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CCrawford
(@ccrawford)
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Hi everyone,

So, I’ve been lurking on this forum and submitting to the contest for the past 10 yrs. I’ve racked up multiple Rs, a several HMs, and 1 SHM. I’ve also submitted several stories to multiple magazines and queried a ton of agents about my novel but have only been met with rejection. At this point if I was able to sell something at a professional rate, I estimate I would be making <0.001 cent per hour for all the time I’ve spent writing. Now, money would be nice, but more importantly I’d just like people to read my work, and if they’re not (my self-published work has performed dismally – although maybe 20 or so people read it when I gave it away for free which was cool) then what’s the point? So I’m thinking about hanging it up, but before I do, since I know this forum is full of great people who’ve had publishing success, I thought I’d see if anyone would be kind enough to have a look at one of my stories and let me know what I’m doing wrong. This could be a simple as, you lost me, or I was bored by page 3; your grammar sucks (which it might since I wasn’t the most diligent high school student), or your story is cliché etc. etc. Let me know if you’re interested and how to send the story to you. Also, I know there’s probably a better forum for this post but quarterly discussions always see the most action. Additionally, I’ve read some of the past anthologies and researched what the markets/editors seem to want but admittedly haven’t written to these tastes. So my lack of publication could be attributed to something as simple as this (though I doubt it), but I really enjoy writing stories that speak to me and have a hard time trying to write something just because I know its what is in demand, although that’s probably the most commercially viable route to go. Again, let me know if you’re interested and best of luck this quarter, and stay safe and healthy out there.

Cheers,
From a Friendly Canadian

Please don't give up! I haven't had as much success (yet!) as some others in this forum, but I'm happy to take a look at one of your stories if you think it might help. Just PM me for my email.

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, HM, ??
Indie author of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth), and the in-progress Leyward Stones series--including my serial, Macchiatos, Faerie Princes, and Other Things That Happen at Midnight, currently available on the new Kindle Vella platform. The Vella story is also available through my Patreon, along with side stories, behind the scenes content, and in-progress drafts of other books from my Leyward Stones world.
Website: http://ccrawfordwriting.com. I also have a newsletter and a blog!
Upcoming short story publication in DreamForge Anvil, sometime in 2021!

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Posted : February 3, 2021 8:48 am
RETreasure
(@rschibler)
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Posts: 725

Hi SupermanSam, I'm happy to take a look and give you an in-depth critique. DM me for my email address.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : February 3, 2021 9:31 am
scribblesatdusk
(@scribblesatdusk)
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Posts: 93

SupermanSam, I'd be happy to take a look at another story of yours also. Pming you my email address.

V36:Q3 HM
V37: Q3 R, Q4 SHM
V38: R,HM, ?

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Posted : February 3, 2021 1:06 pm
TimE
 TimE
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Posts: 339

From a Friendly Canadian

Hi Friendly Canadian. I've PM'd you -and then realised, if you don't log on you'd never know.
Tim

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Posted : February 3, 2021 8:30 pm
MrH
 MrH
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Posts: 98

Ok. Try again.

Anyone know when results should be in.

I have some crying to do (more now I posted this under the wrong quarter) and I thought I'd save up for one big wail.

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Posted : February 5, 2021 8:32 am
Disgruntled Peony
(@disgruntledpeony)
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Posts: 1093

Ok. Try again.

Anyone know when results should be in.

I have some crying to do (more now I posted this under the wrong quarter) and I thought I'd save up for one big wail.

Usually, this is the long quarter to wait for results from, because of the anthology and the gala getting set up and arranged. (April results are fairly common.)

However, they postponed both book and gala, so... I don't know!  shrug It's anybody's guess, at this point.

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
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : February 5, 2021 9:16 am
SupermanSam
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So in regards to my last post, seems like I have one more story in me. Plotted it all that same day - after mulling about ideas and concepts for a few months prior - and got through 3/4 of the rough draft in the last two days. Seems like good material for WOTF so hopefully it will do well this quarter.
Cheers and good luck!

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Posted : February 5, 2021 1:43 pm
HermioneLee
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Posts: 163

Ok. Try again.

Anyone know when results should be in.

I have some crying to do (more now I posted this under the wrong quarter) and I thought I'd save up for one big wail.

Usually, this is the long quarter to wait for results from, because of the anthology and the gala getting set up and arranged. (April results are fairly common.)

However, they postponed both book and gala, so... I don't know!  shrug It's anybody's guess, at this point.

Fingers crossed for results in March...
But then again, the result were announced in April last year, despite the postponing of the gala. Maybe it’s because of the release of the anthology??

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Posted : February 6, 2021 7:52 pm
RETreasure
(@rschibler)
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Posts: 725

They delayed the anthology release as well, so really, there's no way to know. I'm also hoping for earlier results, but who knows.

