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Re: Success!

Postby E.CaimanSands » Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:49 pm

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Grayson Morris wrote:Thanks so much, guys! This has been a very encouraging experience...I've gotten two e-mails and one blog comment from total strangers telling me how much they liked the story, plus some wonderful comments on the FB page. Wow...maybe I'm OK at this writing thing after all. Huh.


I was a wreck before my story came out at DSF. It's such an odd feeling to have writing go public. Frightening, and yet incredibly wonderful to connect with the world at large.

I've got something coming up at Strange Horizons next month. I've got pterodactyls in my stomach at this point.


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Re: Success!

Postby Kary English » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:48 pm

Congrats to everyone! May I soon follow in your illustrious footsteps.
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Re: Success!

Postby Grayson Morris » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:47 pm

Not to be anal, but for posterity's sake...the way you quoted me and JLM, Kyle, it looks as though *I* said I had something coming up at SH soon, which is not the case. (Alas!) That would be the lucky (and clearly talented) JLM.
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Re: Success!

Postby klaatu » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:44 am

JLM wrote:
Grayson Morris wrote:Thanks so much, guys! This has been a very encouraging experience...I've gotten two e-mails and one blog comment from total strangers telling me how much they liked the story, plus some wonderful comments on the FB page. Wow...maybe I'm OK at this writing thing after all. Huh.


I was a wreck before my story came out at DSF. It's such an odd feeling to have writing go public. Frightening, and yet incredibly wonderful to connect with the world at large.

I've got something coming up at Strange Horizons next month. I've got pterodactyls in my stomach at this point.


Congrats to you both....


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Re: Success!

Postby kyle » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:42 am

Grayson Morris wrote:Not to be anal, but for posterity's sake...the way you quoted me and JLM, Kyle, it looks as though *I* said I had something coming up at SH soon, which is not the case. (Alas!) That would be the lucky (and clearly talented) JLM.

Have I mentioned that I hate nesting quotes?

I fixed it in mine, but, of course, I'm powerless to fix it where others quoted my bad quoting...

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Re: Success!

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:48 pm

I just had a minor success -- minor, but pleasing nonetheless. A reader (not even a critique reader or First Reader, an actual paying customer) just chewed me out for killing off a character. I figure that means I did something right.
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Re: Success!

Postby morshana » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:53 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:I just had a minor success -- minor, but pleasing nonetheless. A reader (not even a critique reader or First Reader, an actual paying customer) just chewed me out for killing off a character. I figure that means I did something right.


Congrats! =)
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Re: Success!

Postby Kary English » Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:19 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:I just had a minor success -- minor, but pleasing nonetheless. A reader (not even a critique reader or First Reader, an actual paying customer) just chewed me out for killing off a character. I figure that means I did something right.


Congrats! I love those.

Mine didn't come from a paying customer, but one of my alpha readers wrote me back that if I hurt the cat in one of my stories, she was flying up here and beating me silly. So yeah, feels good, doesn't it?
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:27 pm

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Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:I just had a minor success -- minor, but pleasing nonetheless. A reader (not even a critique reader or First Reader, an actual paying customer) just chewed me out for killing off a character. I figure that means I did something right.


Congrats! I love those.

Mine didn't come from a paying customer, but one of my alpha readers wrote me back that if I hurt the cat in one of my stories, she was flying up here and beating me silly. So yeah, feels good, doesn't it?


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Re: Success!

Postby vanaaron » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:09 pm

My story "The Truth About Mother" is finally available in the Arcane anthology, edited by Nathan Shumate. This is a horror/hardboiled mystery/political satire piece, which is not exactly a big sub-genre right now, but thankfully Nathan Shumate has weird tastes. This is my fifth story published this year, all sparked by that call from Joni last fall. Arcane has a lot of up-and-coming authors -- I'm especially excited to appear with Gemma Files, who I think is an outstanding writer -- and a striking cover:
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Re: Success!

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:50 pm

vanaaron wrote:This is a horror/hardboiled mystery/political satire piece, which is not exactly a big sub-genre right now, but thankfully Nathan Shumate has weird tastes.


That's the beauty of the exploding market in indy and ebooks: unusual stories can get a chance now.

I'll look for it. Thanks!
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Re: Success!

Postby Jennifer Hicks » Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:42 pm

Awesome, Aaron. Congrats!
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Postby Dustin Adams » Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:10 am

Damnit Jennifer... I saw your name and clicked on this thread so fast...
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Re: Success!

Postby Jennifer Hicks » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:39 am

Dustin Adams wrote:Damnit Jennifer... I saw your name and clicked on this thread so fast...


