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2022-01-19 5:46:41 PM  
I am literally trying to grind this thread out in a fifteen minute block between meetings (of which, actually none of them could have simply been emails) so I unfortunately have no interesting commentary this week. Arguably, I never really do, but at least I'm able to be consistent even when under time constraints. Consistency is important!

You could argue that productivity on a tight schedule, and meeting deadlines in spite of pressure, are some of the most important skills a professional writer could possess. I'm not sure I'm going to go there, mostly since my total writing output this week was -1K words. Yeah, I wrote about five hundred and deleted 1.5K of crud. Overall an improvement, I choose to believe.

Sales of this year's Anthology are still going well. I don't have hard numbers right now (I can get them later if anyone's interested) but it looks like we still have a long tail. Which kind of makes sense I guess, since the cover art (awesome cover art!) is a Squirrel. Makes sense to me, anyway!
 
2022-01-19 5:55:02 PM  
Buck did not read the papers, because he was a dog, and dogs have no concept of written language. Eventually he shagged dozens of female wolves and had hundreds of puppies; and the puppies were all virile, eventually growing up and having pups of their own, because dogs and wolves are the same animal whose only appreciable difference is their level of domestication.
 
2022-01-19 6:40:03 PM  
NOW TESTIFY!!

 
2022-01-19 6:41:18 PM  
Can someone explain how the thread and anthology works? We submit it here and it is gathered into an athology or do we submit our work directly? Where can I find past anthology?
 
2022-01-19 6:49:28 PM  
I am on vacation this week visiting family. "Darkness Eternal" part 29 is so close to done that I'm doing research on part 30, which believe you me will need a lot of research.

If writing were my job, I don't doubt I could meet my deadlines, but I get paid for other things, so they stay on schedule. Sorry, writing.
 
2022-01-19 6:53:29 PM  
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2022-01-19 7:00:11 PM  

ShutterGirl: Can someone explain how the thread and anthology works? We submit it here and it is gathered into an athology or do we submit our work directly? Where can I find past anthology?


Here is the latest anthology. https://www.amazon.com/Need-Help-Soonish-Fiction-Anthology/dp/B09MYGYPSH

The "thread" is this space. Watch it to know when and how to submit.

/Alcohol! Because no great story started with someone eating a salad.
 
2022-01-19 7:00:30 PM  
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2022-01-19 7:01:27 PM  
I'm just finishing up my final edit on my book, and have officially been ignored by two of the four agents I queried back in November. (The other two sent me polite rejections.)

It's science fiction with a literary bent. The seed and the overall background for the story is SF in nature, but the narrative is purely human and could be set anywhere.

I think I've sorted out the structural issues with the story that may have led to my being rejected, so I'd like to send out a whole bunch more queries to other agents, but I'm really unsure about my query letter. I don't know if it should be just the facts, or if it should include my overall vision for the story. What do you folks think?

Does anyone know of any not-easily-googleable resources out there? Should I be going directly to the agents, or should I be using one of those agent services? I live in Japan, but should I go through the Canadian Author's Association (coz I'm Canuckistani)?

Any help will be appreciated.
 
2022-01-19 7:07:58 PM  

ZMugg: NOW TESTIFY!!


THANK YOU.
 
2022-01-19 7:10:45 PM  

ShutterGirl: Can someone explain how the thread and anthology works? We submit it here and it is gathered into an athology or do we submit our work directly? Where can I find past anthology?


I'm glad you asked!

This thread is basically a weekly place for a bunch of us writers (or writer-adjacent people) to keep in touch. I usually post it on Wednesdays, unless I forget and it goes in on Thursday or something. (Or if someone else steps in and posts it-I'm not the only person who can do this!) Mostly I just open it up as a place for people to ask questions and advice about writing and publishing, and then I whine about how I never have any time to get any writing done.

For the Fark Fiction Anthology: Generally, each year, we open for submissions on March 1, and I post a bunch of stuff about what we're looking for. Usually, we look for short (under 10K words) fiction in a couple of genres (Fantasy, SF, Horror, Humor, mystery/suspense) although honestly, if you come up with something that blows us away and isn't any of those genres  . . . we'll find a way to make it work regardless.

