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Offline CameronJohnston

Adventures in Writing
« on: October 09, 2014, 10:15:09 AM »
*Shamelessly steals the title of a defunct SFX forum thread*

I thought it would be interesting to have a thread to discuss our adventures in writing, where we can discuss submissions to magazines or anthologies, contests, any good news or acceptances etc.

I'll start by saying that this week I have had a short story accepted by The Lovecraft Ezine, and I am currently trying to come up with some submissions for the Apex magazine 'Steal the Spotlight Micro Fiction Contest' for Halloween. Apex is a professional-pay magazine, very good exposure, and the contest has 5 categories for 250-word submissions: Sea monsters, black dog/Hellhounds, banshees, science experiments gone wrong, and demons (this can include wendigos, succubus, be creative). It closes October 15th so get cracking!
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http://www.apex-magazine.com/apex-magazine-presents-steal-the-spotlight-micro-fiction-contest/
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2014, 10:37:04 AM »
Congrats on the story acceptance, Cameron! :)
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2014, 11:09:05 AM »
Congrats on the story acceptance, Cameron! :)
Thanks Jen :) Have had a good year with regards to short stories. *Glares at all the rejection emails they each accrued*
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2014, 03:51:29 PM »
like wine, a good story improves with each rejection.  :D possibly.

definitely congrats though!

meanwhile, back at the ranch, i just came in under the 3k word limit for the sixth StoryQuest contest with a kinda steampunky piece i'm really rather happy with. in case anybody else is interested, the closing date on this isn't until the end of October: http://sqmag.com/story-quest-contest/
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2014, 06:09:19 PM »
Congrats on the story acceptance, Cameron! :)
Thanks Jen :) Have had a good year with regards to short stories. *Glares at all the rejection emails they each accrued*

Well done! This has probably been my quietest year for short stories (also I can't believe it's October already)

I get the ms for THE IRON GHOST back tomorrow for my final read-through. Last chance to spot typos or change anything. 0_0 Always a bit scary
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2014, 11:18:01 AM »
Phew, taking a break between novel drafts to work on a short story or two. Feel a bit rusty going back to short-form.
Just heard than one of my long-delayed stories should be coming out mid-December, everything going well.

Has anybody here been submitting novels to agents/publishers, or have most people on the forum gone straight for the self-publishing route?
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2014, 11:39:18 AM »
likewise with the rusty, though i did manage to bash out a 750-word epic space opera flash-fic in less than two hours intended for the Jurassic Stocking Stuffer. it got rejected (though with a smile), but it was massive fun to write, & i've sent it elsewhere already. sometimes having a short deadline helps focus the mind :)

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2014, 12:01:16 PM »
Ach, I didn't get anything in the Apex Halloween competition either and got another short story rejection back the other week (resubmitted elsewhere yet again). Having a deadline does seem to help in getting the words down though! I am trying to get this latest short story down quickly and sent off out into the cruel world  before I delve back into next draft of my novel.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2014, 01:24:40 PM »
I've been having a short story submission splurge - in the past week I've subbed to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Apex, Uncanny, Another Dimension & Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2014, 02:24:56 PM »
good luck with them!
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2014, 02:59:35 PM »
I've been having a short story submission splurge - in the past week I've subbed to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Apex, Uncanny, Another Dimension & Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.

Yikes, that's a lot. Good luck with them.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2014, 11:15:48 AM »
Just to answer the "anyone else submitting to trad-pub route" question: I'm at the tail end of one last gasp of querying my first novel (an agent pointed out some offer-blocking concerns that resonate with my own uncertainties, so I've finally accepted the move-on-and-improve method, though I may one day come back to fix; it's still out with a couple of other agents, but I'm not hopeful). I finished a draft of the next novel in mid-October, so I'm NaNo-ing a new project as a brain-gap between that and commencing some serious edits in December. The plan is to be ready to query that novel in Feb/March next year.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2014, 09:06:54 PM »
Just to answer the "anyone else submitting to trad-pub route" question: I'm at the tail end of one last gasp of querying my first novel (an agent pointed out some offer-blocking concerns that resonate with my own uncertainties, so I've finally accepted the move-on-and-improve method, though I may one day come back to fix; it's still out with a couple of other agents, but I'm not hopeful). I finished a draft of the next novel in mid-October, so I'm NaNo-ing a new project as a brain-gap between that and commencing some serious edits in December. The plan is to be ready to query that novel in Feb/March next year.
I know how you feel. I tried this with one of mine and met a giant wall of indifference. I've kind of shelved the idea of getting published for the moment, but will have another go in the new year. If I still can't make any headway I may actually self publish that particular book just to get it out there and because I still  think the idea has legs and may interest someone out there. I'd be happy if I could get one sale to someone who was not either a family member or a friend.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2014, 03:47:48 PM »
For the first time ever I've had a short story accepted and now published.  It's over at Swords and Sorcery Magazine and I've been rather excited at the prospect of it going up for the past week.  Now I'll just have to move on to another story or three.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2014, 10:27:47 PM »
For the first time ever I've had a short story accepted and now published.  It's over at Swords and Sorcery Magazine and I've been rather excited at the prospect of it going up for the past week.  Now I'll just have to move on to another story or three.
Congratulations, Carter. Great news. Thoroughly deserved.
I entered my novel in a 'next big thing in YA' promoted that Hatchette down here had going for unaccented submissions. The initial release said that if you hadn't heard anything by November then they were unlikely to be interested. Then last week I got an email from them saying that they it had been so well received that they were extending their response date until Jan if they were interested. I still doubt I'll hear anything, I think I've written something that the wider publishing world simply isn't interested in. However I still really like it and cracked the 80,000 word barrier on the 4th Realmspace novel (Butterfly Effect) a couple of days ago.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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