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Title: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nick on March 27, 2007, 06:49:03 AM
As requested by several members, please use this topic to post details of your latest writing, publishing or performing successes.

There's no need to be shy or modest. It's encouraging for everyone to read other members' success stories!

Nick  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on March 27, 2007, 06:58:17 AM
Ok, to quote Gyppo on my blog "someone has to get the ball rolling", so here I am.

Nick mentioned to me to post my previous posts here for you to read (again hehe):

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Hey guys,

Not only did I get a book contract for Survival books, I am now one of their editors too....

Then just when I thought things couldn't get any better....

Lonely Planet are considering me for a guidebook on Europe!


YIIPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeee

(http://www.coolsmileys.net/wink/thumbcool.gif)



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Oh yes, just when you got fed up of hearing about my book contracts I went and did it again! LOL

I am now negotiating with a rather large publisher for a craft book, and I have just been made the regional guide writer for Wales by Fisher's Travel SOS.

  ;D :o :P :-*

Ok, now I've done telling you all (I'll admit to a head swell thing, too hehe - but who else can I tell???) I'd better go and write them!!

So, there you go! Who's next?

Suzie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on March 27, 2007, 07:46:45 AM
Congratulations, Suzie, and this time not just on your success but on being the first on the new thread. We're all hoping you won't be alone here for long. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Bru on March 27, 2007, 09:41:56 AM
sadly my novels remain unpublished for now but as a journalist I am published weekly - does that count? 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on March 27, 2007, 09:50:29 AM
Of course it counts, Bru. The tiniest success counts. I'd love to hear about yours. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on March 28, 2007, 06:08:39 AM
Ok, now my head is spinning...

I am about to have...drum roll please... my OWN exhibition of portraits I have done! I've also been accepted as a Gold Member by the SAA (Society of all art) and have my own webpage there:

http://www.saa.co.uk/art/suzieharris (http://www.saa.co.uk/art/suzieharris)

Now *that* really can't hurt my chances of getting the book deal to write the art book I wanted to do, will it  :P

Suzie x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on March 28, 2007, 06:11:57 AM
That's great Suzie  :) [I was going to use the one with the big smile but it looks like a "I'm trying too hard to be happy for you" smile].
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: orchid15 on April 01, 2007, 06:21:09 PM
Doin' the happy dance ;D

Crystalwizard suggested I submit my children's story about a dragon to the anthology "Black Dragon, White Dragon."

I was hesitant because it didn't fit the guidelines, but the editor suggested I send it anyway.. and he accepted it.  the book is due to come out in October. 

I am really encouraged because he said it was well written, and he's had over 120 submissions, and only accepted ten or eleven.  It is the first fiction I've ever had accepted. 8)

My YA science fiction is still out, and I hope its not in a slush pile somewhere. :)

orchid
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on April 01, 2007, 06:47:56 PM
That's great, Orchid. Well done! :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Bru on April 02, 2007, 04:19:16 AM
Orchid, congratualtions!  Way to go, girl!   :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jagsaw on April 04, 2007, 10:49:18 AM
When I was like 8 years old I wrote some crappy poem at school for some book of crappy children's poems or something. Well they cut most of my poem out, like two verses, so it was like 6 lines long. I was angry at first but now, looking back, I know how crappy the poem actually was. So I don't care about it. A tiny non-success in my opinion. Oh well, I'm aiming higher now.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on April 05, 2007, 06:34:43 PM
It's been mentioned elsewhere on the boards but my short tale 'Processionary' - written in response to one of Crystal Wizard's 'prompts' in the Writing Games and Challenges - has been accepted for publication by Bewildering Stories.

Rather apt really as I'm still bewildered by it myself ;-)  Seems to be one of those things which means different things to different people.

Success is always inspiring ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on April 05, 2007, 06:41:29 PM
Well done again, Gyppo. That was a really good and atmospheric story. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gltagaman on April 10, 2007, 03:50:12 PM
I've got two short stories coming out finally in an anthology compiled by a writing course I attended May - June last year. I will be interested to see how they have been 'Edited' as the community centre publisher has taken rather a long time to publish the anthology.

I have heard that one short story I put into an anthology produced by a writing group I left a year earlier has been published. Unfortunately I have not yet been able to see a copy as the group has not deposited a copy with the local library.

