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Re: Success!

Postby AlexH » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:18 am

Charlie talks about his rejection templates here, though it's from a few years ago when electronic submissions first opened, so may not be exactly the same: http://www.ccfinlay.com/blog/nectar-for ... ncers.html

“didn’t grab me” = only read the opening
“didn’t work for me” = good, read all the way through
“didn’t win me over” = you'll probably sell it elsewhere

And look at these stats: "473 out of 751 [submissions] listed one or more previous pro sales. 63% of you are already writing at this level."

Yikes!
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Re: Success!

Postby Reuben » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:28 am

Thanks all!
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill
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Re: Success!

Postby MiloMinderbinder » Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:57 am

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"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.
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Re: Success!

Postby vjalrik » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:13 pm

MiloMinderbinder wrote:
"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.

Congrats!
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Re: Success!

Postby Henckel » Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:41 pm

MiloMinderbinder wrote:"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.


That's awesome! Congrats!
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Re: Success!

Postby Andy Dibble » Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:52 pm

MiloMinderbinder wrote:"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.


Nice!
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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:16 pm

wotf007 Congratulations, Milo! wotf010 wotf010 wotf010
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Re: Success!

Postby Reuben » Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:13 pm

Awesome! I've been trying to get into The Colored Lens for a while! wotf010 wotf010
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Re: Success!

Postby RSchibler » Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:22 pm

Congratulations! Love the cover.
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Re: Success!

Postby TimE » Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:54 am

Well done, Milo. And from an HM - that's interesting.
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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:14 am

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Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007
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Re: Success!

Postby aedlrjqaewoif » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:17 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007

Congrats! wotf010
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Re: Success!

Postby RSchibler » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:23 am

WOO!
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Re: Success!

Postby chuckt » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:18 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007


That's great. Congrats
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Re: Success!

Postby Reuben » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:25 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007


Nice! You're inching your way to proing out, aren't you? Your second pro sale, or your third?

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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:58 am

Reuben wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007


Nice! You're inching your way to proing out, aren't you? Your second pro sale, or your third?

Congratulations!

It's my third pro sale, but the new wording of the rules confused me, so I e-mailed Joni to check. It's been confirmed that, since my first two sales were at .06/word, they don't count under the new rules (even though .06/word was pro rates at the time I made those sales). I'm not as close to proing out as I was worried about for a week or two. wotf011
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Re: Success!

Postby AlexH » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:18 am

Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007
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Re: Success!

Postby Wulf Moon » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:27 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:
Reuben wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007


Nice! You're inching your way to proing out, aren't you? Your second pro sale, or your third?

Congratulations!

It's my third pro sale, but the new wording of the rules confused me, so I e-mailed Joni to check. It's been confirmed that, since my first two sales were at .06/word, they don't count under the new rules (even though .06/word was pro rates at the time I made those sales). I'm not as close to proing out as I was worried about for a week or two. wotf011


Great news, Liz. On both counts.
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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:47 am

AlexH wrote:Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007

Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up.
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Re: Success!

Postby SCAFontaine » Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:24 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007


Congrats!! So happy for you!
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Re: Success!

Postby TimE » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:30 pm

Third pro sale sounds good. Have you stopped telling people you're a writer and now say a professional writer?
Well done.
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Re: Success!

Postby michaeljwyantjr » Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:07 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:It's my third pro sale...


Doesn't that mean you can get that SFWA membership card now? wotf026
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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:16 am

michaeljwyantjr wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:It's my third pro sale...


Doesn't that mean you can get that SFWA membership card now? wotf026

I don't have the money for that, I have babies. wotf019
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Re: Success!

Postby oishisushi911 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:08 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:
AlexH wrote:Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007

Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up.


That's surprising. I thought it was much easier to pro out than that. Guess not.

I may have to preorder that Strange Lands tome. What a beautiful anthology to be published in!
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Re: Success!

Postby oishisushi911 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:11 pm

MiloMinderbinder wrote:"The Witch of Sherman Oaks" my HM from Volume 36, Quarter 3 appears in the Summer 2020 issue of The Colored Lens.


Great job finding a home for your HM. I may have to order that as I've been curious about the publication for a couple months now.
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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:25 pm

oishisushi911 wrote:
disgruntledpeony wrote:
AlexH wrote:Wow. That must make a whole lot of new people eligible again. Keep that quiet. wotf001

Congrats on your first pro sale. For the second time! wotf007

Honestly, I'm guessing that's why the competition has felt steeper of late--but that's just a guess, no hard data to back it up.


That's surprising. I thought it was much easier to pro out than that. Guess not.

I may have to preorder that Strange Lands tome. What a beautiful anthology to be published in!

Your fourth pro short story publication--at .08/word or higher--is what makes you pro out.
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Re: Success!

Postby thegirlintheglasses » Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:09 pm

disgruntledpeony wrote:http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-strange-lands

Great news, everyone! I've sold a story to Flame Tree Publishing's "Strange Lands" anthology! It's going to be available in the UK in October and the US in November. wotf007



Woot! Woot! You're on fire!!! NIcely done wotf009
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Re: Success!

Postby Bartleby » Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:49 am

After many, many, MANY hours of revision, my first ever submission to Writers of the Future sold to Metaphorosis. It's titled "Shards." This is my first story sale *ever* after, um, five years of straight rejections. And it's the basis for the cover art! You can read it here: https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/story ... ase-young/

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And what happened just a couple months after selling this story? I made my first ever PRO sale to Unidentified Funny Objects 8! Ahhh!! I'm so freaking happy! (It's a funny sci-fi humor story titled "Ambrose Starkisser Encounters That Which Is Locked," and it'll be coming out in late September/early October.)

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So, yeah. Five years of rejections would have ground me down but for the Honorable Mentions and one Silver Honorable Mention from WotF. I can't overstate what a morale boost they were. Seriously. After that SHM in 2018, I kinda went into overdrive, reading and studying and practicing SFF as much as possible. Thank you WotF! wotf024
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Re: Success!

Postby TimE » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:26 am

Congratulations, Bartleby. And I agree that those little measures of success and improvement in the form of WotF awards are great encouragement.
Well done.
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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:28 am

Awesome job, Bartleby! That's a lot of great news. wotf007 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010 wotf010
If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells

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