I ask that submitters email their submissions to a special account (ed­ito­r­s­[nospam-﹫-backwards]noitc­ifkra­f­*ne­t) and post a link to the terms and conditions for that year. When someone mails in a submission, me and a bunch of other people from here on Fark take a look at it, we each give it a score, and it goes into a spreadsheet somewhere. Somewhere around the end of July, we stop accepting submissions, and pick the stories that have the highest ratings. Those all get put together into a manuscript that's published on Amazon as a trade paperback and an ebook.

All profits from selling it goes to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, because that was the charity people here on Fark chose and I wore out the joke about how I'm not allowed to say who they are.

Previous anthologies can be found on Amazon at these links:

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https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Farkness-2016-Fiction-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01I71JI0Q/


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https://www.amazon.com/Through-Scanner-Farkly-Fiction-Anthology-ebook/dp/B07467ND6J


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https://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Panic-2018-Fiction-Anthology/dp/1727552466


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https://www.amazon.com/Oh-No-Not-Again-Anthology/dp/1710962682


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https://www.amazon.com/Fark-Time-Covid-Fiction-Anthology-ebook/dp/B08QDRPW7M


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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MY4Q6Q9
 
2022-01-19 7:15:42 PM  

rosekolodny: ZMugg: NOW TESTIFY!!

THANK YOU.


😊😉
 
2022-01-19 7:15:47 PM  
My last writing circle got cancelled thanks to COVID, but will meet again on Monday.  Got a few short stories done for it.  Maybe I'll try to submit to the anthology this time.
 
2022-01-19 7:36:14 PM  

rosekolodny: ZMugg: NOW TESTIFY!!

THANK YOU.


Yup, that's how I read the headline, as well.
 
2022-01-19 7:36:41 PM  

toraque: ShutterGirl: Can someone explain how the thread and anthology works? We submit it here and it is gathered into an athology or do we submit our work directly? Where can I find past anthology?

I'm glad you asked!

This thread is basically a weekly place for a bunch of us writers (or writer-adjacent people) to keep in touch. I usually post it on Wednesdays, unless I forget and it goes in on Thursday or something. (Or if someone else steps in and posts it-I'm not the only person who can do this!) Mostly I just open it up as a place for people to ask questions and advice about writing and publishing, and then I whine about how I never have any time to get any writing done.

For the Fark Fiction Anthology: Generally, each year, we open for submissions on March 1, and I post a bunch of stuff about what we're looking for. Usually, we look for short (under 10K words) fiction in a couple of genres (Fantasy, SF, Horror, Humor, mystery/suspense) although honestly, if you come up with something that blows us away and isn't any of those genres  . . . we'll find a way to make it work regardless.

I ask that submitters email their submissions to a special account (editors[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]noitcifkraf[* image 7x13]net) and post a link to the terms and conditions for that year. When someone mails in a submission, me and a bunch of other people from here on Fark take a look at it, we each give it a score, and it goes into a spreadsheet somewhere. Somewhere around the end of July, we stop accepting submissions, and pick the stories that have the highest ratings. Those all get put together into a manuscript that's published on Amazon as a trade paperback and an ebook.

All profits from selling it goes to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, because that was the charity people here on Fark chose and I wore out the joke about how I'm not allowed to say who they are.

Previous anthologies can be found on Amazon at these links:

[Fark user image 200x297]
https://ww ...


Thank you, much appreciated, new question: what we submit, and regardless if chosen for the anthology or not, can we submit it to other publications?

/ When I get a job, I will order all back issues
 
2022-01-19 7:39:33 PM  

WastrelWay: ShutterGirl: Can someone explain how the thread and anthology works? We submit it here and it is gathered into an athology or do we submit our work directly? Where can I find past anthology?

Here is the latest anthology. https://www.amazon.com/Need-Help-Soonish-Fiction-Anthology/dp/B09MYGYPSH

The "thread" is this space. Watch it to know when and how to submit.

/Alcohol! Because no great story started with someone eating a salad.


Thank you, much appreciated, I will follow more closely from now on
 
2022-01-19 7:50:17 PM  
Orwell was a starry eyed optimist.
 