Geoff
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 10, 2007, 03:58:38 PM
Congrats to all!

Does this count? http://www.readerviews.com/InterviewLamanHT.html

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on April 11, 2007, 12:33:38 PM
I think so. How about this one as well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbS8AHWyc4s

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on April 11, 2007, 04:41:32 PM
Interviews count - it is all publicity!  I hope to be able to contribute personally to this board soon.  Waiting... waiting... waiting...  :-\

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 11, 2007, 04:52:24 PM
June, I love hearing your accent and how you started writing Genesis of Man. I remember when you left that job you mentioned. Seems like only yesterday.  PM me about your holiday. It went well, I'm sure.

Carrie, when will we have news on your audio book? I've forgotten the title again. What is it called? I'm getting a copy (signed of course) so I can hear your accent reading your stories. Ta-da!

(Just for the record, I don't have an accent!)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on April 12, 2007, 04:26:30 PM
Everyone has an accent - although I am yet to hear yours. Some people say that I sound Australian, even though I have never been to Australia in my life - 24 hours on a plane is just a bit too daunting for me though.

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Zoe on April 14, 2007, 07:16:56 AM
Hi everyone,

first congratulations to all you published authors. It is inspiring to read some of your posts like Nadine, June, Suzie.
Lysianssa - you are on chapter 14... 1/2 way, CONGRATULATIONS too! Thats way ahead of most people who will " someday" write that book.

As far as success is concerned in my mind I am already a (proud ma) & successful published author even though my books are really on the way to the delivary room (publishing) ;) Ok guys, maybe you cant identify with being pregnant. Me neither - but my books are like kids to me...
 
*Actually finishing one of the two books I began in January this year. *Writing 3 books is one of the goals I set for this year. (Im on my way up)
*Constantly working on my authors plateform (with a list)- using a monthly Happy,Healthy,WealthynWise Lifestyle Tips newsletter (so far about 300 subscribers since Sept 2006).
*Working on a blogg to go with the books - which are being translated into german...
*Finally, does keeping on writing and being part of this forum count as a success??? ;)

All the best to you all. Keep writing, the world is waiting for your book(s)
Zoe
 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 15, 2007, 05:16:21 AM
June, just kidding about the accent. I have a friend in Ireland who would say that I do have one.

Zoe, Thanks.

I know people are off to the London Book Fair and others are getting ready for BookExpo in NY. I'm headed for the Los Angeles Times/UCLA (university) book fair at the end of the month.

What else has everyone been up to lately?

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Lin on April 16, 2007, 04:03:47 AM
Ive joined the Writers Bureau as a student.   Ive written a magazine article which hasn't exactly been rejected!

The representative wrote that she has taken time to read the exerpt and is now passing it on to the team and will get back to me - not sure what that means but it certainly isnt a straight rejection thank goodness and it was decent of them to reply so quickly.  The other magazine to which I sent a proposal, I haven't heard from at all so it sounds positive.

As for the article itself I think my tutor at the writers bureau would be interested as well in helping me with some feedback.

I also have been asked by an agent if I would pass the article to her to distribute to her BBC TV wildlife presenters, perhaps a TV programme may come out of it.  Who knows   Ill keep you posted on that one.  You just got to keep writing!!

Lin
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 16, 2007, 12:19:58 PM
That's great news, Lin!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sellit on April 19, 2007, 03:43:12 PM
I can't say I'm published or even anywhere near it.

I'm jumping for joy today because a publisher has asked to read a magazine article I wrote. No money, but who cares. At least it's a step in the published direction. It would look great when I finally send out a query on my novel.

We must hold on to every little hope we get for becoming a published author.

Congrats to those who have acheived that goal.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: rewh2oman on April 19, 2007, 03:46:30 PM
That is wonderful Sellit   ;D

I keep getting rejection slips.  I got another one yesterday.   :'(

...russ
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on April 22, 2007, 02:05:50 PM
I had an email this morning from a radio talk show host, Phil Harris, who saw my interview on Youtube and he has booked me in for June 11th as his special guest ! Apparently his show is one of the top ten rated shows with Arbitron (Radio Ratings and Media Research Information Service). I have yet to get full details, since it has only just been confirmed, but the show airs at 7.30 pm eastern standard time, which is 5 hours behind us. I have done community radio before, many years ago, but this is something else together. I am really excited!

