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Martin L. Shoemaker
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"Never self reject."
I say it all the time. I believe it, strongly.
But sometimes you just can't lie to yourself about whether your story fits the theme. When the guidelines call for a warm, happy ending and your story ends with the protagonist spending months locked up with his crazy stalker, that's not a fit. Not even if it's funny.
Tools, Not Rules.
Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North

Posted : April 18, 2022 4:39 am
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Disgruntled Peony
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Definitely important to keep market guidelines in mind, yeah. I'm always especially careful to check formatting requirements, because most places prefer Shunn but not all, and I like to get that right.

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
4th and Starlight: e-book | paperback

Posted : April 19, 2022 2:01 pm
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