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Re: Success!

Postby preston » Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:42 pm

Congrats, HL. A powerful story.

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Re: Success!

Postby george nik. » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:03 pm

Congrats, HL!
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Re: Success!

Postby s_c_baker » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:32 pm

hlf wrote:New story out at Triptych Tales. My first of 2016.
'Sober Kevin...'
http://triptychtales.net/sober_kevin_is_a_bch.html

*may contain wild profanity & alternate timelines

Very nice!
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Re: Success!

Postby hlf » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:15 am

Thanks, all!
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Re: Success!

Postby MattDovey » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:32 am

hlf wrote:New story out at Triptych Tales. My first of 2016.
'Sober Kevin...'
http://triptychtales.net/sober_kevin_is_a_bch.html

*may contain wild profanity & alternate timelines


That turned into something much more profound and beautiful than I was expecting.

Further to posts in Mixed Feelings, where we drifted off topic: contract signed! Flash Fiction Online will publish "This is the Sound of the End of the World" in March (or maybe April). This is a great comfort to me as it means WotF was not a fluke, and thus I have moved one step up the heirarchy of doubt. Next up: a long barren patch to make me wonder where I've gone wrong.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:49 am

So - another professional sale, well done! wotf007
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Postby s_c_baker » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:06 am

Huzzah!

Looking forward to seeing how that one changed in edits!
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Postby emilymccosh » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:04 pm

Congrats Matt! I have to tell you, that title just sounds amazing, I can't wait to read it!

And I don't think WotF works on flukes... wotf007
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Re: Success!

Postby MattDovey » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:38 pm

emilymccosh wrote:I don't think WotF works on flukes... wotf007


Do you think my impostor syndrome cares about details like that? wotf004

Cheers for the congratulations, all. I look forward to posting here again soon wotf007 (that's a wish, not a hint. I wish it were a hint.)
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Postby george nik. » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:04 am

Congrats, Matt!
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Postby amoskalik » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:28 am

MattDovey wrote:
emilymccosh wrote:I don't think WotF works on flukes... wotf007


Do you think my impostor syndrome cares about details like that? wotf004

Cheers for the congratulations, all. I look forward to posting here again soon wotf007 (that's a wish, not a hint. I wish it were a hint.)


I'm certain you will be. Congrats!
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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:38 am

hlf wrote:New story out at Triptych Tales. My first of 2016.
'Sober Kevin...'
http://triptychtales.net/sober_kevin_is_a_bch.html

*may contain wild profanity & alternate timelines


I was grabbed by the title and moved by the story. Very nice work, I have to say.
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Re: Success!

Postby liz » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:25 pm

Wow, lots of great stuff going on here while I was gone. Congrats guys!

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Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:22 am

Might be something about Eldritch and Doh-Vee?
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Postby MattDovey » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:04 am

Dustin Adams wrote:Might be something about Eldritch and Doh-Vee?


Ha, might be. Technically they've accepted, but they want a revision to even out the narration (which I'm doing tonight), and so I've not signed anything yet. But I've clicked the big "YES PUBLISH ME DEAR GOD PRINT MY STORY"* button on their submissions manager, so I'm pretty sure it's a done deal... but until that contract is signed, I ain't counting my chickens.

Which is mighty nice, to go from nothing at all through 2012, 2013, 2014, and most of 2015... to WotF, FFO and then a third pro market. CRaES won't qualify for SFWA until they've survived a year, but assuming they do, I think that I'm now a pro...?

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Postby LawrenceVanHoof » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:05 am

Congratulations, Matt. Looks like I'm in good company. I also have a 53 day acceptance from cosmic. Minor edits required. Don't know what they are yet. So I haven't counted my chickens yet either.
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Postby amoskalik » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:24 am

Congrats to you both!
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Postby george nik. » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:08 pm

Congrats to the Cosmic stars! wotf007
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Postby s_c_baker » Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:44 am

Here's more fodder for Matt's imposter syndrome to struggle against: a story we co-wrote has just been accepted for Alliteration Ink's "No Shit" anthology!

It's a very ridiculous fantasy parody, too. wotf007
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Postby MattDovey » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:14 am

wotf007 wotf007 wotf007 wotf007

This is the story of the most ridiculous title. A title which, in fact, ended up being complimented specifically by the editor. This will not end well. There's a world record for the longest album title; I reckon we can top that with a short story title.

