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Wulf Moon
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Hey everyone,

I was listening to one of the wotf podcast yesterday (one of the ones with Wulf Moon) and I had a question. Didn't know where to put it but I am working on my Q4 so I guess I could ask it here, ask it of anyone who may know or if Wulf is lurking around here somewhere Smile
So he said that sometimes editors (or publishers maybe? I forget) will sometimes check to see if an author has social media and a following, and what that is like. And I was wondering, is that just publishers, like etreasure, who are publishing more of a book form, or does that go for mags as well?

Thanks!

Hi, Eagerink. David Farland is the person I heard this from, and others as well. It makes sense on a number of fronts. If you have a large following on your newsletter and social media, it's going to help sales of your first novel. The publisher knows you have a baked in fan base, which will reduce their losses if they take your novel on. And just like an employer will check out your social media before hiring you, your social media is a way for an editor of a magazine or anthology to check out your social presence before publishing your story. It's a smart way to make sure they aren't publishing a jerk that has offended many people. That writer is not worth messing with--they'll likely burn the publisher in the end.

You are what you post.

All the beast,

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Posted : August 16, 2020 12:21 pm
Eagerink
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Thanks for answering Wulf! Yeah that makes sense. I'm really nice wotf004 so hadn't considered having the problem of someone being a jerk but I can see why they would want to check that out, and of course having a following doesn't hurt. I suppose that any editor could check out a name on facebook, etc. unless they had specifically asked for no names (like here at wotf obviously.) Makes sense.

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Posted : August 16, 2020 1:31 pm
Rey Nichols
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Finally submitted my Q4 5 minutes ago after arguing with myself for 20 minutes over a punctuation mark. I feel really good about this quarter Smile

HM: 5
R: 1
www.reynichols.com

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Posted : August 20, 2020 4:25 pm
Dustin Adams
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^ <like button>

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

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2020 2:29 am
DoctorJest
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I've really been struggling with mine -- I really liked the story and almost everything in it, including the ending, but the climax immediately prior to that ending felt sorely lacking to me. Not in that it lacked for drama, or that the events were wrong, but...just that somehow it wasn't delivering what I wanted it to.

Finally, in the middle of a day of feeling completely lethargic, uninspired, and inclined to just lie on the couch doing nothing (substituted for a while by lying on the bed and petting our cat, who thinks this is a much better use of my time anyway), I figured out that the climax was only very subtly wrong--and that changing one detail will change everything about it, and make it ten times better, without significantly altering most of the details of what happens.

I'm feeling a great sense of relief about that now! I was starting to feel like this would slip and not make the Q, because without that feeling right, I didn't want it to push it out. But now, I think I have a handle on it at last. Time to actually go and write a few words!

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : August 23, 2020 10:26 am
babooher
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Seize the moment, DoctorJest, and may your insight be a winning one!

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 : August 23, 2020 12:08 pm
Retropianoplayer
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Doctor Jest, how did your cat feel about your decision?

Just kidding. Don't know if its apropos to your short story, but in a screenplay, I try to accomplish TWO climaxes – a boom; then when least expected, a more powerful boom. I don't get copyright credit on this one; a while ago, a brilliant screenwriting reader suggested this, and I've applied it to both screenplays and stories. (His name intentionally withheld as I did not receive written permission to post it).

Best,

Retro

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Posted : August 23, 2020 12:53 pm
DoctorJest
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Doctor Jest, how did your cat feel about your decision?

Just kidding. Don't know if its apropos to your short story, but in a screenplay, I try to accomplish TWO climaxes – a boom; then when least expected, a more powerful boom. I don't get copyright credit on this one; a while ago, a brilliant screenwriting reader suggested this, and I've applied it to both screenplays and stories. (His name intentionally withheld as I did not receive written permission to post it).

I gave this some thought -- in the case of the story I'm writing, the main climax comes together as one specific thing, which it needs to be. I can't see any way to do a second punch behind it, but it's a nice idea that I'll be thinking about when I write other stories--sometimes, I don't doubt, it would definitely work very well, and I appreciate the suggestion!

Also, my cat was noticeably put out by my decision to sit down and write some more.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : August 24, 2020 3:49 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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I'm in!

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)
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Posted : August 25, 2020 7:30 am
Eagerink
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I'm in!

