec.com/eorder?item_choice=3

Or you can get the print version here:
http://www.bullspec.com/order?issue_choice=3

Enjoy! And feel free to let me know what you thought of it. :D
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Re: Success!

Postby Dame » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:29 am

Well Done Dave! I hope to order the hard copy soon.
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Re: Success!

Postby MJNL » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:02 am

Congrats! Awesome... *wanders off to have a look*...
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