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LDWriter2
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An interesting and I would assume well known Antho market.

They will look at stories up to 9,000 words. And will take a couple of UF stories. And want one humorous story for the end. Readings started last month Egads they only read 'till May 12


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I might have one that could fit the humor one if I changed the sex of the MC. It may not matter in this story. And I have probably half a dozen to a dozen UF stories with female heroes. If I wanted to take a chance at being one of those couple.

And Dr. Bob they like longer stories if you're MC can have a sex transplant or you have a new one

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Hrm... It would be incredibly fitting if I could get somehting in there. After all seeing Kathleen Dalton Woodbury's name on this place helped me decide to join, and I first saw a story of hers in said anthology.
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Got a personal rejection last month.

It was fun to write the story, though.

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I do have an older fantasy with a female co-MC not sure if that would fit but it needs work and I don't have time to revise the story.

Too bad but I found out about it too late, even though come to think of it I may have known about it sooner but forgot.

Hmm, if I had thought of it sooner I could have tried to write a short short, I could have come up with a story idea but...

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quote:
Originally posted by GreatNovus:
Hrm... It would be incredibly fitting if I could get somehting in there. After all seeing Kathleen Dalton Woodbury's name on this place helped me decide to join, and I first saw a story of hers in said anthology.

Thank you, GreatNovus. I'm honored.
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That's one of my goals, KD, appear in every publication you have.

Now, with a day left, with a computer that has a 7 inch screen, a job where I have 450 miles yet to drive today, and a pay rate that is bound to attract some very good writers, can I meet my goal for this one?

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quote:
Originally posted by snapper:
That's one of my goals, KD, appear in every publication you have.

Now, with a day left, with a computer that has a 7 inch screen, a job where I have 450 miles yet to drive today, and a pay rate that is bound to attract some very good writers, can I meet my goal for this one?

We might be waiting till the next one for this publication... Course I am off tomorrow and it doesnt say <I>when</I> tommorrow its due by...
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Go for it GreatNovus! [Smile]
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I got home from work and while sitting for a moment this market came to mind. I remembered a 3,000 word story I have that might fit. I need to revise it and change a few little things, like the gender of the MC, and I won't have time to have anyone read it over but if I work on all night and day tomorrow-when not doing chores-I might be able to send it in in the evening...that includes spellchecking-proofreading and making sure there are no super long sentences.


Got it done, one more revision than the spell check and running it though the proofreader. I'm not sure about the ending, even though it does end, and a couple of lines but sometimes I'm not sure about most of my writing.

[ May 12, 2012, 01:12 AM: Message edited by: LDWriter2 ]

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GreatNovus Maybe you can write while driving. After all people text, put on make up etc while driving. [Smile]

But it would be good if you could get one in. I would suspect the deadline is midnight even though not sure what time zone if any?

But we need someone in it and there's room for more than one.


Now I know two people who have been in it. There was a girl on another online writing group who got in a couple of years ago. I never found it to read her story though.

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Much to do today, but i think I might be able to blitz something out. When I first started writing this was the genre I started in, I'm so far removed from it now it'll be difficult. Never know til you try, I suppose.
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Okay sent it. Spellcheck and proofreading didn't take as long as usual. I'm still not comfortable with all of the lines, some seem amateurish nor am I completely sure about the fit with what they wanted. But it has a strong female protagonist, is fantasy involving swords and has a bit of magic. So we shall see. Nice story anyway, so I can send it out again after I get it back.


Wonder if BCS would like it and/or JJA over at Lightspeed. Than there's F&SF of course.

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Well, that was quick. Figured with all the usual last minute submissions it could be a couple weeks at least.

Not the right feel for SS-of course- and I should try it on another market.


Not sure how she meant that last comment.

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Don't take it personal, LDW. It's their standard form.

SS has always been quick. The longest response they had was 4 days and lot of the reports on duotrope show a 0 day wait.

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That first is kinda disappointing. Even though it sounds abrupt kinda like sarcasm I sort of hoped it was a personal message.
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I didnt get around to this. Got one of those pay your rent in five days or get the F out letters. Kinda messed up my plans for the day.
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Louis, I dug up the duotrope editor interview and read a couple of things that may (or may not) clarify their decision process.
On the question of how much do you read before rejecting a piece, Ms Waters answers...

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It depends on the piece. Sometimes I can tell by reading the e-mail that I probably won't want the story, particularly if the e-mail has errors in grammar and spelling. Even then, I'll read at least the first few paragraphs of the story. If the first few paragraphs of a story make me want to keep reading, I'll read the entire story.
She adds on her decision process by adding...

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I sit down at the computer, open the web browser e-mail program and the S&S log spreadsheet, log in the stories, and read them. If I know I'm not going to use a story I send it back with a polite rejection. (I still have MZB's rejection paragraphs, but I think some of them are a bit harsh, so I don't use most of them.) The rejection reasons are numbered, so I log the story out with the rejection number and the date.
I think the rejection #'s she was talking about can be found in a MZB article on Why Did My Story Get Rejected

Don't know if this helps you at all but there you go.

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So besides possibly implying that my story won't give the readers of SS a satisfying experience I'm not sure what it said.

But sometimes I think a rejection that is a bit harsh might be better. That way you know the editor isn't just being polite and may give a hint of what was wrong with the story.


And it's the last couple of sentences on that MZB article is where I am, at least emotionally.


Along the same lines as reader's satisfaction here's a line form a rejection from another market I got today.

"The authors liked your writing style, but the story didn't quite
click, although I can say it received very positive support."


Now is this their standard rejection or not?

I get one from an online mag that starts with your story was well received but... I took that as a note of encouragement the first time but it turns out that they always say that.

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Been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks so one last bit of procrastination before I do writing work.


MZB's note made sense and was logical but she forgot one thing or maybe she didn't do it. But I know of two pro editors, and one of the two has mentioned that his editor friends do the same, who have publicly stated that they will at times buy a story that doesn't fit the usual preemptors because the writing and/or story telling is so good they have to have it. I'm not talking about something that is fairly close, not buying fantasy when they want SF.

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