Wow, well done for you and everyone who's in already! wotf010

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Posted : August 26, 2020 8:55 am
empressed
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I'm feeling a great sense of relief about that now! I was starting to feel like this would slip and not make the Q, because without that feeling right, I didn't want it to push it out. But now, I think I have a handle on it at last. Time to actually go and write a few words!

Well done, DoctorJest! Would you like a crit of that when you're ready, or have you already subbed? That goes for anyone else. I'm always happy to critique for folks and I'm giving mine a rest for a bit, so now's a good time to read. wotf007

Victoria Dixon
Author of Mourn Their Courage
a 2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalist
A Tribble Ate My Lunch: a Star Trek Cookbook (unpublished)
R=22
HM= 6
SHM=1
Finalist=1

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Posted : August 28, 2020 2:19 am
Kizer
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I just started on my Q4 story, here I go again - racing to the end!

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Posted : August 29, 2020 11:17 am
DoctorJest
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I'm feeling a great sense of relief about that now! I was starting to feel like this would slip and not make the Q, because without that feeling right, I didn't want it to push it out. But now, I think I have a handle on it at last. Time to actually go and write a few words!

Well done, DoctorJest! Would you like a crit of that when you're ready, or have you already subbed? That goes for anyone else. I'm always happy to critique for folks and I'm giving mine a rest for a bit, so now's a good time to read. wotf007

I may just! I'm lined up for one other crit, but need to at least complete my first sweep revisions before I'd be happy sending it out for crits. Hopefully soon, though -- I'll reach out at the time, but if your life has changed gears by then, please let me know, no demands or expectations here. wotf008

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : August 29, 2020 1:03 pm
empressed
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I'm either going to work on a new story this week or on editing an older story and let my current tale have a rest. After this week, I'll let you know. wotf009

Victoria Dixon
Author of Mourn Their Courage
a 2010 Sandy Writing Contest Finalist
A Tribble Ate My Lunch: a Star Trek Cookbook (unpublished)
R=22
HM= 6
SHM=1
Finalist=1

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Posted : August 29, 2020 2:46 pm
Wulf Moon
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I'm in!

May the Force be with you.

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : August 29, 2020 5:52 pm
WJRoberts
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Got mine in right after I submitted one for the 3rd quarter.

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Posted : August 29, 2020 10:19 pm
Wulf Moon
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Not to make anyone nervous, but as a quiet public service announcement...

THIS IS THE LAST QUARTER OF THE CONTEST YEAR! ONE FINAL MONTH TO CREATE YOUR MASTERPIECE! USE THE TIME TO DO IT!

wotf001

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : September 1, 2020 9:43 am
PenMark
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Not to make anyone nervous, but as a quiet public service announcement...

THIS IS THE LAST QUARTER OF THE CONTEST YEAR! ONE FINAL MONTH TO CREATE YOUR MASTERPIECE! USE THE TIME TO DO IT!

wotf001

Just got started on my entry this morning. wotf009

V37 Q3: R
V37 Q4: SHM
V38 Q1: R
V38 Q2: SHM
V38 Q3: Submitted
V38 Q4: Revising

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Posted : September 2, 2020 9:56 am
Wulf Moon
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I just finally emotionally rebounded from my Q2 R, gonna start working on a Q4 entry today. Happy writing to everyone.

Glad you rebounded, Sally. To succeed in this business, it's a necessity to be able to deal with rejection swiftly and move on. It helps to recognize an editor is rejecting a story, not you, and that there are many reasons they reject a story. For new writers, humbly recognizing there is a need to learn one's craft and that it takes much practice to do so is vital in importance. As you collect rejections, they become a badge of honor. They are the trial by fire every writer must pass through.

Keep writing. Keep sending. Keep learning. It is the Writer's Path.

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : September 5, 2020 6:55 am
RETreasure
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I'm in for Q4. Last chance for the double gala!

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 : September 6, 2020 6:15 am
DoctorJest
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And I finally have something that I think I can call a finished draft. I've had a real struggle getting to this point, but it's finally time to sweep through edits and refinements until I feel like it's ready for critiques.

