Sunday, February 17, 2013

Week #7 Check-In

2013 week #7 has come and gone!

How's it been for you? Have the words flowed like dandelion wine this week? Here's your chance to tell everybody about it, whether you're a weekly or monthly (or anything in between) W1S1 participant. If you've managed to write a story (or poem) and submit a story (or poem), here's your chance to shout it from the rooftops.

And if you've had something written as part of your W1S1 participation accepted (from whichever year), tell us so we can add you to the Write1Sub1 Hall of Champions. But if stuff has interfered with your writing and every reply has been a rejection, let us know that too so we can commiserate. We're all in this together.

Also, remember to note your W1S1 publications for our weekly Satummary Post and note if they're PAID ($) for our Published Work$ page. W1S1 2011, W1S1 2012 and W1S1 2013 stories all qualify for these honors.

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

58 comments:

  1. It's been mainly rejections for me this week - along with a few pieces making the second round of readings at various markets, so fingers crossed...

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  2. Not such a wonderful week for me but this Spring sunshine is certainly welcome. Written and submitted a travel article, no acceptances and one rejection (well not everyone can win a competition!)
    Hope everyone else has had a more successful week.

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    1. Spring sunshine here, too. Definitely welcome. Sounds like your week was like mine. Onwards and upwards!

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  3. Thomas E2/17/2013

    No snow! Very welcome snowdrops too.

    I have decided to learn touch typing so everything is sloooower than normal. I did write and submit a story to tor.com

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    1. Excellent; best of luck with the typing and the Tor.com submission.

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  4. WRITTEN: 3k words on the Southern Gothic Novel. 600 words on the new Spider-thief short story.

    REJECTIONS: "Call-Center" (Waylines), "The Hardest Kiss" (Lamplight Magazine)
    SUBMISSIONS: "Call-Center" to Nightfall Magazine, "The Hardest Kiss" to Waylines
    ACCEPTANCES/PUBLICATIONS: NONE

    I also had TWO (2!) full requests for the novel. On the same day. Nearly died with excitement but I'm better now. :)

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    1. Fingers crossed on those requests -- that's awesome news!

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    2. Excellent news on the novel - many congrats.

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  5. Up to 15K in this month's story; feels like it's winding down, so it might end up as a novelette after revision-cutting.

    7 of my stories have been held for further consideration, so I'm keeping busy and trying not to refresh my inbox too much.

    Planning to finish revising the Captain Quasar novella tomorrow and finally get it out the door.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Sounds like a flood of acceptances is about to hit you. Fingers crossed here...

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  6. I've got a nice batch of first drafts written, I've finished one story and subbed it (plus resubbed a couple of rejects) No sales this week.

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    1. Sounds like a very productive week. Great stuff.

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  7. Markets have been pretty quiet. I anticipate a flood to hit soon.

    Written: a new poem. That's three for the month. I'm plenty busy with other stuff, so I'm not concerned with a new story; actually, I have written 2600 words of novel outline, and it's not done, so there's my writing!

    Submitted: nothing new

    Published: "Maps" was published via the Daily Science Fiction mailing list, so I can link to that in public next week. ($)

    I also wrote a poem this month that was published in audio. No pay, but awesome attention: "Transdimensional Churros"

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    1. I loved Maps! Sounds like a pretty productive week to me. Bring on that flood...

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  8. Wrote a 4k story but haven't submitted it yet. Needs more revision. I have a feeling it will end up closer to 5k by the time I'm done, but I do hope to finish it this week.

    No sales or publications this week. A couple of very, very overdue rejections finally showed up, though. Hoping the next week will be more exciting :)

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    1. I had a couple of very old rejections myself so I share your pain. Thanks for checking in.

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  9. Hi

    I finished an old draft and submitted it. Haven't heard on any other piece.

    Written and Submitted: Swim Class (linguistic erosion)

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    1. Best of luck with that, David.

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  10. Well done to everyone hanging in there!

    Written: 3.5k cannibal horror story.
    Subbed: 5 (1 new, 3 resubs, 1 reprint)
    Rejected: 4 (2 form, from Apex & Flash Fiction Chronicles, 1 personal, from Strange Horizons, 1 2nd-round from Lightspeed)

    No acceptances or pubs this week, but 2 stories held for consideration, so there's always hope :)

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    1. Absolutely, there's always hope! Best of luck with those subs and held stories.

