Sunday, February 20, 2011

Write1Sub1 Week #7 Check In

The end of Write1Sub1 2011 week #7 is upon us!

How's it been for you? Have the words flowed like the laughter of children or has it been a week from hell? Here's your chance to let everyone know. If you've managed to write a story and submit a story, shout it from the rooftops now. Go you! If you've had something accepted or even published, tell us so we can add you and the market to the Write1Sub1 Hall Of Fame. But if stuff has got in the way of the writing and all your replies have been rejections, let us know that too so we can commiserate! We've all been there.

Successes and failures, triumphs and disasters, brilliant ideas and insane dreams : we want to hear all about them!


  1. Still haven't managed to complete SF thriller Malware that I really wanted to get done this week. Ah well. Novel revisions keeping me busy! Whilst I was thinking about Malware, though, I did write a fantasy short story - Small Animal Work - and submitted it. Also wrote two and submitted five Twitter stories so I'm keeping up.

    Four successes to report : flash fiction Titania from week #5 was bought by Flashquake. Flash fiction A Door He'd Never Noticed from week #6 was accepted by Weird Year. Twitter fiction piece An Explosive Relationship from week #6 was accepted by Trapeze and Twitter piece The Lost Art of Conversation from week #7 was accepted by Cuento.

    Next week may not be so productive : children not at school so I may get nothing written ...

  2. A better week for me. I wrote the first draft of a zombie story and another entry for Lily Child’s Friday Prediction. My flash fiction piece, Gravity, was last week's runner-up and I submitted it and another piece to Pill Hill Press's Daily Flash 2012 and Daily Frights 2012. Gravity has been accepted and I'm waiting to here the fate of the other.

    Next week will be a tough one for me, as I'm working extra hours. But I'm sure W1S1 will keep me going!

  3. Well done, Simon! You're setting the bar for the rest of us, mos def.

    This week, my flash "Memory Lane" decided to evolve into a 5K short story, which I proceeded to revise and submit to Weird Tales. I also wrote a tweet-tale for Cuento and another one for Escarp, as well as three horror/SF haiku for Scifaikuest.

    My pre-W1S1 stories also kept me busy this week, with one bought/published by Fried Fiction and three others rejected by other markets. Revised, resubbed.

    As for my novel-in-progress, I'm hoping this week off from work will be productive. Don't ask me why, but our school celebrates "Presidents' Week" - and I ain't complaining!

  4. Finished "Nebraska", a 450-word flash piece verging on magical realism.

    And I submitted a previous week's story ("Mr. Denton Explores the Universe") to Subtropics.

  5. Subbed 6 altogether - another Hon.mention with Jo Prescott, 'Circle of Celebration (words AND pictures) to MuDJoB for April, 2 to PigeonBike for a Chapbook, one of which was rejected & the other pending, and a first for me, 'Bastard' to Lily Childs' Friday Prediction. River of Stones accepted 'My Grandmother's tablecloth' for their 'Book of Stones'. Bridie 5 had another 3500 words added and I proofed and pressed the 'publish' button on my NaNoWriMo novel so have 4 books available on Blurb, which feels very good indeed.

  6. Wrote 1 poem, submitted 1 story. Got a multiple tweet poem (5 tweets) published and one poem was accepted for later this year (date unspecified)

  7. ooh just as I was updating my tracking for the last few weeks ;) sad that I am, I have a spreadsheet...
    But the good news is, as Sandra, I had a piece accepted for the River of Stones book; a piece accepted by MuDJoB for publication in March, and one by negative suck ( for publication in May. So I make it 6 pieces accepted so far this year ;)

  8. Wow, what a lot of success going on! Congrats to you all.

    I wrote and submitted a 700 word flash fiction "A Flaming Brand" to the webzine Einstein's Pocket Watch.

    I had "Apocalypse" accepted by Scaifaikuest. This is a very symbolic moment for me. This is the first time I have sold a piece of work, for real, actual money. OK, it's only $1, but according to Chambers Dictionary - this makes me a professional writer! (I don't think I'll give up the day job just yet!)


  9. It has been a strange, strange week. I wrote a flash in one sitting (852 words), but that was the most of it. I did manage to ship out "Lullaby" (about 2,500 words) for a quick rejection from Fantasy. It has moved on; so have I. I must edit my Candle in the Attic Window sub this week. I must, I must.

  10. I'm a little behind this week, but I will be catching up here real quick. My Japanese monster hunter piece has been accepted by Pill Hill Press, so I'm definitely doing the happy dance around the house as this is the first thing of mine ever to be published! Eeeee!

    Jkdavies - That's not so sad. I have a spreadsheet too! Two of them, actually. One for Write1Sub1 and one for resubmission pieces. Without them, I'd have no idea how many I've written and subbed!

  11. JKDavies + Sparklecat ... I'm just creating my spreadsheet now!

  12. Well done everyone, sounds like a whole lot of great work going on. Congrats to Dom especially for the first sale. Feels good doesn't it?

    A spreadsheet? I'm geeky enough to have written a whole Windows application just to keep track of my subs!

  13. My focus this month has been on completing my novel. I'm glad I'm only doing the Light Ray option.

    I did write a short story this week, "La Rosa Still in Bloom" (2,500 words). I've had it posted for critique, and hope I get the chance to work on revisions tonight or tomorrow. Then I'll be sending it off!