Fun fact: Rachael K Jones, also of WotF 32, will be in it as well. Huzzah!
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Postby s_c_baker » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:54 am

I will add that album title to my stock of knowledge about Chumbawumba. Which so far contained only my knowledge that the song "Tubthumping" is a thing that exists.
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Postby MattDovey » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:36 am

To be fair, the only other thing I know about Chumbawumba is that they once threw water over the Deputy Prime Minister at the Brit awards, and I've been alive and conscious in the UK throughout their musical "career". I was originally going to link the Fiona Apple album, but discovered that it is no longer the longest title despite being a much cooler reference. Alas.
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Postby MattDovey » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:21 am

And that's the Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores contract signed.

That's 3 pro acceptances in a month.

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Postby amoskalik » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:43 am

MattDovey wrote:And that's the Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores contract signed.

That's 3 pro acceptances in a month.

Brain cannot too much comprehension escapes pretty flowers what is this I don't even


Wow! Congrats. Keep up the momentum.
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Postby LawrenceVanHoof » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:19 am

It's good you won the contest first, then. Before you started your pro spree.
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Postby Randy Hulshizer » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:52 am

Congrats, Matt wotf010
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Postby MattDovey » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:47 am

LawrenceVanHoof wrote:It's good you won the contest first, then. Before you started your pro spree.
wotf007


I know! One more in the next two months and I've pro'd out in the time from winning WotF (first ever sale) to going to the workshop. If you count the WotF story, I already have pro'd out, with 4 pro sales.

I always felt slightly arrogant and sheepish about the fact I only submitted to WotF so I didn't risk pro-ing out, because really, what were the chances? Well... /blushes

Just to set everyone's minds at ease, I have also had 17 rejections in the time since the first of those accepted stories was submitted, with another 6 outstanding. It is still a miss far more often than it's a hit, and I don't expect that will ever, ever change; not for me, not for anyone wotf008

Cheers all!
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Postby emilymccosh » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:48 pm

MattDovey wrote:
LawrenceVanHoof wrote:It's good you won the contest first, then. Before you started your pro spree.
wotf007


I know! One more in the next two months and I've pro'd out in the time from winning WotF (first ever sale) to going to the workshop. If you count the WotF story, I already have pro'd out, with 4 pro sales.

I always felt slightly arrogant and sheepish about the fact I only submitted to WotF so I didn't risk pro-ing out, because really, what were the chances? Well... /blushes

Just to set everyone's minds at ease, I have also had 17 rejections in the time since the first of those accepted stories was submitted, with another 6 outstanding. It is still a miss far more often than it's a hit, and I don't expect that will ever, ever change; not for me, not for anyone wotf008

Cheers all!


You do realize that you give the rest of us hope (or at least me), because you got rejected for so long then hit the ultimate winning streak! If it happened to you, it can happen to the rest of us!

Tell that to your imposter syndrome! wotf019
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Postby amoskalik » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:18 pm

MattDovey wrote:
LawrenceVanHoof wrote:It's good you won the contest first, then. Before you started your pro spree.
wotf007


I know! One more in the next two months and I've pro'd out in the time from winning WotF (first ever sale) to going to the workshop. If you count the WotF story, I already have pro'd out, with 4 pro sales.

I always felt slightly arrogant and sheepish about the fact I only submitted to WotF so I didn't risk pro-ing out, because really, what were the chances? Well... /blushes

Just to set everyone's minds at ease, I have also had 17 rejections in the time since the first of those accepted stories was submitted, with another 6 outstanding. It is still a miss far more often than it's a hit, and I don't expect that will ever, ever change; not for me, not for anyone wotf008

Cheers all!


Uh, 17 rejections is an average month for me, just saying wotf017

Do you suppose, not to discount for a moment the high quality of your writing, that your WOTF win has increased your odds in the other markets? Just wondering.
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Re: Success!

Postby MattDovey » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:24 am

amoskalik wrote:Uh, 17 rejections is an average month for me, just saying wotf017

Do you suppose, not to discount for a moment the high quality of your writing, that your WOTF win has increased your odds in the other markets? Just wondering.


I don't know if it's increased my odds; to a large extent, this streak is an artificial bubble of success because I'm finally sending out all the stories I've sat on for years while I've only been subbing to WotF (mostly, anyway). In the three years to Oct 2015 I had 45 submissions to my name; in the six months since, I've added another 33. Two of the three acceptances were stories written before my WotF win; only the one co-written with Stewart has been since.

But it does feel, anecdotally & purely as a gut feeling, that I'm getting a higher ratio of personals than I used to. Perhaps only because it gives an editor something to say--more than one has proffered congratulations on the win after mentioning it in a cover letter. Which goes to prove that it is a genuinely well thought of contest, I suppose, and worth entering!
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