V34: R,HM,R
V35: HM,R,R,HM
V36: R,HM,HM,SHM
V37: HM,SF,SHM,SHM
V38: F, SHM, P, P
Available for critiques - PM for availability.
www.rebeccaetreasure.com

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Posted : February 6, 2021 11:01 pm
crlisle
(@crlisle)
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Posts: 234

You can ask them next Saturday. Joni, David Farland, and some of the judges will be taking questions at LTUE which is online this year. They will be at Life, The Universe and Everything at noon mountain time.

2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- Pending
"The Last Dance" to be published Feb. 2022 in the LTUE Anthology, Parliament of Wizards
"My Ten Cents" published in Sci Fi Lampoon, vol. 2, Dec. 2020
"Never give up. Never surrender." - Galaxy Quest

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Posted : February 7, 2021 1:33 pm
MrH
 MrH
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I'm sorry in advance.

Your mountains so fat it has its own time zone.

You should put up some signs, "STOP. Mountain time!"

Yeah, that's all I've got. I saw it in the email, must be a big mountain to have its own time zone. Oh well, any excuse for a joke, hope I made someone laugh (other than myself).

Saltlake city, looked it up. Utah (my guess was Nevada, I'll assume I was close), Rockies that explains that..."Adrian!"

Do you have to pay to watch online?

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Posted : February 7, 2021 7:23 pm
storysinger
(@storysinger)
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I hope it's okay to do this. Yes Mr. H, there is a fee. As Joni says though, it will be worth it to attend the virtual sessions.

To all First Quarter entrants to Writers of the Future,

I wanted to let you all know that the Writers of the Future Contest will have a panel at what is probably my favorite Con to attend annually, but this year it is virtual for obvious reasons. The reason I say "my favorite" is because it is all about writing, and how to write better. There are usually around 2,000 attendees every year but it is all about writing, and also art but related to art in publications.

To find out more about the Convention visit http://www.ltue.net and see one of our judges, Brandon Sanderson tell you about this small but miighty Con in the foothills near Salt Lake City.

Several of our judges have attended in the past because of its unique focus on writing. The Con is thrilled to have a Writers of the Future panel, which will be held at noon (Mountain Standard Time) this coming Saturday the 13th.

The Con, however starts on Thursday the 11th and goes through to the end of Saturday night, the 13th.

I invite you all to attend. it costs $42.00 and it is worth it.

I hope to see you there. Our panel will be live as well, so you can chime in and talk to us! I hope you do!

to register go to:

https://events.eventzilla.net/e/life-th ... 2138788553

Best,

Joni Labaqui

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality-D.R.Sweeney
HM-V32/Q3
HM-V36/Q4
HM-V38/Q1

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Posted : February 8, 2021 12:44 am
Wulf Moon
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Thanks for posting the invite to the WotF panel and the LTUE online convention, Storysinger. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from these speakers without the expenses involved to travel.

Cheers!

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Posted : February 8, 2021 3:36 am
babooher
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Posts: 94

Signed me and a writer buddy up for the LTUE online convention. The timing, the price, just all seemed to line up perfectly.

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: Waiting, Q4: WIP

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Posted : February 9, 2021 8:26 am
Beth Powers
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Posts: 127

In 2015, I received results on January 28th, so even without a delayed anthology/gala, there's no predicting it! Aside from one outlier, my longest Q1 results arrived on April 26th (in 2016).

Beth Powers
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Silver HM x 2
HM x 15
Entries x 55
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Collected Stories: Sorcery & Widgets

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Posted : February 9, 2021 4:31 pm
babooher
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Posts: 94

Once I submit a story, I do my best to forget it and focus on the next. "There will be water if God wills it."

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: Waiting, Q4: WIP

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Posted : February 10, 2021 2:54 am
MrH
 MrH
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Good idea. Amen to that.

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Posted : February 10, 2021 6:11 pm
babooher
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Posts: 94

Sadly, a lot of technical issues during the WotF panel at LTUE. Still, I've gotten a lot from the conference and appreciate the notice on here. I got to ask about what I think is still a statistically higher occurrence of contemporary or urban fantasy to traditional or sword and sorcery. Their advice, write what you love and write it well. Pretty much what you all advised.

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: Waiting, Q4: WIP

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Posted : February 13, 2021 7:58 am
Reuben
(@reuben)
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Posts: 216

By the way, Thank you so much, Alicia and Liz. I don't want to clog up the thread in Publishing, but it's a great thread, and several great ideas there. Thanks!

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm ~ Winston Churchill
V37: R, R, R, HM
V38: SHM

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Posted : February 21, 2021 4:32 pm
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
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Posts: 984

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I'd love to be in a group, but I've always felt like I'd be the weakest link, so I eliminate myself before I join. 🙁

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : February 22, 2021 12:41 am
Dragonchef
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Posts: 279

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. . . but I've always felt like I'd be the weakest link, so I eliminate myself before I join. 🙁

Dustin: Weakest link? Really?!! This is coming from a 2x Finalist; 2x Semi; 4x Silver; 9x HM
I think NOT!
wotf002

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Posted : February 22, 2021 2:17 am
Dragonchef
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Alicia: Does your group have size limits?