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  11. Wrote and submitted flash ('Getting the Beers In') to Writers' Hub.

    Rejections: Week 4's submission to Flash Fiction Online and Week 6's submission to The View From Here.

    The rejection email from TVFH included some very nice comments and advice, though, and is the first positive feedback I've received since I started writing short fiction. Cheered me right up!

    You guys continue to inspire me!

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    1. Glad we're helping in some small way. Comments and advice like that are invaluable. You're clearly on the right lines!

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  12. Hi, Writers! I kind of dreaded this week's check-in because I've been so busy I haven't put the time into my writing that it deserves.

    W1: I outlined three flash fiction stories, but I didn't write very much on any of them. :(

    S1: I submitted one short (WC 238) flash story. I wasn't very satisfied with it, but I had already messed with it so much I was afraid if I kept it any longer I'd destroy it.

    I did read a bunch of short stories this week, both classic and contemporary. That was the best the best part of my writing week. :)

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    1. Sounds like a pretty constructive week to me. Best of luck with that sub. Thanks for checking in!

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  13. Excellent stuff everyone - still penning away and ignoring all those evil rejections.

    Wrote: One flash,"His Light, Lost to Stars," and am working on a couple of poems, along with polishing the novella.
    Subbed: 1 new piece (above) and two 2012 ones.
    Rejected: 1 from Allegory
    Published: None

    Good luck with your submissions and new stories.

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    1. Ah, the evil rejections! I love the title of that flash piece. The very best of luck with it.

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  14. I managed one poem and one very short flash piece this week. I'm also taking a Young Adult/Middle Grade class, so I did writing for that, but not a complete story.

    One submission, and three rejections to finish off the week.

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    1. Congratulations on keeping with the program. Hopefully those rejections will become acceptances when you resubmit elsewhere...

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  15. Checking in for the last two weeks. I managed to write two flash pieces and a poem, but no subs.

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    1. Thanks for checking in. Best of luck with those when you do submit them.

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  16. Wrote 1
    Subbed 2 (!)
    One published on DSF website Tuesday - Wildness and Wet ($)
    (I forgot to mention yesterday in time for Satummary, so I put that info in comments)
    No rejects, still have several out at quiet (dead?) markets.

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    1. Or does it go in next Satummary?

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    2. Fantastic stuff, Lee. DSF must qualify as our most frequented pro market. I'm sure Steve will pick your success up and put it into the next Satummary.

      As to dead markets - always sad, but I think there should be some sort of law that requires them to tell us they're folding...

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    3. Yes, I pick up the Satummary entries from the prior week's update, so your DSF piece will be listed on this coming Saturday.

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  17. Pretty good week for me, but not really from a writing standpoint. I only wrote 2 stories and 1 serial chapter (I plan to post the chapter next week). I also did 2 new blog posts. I guess that doesn't sound bad, but it's way down from the previous week.

    I had 3 acceptances this week, including a paid one. Only 2 of these were W1S1 stories. Unfortunately, the paid one was not.

    My story "Penis Envy" (I reported the acceptance a few weeks ago) was published by Featherlit on Feb 14. Link: http://featherlit.com/the-lovebird-issue/penis-envy-by-nathaniel-tower/. This one was unpaid.

    I had 3 rejections this week. Those came the day after my 3rd consecutive acceptance. It comes in waves, right?

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    1. It does come in waves. As we say in the UK, they're like buses. You wait ages for one and then three come at once. Not sure if that transaltes well into US!

      Still, fantastic week. Many congratulations. I'll update the HOF.

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  18. Another week, lots of writing (several pieces, yay!!!), two submissions. Definitely feeling the energy of commitment. -- Cathy Tenzo

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    1. Excellent - it's easier to continue than to start isn't it? Loving the positive energy.

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  19. Kept up this week.
    One rejection of last week's story - but it was experimental so to be expected.

    Two subs - one story to Strange Horizons, one poem to Everyday Poets.
    No acceptances or publications.