R: 0 / HM: 8 / SHM: 4 / SF: 0 / F: 1
Currently in for Q3.V38 and Q4.V38 / Q1.V39 20% done on draft 1
Last result: SHM for Q2.V38
Revised SHM ('Ashwright') at PodCastle
Revised HM ('The Winds of the Mind') forthcoming at Abyss and Apex, ~October 2023

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Posted : September 7, 2020 6:21 am
Eagerink
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It's great to hear everyone doing well and submitting early for this quarter! I just started mine and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find something by Dave on the three try-fail cycles? I've heard them mentioned here a lot and I'm looking for more detail. Thanks!

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Posted : September 7, 2020 12:00 pm
CCrawford
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It's great to hear everyone doing well and submitting early for this quarter! I just started mine and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find something by Dave on the three try-fail cycles? I've heard them mentioned here a lot and I'm looking for more detail. Thanks!

Hi! You can check out Dave's website (MyStoryDoctor)... there are some articles related to that there. Here are a couple:
https://mystorydoctor.com/writingtip-plots/
https://mystorydoctor.com/escalate-your-story/

Also, the free Writers of the Future online workshop is great (and free!) and covers plotting structure! You can find it here: https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writing-workshop/ .

I'd also recommend signing up for Dave's newsletter so you get his tips via email.

I hope that helps!

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, October 2021 issue!

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Posted : September 7, 2020 12:59 pm
Eagerink
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It's great to hear everyone doing well and submitting early for this quarter! I just started mine and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find something by Dave on the three try-fail cycles? I've heard them mentioned here a lot and I'm looking for more detail. Thanks!

Hi! You can check out Dave's website (MyStoryDoctor)... there are some articles related to that there. Here are a couple:
https://mystorydoctor.com/writingtip-plots/
https://mystorydoctor.com/escalate-your-story/

Also, the free Writers of the Future online workshop is great (and free!) and covers plotting structure! You can find it here: https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writing-workshop/ .

I'd also recommend signing up for Dave's newsletter so you get his tips via email.

I hope that helps!

Thank you!

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Posted : September 7, 2020 1:19 pm
PenMark
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I just wrapped up the first draft for my Q4--woo!

Now on to revisions, which I'm honestly kind of looking forward to. It was freeing to not have to get every sentence perfect on my first try, but now I get to make the story shine, and I think there's some nice sparkly bits in there hidden under a thin layer of sediment! *hefts shovel* We'll see how well I've learned to use this thing.

V37 Q3: R
V37 Q4: SHM
V38 Q1: R
V38 Q2: SHM
V38 Q3: Submitted
V38 Q4: Revising

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Posted : September 8, 2020 5:04 am
czing
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It's great to hear everyone doing well and submitting early for this quarter! I just started mine and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find something by Dave on the three try-fail cycles? I've heard them mentioned here a lot and I'm looking for more detail. Thanks!

There's some great stuff on try-fail cycles on the Writing Excuses podcast too. Might want to do a search for that as well.

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 -SHM; Q3 - P

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Posted : September 8, 2020 9:35 am
SimonP
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Good luck to everyone getting their submissions ready! I'm rooting for all of you.

I thought I had my story ready but got a quick rejection from F&SF saying "The beginning grabbed me and the writing carried me along, but I thought this needed another layer and the ending didn't quite hit the mark for me". Now I'm feeling a little lost because I can't quite pinpoint what's missing, but I guess I'll have to look at it more closely.

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Posted : September 9, 2020 12:04 pm
RETreasure
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I’m happy to take a look if you’d like.

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 : September 9, 2020 12:54 pm
SimonP
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I'd really appreciate that! If you need an extra set of eyes, I'd be more than happy to read anything of yours over too.

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Posted : September 9, 2020 2:15 pm
Reuben
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At last I've finished my first draft for Q4. For some reason this has been my hardest story to write and I was continually battling with grammar and viewpoint problems throughout. I had a healthy dose of writer's block plus I was locked out of the forum, so I haven't been active of late.

Anyone up for first reading? I would, of course, be happy to critique anyone else's work as well, now that I'm done.

So far, my story needs a lot of help. I feel like nothing happens in it, and it's just some guy talking to himself the whole time, and, well, I don't know. Still my goal was to finish the first draft by the weekend, and I succeeded. (I actually made that commitment multiple times over the last few months; this time I said I would give a hundred bucks away if I failed:)

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

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