Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week #3 Check-in

The end of Week 3 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.

This year we have cool forms for reporting your acceptances and paid publications. Thanks to Jeff Chapman for the design work.

Please report ONLY accepted/published stories that you wrote as part of your participation in W1S1 (2011-2014).

(Please note that reports will not immediately appear, as they must be verified/processed by the weekly moderator)

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.(Please note that reports will not immediately appear, as they must be verified/processed by the weekly moderator)

Even if you have no acceptance or publication news to report, please update us on your week's progress in the comments. Successes and failures, triumphs and disasters, brilliant ideas and insane dreams: we want to read all about them.

72 comments:

  1. Happy to report the sale of a story that survived 11 rejections before finding a good home: "Shadow of Death" to Bards & Sages Quarterly ($). Beneath Ceaseless Skies liked this one but passed on it a few months ago -- that's the closest I've ever gotten with them. Maybe next time. This will be my 4th publication with Bards & Sages, and I'm honored to work with them again.

    Passed the 80K mark with my revisions/edits on Waiting for You; another 20K to go, and I'll start querying agents.

    Also wrote another Captain Quasar tale this week, but it needs a major overhaul before I can let anybody read it.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Way to go with the revisions. :)

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    2. Congratulations on your sale to Bards & Sages. I read one of their issues last year and was very impressed with the quality. I need to look for a more recent issue of theirs. Oh my gosh, all of my work needs major overhaul before I let anyone read it. :)

      The finish line is so close with your revisions! Won't be long.

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    3. Way to go! Every time I get down about a story having 4 or 5 rejections, you inspire me to keep on keepin' on :)

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    4. Way to keep submitting until you find the right home-- Congrats, Milo!

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    5. You continue to inspire, Milo.

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  2. Hi.

    I got last week's story accepted. I put in the form

    Wrote and Submitted for this week. "The Backup Bartender Likes to Keep His Thoughts to Himself" to Everyday Fiction

    Hope all is doing well

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    1. Congrats on such a quick acceptance!

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    2. Oh wow, David!!! That is awesome news.:) Congratulations. Where was it accepted? I hope we get to read it online.

      Best of luck with your submit to Every Day Fiction. They're so nice to work with.

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    3. yesteryear fiction, and it will be up in february. The guy who runs it has a bunch of sites, all non-pay. The editor of black scat books wrote me that if he can't pay his contributors the least he can do is respond quickly. I like that attitude.

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    4. Thanks, David. Good to know. I love markets that let you know fast. (I'm impatient.) Here's another site that doesn't pay, but has a quick turnaround: http://www.wordhaus.com/ The most excellent thing about wordhaus is they promote like crazy on Twitter and FB. I received so many hits and emails about the story they published of mine--the free pub was definitely worth more than a token pay.

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    5. Great news on the fast acceptance. Well done, David!

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    6. That's the way it's done, David. Congrats!

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  3. No new fiction written this week and the short story front is quiet.

    Big news, though. After nearly 14 months and 179 queries, I confirmed/accepted representation for the Steampunk novel (and two sequels) from Bob Mecoy of Creative Book Services. I can't even describe how pleased/thrilled/excited I am about this.

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    1. Wow. What great news. Well done, AG!

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    2. HAPPY DANCE, A.G.!!!! How thrilling to find an agent who believes in your novel. :) Good for you. for not giving up. I'm so happy for you. ♥

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    3. I know you know this but...so happy for you! if you need eyes on the next synopsis, you know who to call :)

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    4. Oh my gosh YAY! I am so happy for you, and extra happy for a fellow steampunk author. It's been so great to follow along on your journey. Yay yay yay!

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    5. Awesome news, A.G.-- Congratulations!

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    6. Excellent! Way to go, AG.

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    7. Happy dance.... (and I don't dance)

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  4. W1: flash
    S1: same flash

    Non-W1S1 acceptance: "Why, Ethan, Why?!?!? :(" will be in the Journal of Unlikely Acceptances. (http://www.unlikely-story.com/unlikely-story-acceptances-toc-and-dishonorable-mentions/)

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    1. Congrats on the acceptance! Finding a home for your work is always fantastic. :)

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    2. Yay, Brynn!! That's excellent news.What a fun issue. I love your title--very intriguing and sets the tone right from the start. Let us know when it goes live. I see a few other familiar names in that TOC. Cool.

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    3. Congratulations, and I agree with Von about the title-- fun and attention-grabbing.

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    4. Oh, that looks like fun. Congratulations!

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  5. I've been in a quandry. I've got a longer project on the boil, so shall I do weekly or monthly. In the meanwhile, I've got 11 sales to report since the first. (many of them reprints) better get form filling.

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    1. Wowser, eleven since the first is all kinds of awesome. I can't imagine how a reprint must feel--a story that is awesome enough to sale twice. :) Keep it up. Sounds like this might a year of seesawing back and forth between the monthly and the weekly for you.

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    2. Wow...11! Awesome!

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    3. 11 acceptances is awesome! Congrats. :)

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    4. I didn't know acceptances went that high :-) Congratulations!

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  6. Oh my gosh, I had such a tough week. Everything that could go wrong, kind of did. On the bright side though (I'm all about bright sides), a new session of F2K started and I'm mentoring a class that is mega awesome--really great students and the teamwork has already started.

    I wrote two flash stories. I thought one of them wasn't going anywhere and I almost tossed it. Instead I walked away for an hour or so. That's all it took for inspiration to strike, and the ending came out far better than I anticipated. Now I'm looking forward to the edits.