2022-01-19 7:56:34 PM  

ShutterGirl: toraque: ShutterGirl: Can someone explain how the thread and anthology works? We submit it here and it is gathered into an athology or do we submit our work directly? Where can I find past anthology?

I'm glad you asked!

This thread is basically a weekly place for a bunch of us writers (or writer-adjacent people) to keep in touch. I usually post it on Wednesdays, unless I forget and it goes in on Thursday or something. (Or if someone else steps in and posts it-I'm not the only person who can do this!) Mostly I just open it up as a place for people to ask questions and advice about writing and publishing, and then I whine about how I never have any time to get any writing done.

For the Fark Fiction Anthology: Generally, each year, we open for submissions on March 1, and I post a bunch of stuff about what we're looking for. Usually, we look for short (under 10K words) fiction in a couple of genres (Fantasy, SF, Horror, Humor, mystery/suspense) although honestly, if you come up with something that blows us away and isn't any of those genres  . . . we'll find a way to make it work regardless.

I ask that submitters email their submissions to a special account (editors[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]noitcifkraf[* image 7x13]net) and post a link to the terms and conditions for that year. When someone mails in a submission, me and a bunch of other people from here on Fark take a look at it, we each give it a score, and it goes into a spreadsheet somewhere. Somewhere around the end of July, we stop accepting submissions, and pick the stories that have the highest ratings. Those all get put together into a manuscript that's published on Amazon as a trade paperback and an ebook.

All profits from selling it goes to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, because that was the charity people here on Fark chose and I wore out the joke about how I'm not allowed to say who they are.

Previous anthologies can be found on Amazon at these links:

[Fark user image 200x297]
https:/ ...


We always accept simultaneous submissions; you can submit to us and anyone else you like, with the caveat that if you choose to be published elsewhere, you let us know as soon as possible. Thanks!
 
2022-01-19 8:06:12 PM  
Sent my manuscript back to the publisher this morning. They had sent it back for more editing. I think it's going to work this time. Talk about timing though. As I'm final editing I took a break and read about the volcano near Tonga.

My book is semi-total fiction. It's a sea voyage, I pick spots on the map and send my characters there. This book the third of a series I sent them to an island called Tongamama'o. I added a lake where jellie fish live. I sent him for a swim of course. Then I created the people that live on that island. That island west of Tonga by a few hundred miles.  I'm sure they were hit by a tsunami, how tall or many there's no way of knowing.

I spent a lot of mental time on that island, I could describe it to a T. I know the characters I wrote are fiction, but it is a populated island.

I have a question, has anybody heard of a book fair in southern California in April? I have some people wanting to rent me a table. If I read the offer right it's nine hundred and something dollars, not sure if that's a whole week. I could almost go to Disney land for that.
 
2022-01-19 8:12:00 PM  
Figure I'll try traditional publishing for a bit. Will have a submittable draft by the end of the month. Have a handle on query letters.

Any tips at all on how to find agents to send a query letter to?
 
2022-01-19 8:29:52 PM  

mad cowboy: Sent my manuscript back to the publisher this morning. They had sent it back for more editing. I think it's going to work this time. Talk about timing though. As I'm final editing I took a break and read about the volcano near Tonga.

My book is semi-total fiction. It's a sea voyage, I pick spots on the map and send my characters there. This book the third of a series I sent them to an island called Tongamama'o. I added a lake where jellie fish live. I sent him for a swim of course. Then I created the people that live on that island. That island west of Tonga by a few hundred miles.  I'm sure they were hit by a tsunami, how tall or many there's no way of knowing.

I spent a lot of mental time on that island, I could describe it to a T. I know the characters I wrote are fiction, but it is a populated island.

I have a question, has anybody heard of a book fair in southern California in April? I have some people wanting to rent me a table. If I read the offer right it's nine hundred and something dollars, not sure if that's a whole week. I could almost go to Disney land for that.


