Corbin Maxwell wrote:
TimE wrote:I still WANT to win. I'd LOVE to win. Right now - I need a coffee.
(I thought there were many roads to Rome? Damn! No wonder I haven't seen the Coliseum yet.)
Maybe winning the WOTF contest is not your Rome. Your Dark Tower. As Jeff Carlson once told me, “At the end of the day it’s just a short story sale.”
If you’re writing and reading and studying, and if all that makes you feel good inside, then you’ve won.
But it's not "just a short story sale." And it's not a "Dark Tower." People that say that are actually trying to diminish all the benefits that come from winning this contest. If they had said "it is a short story sale" that would be true. To say "just a short story sale" is to say it is just another ordinary sale to another pro market, with no additional benefits. That is such a gross understatement, it is a falsehood. A win in this contest provides far, far more. And everyone here, *that has taken up this challenge*, knows this. I am happy others want to read this topic. If they have something positive to say to the members that have signed up for it, cheering them on as good people do in the sidelines of a race, I welcome it. But please do note this topic is specifically for challenge members--people that signed up to do the work--not for passers through that want to toss out comments on stories about "raping women with corncobs" and saying winning the contest has little consequence. That's like standing on the sidelines and calling out to marathon runners, "Do you really want to be in this race? Why try for this finish line?" Please, take that negative talk somewhere else. And I am not just singling out one person here. Others have been sneaking in comments like this and trying to undermine the good spirit here.
There are plenty of other topics where people can say whatever they wish, within reason. This topic is for *challenge members.* I am its founder and moderator, and I have worked very hard to keep it positive, and focused on its stated purpose. Please respect what I'm trying to do here, what all of our members are trying to do here. And if you don't, please, just move along.
No short story sale comes with over $30,000 worth of benefits. I didn't make that figure up. John Goodwin is president of ASI, and it comes from his accounting records. A short story in even the most prestigious magazines will earn you about 0.10 a word. And a publication in their magazine. That's it folks. Now take the Writers of the Future Contest. By the time you add in the prize money and your publication rate of 0.06, you will more than likely exceed that. My payout with my second place prize money works out around $0.18 a word. Nobody in the spec fic field tops that rate. Not *just another sale.* You also get a weeklong workshop with the best teachers in the industry. Orson Scott Card, David Farland, and Tim Powers for ours. Not *just another sale.* You get flown to Hollywood from wherever you live in the world, and put up in the Leows Hotel, and get free pickup service to and from the airport. Not *just another sale.* You have flown in to your workshop dozens of top writers and industry experts, and they all share their pearls of wisdom to help you succeed in flash one hour sessions. Not *just another sale.* You get taken by stretch limo to one of the top banquet halls in Hollywood, in our case get to see a giant sixteen foot iron robot greeting you off the cover of your book, you get a delicious banquet served table-side, and you get to enjoy a stage and program with one sole purpose--to honor you for your achievement! Not *just another sale.* Your story gets published in a beautiful book, translated into many languages (I believe I was told 30) and distributed around the world, hitting #1 Best Seller categories, making you a bestselling author. Not *just another sale.* You get a professional team booking you television, radio, and newspaper spots, and setting up signings to promote you and the book in major bookstore venues like Barnes & Noble. Not *just another sale.* I could go on and on, but anyone that says this is *just another sale* has their head in the sand. And they want YOU to put your head in the sand with them.
Like I said, this topic is for commentary by people that took up my challenge. They didn't have to. But they did. There is a published list. They signed up. They believed it would help. They can leave at any time, it's a voluntary challenge obviously. Others not in this challenge are reading the posts and comments, and I hope they take what works for them and use it to advance their writing skills. But if you're not a member of the challenge, please don't ruin this for the rest that see its benefits. Plenty of other places to go make your comments.