Thanks, Dustin, but alas no. Five submissions out and no responses yet. If I manage an SFWA-qualifying sale, you'll be one of the first to know.
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Re: Success!

Postby madison » Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:12 pm

Congratulations, Aaron! I'll look for it. Is it an online zine?

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Postby kyle » Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:00 pm

Congrats!

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Re: Success!

Postby vanaaron » Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:53 pm

Thanks, All!

Madison, it's not on-line. It's an anthology available in trade paperback and Kindle editions.

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Re: Success!

Postby madison » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:57 am

Annie, just left you seven dragons. (They look like rockets to me, why do they call them dragons?) LOVED The List.

edit: Ah. Just looked at them (the 'rocket' dragons) on the computer rather than my iPhone. Makes more sense now.

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Re: Success!

Postby Alex Kane » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:45 am

Yeah, I really dug Annie's "The List." Very original little piece.

A Clarion story, I'm guessing? wotf007
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Re: Success!

Postby gower21 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:57 am

Just read it too. Gave it all the rocket dragons I could. Very original and I liked the rice counting (learn something new every day).

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Re: Success!

Postby izanobu » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:42 am

Thanks, guys. It was sort of a Clarion story. I wrote it while there but never turned it in (it was too short, in my mind). Kij Johnson challenged us at lunch one day to write a story that was non-traditional story structure. I laughed at her, because I'm pretty much tradition's b*tch when it comes to structure. But I tried it anyway, because hey, why not. I sent it to Daily SF figuring that would satisfy papa Heinlein and then when it came back I could shelve it as too short and wonky for anywhere else.

Instead, they bought it. Oh well. Now it has a home on the net. wotf008

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Re: Success!

Postby Delli » Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:21 pm

Cool story izanobu! wotf010

Well done. And interesting background to it too! "Instead, they bought it." wotf001

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Re: Success!

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:21 pm

izanobu wrote:Thanks, guys. It was sort of a Clarion story. I wrote it while there but never turned it in (it was too short, in my mind). Kij Johnson challenged us at lunch one day to write a story that was non-traditional story structure. I laughed at her, because I'm pretty much tradition's b*tch when it comes to structure. But I tried it anyway, because hey, why not. I sent it to Daily SF figuring that would satisfy papa Heinlein and then when it came back I could shelve it as too short and wonky for anywhere else.

Instead, they bought it. Oh well. Now it has a home on the net. wotf008


I'm trying to figure a way to say this without sounding insensitive, but I can't. So apologies in advance.

So you pro'ed out... with a story in a style you never write... and a story you never expected to write... and a story you never expected to sell...

If I wrote that string of events up in a story, no editor would buy it. Too implausible.
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Re: Success!

Postby izanobu » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:00 pm

Haha, Martin! (Technically, I pro'd out with a different story sale, but this one was published first, so it put the nail in my WotF coffin).

Seriously though... think if I had brought that story to a crit group or tried to tell someone what it was about. "It's, uh, a list. A to-do list. And at the end, vampire stuff. Really it is a joke in to-do list form, with a punchline that depends on knowing Chinese vampire mythology."

Would you really have expected it to sell, either? Didn't think so wotf008

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Re: Success!

Postby klaatu » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:32 pm

I think I forgot to mention another sale...

http://fablecroft.com.au/books/apocalyp ... f-contents

This anthology is with a publisher I've been targeting for the past year. An anthology called Epilogue (working title was Anthology Hope), I'm thrilled to be included.

Yay.

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Postby MJNL » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:43 pm

Awesome, congrats, Steve!

And Annie--I think I missed the congrats there, though I did read the story.

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Re: Success!

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:55 pm

Congratulations, Steve! Will there be a Kindle version soon?
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Re: Success!

Postby izanobu » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:11 pm

My Daily SF story "Lists" is now up on their website: http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/ ... llet/lists

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Re: Success!

Postby klaatu » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:17 pm

Thanks for the congrats.

I don't know what's happening with e-books for "Epilogue", but I presume it will happen since her last two anthos are. This antho isn't due for release til June.

Of course the ebook of "Anywhere But Earth" is available from smashwords, while the kindle version is available from Amazon..... (shameless self promotion...)

I will, of course, keep all informed....

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Re: Success!

Postby kyle » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:35 am

Congrats, klaatu!

And, Annie, I should've congratulated you when it arrived in my inbox. I'd've never thought a story so dependent on a Chinese cultural reference would've sold, so I plan to use you as a shining example of why you shouldn't self-reject for years to come!


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