Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week #5 Check-in


The end of Week 5 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.

This year, we have cool forms for reporting our acceptances and paid publications. (Thanks to Jeff Chapman for keeping us organized.)

Please report ONLY accepted/published stories that you wrote as part of your participation in W1S1 (2011-2015).

(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 books on a writer's shelf. 

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.

29 comments:

  1. I finished up revisions on the Weird West novel at 53.6k. And wrote synopses/outlines for the two sequels. This one has been slow in reaching submittable shape, but I think maybe this time I'm close.

    One rejection this week for the SF Western novella. Made it to final project consideration, but ultimately didn't make the cut.

    I also put three more stories up at QuarterReads. (I hesitate to call those submissions since they publish pretty freely, but technically all three are W1S1 stories.) But, if you use QuarterReads you might check them out. One is brand new flash, the other two are reprints but one was previously only available through purchase of an anthology.

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    1. Congratulations on finishing revisions (and on already having the sequels plotted out).

      QuarterReads looks pretty interesting. I've been meaning to check it out, and I'll look up your stories when I do.

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    2. Rejections at that "almost" stage are just the worst. I hope you get better news soon!

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  2. Another week of staying the course-- one written, one submitted.

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    1. Good work. (I keep thinking to go back to short stories, but I tend to work better in longer forms.)

      Fingers crossed for an acceptance to roll your way soon. :)

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    2. Awesome work! Keep on keepin' on.

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  3. W: Pushed hard to make it through first round revisions on my novella. It still needs a lot of work, but it's somewhat more cohesive. I'll start a new round in a few days.

    Wrote a new flash fic and submitted it to a contest. That puts me 4/4 on the weekend stories this month.

    S: Sent old stuff back out again. I had like a dozen rejections this week. I really need to send out more poems.

    There's been a lot of other good news. Just this morning my book is on the 2014 Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List for first novels. I also did a podcast a few days ago on Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing and my personal experience with Harper Collins Voyager. That can be viewed as video or downloaded as audio.

    I hope everyone gets a good start to February! Have fun celebrating Superb Owls today, if that's your thing. Me, I'm making a layer cake and brownies.

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    1. Congrats on the recommendation! That's awesome! And excellent work on the revising/writing front.

      (Now I want to make a cake too.) :)

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    2. This is all so exciting, Beth. Well done. I'm reading the book now and enjoying it. I'm not a fan of romance, but there's plenty else here to keep me interested.

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    3. Beth, you are an inspiration. I'll check out the interview today. Keep at it!

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  4. My week was:

    W1: "Ergo" (flash); finished a 6500 word SF story (30 days of getting up at 6:30 to write before work...)
    S1: Flash to Spartan.

    Accept: Nope, but got my first four rejections of 2015. Yay, me... (or is that meh?)
    Published: "The Baby" has been reprinted in BartlebySnopes 13th print anthology and features an illustration for the story by yours truly.

    Not a bad week at all.

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    1. Congrats on the reprint. And the commitment to get up early to hammer out that short story. Good work! :)

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  5. Slipped in a quick piece between nursing my foot back to health and doing the revisions my editor sent last week. 'Without a Name' sent to Odd Tree Quarterly. Also gathered up some rejections on my last couple pieces. Which I knew was likely on them. One was kind of cliche, and the other ended up more as worldbuilding for me. It deserved to be longer.

    But wrote one and subbed one, nonetheless.

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    1. Hope your foot is feeling better soon. Good work sticking with the plan, though.

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  6. Wrote one. Didn't sub.
    No rejections
    No accepts
    Trucking on. Need to get some subs in!

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    1. I always find the sub part to be the hardest to stay on top of. Good work getting words down!

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    2. I really need to increase my submissions too. Maybe this month . . . O:)

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  7. Hi all

    I was able to take a part of a long piece I am writing and going to send out when it gets to 20k, I was able to make a short story out of a section and submit

    S and W: Loving Twilight to Daily Science Fiction

    Hope all are doing well

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  8. Good to read about your progress. I wrote one, subbed one, yet another rejection, making no acceptances so far this year. Trying not to get too disheartened.
    Linda

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    1. The year is young. All you need is one "yes" from the right editor. Hang in there!

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    2. I'm in the same boat Linda but don't worry--we'll get through it! Keep up the hard work! :)

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  9. Well, here I am blowing into Port Bradbury in a little boat with a sail stitched from the skin of my teeth...

    w1: Prehistoric fantasy story

    s1: the same to Clarkesworld.

    No acceptances and no rejections so far this year. All quiet on the final frontier...

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    1. Sounds like a good, productive week. Keep on sailing!

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  10. I didn't think I'd get to write one this week. I have a couple of nonfiction deadlines looming and since that's my bread and butter I declared it a nonfiction week. Then, on Sunday morning, i had the idea for a short WWI story and wrote it in one sitting. Now I have some editing to do. I also subbed one this week too.

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    1. I've counted nonfiction Chicken Soup stories for my W1S1 before. Writing is writing! Best of luck with the WWI piece--that's one of my favorite periods.

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  11. Finished January's story (just in time--a bad habit I need to break) and started on February's (see, I really am trying to break it!) and got about 3,000 words in. Subbed two old rejections and got one new rejection back, looking for a place to submit it tonight. I hope this is a great month! Let's do it!

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  12. Subbed one at the last minute. More progress on the novella, but it's looking a lot like I'm migrating to the monthly event. This week-- finish that book.

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  13. I'm a monthly, and running late on reporting.

    W: About half of a story I'm using to develop a character for an upcoming novella.

    Oh, and two Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction stories, because the characters insisted (and these two are hugely insistent, and stubborn, too!

    S: Submitted "Monday Morning Coffee", which might be the opening chapter of a novella. Sent to World Unknown Review, with time and invitation to send more chapters, if it becomes a novella.

    This story has been in my head for almost 20 years! SO good to allow it to breathe free!

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