    Continuing on track.

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    1. Excellent. Best of luck with those subs.

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  20. Good going, gang. (Gee...) I had a productive week, thanks to Milo's blog about daily goals. Consequently, I've been writing 1000 words a day, and boy are my writing appendages tired. A normal person might use those words to continue the two or three novels they have in process, but not me, oh no, not abnormal me...

    W1: "The Walkabout" (flash), "Harvest" (short), "Slave Girl" (flash), "Fashion Able" (flash), "The Casual Writer Reconsiders His Dick" (flash)

    S1: flash to Underground Voices; 4 flashes to Gone Lawn

    Accept: "Love Seat" by Zest; "And This Our Life", "We Dissolve", "Pink Percy" by Gone Lawn. (all four are W1S1 stories)

    Published: "American Spirit Lights" at The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review.
    "Virgin Christmas" at Apocrypha and Abstractions>

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  21. A deeply impressive week's work Steve. I'm in awe!

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  22. Wrote: 2 poems, 1 article

    Submitted: 6 poems, 1 article

    Accepted: 2 poems ($) to Eternal Haunted Summer

    Published: "Moral" (2012 $) in Goblin Fruit; "Tarantella" (2012 $) in Plunge Magazine

    Rejected: 2 poems, personal R

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    1. Very impressive week! Thanks for checking in.

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  23. Wrote and subbed short: "The Perfect Disarray"

    No rejections, still waiting for two responses

    I'm happy this week for it is the first real W1S1 and I am keeping up with the weekly challenge. All the other subs I did so far were not written strictly in the week.

    I have a question: What is an acceptable letter to send with your story. I see so many writer profiles that say things like: Jake Theriter is the coolest dude, he walks in the rain and eats hamburgers with chopsticks, sometimes he laughs... Other profiles are serious. What kind of letter do you send if you are unpublished?


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    1. The cover letter should say

      Dear Editor's Name,

      Please consider my story/poem entitled "Title" for Magazine. It is original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere (unless you've subbed it to other markets at the same time, in which case you will have already made sure the market allows this).

      Thank you.
      Author

      BIO: this is where your bio can go, and you should model it, if possible, on bios published at the market you're submitting to. No bio is required unless the market guidelines ask for one. Think of is as a marketing tool, so do link to your blog/website and list a few of your major or more relevant publications, and something about where you live or why you write, etc. Don't be smartass unless it's a smartass venue. Don't be overly serious unless it's an overly serious venue. (I bet that helps a lot :-) It doesn't really matter that much in the end, as editors very seldom read this stuff before they've decided on the story anyway).

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    2. Short and sweet Steve - perfect!

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  24. Just subbed another one, to the Writers and Artists Yearbook Short Story Comp. Fingers crossed!

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  25. I'm still working on last week's story and revising the one from the week before. As I said, I'm doing way more writing than I have in the past, but I think to keep up with my W1S1 commitment I'm going to include poetry and work on writing more flash fiction too. That way I can work on my longer projects in the background.

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    1. Many of us include poetry and flash fiction. It's all good. Thanks for checking in.

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  26. I love checking in and feeling all the energy here! Thanks for the boost, everyone. I didn't meet last week's goal, likely won't meet it this week either (I'm mid-move, dealing with movers right now), and last week got one rejection. Still, I have a W1S1 submission still out there, and I'm thinking that's a good thing.... Congrats everyone!

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    1. Thanks for checking in. Best of luck with the move and the submission.

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  27. @Steve Ramey thanks so much. I'm going to print your words and hang them above my easel.

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  28. I'm late again. I'm always checking in late. I really ought to add 'Check in on time' to my goal list LOL

    Week Seven was good for me, though not spectacular. I wrote a poem I am really very fond of and submitted it. I also finished the first draft of an ongoing collaborative project. So I met my goals, but I haven't any fun sales or publications to crow about. Still, I'll take it ;)

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  29. Not as late as me, Rhonda. Started a story, scrapped it mid-week, started another. Finished it, but having trouble nailing the language. Subbed micro-fiction (116 characters), "Who's There? Who Cares?" to One Forty Fiction. It's a play on the classic story "Knock."

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