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For mystery writers:

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Hi there Christine,

Welcome! What is your writing focus; genre and age group?

I like to focus on middle grade fantasy fiction, short stories. I have written some articles and how-to for MG but I would rather let my creative demon out to have some fun and see what kind of mischief he can cause. emoticon


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Fantastic, Christine! What do you write?



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Hey, I'm new. I'm Christine. I've just started writing professionally a few months ago through Amazon Kindle :)

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It sounds like you want to do it. I say go for it! ESPECIALLY since someone else is paying. :) There are always weekends and holidays where you could write.



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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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IF going back to school can open up financial opportunities for you and your excited about it then, I think you should do it. We all know most writers are not lucky enough to be the next J.K. Rowling so the financial boost could allow you the freedom to write and not have to work later in life.

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I'm still thinking about going back to school. Masters in Forensic Accounting. My company will pay for it, and it could mean a significant increase in my earning potential.

Now, I know, to some people the idea of getting an accounting degree is about as boring as it gets, but forensic accounting is really interesting to me. I mean, it's never going to make its own Law & Order spin-off, but tracking down financial criminals and fraud is challenging and exciting. But, it's not writing.

It would mean putting the writing dreams on hold--or at least slipping into low gear for 2-3 years at least.

I was supposed to make this shift if I didn't get published last year, but I didn't stick to the plan. I got my first professional credit and had nibbles on other projects. It seemed like I was on my way.

I didn't make the decision in time for fall semester, so I guess I have a little time to think on it before it's time to register for the spring.

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A guide to grammar and writing:

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Most ideas these days are just a rehashing of previous ones. What matters is how you tell it. Listen to the constructive feedback, not the garbage.

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What an ITT day. Ident out a 2300 word story to some relatives and a couple of writer colleagues for their feedback. Most of it was very helpful and constructive. I did get back one critique that said this was a worn out idea. That I was rehashing a bad idea, etc. etc. ( you get the idea). I've responded by asking her to send me one of her original idea stories so I could understand what she was talking about. No response yet, don't expect any.

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Top 10 schools for writers:

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Thanks for the ideas.

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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I know you said you live in a small town but have you checked out meetup.com for writing groups in your area? There might be an existing one formed already you didn't know about or others interested in that area. As cliche as this sounds, you can also check out any coffee chain stores (Starbucks, Caribou, Dunkin, etc.) and post ads on their public bulletin boards if they have one.

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Do you have a local library? If you do, posting a sign there might yield some results.... emoticon

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Sorry, I've never been part of one in person. It's hard for small town and you want a group that has at least somewhat similar goals or writing priorities. The one group I've been in was done all online through the web site I now help moderate. We have a chat feature so would conduct feedback on the writing once a week in a chat room. However, I came to realize that my writing wasn't quite ready for their stage, as they were better at small edit issues which aren't as important when dealing with a first draft. There are some online options. I think Writing Excuses did at least an episode or two on tips for creating writing groups.

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Any help on creating a writer's group? I visited a few sites on the web, they were all about creating one in a city . I live in a small town, 10,000 population. According to few folks, we do have some writers/authors among us. I tried running an ad in our local 3 times a week newspaper, no response. I tried putting up signage in our 3 local eateries. One said they would only let me put it up if we were a Christian writers group. I told her we would welcome all types of writing. Nope. Another one told me I could hang one as long as we weren't going to write any sexy books. Moving on. The last place said no one in this town even reads the newspaper, so it would be a waste of time.
Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Things got a bit quiet on this one. Not much going on with me, just the usual work and trying to get writing done. Of the 5 stories I sent out last month, I'm still waiting to hear back from 4 of them as I got a rejection on 1 today. The only problem with the novel focus is it's something I won't have ready to submit for a long time and I'm not finishing any short stories at the moment, so not as much is ready to send out to places.

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I finish teaching my summer college class this week. So for the next 3 weeks I 'll have very little on my plate, just writing.

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Make that 26 submissions so far this year. I sent out a story on the 21st, 22nd, and one on the 23rd. Nothing new, just sending things to different places after getting rejections. But I have a couple stories that are close, so need to put aside some time to work on the short stories. Mostly I'm focused on novel writing for the summer.

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I've been meaning to post on this one. Yay for submissions and rejections! I did my first back in 2009, sent to about 3 places and got rejections from each. I didn't mind but got distracted with novels, moving, job hunting and such. I started submitting again this year. I've got 23 submissions under my belt now. Just got a rejection today and am pondering which story to send next and where.

