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Re: Success!

Postby amoskalik » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:47 am

Ishmael wrote:I hope you enjoy it Aaron. Some way left field of my normal work these days.

N.B. Everyone else - Today is the last day for the free download (see above).

And in other news: (Drum Roll. Fanfare of Trumpets. Clash of cymbals. Writer enters to frantic applause while dainty damsels cast carnations before his feet.)

I have sold a poem! This is a first. Though I won the poetry competition at my local festival and had a couple of poems published in a non-paying anthology, this should be the first time (all being well) that I'll be paid for writing poetry. Not free verse, not even blank verse, real poetry that scans and rhymes. And not just real poetry that scans and rhymes - a sonnet!

I kid you not. A sonnet. Question: has anybody anywhere sold a sonnet in living memory? No, don't tell me. I'm sure somebody must have, I just haven't seen any. Needless to say, I am well chuffed!

My 'Sonnet on Truth' (after Spinoza) has been accepted for 'More Alternative Truth' anthology. (Even more 'Well did you ever?' because this is essentiallty a collection of US political satire.)

"Now give three cheers, I'll lead the way, Hoorah, Hoorah, Hooray." - W S Gilbert. wotf003


You are on a roll. Congrats on the anthology and poetry sales. I just finished Ship of Theseus and enjoyed it very much.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:22 am

Still rolling:

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Back and Foreword----------- Robert B. Finegold, MD
The Memory of Huckleberries -------------- Rebecca Birch
The Temptation of Father Francis ----------Nick T. Chan and Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
The Waiting Room --------------------------- Philip Brian Hall
Last Time For Everything -------------------- K. L. Schwengel
Skinners ---------------------------------------- Rachelle Harp
Amma's Wishes ------------------------------- M. E. Garber
Three Flash ------------------------------------ Dustin Adams
A Green Tongue ------------------------------ Frank Dutkiewicz
A Matter For Interpretation ----------------- M. Elizabeth Ticknor
The Root Bridges of Haemae --------------- Sean Monaghan
Red is the Color of My True Love's Hair --- William R. D. Wood
Bad Actors ------------------------------------- Julie Frost
In the Heart of the Flesh -------------------- Scott Parkin
Shattered Vessels ----------------------------- Kary English and Robert B.Finegold, MD
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:24 am

And:

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Includes my story 'Iron Hail'. Now available for pre-order from Amazon.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:25 am

And:

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Includes my story 'The Black Horse'. Also now available for pre-order from Amazon.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:34 am

wotf013

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

Okay I know this looks swollen-headed but in the first half of this year I couldn't sell a story to save my life! It's just like London buses - nothing for ages and then a whole lot at once. When the last of these is published I'm going to need some very creative accountancy to be eligible for WotF I fear. However I still have Q3 and Q4 in the running.

And thanks to Aaron for the nice comment about The Ship of Theseus. That one's a bit of a throwback to my philosophy teaching days, but it does represent a genuine attempt to look forward a little too. There is a sequel, if I can persuade somebody to buy it.
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Re: Success!

Postby preston » Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:24 pm

Ishmael wrote:wotf013

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

Okay I know this looks swollen-headed but in the first half of this year I couldn't sell a story to save my life! It's just like London buses - nothing for ages and then a whole lot at once. When the last of these is published I'm going to need some very creative accountancy to be eligible for WotF I fear. However I still have Q3 and Q4 in the running.

And thanks to Aaron for the nice comment about The Ship of Theseus. That one's a bit of a throwback to my philosophy teaching days, but it does represent a genuine attempt to look forward a little too. There is a sequel, if I can persuade somebody to buy it.


Wow, Ishmael! You are an inspiration. When are we going to see your first novel?

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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:56 am

preston wrote:
Wow, Ishmael! You are an inspiration. When are we going to see your first novel?


Thanks, Preston, but remember I couldn't sell anything in the first half of the year so I wasn't too inspirational then!

Actually I self-published a novel The Prophets of Baal a few years ago. It was the discovery that most self-published novels are commercially invisible that led me to try writing short stories in order to get my name better known. Little did I suspect how difficult short story writing was! It's taken me some time to build up a consistent method, and even so it doesn't really work for WotF, sadly.
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Re: Success!

Postby george nik. » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:04 pm

So it seems I've been missing for quite a while. Huge congrats to Philip who's on a tremendous roll, and congrats to all who've made sales and/or been published. By the way, have you considered joining Codex? It's really awesome wotf007

My own accomplishments in the past six months, such as they are: a sale to Best Vegan SFF 2016 anthology (not that I'm any way close to becoming vegan, but anyway wotf008 ), a third sale to Digital Pub's QuickFic, a second sale to Bards & Sages Quarterly, a first sale to 600 Second Saga, a first sale to The Centropic Oracle, 4 more sales to AntipodeanSF, and -- most importantly -- two more sales to Galaxy's Edge for a total of 5.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:14 am

Wow, George. You talk about me being on a roll! I can't even get an invite to Galaxy's Edge, let alone be published by them!

