Sunday, October 20, 2013

Week #42 Check-In


You made it to the end of Week #42!  Nice Going.  Every effort to keep writing is what counts, and how has the writing been? Have you brought your stories Out of the Black or did they crawl into Dark Places?

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 and submit a story, shout it from the rooftops. Yahoo! If you've had something accepted from this year, tell us so we can add you to the Write1Sub1 Hall of Fame. 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 paid publications ($) for our Published Work$ page -- stories published from W1S1 2011 or 2012, and don't forget to post the link! While W1S1 continues to encourage all avenues for publication, we want to especially highlight those stories and markets that help to put peanut butter on a writer's toast.

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

41 comments:

  1. This is my first week.. wrote 2 submitted 2... have plans for one next week... this looks like a lot of fun and hard work... bring it on!

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    1. Welcome, Raydeen. That's the spirit.

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    2. Welcome, Raydeen. Keep that momentum going.

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    3. Thanks for the welcome! I love the idea and energy of this challenge!

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    4. Welcome to the team, Raydeen!!! :) Congrats on a successful week. Keep it up, you writer you.

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  2. You're off to a good start, Raydeen.

    I've been doing well with the writing and subbing parts. No sales to report this week though.

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    1. Keep on keepin' on, Patsy.

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    2. You're on track. Best of luck with your subbing, Patsy.

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    3. Awesome, Patsy! That's what it takes. :)

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  3. I wrote one and I subbed one (an SF flash) so I'm keeping up. Almost finished a longer SF short story that I want to send out this month too. Other than that, I did another 3K on the novel. No acceptances or sales to report. Perhaps there'll be a whole load of them next week. I can dream!

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    1. Fingers crossed for you, amigo!

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    2. You're not alone there. Good luck, Simon.

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    3. Sounds like a good week, Simon. :) Always dream! Never stop.

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  4. Revised "Live by the Ten, Die by the Gun" -- this month's W1S1; should have it out the door midweek.

    Accepted: "Naptime" (a drabble) to 100 Worlds

    Signed my contract with Every Day Novels for Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Space-Time Displacement Conundrum -- should be out next year, and I'm super-stoked. My first book deal. =]

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. You first, but not your last, Milo. I'm thrilled for you.

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    2. Super congrats on your contract, Milo! That is exciting news, and I'm glad that it is for your Captain Quasar adventures.

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    3. That's fantastic! Congrats. :)

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    4. I am so incredibly thrilled for you AND for Every Day Novels--they're lucky to have you. :) Congrats on your drabble acceptance. Those are so much fun. I submitted one, too.

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    5. Congrats, Milo! Great news!

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    6. Congratulations! Quasar is one of my favorite characters ( :

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  5. Got two to report this week, a poem and a reprint sale to Imaginaire Magazine.

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    1. Congrats Deborah! You are the queen of reprint sales, which has inspired me to dig up a few already published favorites and give them a second go.

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    2. Congrats on your poem and on your reprint sale! Awesome.

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  6. Had no acceptances or publications this week.

    W1: My story this month turned into a whopping 5K, so I'm letting it cool. I'm still polishing my second novel to get ready for querying after the holidays, and I'm returning to a W1S1 2011 favorite this November that I think has novelette/novella potential.

    S1: Subbed one this week, and had a quick return, which was somewhat expected. But after another bout of rejections this last week, I've decided to let some other stories cool for a while, in the trunk, so some of them I can't say I'll ever return to. Tough decisions, but I think a writer needs to learn where to focus his/her energies, which stories matter and which ones don't. I think that's the process of writing - it can't all be good, just as Ray Bradbury has said they can't all be bad. Find the ones that shine, focus edits and submissions on them, and then just keep writing new ones. Anyone agree/disagree?



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    1. I agree with you about finding the stories that shine and that have the greatest potential for publication. It doesn't mean the other stories aren't good. And once you get enough stories published and the rights bounced back, you can always publish an anthology that includes both published and unpublished stories. The publishing industry can be fickle, too. For example, zombies were in, now they're out. Vampires were in, now they're not as in. But, both will return at some point, too.

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  7. Slow week. Crickets everywhere, both in short story and novel-land. Got a look at the layout for my novella cover (which is awesome) and working on promo stuff.