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Blondedog, that's fantastic! I think one of the hardest things a writer has to learn is to let someone else see the work. It's hard to open up something so personal to criticism or rejections. Congratulations to you.



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I enjoy writing stories about everyday events, then adding an unexpected twist in the tale, usually for the conclusion.
I also write about the Human Comedy.

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I had never even heard of FF until I joined this team. I swear it's my new love. I've always liked writing very short stories (I'm not the novel writing sort of girl), but I had no idea there was a place I could take them. I prefer free style poetry and short stories full of mystery and imagery. I really like to take the mundane and make it extraordinary or make the reader believe it is something else entirely. What do you like to write?

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I KNOW that feeling, and it does feel liberating. Within a couple of weeks after getting my first rejection, I submitted two more FF stories. Still waiting to hear back. I've also submitted a story to an on-line FF e-zine contest.

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So, I finally submitted a flash fiction story and received my first rejection. It had loads of positive feedback and I feel great about getting my first submission and rejection back! It was just a flash fiction story, but still....It has been so hard for me to let anyone read my writing. This was a huge hurdle for me to get over.

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It is a good suggestion. I've have to find someone and save up money before I could ever self-publish.

Another work day but hoping I can try to write some through the headaches I've got going on this week.

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I thought my first draft of my first novel was pretty darn good and even had my English teacher neighbor read it over. Then I started going to writing workshops and LEARNED some craft. Oy.

I didn't self-publish, but whenever someone asks a general question for advice about it, I always say the same thing: HIRE AN EDITOR.



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Yeah, some are like that. I've had a few self published books that weren't bad as it was clear they made the effort in editing. Other books, not so much. I bought a book on my Nook cause it wasn't too expensive and sounded interesting. However, reading it made me feel like it was a rough draft and not a finished product. The errors weren't horrendous spelling and grammar wise, but they were there. I could tell when it was an alternative spelling, those were fine as I know there is a difference in American English and UK, but there were some parts that it was obviously poor sentence structure. But it had bigger plot and pacing issues too that was far more of a problem.


I'm doing okay so far this month. I've gotten a couple of chapters edited, starting writing a chapter in a different novel and sent out a couple stories to new places since the previous locations had passed on them. Some progress but hope to do a lot more still for the summer.


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I was sent 3 E-Books to review. Two are being first published on NOOK, the other on KINDLE.
I was unable to finish a single one. Hasn't anybody ever heard of Spell Check or having another person proofread for grammatical errors????
I did post my reviews with a single star. I wrote that the authors were lucky to get that many.
I admit not being a whiz-bang at American Grammar style or even Oxford Style, but I do know enough to ask someone who is proficient to please proofread my work.

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*raises hand*

I'm working on novels over summer, so I'm going to attempt camp for July. Hopefully I'm almost done with the other novel edit done by then so I can focus on the writing more of the other ones. I would like to get a couple first drafts done or almost done by fall.

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I did a camp earlier in the Spring. I ended up having to quit due to how much time it was taking to participate.

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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Way to go! I am editing and revising and gearing up for Nanowrimo in July. Anyone doing Camp?

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I got my first rejection slip! Feels like I'm headed for the big leagues now. emoticon

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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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I got my first rejection slip! Feels like I'm headed for the big leagues now. emoticon

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

I teach because I love to Learn!


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Good job.

I'm hoping to submit 2 stories this month. Not sure which ones yet, but my main focus is novel work for the summer.

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Submitted two flash fiction stories: one to a contest, the other as a regular submittal. After that I got busy working on my short story.

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Nice Pathfinder.

My only "publication" is from a college newspaper since I used to work for the newspaper back when I was in college as an editor, then a reporter. I had a column for a very short time till the head of the paper changed. I did have an opinion piece I wrote place in a contest though. It's a good credit for nonfiction but doesn't help much with sending out fiction stories.



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Still, Pathfinder, that's fantastic! Congratulations.



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I actually just got word of a publication to which I contributed a year ago!
A friend at work dragged me into the project and I was listed as a contributing author. Our part in the project took months to complete; it took the publisher a year to get it into print. So now it is out for colleagues to read. . .
Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (2014)
B-O-R-I-N-G, unless your a nurse or a physician.

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I try but I also spend a lot of time doing nothing when I could be doing something.