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Posted : February 22, 2021 2:19 am
AliciaCay
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Posts: 32

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I'd love to be in a group, but I've always felt like I'd be the weakest link, so I eliminate myself before I join. 🙁

Well first, I agree with Dragonchef, and second, I completely understand. I think that's why it helps to find a group of similar-leveled writers. You want to learn and teach and feel comfortable. Then everyone grows together.

And if it helps, at first I was super nervous to share my work with them, and only let like 2 of them see my story. Now, I openly share with the whole group stories I wrote years ago and are really green (aka BAD!!) Lol!

You get more comfortable with your group the more you share and build trust Smile

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, Finalist, HM, SHM
V38: SF, tbd
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : February 22, 2021 4:07 am
AliciaCay
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Alicia: Does your group have size limits?

I believe my online Writers Ring was formed with the idea of inviting specific people. Those people joined, and then we closed the group.

There are 7 of us in total, and unlike the in-person group I was part of, there are less stringent rules regarding participation. My in-person group had more rules, but we also only met once a month, so we needed those rules.

Does that help DC?

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, Finalist, HM, SHM
V38: SF, tbd
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : February 22, 2021 4:15 am
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
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Posts: 984

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. . . but I've always felt like I'd be the weakest link, so I eliminate myself before I join. 🙁

Dustin: Weakest link? Really?!! This is coming from a 2x Finalist; 2x Semi; 4x Silver; 9x HM
I think NOT!
rolleyes

I should have elaborated.
I was referring to participation.

It's a quandary. Am I not productive because I have no commitments, or would I default on my commitments because I'm not productive?

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : February 22, 2021 7:19 am
AliciaCay
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Posts: 32

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. . . but I've always felt like I'd be the weakest link, so I eliminate myself before I join. 🙁

Dustin: Weakest link? Really?!! This is coming from a 2x Finalist; 2x Semi; 4x Silver; 9x HM
I think NOT!
rolleyes

I should have elaborated.
I was referring to participation.

It's a quandary. Am I not productive because I have no commitments, or would I default on my commitments because I'm not productive?

Ooooh! Lol. I misunderstood also.

That IS a quandary! 😉

V32: HM (Q4)
V33: HM, HM, SHM, HM
V34: R, R, HM, HM
V35: HM, HM, R, HM
V36: R, R, SHM, R
V37: SHM, Finalist, HM, SHM
V38: SF, tbd
https://aliciacay.com

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Posted : February 22, 2021 7:22 am
babooher
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Bronze Member
Posts: 94

Got an email asking about my Silver certificate from Q4. My brain ignored the Q4 part, and I thought we had results back for Q1. Last night, I was positive I was getting an R after I mentally reduced my story down and couldn't see what I had been thinking about it before.

2012 Q4: R
2016 Q3: SHM
2019 Q2: HM, Q3: HM
2020 Q2: HM, Q4: SHM
2021 Q1: HM, Q2: SF, Q3: Waiting, Q4: WIP

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Posted : March 2, 2021 2:18 am
JWBenjamin
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Posts: 3

I confess, I opened up my email, saw the 'galaxyexpress' message, and my heart did a little stutter-stop until I saw that Joni was just asking after the SHM certificates.

Anyone else ever wonder if the Spanish Inquisition used these kind of wait times as one of their torture devices? 'Cause it's really working well on me right now.  giggle

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Posted : March 2, 2021 11:44 am
simplify
(@simplify_1617101009)
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Posts: 10

I confess, I opened up my email, saw the 'galaxyexpress' message, and my heart did a little stutter-stop until I saw that Joni was just asking after the SHM certificates.

Anyone else ever wonder if the Spanish Inquisition used these kind of wait times as one of their torture devices? 'Cause it's really working well on me right now.  giggle

YES!! Joni is on a torture roll with all the emails she's been sending out the last few weeks that very much AREN'T results for the quarter... I guess this builds character...?  laughing

Vol 35 Q1: R
Vol 35 Q2: HM
Vol 37 Q4: P

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Posted : March 5, 2021 7:36 pm
vjalrik
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Posts: 49

I was just looking at my past Q1 subs, and I've gotten results on April 16, April 18, April 21, and April 26. That's a much tighter range of dates than I was expecting (the other quarters have been much more volatile). Though with the gala in October this year, I wonder if this quarter might be earlier/later than usual.

Van Alrik
V33 (-- HM SHM R), V34 (SF R R HM),
V35 (HM R R R), V36 (R HM F HM),
V37 (SF HM HM HM), V38 (HM HM, Q3-Pending)
Latest sold story (10 total):
"The Church of Raw," Thuggish Itch: Scientific, Oct. 5, 2018

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