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    @KSullivanLingle: That's true up to a point. There is always that fear but I find some of those ideas (at least sometimes) burrow their way into my brain-tank and don't let up, even once they're down.
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    That happens with me some lucky days. Maybe I'm just over-anxious, nervous, scaredy-cat. I just don't trust it, that they will, so I try to hack up at least the bones of any idea I think might be worthy before dumping it onto the back-burner.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2011
    Anyone have any experience with query letters to agents/editors?
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    The writing project progresses a bit slower than I have hoped, since hammering together 1000-2000 words after a long work day has proved out to be very challenging. I've noticed that my creative time seems to be from 9am to about 3pm, and between 3-9pm I can get absolutely fuck all done that requires any kind of mental acuity. If I manage to start writing at 9pm, I can barely get the flow going properly until it's the time to hit the bed.

    So, I did something I've been wanting to do for some time now. I asked my boss if I could switch to a four work day week, meaning that from no on I'm going to be even more spectacularly broke than before, but I'll have one day per week reserved for just creative projects, and one evening when I can write as late as I want.

    This starts next week. I'm really, really looking forward to this.
      CommentAuthorEd Jackson
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2011
    @Vornaskotti: Make sure it doesn't turn into one day a week reserved for watching Jeremy Kyle and wanking.
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    Nah, that's what 3-9pm in an ordinary weekdays are for. Well, minus Jeremy Kyle - don't have a TV and not really my style :>

    It feels great though that the lack of time is not an excuse, but a fact - nowadays when I have the time outside of the evening slump, I'm doing stuff like writing, coding games etc. Feels bloody good.
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    @Vornaskotti That's pretty cool. Did any of your experience in making games go into the effects in your film?
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2011 edited

    Hmm? The easy answer is no, since I don't really have real experience in making games :) Well, I did a few on C64 and I have several interactive fiction projects waiting to be finished (right now they are waiting for me to finish this novel manuscript, 34 days and counting). In Iron Sky I'm the publicist and the making of producer, so at the moment I'm not that much involved in the creative side. The main dudes are the director Timo Vuorensola, the vfx producer Samuli Torssonen and the father of the idea of the film + the current community manager Jarmo Puskala. The script is written by an acclaimed Finnish scifi author Johanna Sinisalo and Michael Kalesniko.

    When the guys were looking for an idea for the next project after Star Wreck, me and my fiance Susi did write a treatment of a scifi movie, and we did some polish on an early script version of Iron Sky, but that's it.
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    I wasn't sure if I should start up a new thread for this or what, so I'm posting here - I've started being more proactive about submitting my work to journals and magazines, and I wanted a bit of advice.

    I've been using Duotrope's Digest to find markets, which is pretty great, but it doesn't give the best idea of how the different magazines rank in terms of respect within the industry etc etc. (At the moment I'm mostly sending out poetry since I have a bunch of that lying around, so by the industry I mean... uh... the poetry industry... which sounds a bit oxymoronic xD)

    Basically what I've been doing is working my way down the payscale, with preference to stuff in my country, but I'm not sure if that's the best metric, so: how do you guys decide where to submit things?
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    I managed to slog through chapter 2 of my autobiographical/memory recollection connection project. This one was keyword : Adolecence, and 9000 something words only covered just over a year. Early Adolescence : The Muddled Memories
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    Hmm, looks like this approach is working. The first creative Friday resulted in 3000 words of text, with time left for having lunch with friends and baking a cake :)
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    I have been wondering the same thing. In fact, this question alone confounded me enough to push me into starting work on a novel since I knew that would take several months as opposed to a week or so of writing and maybe another of editing that a short story typically takes me so that I could delay having to answer it.
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2011

    I generally want to be published in the places I read, so I look for stuff I like (which is often the stuff I write like, but not always), and submit there. If there are poets you like, find out where their work first appears. If you tend to read collections or best-of anthologies, they often say where work first appeared. If your goal is to win awards, find out where the work of previous winners appeared. If you want to eventually publish a collection with a certain small press (who publishes books you like) or with a certain university or editor, see if they have any periodicals/literary magazines/anthologies with open submission policies.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2011

    Where I submit to is based off of several factors:
    1. Are they well-known, in any way? There's a level of difference between getting published in Analog vs. Electric Velocipede vs. Weird Tales vs. Bob's Backyard Blog of Horror. The name/reputation of the market is important to me.

    2. What is their compensation? Some people want to be published just to be published and that's good enough, knowing that their work is out there and that people may be reading and enjoying it. Me? I'd like to get paid in addition to all of that, so when I look for markets I look for how much they're compensating. What's the pay rate? Will I get my own copy of the work for free? What about discounts on future orders of said work? If there's a royalties set-up, how are they going to determine pay and the split between the authors.

    It should be noted that there are other forms of compensation that should also be taken into account, other than cold, hard cash (pennies are often both cold and hard, right?). If a market doesn't pay but does have a very good name with a high amount of and traffic readership then the exposure could be good (although be wary of places that offer payment "by exposure").

    3.What rights am I going to be giving up and for how long?

    4. The timing of the submission. Is this market an anthology with a deadline? Can I make that deadline in regards to any other projects I've got going on?

    5. Do I have a fugging idea that might work?
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    Seems these creative Fridays made all the difference in the world for me, it's incredible what one day that's budgeted just for writing does to the morale, concentration and discipline in my case. Just finished the first draft of the novel, a hair under 50k words, and feeling a bit weird in all the good ways.