Got 2 rejections this morning. One was from a story I sent out in January to an anthology and the other was to this strange magazine where you can decide to have readers comment on it and vote, or just go the plain route to editor. So, I got to see reader comments from like 6 different people on my story.

Only have 1 story out now that doesn't stand much of a chance, so I need to get some of these rejected stories out to other places.

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You sound amazingly productive, ELFMAGE7.
I know almost nothing about writing fiction, so I wish you tons of success, but have no wisdom to share!

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Congrats Pathfinder.


I got my form rejection today from Writers of the Future. Knew it was gonna be soon so now I just have to figure out if I can send the 11k elf romancey story somewhere else. But I did managed to finish editing chapter 20 in my novel, with the editing backwards method. Only 19 more chapters to go.

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Congratulations Pathfinder52

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I sent a "pitch" to a mental health magazine and the editor said "YES"! He offered me two options --1000-word short piece or a 2000-word feature piece! Now all I have to do is finish the essay. It is about living with a husband who has Alzheimer's. . .working title is Thriving through Alzheimer's.

I was stunned!

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Aliens could work in a modern day story (real or a figment of the characters imagination), just might surprise a few romance readers, lol.


This waiting is intense. I've been waiting for a response from Writers of the Future for over 100 days now. They said they would start sending out responses for that round in June, so it's getting closer. But I also sent a flash fiction story to a different place that posted they would be picking the stories very soon, and that was over a week ago. They got hundreds of more entries than usual, so don't stand a high chance but gets nervous waiting, knowing that email could be any minute for weeks. Plus, the one anthology story is getting close to 120 days out. Not sure when a good time to query will be for a slow anthology, as they are small time they are open with the fact it takes them more time to send out responses. But the good part about anthology as opposed to regular published magazine is that once the anthology book is on the shelf, it's easy to know you can send the story else where. lol



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*laugh* Myrea, that might be a challenge for a single title contemporary.

I actually have a huge chunk of it written, as it used to be chapter 2. But things changed in the new chapter 2, so I have to switch out a couple of background characters and anticipate the hero coming on the scene. (But not to save the day. To create suspicion later.)



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Good point. I'd probably either change it to teenagers and/or have magic, fantasy worlds, and of course, gay male main characters. ;-)

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If I write your chapter 3, there's guaranteed to be aliens in it. Or vampires.

Maybe dryads...

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Nice try. I need to work on editing my one novel and finish writing the other. I'm going to try and novel write more over summer. I am 15k in a YA novel that I want to get the first draft done this year that I'm going to focus on for writing soon. First, I need to get more editing done though. So much to do.

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Want to write chapter 3 for me? *grin*



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Thanks. Getting there. Now it is just that pesky part of the cold with the cough. It's not too bad except makes it hard to fall asleep and the cough medicine doesn't seem to help with that anymore. Hopefully this cough will be done soon and all will be well again.

Had to write a newsletter for the writing site I'm on last night. Figures, I finally get the one I wanted that only has 1 guest spot a month so whoever volunteers first usually get its, and during the week I should have been working on writing it, I end up sick. Got it done but barely. Now to do something writing wise today.

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Wow. Been awhile since anyone has posted on this one.

I've had a long week of not writing. Pesky cold. Between work, feeling blah and sleeping, I haven't gotten any writing or editing done. Getting better at last, so hope to pick up the production and get back to business with the writing side of things. I didn't even read while sick.

Lost a couple lbs though since I don't eat much when I'm sick. Mostly chicken noodle soup, sprite and orange juice. I did have the occasional cupcake from the ones made for mother's day, and coworker brought in nummy lemon cupcakes early in the week. But other than that, mostly soup and liquids.

I finally had coffee today, so must be getting better. Now to maybe try and write a little before going to bed.

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Myrea, that sounds AMAZING.

And Janet, that's fantastic! Congratulations.



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Congratulations on all your accomplishments.

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I haven't been here for a very long time. I quit doing SP, gained weight and eventually came up with my own plan and lost 60 pounds so far. I'm also now a published author. My first book came out a couple months ago and my next one should be out in May. Life is great!
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Nice. Glad you had a good trip then.


Not much going on here. Work and such. It has been a slower writing month. All my numbers are done compared to last month, however, my reading had jumped up thanks to the reading blog. I've read 4 books (1 I started on like March 31st but most of it was read beginning of April) and I'm in the middle of 3 others. One I'll finish tonight but the other two I can take my time on so may not finish them till next month. Plus, I have 2 books from the library to read (one is a manga so it'll be quick).

