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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2015, 11:40:38 AM »
WotF pays a *lot* in both $$ and exposure (especially for non-professional/up-coming writers), and a free and glitzy trip to the US. I know they keep saying there is a firewall between Scientology and WotF and that a lot of very recognizable SF names are involved, but...yeah. Still, no harm in submitting I guess, they are hardly going to force you to convert or anything.

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2015, 11:54:23 AM »
WotF pays a *lot* in both $$ and exposure (especially for non-professional/up-coming writers), and a free and glitzy trip to the US. I know they keep saying there is a firewall between Scientology and WotF and that a lot of very recognizable SF names are involved, but...yeah. Still, no harm in submitting I guess, they are hardly going to force you to convert or anything.
Actually, it does look pretty interesting.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2015, 01:05:24 PM »
Has anybody thought of submitting something to the Writers of the Future competition? It would seem like a good opportunity for newer writers, but some see it as problematic due to the association with L Ron Hubbard.

Also, just had a short story accepted by Sword & Sorcery magazine, pleased it has found a good home but now I need to get working on writing more as the cupboard is now bare.
WotF pays a *lot* in both $$ and exposure (especially for non-professional/up-coming writers), and a free and glitzy trip to the US. I know they keep saying there is a firewall between Scientology and WotF and that a lot of very recognizable SF names are involved, but...yeah. Still, no harm in submitting I guess, they are hardly going to force you to convert or anything.
Congratulations!

I have thought about submitting something to the WotF, but sadly I'm not quite proficient enough at writing to really consider it. I Didn't know there was a Scientology connection, but that makes no difference to me: Submitting something to a contest doesn't make me a Scientologist. I hope.  ???
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2015, 01:23:31 PM »
Incidentally, the WotF site is completely broken for me  :-\
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2015, 01:50:19 PM »
Incidentally, the WotF site is completely broken for me  :-\
Yeah, pretty much crap. I did manage to trial-and-error my way to the rules and submission directions by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the home page and the links on the far right.
Here are the rules:
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2015, 02:40:10 PM »
Incidentally, the WotF site is completely broken for me  :-\
Yeah, pretty much crap. I did manage to trial-and-error my way to the rules and submission directions by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the home page and the links on the far right.
Here are the rules:
http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules-writers/
Thanks, I managed to find that page via google :D
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2015, 05:41:29 PM »
So do many folks on here get stuff published in some of the SF/F mags or sites?
As words from the wise... Where would I start if I wanted to look at doing that?

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #37 on: April 21, 2015, 09:13:45 PM »
I haven't released a single story yet, but I am already getting fan mail.  ;D Primarily by people from the forum where I post my worldbuilding stuff and exchange ideas with others. A lot of it is actually just "Hey, I don't really have much to say, but I like your stuff and think you have really great ideas", but when people make the effort to tell you just that, it's still highly motivating.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #38 on: April 21, 2015, 09:15:56 PM »
I haven't released a single story yet, but I am already getting fan mail.  ;D Primarily by people from the forum where I post my worldbuilding stuff and exchange ideas with others. A lot of it is actually just "Hey, I don't really have much to say, but I like your stuff and think you have really great ideas", but when people make the effort to tell you just that, it's still highly motivating.
@xiagan is paying people to do this to distract you from the fact that my wife is planning world domination.
Er, wait, that makes no sense.

Actually, yay @Yora! because you do have awesome fascinating ideas.
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #39 on: April 21, 2015, 09:53:18 PM »
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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #40 on: April 22, 2015, 10:39:56 AM »
So do many folks on here get stuff published in some of the SF/F mags or sites?
As words from the wise... Where would I start if I wanted to look at doing that?

Some people are working away trying achieve that, some of us are published in magazines, and some of of us also have full novels published. It makes for a good pool of information and experience :)

We have a handy thread on the forum with links to various magazines and resources if you want to try sending your stories out to get published:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/open-for-submissions/magazine-directory-for-submissions/

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Offline JRTroughton

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2015, 10:25:55 AM »
My first pro-rate story is being published by Shimmer next week.

Having read through the proof and seen the beautiful writing my story sits alongside, I'm really pleased. Excite!

Seems to me that the market for short science fiction is a lot larger than fantasy. Could be way off the mark here, but that's my impression. This is a frustration as fantasy is very much my bag, whereas science fiction feels like a bag I've borrowed and I like but it's not really mine, y'know?

Getting fan mail must be lovely, Yora!

Offline Michael Sullivan

Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #42 on: April 25, 2015, 12:27:38 PM »
My first pro-rate story is being published by Shimmer next week.

What is "pro-rate" these days?  I'm going to be doing a contest where I'll add a short story to my next released novel to give a new author some exposure and I want to make sure they are well compensated.  I've heard it's $0.07 which seems really low.  The amount I'm paying is $0.15 a word - does that seem reasonable?

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #43 on: April 25, 2015, 02:24:59 PM »
My first pro-rate story is being published by Shimmer next week.

Congratulations!  That must be a ridiculously good feeling. 

As for the science fiction/fantasy market goes, I know what you mean.  But hey, I just write what I like and see if any will buy it later - mostly fantasy as well but I forage elsewhere when the story demands it.  Besides, the balance has to change sometime, right?

What is "pro-rate" these days?  I'm going to be doing a contest where I'll add a short story to my next released novel to give a new author some exposure and I want to make sure they are well compensated.  I've heard it's $0.07 which seems really low.  The amount I'm paying is $0.15 a word - does that seem reasonable?

To qualify as a pro-market for the SFWA it stands at $0.06 per word.  Somehow I doubt many people can object to you paying above that!

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Re: Adventures in Writing
« Reply #44 on: April 25, 2015, 04:37:46 PM »
$0.06?! It used to be $0.05! Maybe I haven't made my first pro-rate sale after all...  :-\

Still, yes. A fantastic feeling. I agree absolutely - Write what you like to write and the masses will come in their droves, throwing coin at you, praising the ground upon which you walk, and singing hymns to your name. That's what I tell myself anyway... it'll happen one day.

$0.15 a word is an excellent rate. I don't think there are many markets that offer that.