Sunday, March 1, 2015

Week #9 Check-in


The end of Week 9 has arrived!

How's it been for you? Have the words come like a soft rain, or is life manipulating you like Marionettes, Inc? 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 (2011-2015).




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

37 comments:

  1. I've managed to finish and submit one story last month, and it has already been accepted. Yay! Finally another sale, if just semi-pro. And I seem to continue my tradition of getting personal rejections. On one hand, I should probably be glad. On the other hand, it means the stories are usually held much longer than is usual for the market and get rejected anyway. No; I'm certainly not glad. Especially when it mostly goes "I liked the story a lot but have to pass on it in the end". When it happens to several stories, several times in a row, I just don't know what the hell I'm doing wrong. It seems I lately tend to write stories editors like and consider but they don't win them over when it comes to choosing the final few.

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    1. Congratulations on the acceptance! Semi-pro is fabulous! Do keep in mind that these 'almosts' don't mean you're doing anything WRONG. More likely, they mean you're doing things right and just need to find the right editor. Mind you, that process can be frustrating and make you bang your head into hard surfaces, but keep heart.

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    2. Yes, congratulations on the acceptance. The only remedy I've found for Near-Miss syndrome is to have enough stories out at markets that I don't have too much invested in any one of them. Easy to say, hard to do, of course, especially when you're so close to pro level. Every story takes so much effort and polish. But I guess if it were easy everyone would be publishing everything they write. So, basically, a big pat on the back for your success, smaller pats for your near-success, and a toast to your future successes.

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    3. Congrats, Julie! I second all the comments above. personal rejections are a good sign, even if they can be frustrating.

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  2. Hi folks! Happy wishes for a new month.

    W: Did full revisions on my new story and have it out for critique. Also worked on major blog posts for my book release in June. (No, it's not too early. These posts are very time consuming and I'll need to do a dozen or two, plus tons of interviews.)

    S: The story for critique; sent out 15 poems again; submitted two reprint stories.

    Acceptance: Very happy to get an acceptance this morning for a poem that's been in circulation for almost exactly two years! I had been debating if I should trunk it.

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    1. Milo is rubbing off on you :-) Well done, Beth. You are an inspiration to us all.

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    2. Congrats on the acceptance, and way to not procrastinate on the blog posts, Beth!

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    3. I admire you for being so ahead of your work! Looking forward to reading The Clockwork Crown.

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  3. Pretty good week. Wrote one flash (though it's honestly wants to be a longer work), and got one other short story polished and submitted.

    I also had four (four!) rejections this week, three of which I've given a quick polish and sent back out the door. One result of really trying to crank on the weekly challenge is that I have lots of stuff out for submission, which can make me prone to rejection avalanche. (I forget who coined that phrase here, but it's pretty brilliant.)

    One confession: I did not get a chance to finish the draft of the short story from two weeks back, so that's still on my plate. I just had to prioritize what I wanted to get submitted this week, and it was the least squeaky wheel. Hopefully, I'll have a progress report for the first week of March.

    Good writing, everyone!

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    1. Some weeks you get the bear, some weeks the bear gets you. It's great that you're getting a lot of work out there. Here's to finishing that draft!

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    2. The rejection avalanches are awful, but the more stories you have out there, the more likely you'll have acceptances. You're doing an awesome job with the weekly challenge!

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  4. Actually wrote 1 & submitted it, flash fiction though. Mostly added more words to my on-going project, I want get the story pinned down this week and finish the first draft. I can get onto the detailing of the second + drafts - this is the bit I love! Have a great week and month everyone!

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    1. Ah, a kindred spirit. Revision is fun :-) Blank pages are not.

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    2. Hooray for getting to the revision stage you love! That's my favorite part, too--when things start to really flow.

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  5. This week I've written a few short pieces for the writing group, had an almost instant rejection which I resubmitted elsewhere.
    Congratulations on the writing and acceptances I'm reading about.

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    1. Nice job to get that one back out there right away. Sometimes it's a matter of finding the right editor for a piece.

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    2. Good for you for re-submitting so soon! Don't let the story sit--I wish I was better at that.

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    3. That's great that you sent it right back out!

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  6. Hi

    Pretty good writing week. I did get two rejections. But I also got one acceptance to Post Card Prose and Poetry. A piece I wrote for this last year called Sleeves. I also finished a long piece, a novella length piece called 77 Nameless Love Gods. I have someplace to send it to, but I do want to read it through once I guess

    Also started another series of stories.
    Wrote and Subbed : A Policy for Visitors at Reynold’s Home for Retired Time Travelers
    (Every Day Fiction)

    Hope all is doing well

    David

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    1. Great titles all around, and it's also great that you're working at various lengths. Best of luck with the subs.

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    2. That's a great title. I hope you get good news from Every Day Fiction!

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  7. Welp, coming out of the shadows since I actually have some news (and time).

    First publication of the year in Phobos Magazine 3: Troublemake (link here: http://goo.gl/kBQSFd), featuring my flash piece You are Dead, Sir. Very glad to be in this lil' weird zine.

    After going through edits and signing the contract, I can officially announce a sale to Grimdark Magazine for A Recipe for Corpse Oil.

    Wrote two stories, a 3.5K short story and a flash piece; sent the story out, but the flash piece needs some work.

    Kudos to everyone on your writing endeavors! Keep it up!

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    1. Wonderful to see you again, Siobhan, and a couple of very nice acceptances too. That sounds like a very useful recipe :-)

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    2. Welcome back! Sounds like you had a very productive week, too.

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  8. The kid had the flu this week so I only got 3,000 words into a short story. I missed the last two weeks too thanks to a research trip for a nonfiction book. Valid excuses for all three weeks, but it is annoying.
    I subbed one and got a horror story accepted by Encounters Magazine. I wrote it way back in 2002. It got a couple of rejections and then languished on a series of hard drives until I dusted it off and submitted it again late last year. It got another rejection and then I submitted it to Encounters. Just goes to show you should never give up on a story!

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    1. Ah, sweet persistence! Way to go, Sean. Hopefully the sailing will be smoother for you now.

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    2. That flu is really going around. I hope your house is fully healthy soon! Way to go for resurrecting an older story like that.

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  9. My week was:

    W1: "In Need of Mending" (flash)
    S1: five to Easy Street: Great American Sentence Contest

    Accept: "The Tutor" by Every Day Fiction
    Published: None this week.

    Congratulations to all you worthy souls who have endured to this point.

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    1. Nice week! Also, nice move linking those stories to Nimoy reading Bradbury--we lost a gem this week.

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    2. Congratulations on the acceptance from EDF!

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  10. Got an encouraging rejection this week from F&SF and finished the final 5,000 words on February's story to meet my monthly goal--that story is going to need a lot of revision and cutting, though. Got a few ideas for March, hoping to get into it early this week. Also subbed a new story to DSF.

    Good month, everyone!

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    1. Great progress, Devin!

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    2. Really good stuff, Devin.

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  11. Late this week due to being at a local con yesterday. Pushed the current novel up to 17.3k. Also read the opening at con and got a lot of positive feedback. Woohoo!

    2 rejections this week (Strange Horizons and Asimov's)
    1 sub (Asimovs)
    No acceptances/publications

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    1. You can't reach the stars without shooting for them. Great progress on the novel, and energy from the con. Crossing fingers for Asmiov's for you.

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  12. Another acceptance/publication - "Undertow" over at 101 Fiction! I'm on track - even wrote/subbed a little more - for W1S1 Monthly. Have got to get back to the novel work though....

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