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Re: Success!

Postby chuckt » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:56 am

First pro sale! Congrats!
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Re: Success!

Postby Beth Powers » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:37 pm

I made a collection of nearly all of my published stories, and for the first time, I'm trying out a paperback version too! I learned a lot of things about how books are put together along the way--I did all of the cover/interior design/layout, and there were some frustrating moments while I tried to figure out why it wouldn't upload to Amazon (because of course Amazon wouldn't just tell me what was wrong). It felt like a different sort of writerly success to be able to hold something that I made every part of--from the words on the page to the design of the book. Here's the link to my announcement post if you want to check it out--many of these stories started their lives as entries to this contest before they found homes elsewhere wotf008

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Re: Success!

Postby Andy Dibble » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:32 pm

Congrats, Beth! Your going through the process motivates me to follow you. Self-publishing a book is definitely it's own form of achievement. And when it's a collection of shorts it gives you leeway to stick in some that weren't picked up by a market but you're proud of or that fit with a theme.
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Re: Success!

Postby MiloMinderbinder » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:13 am

We're having a book launch party for Wildside Press' Crime Travel anthology.

Barnes & Noble, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr, Fairfax, VA 22033
Sunday, December 8, 1-3pm

Six of the contributors, including me, are going to be at the event.

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For lovers of crime fiction and lovers of time travel, this book offers something special–fifteen short stories that combine the two. Sometimes characters travel in time to commit crime, sometimes to stop it, sometimes they aim to solve a crime, or sometimes they just want to watch it happen. In Crime Travel, you have 15 stories that will excite you and sometimes even touch your heart from authors who have won or been nominated for every mystery short story award out there: the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Barry, Derringer, Macavity, Shamus, Silver Falchion, and the Thriller. Edited by Agatha, Macavity and Silver Falchion-award winning author Barb Goffman, Crime Travel will be published on December 8th, which is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. All royalties will be donated to 826DC, a Washington, DC, nonprofit designed to help children and teens improve their creative and expository writing skills, as well as help teachers inspire children to write.


http://wildsidepress.com/crime-travel-edited-by-barb-goffman-preorder-ebook/
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Re: Success!

Postby Wulf Moon » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:36 am

I like your cover, Beth! Great job and congrats on figuring out how to compose an anthology end to end.

Milo, best of success on your signing and launch! Have fun, it's a great feeling meeting readers and signing a book with your story in it.

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Re: Success!

Postby chuckt » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:51 am

Beth Powers wrote:I made a collection of nearly all of my published stories, and for the first time, I'm trying out a paperback version too! I learned a lot of things about how books are put together along the way--I did all of the cover/interior design/layout, and there were some frustrating moments while I tried to figure out why it wouldn't upload to Amazon (because of course Amazon wouldn't just tell me what was wrong). It felt like a different sort of writerly success to be able to hold something that I made every part of--from the words on the page to the design of the book. Here's the link to my announcement post if you want to check it out--many of these stories started their lives as entries to this contest before they found homes elsewhere wotf008

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Pretty frickin awesome Beth. How cool. I'd like to learn to do this if I get something worthwhile some day. I met a couple of folks who self-publish at the last workshop I went to. They actually make money.
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Re: Success!

Postby yoyo123 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:36 am

I hesitate to put this in the success thread, but for me, it is. I submitted my first piece of fiction (anywhere, ever) this season. It was a flash piece I knew would be an instant reject, but I couldn’t let it go. Sent it to Strange Horizons and finally got my 67 day first reader form rejection. There was no doubt in my mind that this would be the outcome, but the fear of submission is now past and I can move on. So...hurray! :)

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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:40 am

yoyo123 wrote:I hesitate to put this in the success thread, but for me, it is. I submitted my first piece of fiction (anywhere, ever) this season. It was a flash piece I knew would be an instant reject, but I couldn’t let it go. Sent it to Strange Horizons and finally got my 67 day first reader form rejection. There was no doubt in my mind that this would be the outcome, but the fear of submission is now past and I can move on. So...hurray! :)

Hey, there's all kinds of different markers for success. Congratulations on making your first submission! (I still remember mine--I sent what was, in retrospect, a very bad story to Intergalactic Medicine Show about fifteen years ago. It got a rejection, of course.) Keep writing and submitting! Don't do what I did and wait a decade to make your second sub. wotf019
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Re: Success!

Postby czing » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:26 pm

Nice job on those anthologies folks!

Also I agree with disgruntledpeony lots of ways to define success and yoyo I think doing your first submission is well worth calling a success!
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Re: Success!

Postby Andy Dibble » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:43 pm

Definitely agree about different ways to measure success. Here's another: finishing stories you really want to write, even if you don't think they are particularly publishable. There was a story about a somewhat esoteric theological problem I really wanted to write, and I wrote it. Just got a personal reject from Mysterion in their last round, which is further than I expected to get. I'm not optimistic about my chances elsewhere, but I'm still glad to have written in. Remember that old line from Emerson, "The reward of a job well done is to have done it."
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Re: Success!

