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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #45 on: April 25, 2015, 10:42:21 PM »
$0.06?! It used to be $0.05! Maybe I haven't made my first pro-rate sale after all...  :-\

I'd still take it.  I haven't even got a per word sale, let alone $0.05.  In fact, I've only sold a solitary story so what do I know?

Now excuse me while I go and find a surgeon to extract this foot from my mouth . . .

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #46 on: April 26, 2015, 03:43:27 PM »
Please don't get me wrong - I'm still delighted. :) Got my authors copy through last night which was very exciting!

I really need to get something else finished but life is just so full.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #47 on: April 27, 2015, 08:27:13 AM »
SFWA qualifying markets are generally acknowledged as pro-pay, currently sitting at $0.06 a word but then it's not all about the money; lots of highly regarded magazines pay less. Also, seeing illustrations of your stories is a weird but great feeling. Not so sure about the audio adaptions though, I find it hard to listen to those.

JRTroughton - Shimmer is a really great magazine to be in, so good going getting a story in there! :)
Michael Sullivan - $0.15 is a very generous rate of pay. Only a handful of places pay that much for a story.

As for me, I just sent my finished novel out to its first agent slushpile. We shall see if somebody picks it up. Eep.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #48 on: April 27, 2015, 08:20:21 PM »
As for me, I just sent my finished novel out to its first agent slushpile. We shall see if somebody picks it up. Eep.
Congrats and good luck!

I will die of happiness the day someone does artwork for one of my fantasy stories. Was secretly and selfishly hoping Shimmer would pick my story to produce some artwork for, due to the numerous descriptions of monsters, but it was not to be.

And, yup. Absolutely not about the money. :)

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #49 on: May 29, 2015, 03:04:42 PM »
Well an agent enjoyed my novel partial (3 chapters) and requested I send in the full manuscript.
*watches email for next few weeks/months* *refreshes* *sighs*

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #50 on: June 01, 2015, 08:46:49 PM »
Well an agent enjoyed my novel partial (3 chapters) and requested I send in the full manuscript.
*watches email for next few weeks/months* *refreshes* *sighs*

I can easily imagine how nervous that can be.  Congratulations for getting it that far at the very least and I hope it gets a lot further. 

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #51 on: June 02, 2015, 01:53:18 AM »
Well an agent enjoyed my novel partial (3 chapters) and requested I send in the full manuscript.
*watches email for next few weeks/months* *refreshes* *sighs*
Well done, Cameron. I'd do the Snoopy dance if an agent ever showed that much interest in my work.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #52 on: June 02, 2015, 10:15:47 AM »
I admit I was like, YES! - It's not total crap! :D Ah well, fingers crossed!

In other news, Victoria Schwab (Author of A Darker Shade of Magic, Vicious etc)?posted something interesting, a glimpse at what goes into making a book: https://twitter.com/veschwab/status/605388704895504385



Yes, that is track changes in Word, and this is only a small section of a novel. That's a lot of changes!
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #53 on: July 16, 2015, 10:55:30 AM »
So, the first agent I sent my novel off to got back to me about my novel. It's not a no (not exactly), but not a yes either. They suggested a number of changes to make it a stronger novel and then said they would be happy to take another look at it...

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #54 on: July 16, 2015, 11:08:50 AM »
So, the first agent I sent my novel off to got back to me about my novel. It's not a no (not exactly), but not a yes either. They suggested a number of changes to make it a stronger novel and then said they would be happy to take another look at it...
That's progress, hey? Keep us posted, and I know our collective fingers are crossed for you.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #55 on: July 16, 2015, 09:06:33 PM »
Brilliant news, Cameron! And yes, I recognise Victoria Schwab's tracked changes - my novel's full edit had a whole chapter (deservedly) red-lined :)
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #56 on: July 16, 2015, 11:17:57 PM »
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So, the first agent I sent my novel off to got back to me about my novel. It's not a no (not exactly), but not a yes either. They suggested a number of changes to make it a stronger novel and then said they would be happy to take another look at it...

That's really cool, actually. The fact that they liked it enough to even suggest changes is a really good sign! (I say this as someone who has done cold queries... it's not encouraging). Good luck!

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #57 on: August 26, 2015, 08:51:05 AM »
So how are you all getting on with your writing? Anything good happening to FF'ers?

As for my novel, in the first round of agent submissions I submitted to my top 3 dream agents: 1 no as the agent didn't love it and doesn't represent anything they don't love (mere like isn't enough), 1 "I'd look at it again if you made XYZ changes", and another Full Request has just come in. Pretty pleased with that. Meanwhile, during the wait to hear back, I'm working on another novel project and editing this one for resubmittion,

I think most people submit to more agents at once though, 5-10 or so,  then wait a while to see what feedback returns. If they don't even get past the query letter stage then there is clearly some issue there. If it doesn't get past the partial then perhaps their start needs strengthened etc.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #58 on: August 26, 2015, 11:48:02 AM »
So how are you all getting on with your writing? Anything good happening to FF'ers?

As for my novel, in the first round of agent submissions I submitted to my top 3 dream agents: 1 no as the agent didn't love it and doesn't represent anything they don't love (mere like isn't enough), 1 "I'd look at it again if you made XYZ changes", and another Full Request has just come in. Pretty pleased with that. Meanwhile, during thee wait to hear back, I'm working on another novel project and editing this one for resubmittion,

I think most people submit to more agents at once though, 5-10 or so,  then wait a while to see what feedback returns. If they don't even get past the query letter stage then there is clearly some issue there. If it doesn't get past the partial then perhaps their start needs strengthened etc.

That's great @CameronJohnston! I've submitted a few times, and have received what seemed to be automatic responses, and a few that also mentioned specifically what they liked and what they didn't, which were the really helpful ones (obviously). I also received a publishing contract on my mail a few months ago, but it actually appeared to be a vanity press disguised as indie, and I decided not to go through with it after exchanging a few emails with them.

Good luck with agents #2 and #3  ;)
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #59 on: August 26, 2015, 12:22:23 PM »
So how are you all getting on with your writing? Anything good happening to FF'ers?

As for my novel, in the first round of agent submissions I submitted to my top 3 dream agents: 1 no as the agent didn't love it and doesn't represent anything they don't love (mere like isn't enough), 1 "I'd look at it again if you made XYZ changes", and another Full Request has just come in. Pretty pleased with that. Meanwhile, during thee wait to hear back, I'm working on another novel project and editing this one for resubmittion,

I think most people submit to more agents at once though, 5-10 or so,  then wait a while to see what feedback returns. If they don't even get past the query letter stage then there is clearly some issue there. If it doesn't get past the partial then perhaps their start needs strengthened etc.

That's great @CameronJohnston! I've submitted a few times, and have received what seemed to be automatic responses, and a few that also mentioned specifically what they liked and what they didn't, which were the really helpful ones (obviously). I also received a publishing contract on my mail a few months ago, but it actually appeared to be a vanity press disguised as indie, and I decided not to go through with it after exchanging a few emails with them.

Good luck with agents #2 and #3  ;)

Argh, that must have been so disappointing when it turned out to be a vanity press :( So many people get fleeced by groups like that. Always good to check them out on Writer Beware: http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/ and places like the Absolute Write forum background check board: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?22-Bewares-Recommendations-amp-Background-Check

It's no wonder most submissions get form rejections, but always appreciated when you get a personal rejection, when editors/agents give you a little feedback on why they didn't accept it, especially when they are stupidly busy people. Hope it finds a good home.
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