Hopefully May is a better writing month, less focus on the reading and blog, though need to post on my other blogs. Always something to do.

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Oh, what a great opportunity.

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My husband spent six weeks over there training new emploiyees, and his company allowed him to take some time afterwards for vacation. Since they paid for his airfare and ground transportation, and all we had to cover was my travel expenses, I flew out to join him.

Pretty much the chance of a lifetime, so we snapped it up.

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Myrea, that sounds fantastic!



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That sounds like a great way to use your travel experience. If I can ask, what were you doing in India?

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Spent the last 10 days in India. Just endured about 30 hours of traveling and layovers. I haven't done anything in the last week, and I'm not planning to do anything today.

Actually, I did write a long email home to my sons every day, just to be able to write out all the things I saw and did while it was fresh in my mind.

My first project starting tomorrow is to write a summary of my experiences. There's a gold mine of setting and character in what I saw and did over the last couple of weeks. I need to start by getting some of it on paper and then figure out what I can use.

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I feel like I'm not getting anything done this week.

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MJB1983 and ELFMAGE7 thanks for your help. I will check those out to see what is available. I will let you know how it turns out.

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There is the Muse Online Writing Conference.

themuseonlinewritersconference.com/

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Writer's Digest has many resources. I would check out their website.

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Does anyone know if there are any web based writer's conferences?

I appreciate all the help that I can get.

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*waves.* Been out of touch on the boards for awhile. Thought I would poke my head back in. :)

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Sounds like a win to me.


I hadn't sent for a couple of weeks, just was getting a few rejections and working on other things. Then on like the 27th I decided to fix that and I resent a few that had been rejected over the past month and also submitted two newer ones (both of which have already been rejected). The fantasy edition of the women lightspeed one was pretty quick but she did a lot of sending out around the same day. I kind of figured it would get rejected cause nothing fantasy of mine with female characters is ready for submission, so I sent an all male story. Oh well. I might consider sending the story to somewhere else in the near future.

Of the 7 I sent, I got 2 rejections on day 5. The others I'm waiting on and I still have the 2 from before, though Writers of the Future won't be till closer to summer as that round just ended for submissions. And the other one is an anthology at a small publication so they said they might be slow to respond.

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Keep at it, MJB!

Myrea, I always notice when my hubby's gone because dishes pile up must faster. He's really good at cleaning the kitchen. And doing laundry.

When's yours coming home?



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I need to get back on the subission train.

My husband has been in India for the last three weeks, so I've barely been keeping everything in line.

My kids insist that nothing is really different with Daddy gone. I guess I call that a win. We've kept this from impacting them too much, but I'm tired. And lonely. And unmotivated to write.

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I can relate, ABBYSHARPE. As a new writer, I didn't realize how rare rejections with personal notes were. Then I received a ton of form letters.

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The waiting is the worst!

I was lucky - my first rejection was a form letter, but with a personal note attached (back in the days of snail mail). My next 30 were all forms, but I still had that one to keep me going!



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Not much going on it seems. I've just been working and writing. Had a rejection back on the 24th I think it was for one of the three places I mentioned last post. On the 27th I decided to push things out again, so I sent some things that had been rejected lately and sent out 3 new stories to places. Now waiting again.

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Thanks. I'm getting used to rejection. lol. Well, the one story has been rejected 3 times so far. I'm hoping one day to get to that mystical "personal rejection" but we'll see.

I have 3 stories out for now but need to send out a couple that got rejected. I did a minor edit on one of them and have a place picked, just need to do what they require in order to submit. I'm also working on writing other things, though mostly romance/erotica for the challenge I'm in, and reviews for contest I run. But hope to novel edit soon too. Always something but I can't wait for that submission, novel query to agents. Hope I can do it this summer.

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I'm sorry to hear that ELFMAGE7. I hope the next submission makes it.

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Received rejection today from an anthology. It lasted 65 days there, so that's not too bad since a number of the other rejections posted on the tracking site are in the 30's. I could send something else to them, but have to figure out what first.

I'm stall right now because I have a few stories that need sent to other places but I don't know where to send them. I'll figure it out soon, I hope.

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Quiet week for this topic in the group.

Not much going on with me. Just been working, writing and finishing judging this poetry contest on WDC. I hope to not read another ski poem for like a year after this. Will be glad when it's all over.