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Smiley on April 22, 2007, 03:54:07 PM
Hi Guys,

Congratulations to you all ;D


I've had two minor successes: I've had a poem printed in the local evening paper and also a short story and two poems printed in an anthology produced by the writing group that I attend.

Smiley x  :)

(I also got 80 percent in the last assignment that I produced for the Open University Creative Writing course so I'll count that as a further success ;))
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on April 22, 2007, 04:05:22 PM
Minor schminor, Smiley. Any success in writing is major. Well done. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 23, 2007, 02:38:34 AM
Sellit, that's great. We'll keep our fingers crossed that he publishes your work.

Smiley, that's good news. My great grandfather's poems were in a newspaper so often that they made him a regular item. Keep it up, maybe you'll get a regular slot too.

Russ, that just means you are one step closer.

June, That's great about Phil. Do you remember him from the old forum? This should be a good interview since he has done research in the same areas as you. He's a member of MWC, but has been so busy that we rarely see him these days. BTW, did you see you were the featured author on nothingbinding.com on Sunday?

Congrats to everyone.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on April 23, 2007, 12:20:09 PM
Didn't see that unfortunately, as I was out all day doing another book fair. Will have to check amazon though (and my own web stats) to see if it resulted in any more sales ! I didn't realise though that Phil was a member on here. Interview should be good, as he writes similar stuff to me, so will obviously know and understand the content. He likes to have a good look at the writers site as well in advance, which always helps !

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 23, 2007, 12:33:11 PM
Haven't seen much of Phil since the second book came out and his radio show started.
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?action=profile;u=1660


Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 29, 2007, 11:11:28 PM
This was last week... http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewnews.asp?id=17039
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on April 30, 2007, 03:15:37 AM
Love the picture !

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on April 30, 2007, 04:48:29 PM
I am proud to announce that my new book, JESUS TAUGHT TOO: THE EARLY ROOTS OF THE LAW OF ATTRACTION IS BEING PUBLISHED BY AVATAR PUBLICATIONS!!!

Expected release date is July but the editing is going so well it may be earlier.

This non-fiction work will be published BOTH in Canada and the US.

The book traces the roots of the LAW OF ATTRACTION, MANIFESTATION AND RESPONSIBILITY to the master Himself. Following his "stream of thought'' on the topic, I show how The Secret is over two thousand years old. It is spiritually uplifting and offers a plan of action to turn your dreams into reality.
 
Avatar Publications is a North American based publisher of academic and body/mind/spirit books (spiritual books). Among our many missions, Avatar is concerned with the reconciliation of science and spirituality. To that end we publish, in the same house, two imprints; these are the Lightning Path imprint and the Avatar Academic (ÅÅ) imprint. We are also launching, in late 2007, Avatar Crystals which is a line of high vibrational children's books intended to protect and nurture the spirituality of the emerging crystals.

Avatar books are distributed by New Leaf, Ingram, and Baker and Taylor. In Canada, Avatar is distributed by Phoenix. In the UK, Whitakers/Bookdata, Gardners and Bertrams. In South Africa by New Horizons

This will be my third book opublished this year-WAKING GOD, A MAINE CHRISTMAS CAROL being the other two.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 30, 2007, 08:23:17 PM
Hi Phil!

We were talking about you. Were your ears burning?

Great news about your THIRD book in how many years? Book two just came out in Dec 06. You're amazing, Phil!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on April 30, 2007, 08:40:59 PM
I thought I heard your voice in the back of my head. It will be 3 in one year. Book one, WAKING GOD came out the end of June.  WAKING GOD II will be done soon and I have another done but only hard copy-got lost in computer. BTW, my 75 year old mother-in-law finished the 2 Beach books and will be writing a review-I will pass it along-she loved them and the compassion they contained.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 30, 2007, 08:57:20 PM
Phil, (you can hear me in your head???)

Is it time to have that little talk about backing up your work? Whew, good thing you have a hard copy.

Beach books? Mine? Cool.

My husband's 76 yo aunt read my first book and said, "Now I understand you." There were two things that bothered me about that: 1) The very strange tone to her voice when she said it; 2) We've been married 21 years, and they are just now understanding me??? Very scary.

I think I'll start using a pen name...or change my name.

