Sunday, December 7, 2014

Week #49 Weigh-in

The end of Week 49 is upon us!

How's it been for you? Have the words flowed Quicker than the Eye, or has A Sound of Thunder 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.

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 coffee or tea in a writer's favorite mug. 

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.

28 comments:

  1. So busy. Things are crazy right now with major writing deadlines on top of holiday prep and general life stuff.

    W: Revised the 7200 word story written the week before, cutting it to 6,600. It's out with critique readers.

    My first pages arrived for The Clockwork Crown, which Harper Voyager is releasing in June. These are pages typeset as they will be in the actual book. They are due on the 19th so I am deep into my first read-through. This is my last chance to catch typos.

    S: The story to critique readers.

    Acceptances: A great one--a flash fiction sale to Daily Science Fiction!

    Published: "How a Modern Green Man Grows" (poem) in NewMyths.com.

    I have an essay in Blood on the Floor: How Writers Survive Rejection. Probably a pretty good book for any writers on your holiday list.

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  2. Hi.

    I'm new here ( a little in awe to be leaving a message just after the amazing Beth Cato...) and taking up the W1S1 challenge a little late in the year - or starting early for 2015, depending on how you wish to view it.

    Just submitted a story to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I started it last Monday and had it finished on Friday. At that point it ran to about 6,500 words. Edited it this weekend down to about 4000. And, as usual, discovered that the first line was tucked into the second paragraph, so I pulled that out and stuck it at the beginning where it should have been all along. Funny how that happens.

    Three to four months waiting time to be expected for AHMM, so I shall have written and submitted another sixteen stories by the time I receive their rejection!

    Also busy reading and researching for my next novel (the previous one - a steampunk adventure - is doing the rounds of agents right now). This new one is a Victorian-set ghost story in the classic style but with, I think, a cunning and original plot and some cracking good characters.

    Have a great writing week, everyone!

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    1. Welcome to W1S1! It's never too late to join. Plus, it means you'll be able to get into the groove for 2015.

      Best of luck with the agent queries. It's such a frustrating waiting game. I hope you hear back soon, with good news.

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    2. Thank you!

      I've had a few agent rejections so far - although four of them have been quite long personal emails, full of praise for my writing but saying they didn't know the right publishers for it. Others just sent form rejections and some never even acknowledged receipt. So, it's quite a mixed experience. Still, I'm expecting a few more responses before Christmas, so we'll see,

      You have the next Clockwork book coming out in June, don't you? Did you write anywhere about your experience getting a deal?

      Thanks again for the welcome, I really appreciate it.

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    3. Welcome aboard, Austin!

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    4. Welcome! I love a good ghost story, especially of the M.R. James variety. Keep us posted on your progress.

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    5. Thanks! I certainly will. :)

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  3. Can't believe it's Week 49. Time flies when you're enjoying yourself! Just managed to write one and submit one this week.

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    1. Seriously, where has the year gone? Keep up the good work.

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  4. Actually wrote 1 and submitted it (Hooray!) to Writer of the Month a competition for glory rather than $s but still fun! It's my first zombie story! Let's see what comes of it!

    Still got yet another rejection. I'm trying to crack those professional paying markets and just cannot! Will 2015 be the year? I will be asking Santa for "Blood on the Floor" I think!

    If I may be so bold, some questions;
    Q1: What is the average submission/publication ratio? I'd like to see everything I've written published somewhere. Am I expecting too much?
    Q2:How do I find critique readers? I have none at all!
    (If this is an inappropriate space for such queries just let me know!)


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    1. 1. I think it's fair to hope that everything will be published, but realize that some stories might stay in circulations for months or even years and that this is perfectly normal. Torture for the writer, but normal.

      Years ago I read that a 5% acceptance rate was good but I don't recall the source.

      You can access rejection/acceptance data for publications at The Grinder or as a paying member at Duotrope. If you input your submissions there, you can track your statistics, too.


      2. I found my first critique readers when I joined Online Writing Workshop a few years ago. I have also heard that the Absolute Write forums can be a good place to network for reading partners.

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    2. Keep on keepin' on! I'm determined to find homes for all of my stories; it's taken years for some, days for others.

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    3. Thank you both! I've got a few more things to add to my "To Do" list for 2015 now! There are just not enough days in the year!

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    4. The average submission/publication ratio varies widely with the writer, depending on a heap of factors. It's best not to worry about it and just keep on writing what you love. Most stories don't get accepted upon the first submission. As others have said, you may have to shop a piece around for some time.
      I've been lucky in finding good critique partners at local writing groups both in Tucson and later Madrid, where I live now. A quick internet search will probably find one or more groups in your local area. The quality of the group will depend on the people, of course. Some groups are full of people who talk about writing more than they actually write!

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  5. Spent most of last week and this week battling the flu. Managed to get a few words written on the space opera - it's up to 26k. Also working through revisions on the Super-Secret Project and it's up to 41.5k.

    No submissions, acceptances, or rejections this week.

    I did have a story published in Darker Edge of Desire under a pseudonym (http://www.amazon.com/Darker-Edge-Desire-Gothic-Romance/dp/1940550009). If you like dark fantasy with an erotic twist you should check it out.

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    1. Space opera? Sweet! Hope you're feeling better, and keep up the good work.

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  6. Accepted: "Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Devious Powers of Persuasion" will appear in the Geminid Press space opera anthology next year. With the Quasar novel also coming out in 2015, this is good timing methinks.

    Finished the first draft of my screwball noir novel at 64K; letting it simmer before I dive into revisions and edits.

    Blogged about looking back, looking forward, and the Wastelands 2 anthology here .

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Congrats on "Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Devious Powers of Persuasion" The title alone deserves some sort of prize, I reckon!

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  7. Working on shorter flash fiction this week to meet my W1S1 goals while struggling through the climax chapters of a novel that I'd like to see reach 80,000 words. I keep running into roadblocks and having to go back and hammer out details before I can move on--it's all about the set up this time! haha #writerworries Overall not a bad week though; reading more short stories to see if I can improve my own.

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    1. The only short stories I read are by W1S1ers -- I should probably branch out. And good luck on that novel!

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    2. Yeah, my short story reading has gone up a lot since joining this group. Besides those from W1S1 and my critique partners, I don't read many short stories.

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    3. . . .which is to say, I read a lot of short stories, but only by people I know online or in person!

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  8. The more determination I have to sit down and write, the less time I seem to have. I didn't write anything in November but I still have time left in December.

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    1. That's right: plenty of time to lounge by the tree and pen a masterpiece or two.

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  9. Had my first Wrtie1Sub1 acceptance! I only joined you guys a couple of months ago and skipped all of November for NaNo, so I'm stoked. It's a humorous little Western called How They Brought the Train to High Hopes on Every Day Fiction.
    I also finished a novella for my Trench Raiders series that will be up soon.
    Nice to be back with you folks!

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    1. Fun story, Sean -- keep up the good work!

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