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Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

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Got a rejection from ana agent, I need ti find some more agents specialising in my type of novel.

Stillwaiting to hear from Tor regarding my novella submitted to their open submissikn window in January.

just started second draft of my supernatural detective novel.

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Got another rejection for my 9000 word sword and sorcery novelette. It's a problematic one, since there are comparatively few genre=appropriate markets for stories of that length.

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Do you guys have a number of pots on the stove - perhaps using some other writing outlet to try and engage an audience, even as you wait for the publisher pot to boil?

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For me, the hardest part of writing isn't the actual writing itself but the promotion. So much of it depends on being able to get to the right online audience these days. I've had some luck forging friendships with bloggers and promoters so they're willing to add me to their interviews and so on but it's still hard.

I got this interview by sheer luck, though, and recommend Our Epic Worlds if you are epic fantasy or sci-fi.

https://ourepicworlds.com/2017/05/01/1279/

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Requesting suggestions on engaging editing review for the occasional blog post. Typically 800 - 1200 words about business leadership/management stuff. The content will be viewed by a potentially broad audience so I'd like to get the text some copy editing prior to posting.

I am envisioning that there exists a community of starving English majors out there, with sandwich boards reading 'Will copy edit for food' but I don't have any way to connect with them. Any suggestions are welcomed.

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Rats, they want a word count under 90K. I had to kill a lot of darlings to get under 120K and I don't think the piece could withstand any more carnage. Nonetheless, thanks for posting and good luck to anyone who sends in a submission. 

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Interesting post on reddit from fantasy author Michael J Sullivan about big-5 publishers demanding audio rights be included in any contract or no deal; while he gets an audio only contract from an audio book studio 3 times the advance amount offered by one of those big-5.

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On 6/1/2017 at 2:40 PM, Seiche said:

Requesting suggestions on engaging editing review for the occasional blog post.

Want to share that I've found a decent solution via UpWork which is an online portal to connect with freelance talent in a number of arenas. Quality will vary I'm sure.

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Yay. Finished off another short story, this time horror.

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Michael J. Sullivan does an AMA on reddit about working as a "hybrid" writer (both traditional and self publishing).

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Finished the first draft of my current manuscript. Yay, just another couple rounds of editing and this one can be off for the rejections! Sigh. I actually am very pleased about finishing, but it begins to feel like I'm spinning my wheels when this is my seventh completed manuscript and they all just go nowhere.

Ah well. Maybe this is the one??

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On 6/28/2017 at 8:08 PM, Starkess said:

Finished the first draft of my current manuscript. Yay, just another couple rounds of editing and this one can be off for the rejections! Sigh. I actually am very pleased about finishing, but it begins to feel like I'm spinning my wheels when this is my seventh completed manuscript and they all just go nowhere.

Ah well. Maybe this is the one??

I've been getting major heat on the project you pseudo-betaed for me a while back, to my shocking surprise. I didn't think that'd be the one that got people's attention.

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16 hours ago, Ebenstone said:

I've been getting major heat on the project you pseudo-betaed for me a while back, to my shocking surprise. I didn't think that'd be the one that got people's attention.

:cheers:

It never does seem to be the ones you think, does it?

My last manuscript actually was relatively successful. Think I had a request rate of about 14%. But....nada.

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Second draft of my Catholic Vampire short story (yes, you read that right), complete at 4160 words.

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Catholic Vampire story (entitled Pulmenti, Gloriosum Pulmenti) polished up to submission level. Let's see what the magazines have to make of it.

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Yay.

My 9000 word sword and sorcery story, A Breath Through Silver, has been accepted by Swords and Sorcery Magazine.

Even better, my Catholic Vampire story has earned a top tier rejection letter from The Dark Magazine. That's significantly better than I've ever managed before.

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First draft for a new sword and sorcery story complete at 6300 words.

It's always a good feeling when I finish a first draft. I'm a better editor than I am a writer, and am a compulsive revisionist, so that's the hard part done.

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Woohoo, RBPL! Congrats on your acceptance, and good luck with the editing.

I'm gearing up to apply for Pitch Wars this year with my New Shiny. I also got a notice that I've been short-listed for a short story I submitted, which is exciting although I am not holding my breath.

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On 7/29/2017 at 9:37 PM, Starkess said:

Woohoo, RBPL! Congrats on your acceptance, and good luck with the editing.

I'm gearing up to apply for Pitch Wars this year with my New Shiny. I also got a notice that I've been short-listed for a short story I submitted, which is exciting although I am not holding my breath.

I've been waffling on Pitch Wars. I've been getting some play on the MS I'm going to use....I'm just not sure. 

 

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