Many (well deserved) congratulations to you.

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Re: Success!

Postby george nik. » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:06 am

Ishmael wrote:Wow, George. You talk about me being on a roll! I can't even get an invite to Galaxy's Edge, let alone be published by them!

Many (well deserved) congratulations to you.

wotf009

Thank you very much, Philip!

Funny thing is, a few hours after posting, I had another email by Mike -- so now I have SIX sales to Galaxy's Edge, 5 of them in the last 8 1/2 months wotf006

But seriously, why can't you get an invite? Did you ask Mike for one? (Mike doesn't actually invite people, at least none that I know of. You have to ask him for an invitation.) When I asked him, my only credentials were being a semi-finalist plus a couple of semi-pro sales. I don't think you'll have a problem getting an invite.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:44 am

Thanks George, I didn't know this. Maybe after this quick flush of pro-sales I might summon up the courage to ask.

Unfortunately of course it will also put an end to my career as a WotF competitor. I don't think even Joni can stretch the rules any further to keep me in. Theoretically, if Flame Tree don't publish before the end of the month I might slide a hasty Q1 under the wire, but I don't really want to conclude with a very long wait that might just conceivably see me reach LA in 2019.

So it looks as though my already-submitted Q4 story will be my swansong. A pity in some ways after trying for so long, but obviously not everyone can win and I have the satisfaction of knowing that my writing's come a very long way since I first entered.

I've also made a lot of friends here on the forum and I hope to stay in touch. Most of what I've learned has come from helpful advice and criticism received from other members here.

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Re: Success!

Postby amoskalik » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:59 am

Wow, I go away a few days... Congrats George and Philip!

I'm having a slow year so far, but that is largely my own fault. Very few submissions because all my unsold stories are stuck in limbo somewhere and I'm too lazy to get them unstuck. But over the weekend I had four rejections, so four new submissions. Yay! And I finished a new flash piece that I hope to send off to Nature, so two new stories in as many weeks. Hopefully sales will follow.

Anyway, keep it rolling. It is an inspiration to hear you guys doing so well.
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Re: Success!

Postby katsincommand » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:01 am

Hey guys I've got a story out in Fireside today.

https://firesidefiction.com/feeding-mr-whiskers
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Re: Success!

Postby amoskalik » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:27 am

katsincommand wrote:Hey guys I've got a story out in Fireside today.

https://firesidefiction.com/feeding-mr-whiskers


Nice one. Brings back memories of my Dad's Frankenstein kite that hung on our basement wall. I could've used a light-saber or two back then.
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Re: Success!

Postby george nik. » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:36 am

Congrats, Dawn! wotf010

Thank you, Aaron! wotf008

Philip, I hope you win in your last quarter! Martin did! wotf013
And do ask Mike, I'm sure he'll be happy to invite you.

By the way, have you considered joining Codex? It's a great place and it's full of (current and former) forumites.
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Re: Success!

Postby Ishmael » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:22 am

I fear I took your name in vain in my letter to Mike, George. He replied that if George vouched for me it was good enough for him, so I hope the story I sent him was worthy of your trust. I've worked and reworked this one until I hardly know where I am with it, but I'm firmly convinced it's at least the equal of the best story I ever wrote.

As to Codex, I was a member once. The less said about that episode the better, perhaps, though it probably was responsible for convincing me to throw a whole load of volume out there and let the industry pick out the quality.

The remarkable thing about WotF is the length of time it's managed to contain my volcanic temperament. I lasted less than one season in my local writing group and only a few months in Codex. Technically I'm qualified for SFWA but I can't afford the subscription!

My best wishes to all and more power to your respective elbows!
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Re: Success!

Postby george nik. » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:35 am

Happy to have helped, Philip, though I'm sure he would have invited you even without my endorsement wotf008

I hope he likes your story!
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Re: Success!

Postby morganb » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:48 am

george nik. wrote:So it seems I've been missing for quite a while. Huge congrats to Philip who's on a tremendous roll, and congrats to all who've made sales and/or been published. By the way, have you considered joining Codex? It's really awesome wotf007

My own accomplishments in the past six months, such as they are: a sale to Best Vegan SFF 2016 anthology (not that I'm any way close to becoming vegan, but anyway wotf008 ), a third sale to Digital Pub's QuickFic, a second sale to Bards & Sages Quarterly, a first sale to 600 Second Saga, a first sale to The Centropic Oracle, 4 more sales to AntipodeanSF, and -- most importantly -- two more sales to Galaxy's Edge for a total of 5.


Wow congrats George! Is it pretty typical that WOTF entrants end up "Pro-ing Out" before ever getting published in the anthology? Kind of sounds like the odds of winning are much lower than just selling stories directly in the market.

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