I know that here used to be a scam where you submitted poetry or short stories to be submitted for an award and published in an antology if approved. Everyone who submitted was approved and offered a copy of their winning submission in a printed book for a ridiculus price with an awards ceremony if you wanted to book a room at (IIRC) tha Anaheim Hyatt over by Disneyland. It wasn't technically a scam but the book was only ever offered to the people who submitted. Sounds like the same deal still going on. Do some research and keep your hand on your wallet!
 
2022-01-19 9:31:54 PM  

skybird659: mad cowboy: Sent my manuscript back to the publisher this morning. They had sent it back for more editing. I think it's going to work this time. Talk about timing though. As I'm final editing I took a break and read about the volcano near Tonga.

My book is semi-total fiction. It's a sea voyage, I pick spots on the map and send my characters there. This book the third of a series I sent them to an island called Tongamama'o. I added a lake where jellie fish live. I sent him for a swim of course. Then I created the people that live on that island. That island west of Tonga by a few hundred miles.  I'm sure they were hit by a tsunami, how tall or many there's no way of knowing.

I spent a lot of mental time on that island, I could describe it to a T. I know the characters I wrote are fiction, but it is a populated island.

I have a question, has anybody heard of a book fair in southern California in April? I have some people wanting to rent me a table. If I read the offer right it's nine hundred and something dollars, not sure if that's a whole week. I could almost go to Disney land for that.

I know that here used to be a scam where you submitted poetry or short stories to be submitted for an award and published in an antology if approved. Everyone who submitted was approved and offered a copy of their winning submission in a printed book for a ridiculus price with an awards ceremony if you wanted to book a room at (IIRC) tha Anaheim Hyatt over by Disneyland. It wasn't technically a scam but the book was only ever offered to the people who submitted. Sounds like the same deal still going on. Do some research and keep your hand on your wallet!


42nd LA Times Festival of Books on April 23-24, 2022. About the event: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books   I totally believe there is a sucker born every minute. I'm on book three through a pay to publish company. My second book has gotten a lot of attention from people wanting me to give them money to mostly to advertise the book.  It's crazy, they even have my home phone number. It's almost all the same, we noticed people were reading your book, or one time it was because of the length. I at least make them pretend they will read part of the book.
Angel HernandezLiterary and Marketing ConsultantOffice number: 917-633-4970 ext. 110Direct number: (917) 985-916216 Madison Square West, New York NY 10010Ang­e­l­[nospam-﹫-backwards]knill­i­hsra­M*c­omI'd give that link to sorcerer but I don't know if the guy is legit.They all told me the same thing, you have to use social media, like set up a webpage for the book. Get on facebook that stuff. But he added in, I think this book fair. I think. I had one person call about a book fair of out of the normal edgy writers. She might of been playing your scam. Wanted me to submit my book for a fair.You can't get blood from a turnip, so I'm not worried about someone getting my money before I get a chance to blow it. I might just give Marshill ink a call.
 
2022-01-19 10:28:59 PM  

mad cowboy: skybird659: mad cowboy: Sent my manuscript back to the publisher this morning. They had sent it back for more editing. I think it's going to work this time. Talk about timing though. As I'm final editing I took a break and read about the volcano near Tonga.

My book is semi-total fiction. It's a sea voyage, I pick spots on the map and send my characters there. This book the third of a series I sent them to an island called Tongamama'o. I added a lake where jellie fish live. I sent him for a swim of course. Then I created the people that live on that island. That island west of Tonga by a few hundred miles.  I'm sure they were hit by a tsunami, how tall or many there's no way of knowing.

I spent a lot of mental time on that island, I could describe it to a T. I know the characters I wrote are fiction, but it is a populated island.

I have a question, has anybody heard of a book fair in southern California in April? I have some people wanting to rent me a table. If I read the offer right it's nine hundred and something dollars, not sure if that's a whole week. I could almost go to Disney land for that.

I know that here used to be a scam where you submitted poetry or short stories to be submitted for an award and published in an antology if approved. Everyone who submitted was approved and offered a copy of their winning submission in a printed book for a ridiculus price with an awards ceremony if you wanted to book a room at (IIRC) tha Anaheim Hyatt over by Disneyland. It wasn't technically a scam but the book was only ever offered to the people who submitted. Sounds like the same deal still going on. Do some research and keep your hand on your wallet!