  14. Had 1 rejection and 3 acceptances this week! Only one of those is a W1S1. I subbed last week's story on Monday, and it was accepted for the anthology "Leather, Denim & Silver: Legends of the Monster Hunter" from Pill Hill Press.

    The other two acceptances both came yesterday, and while I did use them as submissions early on, they were started pre-W1S1. One was a previously published short of mine that I fleshed out a teensy bit. It will appear in August in AntipodeanSF. The other was a story I started in August last year and pulled out in January to finish and revise. It'll appear in Brain Harvest in March.

    I wrote a 1,400-word story this week that I'll submit next week after I tinker a bit, and loosely planned another anthology submission. Great week for me! And congrats to all those above!

  15. Last weekend I submitted two Twitter Fiction pieces to Trapeze and Nanoism. Trapeze accepted my submission, and it will be published on 5/12/11. So encouraging! That's motivating me to resubmit the one rejected by Nanoism and to continue writing more microfiction.

  16. I finally finished my week 5 story which clocked in at over 7300 words, my longest short story to date. I also got my week 7 story in under the wire. Wrote, edited, and sent it out all in about 3 hours--a 1400 word piece about aliens, singularities, floods, and pineapples. (Thank you random word prompts!)

  17. Whoops! Got distracted and missed the link to check in for two weeks. Anyways, still on track:

    Week 5: The Ambassador's Lady (5100)
    A steampunk tale of Imperial Russia

    Week 6: A Blot on the Escutcheon (4900)
    A man tries to solve a murder in small-town Thailand, but discovers a dark secret.

    Week 7: An Aesop Amidst the Fairy Dust (4300)
    Fairy pizza. There's more to it, but that's enough right?

    See you next week.

  18. Revised one of my flash pieces from week 5 and subbed it this week. Wrote three new twitter fictions. Got one rejection from last week's submissions.

    I'm curious how you all are setting up your spreadsheets!

    I'm just using a list in Word, where I list all the weeks, and under each week I list what I wrote and what I subbed (one indented bullet for each), with current status in caps. But I'm sure there's a better way . . .

  19. I made spreadsheet in Google Docs, and then embedded that on my site (through the Share button). It's pretty simple.


  20. I'm doing the monthly x2 version, but i thought i'd check in anyway. One story out the door, one draft finished. A second draft should be finished tonight, and a second story should be out the door tomorrow. I think i'll use the spare days before the end of the month to get ahead on next month's stories. And maybe to get some editing done on a novel i've decided is worth another look.

    I too have an SSoW (Submissions Spreadsheet of Wonder). It uses vlookups and everything. *cheesy grin*

    @Simon: A Windows app? oooh!

  21. Sam,

    I know, I know. It's pretty basic but I've used it just about every day for 10 years now. Wouldn't be without it. It's here should you want a look. Completely free.

    One of these days I'm going to write a better one ...

  22. Oh yes, some sort of spreadsheet is a MUST - even something scrawled in a ledger. Mine has saved me multiple times from resubmitting a story to the same market (not at their request). No better way to get yourself blacklisted than to do something like that!

  23. And I received some good news from Jessica Otto today: my Week3 tweet-tale "Grandpa's Bluetooth" will appear @ Trapeze on May 17. Another tiny W1S1 success!

  24. Wow, what a week so far. I'm glad to see so many success stories and so many people surviving the grind. I'll post publications to the halls of fame later tonight. Today I'm... writing.

    Last week:

    Write1: Two flashes, "The World Beneath Us", "Valentine Day"

    Sub1: To Bananafish, JMWW, Johnny America; nonW1S1 to Allegory and Staccato Fiction.

    Here's to keeping the train rolling. That's how epic journeys are made, step by step.

  25. I'm going to call January and February done. I'm supposed to be on the one a month plan to a paying market. I sent a 4500 word magical noir story to Asimov's and two 100 word flash pieces to Flashshot. The latter is not a paying market but regardless I feel good about it.

    On to March and more stories.

  26. My week 7 story stalled Wednesday night. After a couple of attempts to get it moving again I switched gears and cranked out a flash fiction piece on Friday. After a quick edit I sent that one out.

    Most of my time last week went to novel revisions which were actually flowing pretty nicely. Had some positive replies from beta readers on my first chapter.

  27. After a very busy week and a half at work, I am playing catch-up. Overall, week 7 was pretty productive. Wrote and submitted a story to Shock Totem. Wrote and polished a story for week 8 submission to Enchanted Conversation. Re-subbed one rejected story to a new market, and one previously published story to a reprint market. Finally, had a new acceptance, from Bards and Sages Quarterly. The story they bought was from 2010 and does not count toward W1S1, but a win is a win :)

  28. Well, that was a lot of updating. Thanks to everyone who reported this week and to anyone who cares to add to the list.

    Back to work fellow W1S1ers.

  29. Wow you guys are doing great. :) February has been a writing disaster for me between the day job and the sick kids and the snow... but that's the hazard of being a writing working mom of two. I hope to make up for it very soon.

  30. I think I've been too ambitious. I got off to a great start, but between blog, move, kids, and life in general, I haven't hit the mark I set.

    To give a feel for the insanity level around here right now: house is 3/4 packed, and the kids were chasing chickens in the back yard this morning.