    No subs/rejections/acceptances/publications. (Maybe this week.)

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    1. Congratulations on seeing the layout for your novella. That must have been so cool. :)

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  8. The weeks go by so quickly! Written a couple of short pieces, submitted a biographical story for the 75th Anniversary of the Kindertransport and had a story published at http://www.winamop.com/lc1301.htm

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    1. Congratulations on your published story! it gave me chills. I didn't know how it would end. :) Nice.

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  9. Pretty bad week on the fiction writing front. I haven't mentioned it before but I had a story publication this month, "The Zombie Who Had a Name" in Bards and Sages.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bards-Sages-Quarterly-October-ebook/dp/B00FK9ZFCY

    You can vote for my story in Bards and Sages' 2013 Readers' Choice Awards:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15jW6PnX1U4vslPwj1pmZxmLn4NY9yesfFCcxZeg3kIs/viewform

    Life is much better on the non-fiction front. I recently joined the staff at Tangent Online. My first review is already up.

    http://www.tangentonline.com/e-market-bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-266/240-orson-scott-cards-intergalactic-medicine-show/2265-osc-intergalactic-medicine-show-35-septoct-2013

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    1. Wow, James, congrats on your story in Bards and Sages AND on your nonfiction gig over at Tangent Online. That's great news. :) I thought your review was exceptional--lots of great details that made me want to read the stories.

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  10. This week I returned to revisions on the novel I wrote earlier this year. That should keep me busy through the end of the month.

    No new writing or submissions, but I met my goal for that last week.

    Publications: I have two poems in Metastasis and am on a seriously amazing ToC with folks like Kevin J. Anderson and Jay Lake. ($) The project is raising funds for the American Cancer Society, so please check it out! There are 25% off coupons for CreateSpace and Smashwords that are good through October 31st.

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    1. Congratulations on Metastasis! It looks like a great line up. I loved your interview at Rhonda's blog. Your dream superpower (to heal the sick) is the same as mine. :)

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  11. I had a really good writing week. I wrote one short story, one flash, and one poem. I cleaned up a few stories and a poem. It's kind of nice going back to my old pieces and finding that I actually KNOW how to fix some of their flaws. :) That realization makes me a little giddy.

    No acceptances or rejections this week. I sent off two flash stories (one for Thanksgiving) and one poem. I love sending off holiday pieces because the powers that be get back to you pretty quickly.

    Have an awesome week, writers!! :)

    P.S. I forgot to post last week, but I did fulfill my W1S1 goal.

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  12. Working on editing a piece from earlier this year for submission. Have some ideas in mind for October and November's stories, hoping to have time to participate in NaNoWriMo too. Met the guy who founded that, actually, at Litquake in San Francisco this week. That was a fun time, some good panels and good fiction. Renewed a spark in me to get to work.

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  13. Wrote 1, subbed 1 -same 1 this week, unusual for me.
    One older story rejected, waiting on some subs that have been out for very very long.

    Good work, everyone!

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  14. After four years of blood and tears, and killing many of my beauties, my first novel "MOTHER LODE" is up on Amazon. This is in eBook format, and you can have a free peek inside. The paperback version will be up on Amazon in about three weeks. Now writing the second book in my trilogy, "SHUT UP MOTHER." This should be ready for editing late November. Also through November concurently writing first draft in the Young Adult genre. Hell it may end up as a Romance.

    No submission or rejections for poetry or flash fiction this week.

    Encouraging to read all the above postings, a truly awsome group of writers here.

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  15. Such a great week of news from W1S1! Congratulations everyone ( : Happy to say my story "The Guessing Game" went live yesterday at Youth Imagination. (Bonus: I was paid too!) http://www.youthimagination.org/index.php/publish/current-issue/issue-7-oct-2013/item/67-the-guessing-game-by-sara-fowler

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  16. Congratulations, fellow W1S1ers. Some really great updates this week. I nearly forgot to post mine.

    W1: nothing new; rewrote a flash and finished revisions on a novelette.
    S1: flash to Cease, Cows

    Accept: "The Walkabout" by Cease, Cows
    Published: "Doing Laundry with Aphrodite" and "Attraction" at Literary Orphans.

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