Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

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Postby MattDovey » Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:13 am

Randy Hulshizer wrote:Thanks, Matt. And congrats on your acceptance at FFO. Saw it on the Grinder.


Thanks wotf007 not posted anything about it yet as I haven't yet signed a contract (and I only logged it on the Grinder for my own stats), but I'm delighted as (a) first magazine sale (WotF was my first ever sale) (b) FFO were the first place I submitted to, so I'd made it a point of honour to get published there!
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Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:26 am

Hey! wotf015

Top 3 markets I want to crack:
WotF
IGMS
FFO

You've got two of three!
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Postby amoskalik » Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:57 am

Pretty darn impressive for your first two sales, Matt.

Randy, that is definitely something to be excited about. Congrats on reaching the top 90% in that market. I haven't come close yet at DSF.
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Postby Dustin Adams » Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:11 pm

Amos,

Was it you that noted you write a lot of flash?

If so, I'm happy to swap with you some time. I write flash and WotF stories exclusively.
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Postby amoskalik » Wed Jan 13, 2016 3:20 pm

Dustin Adams wrote:Amos,

Was it you that noted you write a lot of flash?

If so, I'm happy to swap with you some time. I write flash and WotF stories exclusively.


I do. I haven't written any lately though. I do have an 1800 word story though that could use another pair of eyes if you want to swap.
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Postby Randy Hulshizer » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:27 am

Received a personal rejection from FFO last night, but I thought this was interesting:

Your story did, however, reach the final stage of our selection process--one among an elite group. Less than 5% of stories make it this far. That is no small feat.

In winnowing, stories are discussed and vetted before I make my final selections. If you are interested in receiving feedback based on those discussions you are welcome to email me at [removed for privacy]. Please use the following subject line: FEEDBACK REQUEST: [Story Title].


Does anyone know if FFO always offers feedback for Personal-R stories?
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Postby MattDovey » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:29 am

Randy Hulshizer wrote:Does anyone know if FFO always offers feedback for Personal-R stories?


I believe they do if they make it to that final roundtable discussion. Stewart can tell you more, he reads slush there.
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Postby Dustin Adams » Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:34 pm

amoskalik wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:Amos,

Was it you that noted you write a lot of flash?

If so, I'm happy to swap with you some time. I write flash and WotF stories exclusively.


I do. I haven't written any lately though. I do have an 1800 word story though that could use another pair of eyes if you want to swap.

Hey Amos,
I kinda specialize in flash and WotF. 1800 is like a no-man's land for me. :(
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Postby amoskalik » Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:57 pm

Dustin Adams wrote:
amoskalik wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:Amos,

Was it you that noted you write a lot of flash?

If so, I'm happy to swap with you some time. I write flash and WotF stories exclusively.


I do. I haven't written any lately though. I do have an 1800 word story though that could use another pair of eyes if you want to swap.

Hey Amos,
I kinda specialize in flash and WotF. 1800 is like a no-man's land for me. :(


Me too, This is the first story I've written between 1000 and 6000 words. I'd be willing to do a two for one if you have a couple of flash pieces.
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Postby Dustin Adams » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:02 am

Sent a PM.
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Postby emilymccosh » Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:48 am

MattDovey wrote:
Randy Hulshizer wrote:Does anyone know if FFO always offers feedback for Personal-R stories?


I believe they do if they make it to that final roundtable discussion. Stewart can tell you more, he reads slush there.


Okay, I'm going to sound a little bit blonde here, and most likely go "Oh yeah!" when you tell me...

But what is FFO?
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Postby emilymccosh » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:55 am

amoskalik wrote:Flash Fiction Online wotf008


Oh, of course! wotf019 Thanks!
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Postby Randy Hulshizer » Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:59 pm

emilymccosh wrote:
amoskalik wrote:Flash Fiction Online wotf008


Oh, of course! wotf019 Thanks!


Yep, sorry. I should have spelled that out.
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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby jeeohn » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:31 am

Had a story kicked up to Mr. Lapine at Fantastic Stories, but it ultimately got rejected.

It's nice to know, however, that I'm starting to get past the first stage. Was pretty hangdog that morning, but, as always, you just have to keep at it.

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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby Ishmael » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:31 am

I had a personal rejection that falls into the interesting end of the 'not a good fit' class:

We LOVED this story, it had fantastic atmosphere and was a new and interesting twist on the story of (redacted)....We'd like to STRONGLY recommend you submit this story to ( a redacted related outlet.) Thank you again for sending us the story. We wish you the best of luck, and please consider submitting again

Now if I can just figure out what this publisher wants me to write about!
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Re: Almost Success - The "Mixed Feelings" Thread

Postby Muri McCage » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:53 am

Thanks to Matt, for very good advice some time ago. I was trying to figure out how to approach a top editor who suddenly went informal in a personal, then back to formal next time. I followed Matt's suggestion to stick with informal on my end, assuming it was a matter of expediency on their part on a sub by sub basis.

That time I got a very nice personal, signed by first name. The next sub got a personalized form, but it was also on a first name basis. So the first reversion to formal was a fluke or the editor remembered me next time. Regardless, I would probably still be trying to figure it out, if Matt hadn't managed to knock me out of dither mode.wotf007
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