I have the next two days off and I hope to work on some of my own writing. Might edit a story to submit for the Women Destroy Fantasy edition that came from the successful funding of the sci-fi one. There is a short window for submission though. I also need to pick places to send a couple stories that were last rejected. And I need to edit my novel.

So much to do. :-)

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Yeah, I'm not a fan of cleaning either and the many weeks of one day off only left a lot of stuff in my living room when the inspection stopped by... so, oops. But it'll be fine. I already cleared it up though I'm trying to actually clean too.

Haven't decided where to submit the stories I got rejections on but I've written a few other things. I wrote one last night for a daily contest and ended up winning out of the five people that entered, so that was kinda cool. I might expand it later, as I haven't used many desert settings yet but the story could be interesting. The romance challenge is fun too. Just finished a "sappy" flash fiction story as my entry for the week. But I still have to finish my YA sci-fi story about a boy who has to wear gloves. So much to do as usual.



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Boo to the breakup! :( And cleaning issues. I always hated cleaning.

But yay for submissions! Keep writing!



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Got 2 rejections yesterday, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. I knew they would be any day but lasted a little longer than I initially expected. Have to look over the stories and figure out where to submit next.

Had a rough week between break up of long distance relationship, apartment issue over clutter (have to clean asap or well move) and such but hopefully it will be better. Have my fingers crossed for the anthology submissions in particular.

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I can handle some marketing, it's just doing it all. The editing (no money to pay for one), the formatting for different online platforms, getting the right cover, sending to places, and all of that. It's way more than saying "hey buy my book" though I know a few who self publish who need to say it a little less often.


Some old friends on the writing.com site are considering trading novels for critiques. Some of them are from the old critique group we used to have. I'm considering it but not sure. Last time even though I just had rough drafts a good percent of the comments were about commas and such. I'll have to be specific about what I need from the critique of the novel if I join another group like that.



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Ah, sorry. Hard to get conversations in some of these groups, so my bad there. Oh well.

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*laugh* Elf, I was "talking" to Myrea.

Yeah, marketing sucks. I'm with a Big 6 and I still had to do a TON. Still doing it, actually. Facebook and blogs and Goodreads, oh, my!



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I won't dismiss the possibility that I may self-publish an anthology - or Kindle Singles - a some point in the future, but it's not on my todo list yet.

Like Elfmage, I lack the marketing skills and the time to properly market myself as an independent author at this time.

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Maybe that is why people let spark email them when they get comments... it's hard to tell when someone is talking to me or the person below me at times. lol

I'll pretend it's me then stare at the other one wondering if they will respond too.

No self publish here. Not for a long while at least because for the anthology to do well, I'd really need other things published first. It's hard to sell a collection as an unknown and I just don't have the marketing abilities at this stage. The elves are also part of a novel series, one that I haven't finished writing yet. This is the before time, how the one gets exiled from his community, which later comes up in book 1. I wrote it for fun at first from a friends contest that had 14 days, 7 prompts (so prompt every 2 days) but all had to be for 1 story. Then I edited it as the item was one I wrote years ago. Anyways, not sure either will sell but I still like the elves.

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I'm sensing a self-published anthology in your future...



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Though, I will say that despite requiring print and mail, F&SF has a decent response time. They still get a good percentage of responses done in less than 30 days.

The one I sent for this round of Writers of the Future is one I don't really know what to do with after that. It's kind of fantasy romance with elves and 11k in length. But I do hope to develop a different story for next round of competition, just not sure which one. Maybe a sci-fi instead. So many options.

Wish I had more days off to write but glad that even on days I work I at least am getting some writing done. As long as I write tomorrow I will have written 250 words or more every day this month. That's a good start.

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Oh! I forgot about Writers of the Future. One more market for Luna Base One before I resort to printing and mailing.

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Sorry to hear. I'm still waiting on 5 but some may take a long time for even the form rejections. Writers of the Future in the acknowledgement that the story was received said they may not get to sending responses for this round until around June. And I have one out to an anthology that was topic specific and it's hard to tell with those. They could go over 100 days and still send form rejection.

I'm not sure where to send my lightspeed one next. I was considering this Revolution anthology because it's for specific diversity in characters but due to the funding, only 10% of what they publish can be from someone not Canadian. So chances are even more slim. Might find a place that is quicker in response first, cause that one is open till end of March anyways.

Ah the fun of the submission and resubmission process.

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Two more rejections in the bag. Time to get busy resubmitting.

*sigh*

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