Postby michaeljwyantjr » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:34 am

Not the usual success story, but, uh, I finished writing another novel today. Perfect timing since I didn't really want to write a bunch over the holiday. On to editing next week!

Also, one of my HMs was accepted for an anthology. Can't talk too much about that one yet, though, but it's super exciting. wotf007
WotF Results:
  • R:5
  • HM:7
  • sHM:0
  • SF:1
  • F:0
  • Last: HM, Q4 v36

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Re: Success!

Postby RSchibler » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:48 am

michaeljwyantjr wrote:Not the usual success story, but, uh, I finished writing another novel today. Perfect timing since I didn't really want to write a bunch over the holiday. On to editing next week!

Also, one of my HMs was accepted for an anthology. Can't talk too much about that one yet, though, but it's super exciting. wotf007


Congratulations on both! It's a great feeling to finish a novel! And a sale! Shiny! wotf010

I've finished my novel as well. It ended up at 77k words and is ready for editing after Thanksgiving. Great feeling!
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V36: R, HM, HM, SHM

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Re: Success!

Postby czing » Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:14 pm

Nice job on the novel and the story sale!
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Re: Success!

Postby michaeljwyantjr » Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:09 pm

RSchibler wrote:Congratulations on both! It's a great feeling to finish a novel! And a sale! Shiny! wotf010

I've finished my novel as well. It ended up at 77k words and is ready for editing after Thanksgiving. Great feeling!


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WotF Results:
  • R:5
  • HM:7
  • sHM:0
  • SF:1
  • F:0
  • Last: HM, Q4 v36

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Re: Success!

Postby WillShadbolt » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:00 am

My second sale to Daily Science Fiction is now online!

https://dailysciencefiction.com/science ... alis_SciFi
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Re: Success!

Postby RSchibler » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:02 am

WillShadbolt wrote:My second sale to Daily Science Fiction is now online!

https://dailysciencefiction.com/science ... alis_SciFi



Great story, Will!
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V35: HM, R, R, HM
V36: R, HM, HM, SHM

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Re: Success!

Postby disgruntledpeony » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:08 am

WillShadbolt wrote:My second sale to Daily Science Fiction is now online!

https://dailysciencefiction.com/science ... alis_SciFi

Nice! I enjoyed it. Well-written. wotf007 wotf010
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Re: Success!

Postby storysinger » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:31 am

I get DSF regularly and remember that story. I gave it a favorable star-count. Actually it's a rocket ship but you know I mean.
Congrats on the sale. wotf010
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Re: Success!

Postby Wulf Moon » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:04 am

Good work on your DSF story, Will! Has that punchy ending that's so important!

Congratulations and cheers!

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Re: Success!

Postby WillShadbolt » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:56 pm

Thanks for the compliments (and the good rating wotf007 )! In some ways it's even more exciting than my first story getting published at DSF, like that first one wasn't a fluke or anything
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Re: Success!

Postby crlisle » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:07 pm

WillShadbolt wrote:My second sale to Daily Science Fiction is now online!

https://dailysciencefiction.com/science ... alis_SciFi


Great story! Scary ending. Not sure I can see caterpillars the same way anymore.
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Re: Success!

Postby michaeljwyantjr » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:23 am

Another of my serial-HMs for WoTF has sold!

Project Lifeline will be in The Colored Lens' Winter 2020 issue (which I think is *this* winter, not next winter). It's a love story hidden in a somewhat deep dive sci-fi and I'm so happy it's found a home. wotf007
WotF Results:
  • R:5
  • HM:7
  • sHM:0
  • SF:1
  • F:0
  • Last: HM, Q4 v36

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Re: Success!

Postby czing » Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:24 pm

Congratulations on the publication michael!
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Re: Success!

Postby WillShadbolt » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:03 am

Congrats Michael! Let us know when it’s published
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Re: Success!

Postby storysinger » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:23 am

Congrats Michael, I look forward to reading it.
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Re: Success!

Postby MiloMinderbinder » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:34 pm

Congratulations, Michael!
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Re: Success!

Postby chuckt » Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:04 am

WillShadbolt wrote:My second sale to Daily Science Fiction is now online!

https://dailysciencefiction.com/science ... alis_SciFi


Yes. That was a good one! Congrats.
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Re: Success!

Postby michaeljwyantjr » Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:37 pm

Thanks everyone! I'll post a link when it's up and available!
WotF Results:
  • R:5
  • HM:7
  • sHM:0
  • SF:1
  • F:0
  • Last: HM, Q4 v36

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Re: Success!

Postby chuckt » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:33 am

Anyone else start to twitch when you see, on submission grinder, the editor has rejected most everything older than your submission and has started rejecting ones submitted after yours? I know I shouldn't read anything into that but I imagine they have read my story and it is in the "maybe" pile.
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Re: Success!

Postby RSchibler » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:54 am

I find the many available metrics on the grinder both wonderful and terrible, yes. Twitch.
V34: R, HM, R
V35: HM, R, R, HM
V36: R, HM, HM, SHM

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