Sunday, December 22, 2013

Week #51 Weigh-in

The end of Week 51 is upon us!

How's it been for you? Have the words been hotter than Fahrenheit 451, or has The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms gotten in the way? 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 W1S1-related accepted, 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 - 2013, 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 protein-rich snacks in a writer's fridge.

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

**W1S1 2014 is on the way, so feel free to plaster our new badge wherever you plaster such things to spread the word!

 
 ** And a very MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone this week! **
 
 

23 comments:

  1. I sold a reprint and a new story this week. So it's been a good one, both W1s1

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    1. Way to go! Hall of Fame updated.

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  2. Good week.

    W1: "How to Prepare a Fabulist Feast" (flash); "Grace" (short story)

    S1: flash to Straylight; 3 flashes to Counterexample Poetics; flash to Whidbey Writers Workship; flash to Every Day Fiction; short story to Pure Slush.

    Accept: "Men Are Not Dragons" (short) by Fiction Vortex; "Grace" by Pure Slush.

    Published: Not this week.

    Happy Holidays, fellow W1S1ers!

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    1. Nicely done, Flash Master! Hall of Fame updated.

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  3. Revisions on Steampunk Novel. Short stories are currently on hold 'til I get that sucker finished.

    Rejections: 1 (Shimmer)
    Submissions/Publications/Acceptances: NONE

    Trying to keep some momentum going through the holiday crazies and making plans for next year. :)

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    1. Good luck on the revisions -- that's what I'll be working on for the next two weeks (give or take).

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  4. Hey everyone, I started a writers blog with my friend and we are looking for volunteer authors to do blog posts. The blog is a non-profit and if you post you get a link to your site on the blog. Yeah we really need a few more authors! Comment below if you would be willing to do some posts on writing... Thanks Daniel

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    1. Great idea, Daniel. Let me know if you'd like a guest post on W1S1 -- message me on Twitter: @mfowler76

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  5. Slim week writing and subbing-wise, but I do have an acceptance to report:

    A: "The Bookspeaker" to Spaceports & Spidersilk

    Rejection: 1 poem from Lakeside Circus; put them in the DSF category, you get initial feedback if they like your work, then a form letter :/

    No publications to speak of, though some "wait to hear from us in January" notes - writing today, so will have a flash finished!

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    1. Keep up the good work, Alicia -- Hall of Fame updated.

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  6. Wrote one, subbed one, one rejection, no acceptances. Just one more week until I hope I can say I did the W1S1 weekly challenge!

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    1. A GREAT sense of accomplishment is in your near-future!

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  7. Who can read, let alone write, when the holidays loom? Still, December was gratifying, as has been the entire year.

    A "fairy tale" published six years ago was submitted to InfectivINk's themed issue. And one of my Abigail Hazelton occult romances was sent to Youth Imagination.

    “Valentine Promises, Valentine Regrets” was accepted Dec. 16 by Pure Slush’s “Year of Travel” and will be published Feb. 12, a romance submitted under the pen name of Carolyn Foulkes.

    “Who Is That Masked Writer?”, commentary on the use of and advisability of pen names for professional writers, was accepted by Flash Fiction Chronicles and will appear Jan. 28, 2014.

    “Scouting Alternatives” was published by Bewildering Stories on Dec. 9, 2013, at http://bewilderingstories.com/issue553/scouting_alternatives.html

    For the year gone by there've been about 50 submissions with some 17 fiction and non-fiction pieces published. A good year, I think, though Duotrope says my acceptance rate has dropped to 36%.

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    1. Very nice work, Walt -- Hall of Fame updated.

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    2. Thanks, Milo. Short-Story.Me e-mailed me last night that "they have every expectation of publishing 'Waiting for the Grey Lady'" when they catch up with submissions. Call it a tentative acceptance from a market that's pubbed half a dozen of my short stories and flash.

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    3. I'd say that definitely counts -- Hall of Fame updated otra vez!

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    4. Thanks, Milo. I'm often so rushed I fail to check W1S1. Any chance of building in an RSS feed so replies also get sent to our e-mail address?

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    5. Hi Walt! Last week was so crazy busy that I never made it over here to post my update, but I did read all the posts. I also read your story “Scouting Alternatives.” Wow! Really nice work on it. Messed with my mind from start to finish. Quite intriguing and gripping. I was very impressed. A story that centers around a scouting job felt very original to me.

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  8. A few thousand words this week in the novel, and some good planning for future pieces. I think I can fit in a flash piece in the last few days of December to meet my W1S1 obligations. Time will tell! Happy Holidays to all!

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  9. W1: Finished my big project for the month, a novelette (my first!) that topped out at 9,100 words, currently edited down to 8,300. It's with a first reader and I hope to gather more critiques on it within the next few weeks.

    S: I returned my novel copyedits to my editor. That's a big honkin' important submission DONE, and way before deadline.

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    1. Way-before-deadlines always feel good, don't they? Nicely done, Beth.

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