42nd LA Times Festival of Books on April 23-24, 2022. About the event: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books   I totally believe there is a sucker born every minute. I'm on book three through a pay to publish company. My second book has gotten a lot of attention from people wanting me to give them money to mostly t ...


Good luck! I hope you get a legit reveiwer and from there a legit publishing offer!
 
2022-01-19 10:29:16 PM  
Ever since the November, 2020 elections, George Orwell's book 1984, has been selling like hotcakes.
 
2022-01-19 10:50:46 PM  
42nd LA Times Festival of Books on April 23-24, 2022. About the event: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books   I totally believe there is a sucker born every minute. I'm on book three through a pay to publish company. My second book has gotten a lot of attention from people wanting me to give them money to mostly t ...

Good luck! I hope you get a legit reveiwer and from there a legit publishing offer!Thanks, I'm happy with my publisher. If it is real, I think a book fair would make a nice trip. That interests me more than making me famous. Sorry to Quote W.C.Fields again but "You can't cheat an honest man."
 
2022-01-19 11:52:47 PM  
 
2022-01-20 8:54:02 AM  

ZMugg: NOW TESTIFY!!


Came for the Rage. Going home happy!
 
2022-01-20 11:05:21 AM  

toraque: I am literally trying to grind this thread out in a fifteen minute block between meetings (of which, actually none of them could have simply been emails) so I unfortunately have no interesting commentary this week. Arguably, I never really do, but at least I'm able to be consistent even when under time constraints. Consistency is important!

You could argue that productivity on a tight schedule, and meeting deadlines in spite of pressure, are some of the most important skills a professional writer could possess. I'm not sure I'm going to go there, mostly since my total writing output this week was -1K words. Yeah, I wrote about five hundred and deleted 1.5K of crud. Overall an improvement, I choose to believe.

Sales of this year's Anthology are still going well. I don't have hard numbers right now (I can get them later if anyone's interested) but it looks like we still have a long tail. Which kind of makes sense I guess, since the cover art (awesome cover art!) is a Squirrel. Makes sense to me, anyway!


Perhaps we should make the squirrel be the mascot of the FFA as well, and put him on there every year.
 
2022-01-20 1:33:19 PM  

toraque: ShutterGirl: toraque: ShutterGirl: Can someone explain how the thread and anthology works? We submit it here and it is gathered into an athology or do we submit our work directly? Where can I find past anthology?

I'm glad you asked!

This thread is basically a weekly place for a bunch of us writers (or writer-adjacent people) to keep in touch. I usually post it on Wednesdays, unless I forget and it goes in on Thursday or something. (Or if someone else steps in and posts it-I'm not the only person who can do this!) Mostly I just open it up as a place for people to ask questions and advice about writing and publishing, and then I whine about how I never have any time to get any writing done.

For the Fark Fiction Anthology: Generally, each year, we open for submissions on March 1, and I post a bunch of stuff about what we're looking for. Usually, we look for short (under 10K words) fiction in a couple of genres (Fantasy, SF, Horror, Humor, mystery/suspense) although honestly, if you come up with something that blows us away and isn't any of those genres  . . . we'll find a way to make it work regardless.

I ask that submitters email their submissions to a special account (editors[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]noitcifkraf[* image 7x13]net) and post a link to the terms and conditions for that year. When someone mails in a submission, me and a bunch of other people from here on Fark take a look at it, we each give it a score, and it goes into a spreadsheet somewhere. Somewhere around the end of July, we stop accepting submissions, and pick the stories that have the highest ratings. Those all get put together into a manuscript that's published on Amazon as a trade paperback and an ebook.

All profits from selling it goes to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, because that was the charity people here on Fark chose and I wore out the joke about how I'm not allowed to say who they are.

Previous anthologies can be found on Amazon at these links:

[Fark user image 200x297]
https:/ ...

We always accept simultaneous submissions; you can submit to us and anyone else you like, with the caveat that if you choose to be published elsewhere, you let us know as soon as possible. Thanks!


One other thing: There's a lot more detail at FarkFiction.net.
 
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