Sunday, December 14, 2014

Week #50 Weigh-in

The end of Week 50 is upon us!

How's it been for you? Have the words flowed like Dandelion Wine, or has Something Wicked 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 new eBooks on a writer's eReader. 

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.

21 comments:

  1. Busy week, but I did manage to find time to write and edit. I did not, however, manage to send anything off as a submission, and I'm embarrassed to admit that my submission list is now empty. I have another packed week coming up, but after that I hope to wrap up the year with a healthy round of submissions and put together my game plan for 2015.

    Keep at it, and I hope everyone has a great holiday season!

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    1. That's great that you have an attack plan to send out those submissions by the end of the year. You're keeping up the momentum, and that's the important thing!

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    2. Here's to an awesome game plan heading into the new year -- and good job finding time to write/edit. That's the real battle.

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  2. It's so hard to juggle writing time with holiday preparations and family visits. This has been a week crammed full of stuff, that's for sure.

    W: Completed my last edits on The Clockwork Crown and mailed those to my editor. It feels weird to be all done with the book.

    I'm about to start on critique-guided revisions for my W1S1 story, which is due by the end of the month.

    S: Nothing new.

    Publication: "A Mother's Touch" at Perihelion SF. This is one of those stories that was rejected like a dozen times over the past two years, and now that it's in Perihelion it's getting lots of nice comments.

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    1. Congrats on the final edit of your next book - that must be a beautiful feeling!

      I'm actually really encouraged that it took you a couple of years to place a story because it helps me realize that one of the keys to success is just damned, hard-headed, dogged refusal to be beat. The only way not to reach the finish line is to give up the race, right?

      Inspired again - thanks. :)

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    2. Nice work, Beth -- always a victory when those stories finally find a good home.

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  3. I finished up the revisions on the Super-Secret Project to bring what was originally envisioned as a 25k novella up to 43.6k. Hah. I'm hoping that's the last round of revisions on that one before it goes out on submission.

    Didn't get much else written as RL stress and a round of "OMG! Everything I write sucks." derailed me mid-week. Slowly moving past the latter. (Which may just be a lack of energy in the face of the RL problems.)

    No submissions, rejections, acceptances or publications this week.

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    1. Hope the RL can keep things on the DL and let you write your best ever.

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  4. So, yes, to my surprise I did it - wrote another story this week, the final edit being about 2000 words and submitted it to Nightmare Magazine. It's a Dark F/Steampunk/Horror thing.

    Now working on another Victorian ghost story along with another thing that a writer friend described - based on my rough draft - as 'post-apocalyptic feminist steampunk' and I have to say I quite liked that!

    Planned out the next novel and have started on chapter by chapter sketches. I'm totally a planner. But it'll be a couple of months before I've got a first draft on my desk.

    Keep writing - and submitting, everyone!

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    1. I'm getting to be more of a plotter than a pantser -- even rough outlines are better than nothing.

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    2. Yes. I think with a short story it isn't so important, so long as you know where the ending is. But with something as large and complex as a novel, I find planning essential to keep the story focussed and to make sure that everything happens just when it should. I usually write the last scene first. That last scene/chapter is then the beacon I head towards when I push the boat out on the stormy seas of creativity. If that beacon starts sliding off the horizon, I know I've lost track of my story and it's time to take my bearings and bring my boat back on course. That metaphor is a bit half-baked, but I'm sure you get what I'm trying to say!

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  5. Wrote one, submitted one that has just been rejected.
    Well done you lot for the hefty word count.

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    1. Get that story back out there; it will find a home eventually.

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  6. I'm a little upset about my writing work ethic but it was a good week regardless--submitted one story and edited two others for future submissions.

    Got some great news back--my story won an Honorable Mention in the Writer's of the Future Contest! Very excited about that. Although it is a bit like coming in 4th--so close!--it's gratifying to see that my fiction has improved over years of writing and submitting. My goals for the next two weeks are 1) finish a flash story for my December requirements and 2) type out the last climax chapters of a novel to keep my sanity. :|

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    1. Excellent news, Devin -- and well-deserved! You're so close. Keep at it.

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  7. 4K into a new project -- planning on it being a novelette, but it might evolve into novella territory if I include more subplots.

    Enjoyed #SFFpit last week; pitched two of my novels and had a couple publishers show interest. Sent query + 5 pages as per their guidelines.

    Write on, everybody!

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    1. Good luck with the queries! Maybe we'll hear some awesome news from you in the coming weeks (or months, knowing how slow editors are).

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  8. So things have been a blur lately. One week just slides into another and then--ahhh! Christmas! Well, not yet, but everyone sure seems to act like it is.

    I'm working on a story for Diabolical Plots, but not sure if it'll be "spec fic" enough. It's hard to know when it's subtle. The rejections have come to a slow trickle.

    Sale to Phobos Magazine, which I'm quite pleased about, especially since this story was the one where I had to decline a previous acceptance due to a lousy contract and uncompromising editor.

    Good luck everyone on your writing endeavors!

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    1. Well done on that sale -- and look forward to a quick turnaround with Diabolical Plots. They rejected mine within 24 hours

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  9. Been busy with nonfiction assignments and continuing my NaNo novel these past two weeks, so no new short stories. I did finish up and publish a novella in my Trench Raiders series called Christmas Truce, about the famous 1914 ceasefire. I put it up free on Smashwords as a present for all you fine readers out there.
    Tomorrow I'm heading to Morocco for a couple of weeks. I live in Madrid, and Tangier is barely an hour's flight away. I go there a lot to relax and write without interruption from pesky email. I'll also be visiting Arzila and Tetuan, and maybe a few other places.
    Happy holidays everybody!

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