    I submitted one story, a paranormal flash called All the Way Home. I fell in love with the main character of this one--a tough chick with a hard job. She kind of rocks.

    No rejections.

    One publication!! :) My poem Stones is over at Every Day Poets. http://www.everydaypoets.com/stones-by-von-rupert/ W1S1 represented over there last week with Rhonda on the 14th, Charity on the 17th, and me on the 19th. How cool is that?

    Have a great week everyone!

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    1. I loved your poem! Hooray for a W1S1 takeover.

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    2. I, too, love tough chicks with hard jobs. Hope this next week is smoother for you. And hooray for writing despite the rough week! :)

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    3. Sorry to hear about the rough week, but way to persevere through it. Congrats on the acceptance!

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    4. Left you a comment over @ EDP -- well done, Von.

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    5. Well don, Von. Skipping stories indeed.

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  7. Written I submitted 1, no rejections and one acceptance, my first for a 100 worder http://cafelit.co.uk/100WorderTheMeeting.html

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    1. Nice work on The Meeting, Linda. You kept me guessing to the end. SPOILER ALERT: When you mentioned the granddaughter, I thought I had the story figured out. But you still managed to surprise me at the end. :) Nice. Very poignant.

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    2. Congratulations, Linda.

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  8. No new stories but I got some really great notes from my crit buddy Aggy, so I'll be working on editing 2 pieces then sending them back out this week.

    After some gnashing of teeth, I think I know what needs to be fixed in my novella so will be working on that too. Plus...a new short I've been itching to write for this month's W1. Lots to do! Have a great week everyone!

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    1. Hooray for editing! And figuring out what to fix. (That's always the hardest part for me.)

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    2. Sounds like you're inspired, Mary -- hold on tight.

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    3. Nice to feel your excitement. That does us all some good, I think.

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  9. W: All about the new novel. I'm going to hit 50,000 words on it today. Not too shabby for 19 days.

    S: Nothing new.

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    1. That new novel must be rockin'! :)

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    2. Man, I am such a slacker :-) Nice work, Beth.

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  10. Finished off a short story. It felt good to work in a longer form than the flashes that I've been doing lately.

    1 new submission, so staying on track for 2014!

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    1. Always good to stretch our muscles; keep on keepin' on, Dan.

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    2. Congratulations, Dan. I find the transition is not easy.

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  11. I put too much off until the last minute, but I made it. I managed a 1k story and a submission to The Rag. Fun stuff.

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    1. You made it, and that's what counts. Congratulations, Craig.

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  12. I forgot my own report (D'oh!)

    W1: "Revved Up Like a Deuce" (flash); "Birthday Boy" (short)
    S1: novella to Beneath Ceaseless Skies (this is a rewrite, so not technically a new story)

    Accept: None
    Published: None

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    1. Fingers crossed for you -- looking forward to reading a Ramey in BCS.

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  13. Although I'm technically down to a story per month, I am now working on my third January story already ;)

    In the last week or so I sold "Fate and Other Variables" to Mike Resnick's Galaxy's Edge (my third sale to Mike!) and my flash "Bedtime Story on Christmas Eve, 1,000,000 AD" was released in Spark: Creative Anthology, volume 4.

    I also launched the Kickstarter for UFO3 tonight! If anyone's so inclined, check it out here:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/776571295/unidentified-funny-objects-3-annual-anthology-of-h

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    1. Can't keep a great writer down, Alex. You go, guy!

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  14. Going strong in full time writing land! Grad school starts up again next week, so I'll begin to juggle, but that's okay.

    W1: 1 flash, began 1 short

    S1: 1 flash

    Accepted: "The Tobacco Barn" (flash) to Crack the Spine; "In the Lee of the Stone" to Dreams and Nightmares

    Published: "Dream of the Forge" and "The New Radio" in Star*Line

    Took part in a Google+ reading fir Phantom Kangaroo's relaunch, a venue for very creepy poetry, Good week. :)

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    1. Happy for you, Alice. May you have many good weeks this year.

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  15. on track. Wrote a flash, subbed another.

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  16. I'm doing really well on the short story front - a couple of new ones written and subbed and two sales of W1S1 2013 stories.

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    1. Excellent, Patsy. Keep it going.

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  17. Made it, 3rd week in a row. Wrote 1, Subbed 1 (new) and a bunch of resubmissions. :D

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    1. Nice job, Dawn. You're off to a great start.

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  18. Hell, late again with nothing new to report. Just the same old, same old editing of my second book, "Shut Up Mother" It's been moving at the speed of a glacier. Writing a bunch of short/flash fiction stories for relief. That all I got to say for myself. Glad to see you guys and dolls are striving and getting results.

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  19. checking in late... sorry
    wrote 1
    sub'd 2 (one was a resub of something that wasn't picked up)

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  20. I'm late to this party (late to my first W1S1? Not the best first impression). Well, not really. I've been putting off getting a blog profile set up.

    Anyways, I've managed to write and submit every week of 2014 so far. I know it's technically week 4 now but I just wanted to check in on this last post. I'm pretty excited, because a poem that I wrote and submitted back during week 2 was accepted yesterday. Non-paying market, but it's my first publication in years, and the first one under my actual name in, well, forever.

    Gonna submit it to the W1S1 Hall of Fame. Hoping it's the first of many.

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  21. Hey everyone to welcome the New Year I am holding Amazon gift card give away on my blog!
    http://www.danielwallock.com/2014/01/23/amazon-gift-card-give-away-january-february-2014/

    Thanks Daniel

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  22. Tonight I wrote three little 75 word flash pieces for a contest.

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