I love to write, but the readers' comments are a real hoot that I hadn't expected.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on April 30, 2007, 09:04:13 PM
Yes, the fatal faux pas-back up. Yes, she really loved them-is the third out yet? Besides-who can ever really know a bl....-oops-well my wife is one and I am still lost half the time.
yes, I can tell when I am on someone's mind in a minor way-it usually spurs a contact and a comment-oh, we were just....LOL
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 30, 2007, 10:05:14 PM
Phil...

The joke is on Antie. I write fiction; lies, all lies. So, I don't know what hidden thing she thinks she knows about me. Funny though. (I really do love her, so I'm just kidding around here.)

Tell your mom-in-law, I would love to hear her comments.

No, book three isn't out yet. Book two has only been out 6 months. The draft ms is completed though. I'm doing editing/rewrites with my beta readers. Then it goes to my editor after we are happy with everything.  If I had a dollar for every person who has asked me about book three...  That is what I get for putting a tease for the next book at the end of my books. Right?

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on April 30, 2007, 10:08:54 PM
June,

Thanks, that is one of the better photos of me. My middle child shot it.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 01, 2007, 11:44:25 AM
Great news re your third book Phil, my updated edition should hopefully be complete this week. Have just a few more chapters to finish proof reading and then the back cover blurb to complete before I give the cover designer the final page count.

Look forward to talking to you on June 11th ! This summer will be a busy month for me, I feel ....


June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 02, 2007, 12:42:46 PM
Last night we had a telephone call from the couple who bought our old house, to say that they had some post for us. This morning then we went over there to collect it, and I was very pleased to find that one of these items was notification from a magazine called Self Publishing, together with a complimentary copy, to say that they had printed a review of my book on page 29.

When I read the review I was truly astonished and delighted beyond words, for they have compared me to none other than Richard Dawkins, the best selling author and self proclaimed aetheist, whose book, The God Delusion topped the UK and US non fiction best sellers list for a full 6 months, selling millions of copies worldwide. Even better, they have given me permission to reprint this segment on the back cover of my new edition, which I will hopefully finish proof reading later on tonight ....

The review then reads

"Genesis of Man covers some highly topical and controversial subjects regarding religion and science. If you have read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, then you will love this book, because it serves the opposite viewpoint.

The book is well researched - it is laden with scientific, Biblical and historical evidence to support its arguments. However, although there is sound understanding of science, the book seems to place more importance on its Biblical and historial evidence. It is also written with a lot of personal input from the narrator, which helps the ease of reading and can 'speak' to the reader. However, the first person narrative approach may appear to some readers as informal, and make the work appear less reliable.

Whilst the book is written as though it is addressing a vast and diverse audience of believers and non-believers, there are some infelicities and bias that suggests thar only certain groups of people are being targeted. The narrative focusses mainly on the Abrahamic religions, with a greater emphasis on Christianity. This may make its arguments appear somewhat incomplete to some readers, because there are six major world religions to be accounted for, rather than three.

This is a very informative and well researched book. It would be ideal as a companion to academic studies in subjects such as theology, philosophy and the social sciences. The book also achieves what it set out to do; answering all and more of the questions in its blurb"

No sooner did I ring Richard, my editor and give him the good news, than I got an email from the UK office of Nexus magazine to say that they too are printing a review in their May edition! The magazine is based in Australia but has 4 English language editions (plus 10 foreign language editions) with a combined circulation in excess lof 200,000 copies !  This then is very good news indeed. They are also sending me a complimentary copy, and hopefully I can also print their review in the updated edition as well !

This could do amazing things for my book, since Nexus is the leading magazine for conspiracy theorists and alternative historians, read by many other authors in this field. If just one percent of readers buy a copy as a result, then this will be 6000 copies sold ! I am jumping for joy at the prospect.  :D

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: dragonsue on May 04, 2007, 09:48:07 PM
First I want to say....

OH WOW!  I'm in hallowed company!  You guys rock!  I wanna be like you!

My success was a while back now, in 2000.  I was writing my book, and a friend spotted a local short story contest, so I took time off the book and wrote two quick little stories to enter, and thought nothing more of it.  (I NEVER win anything!)

A few months later, I get a letter to say that I had better be at this event, because they have good news for me.

Well, they read them in reverse order, so I was over joyed when I got third prize for one of my stories!

AND THEN

I got 1st prize for the other!

It was printed, in a local mag, so I suppose that counts too!  And there was a cash prize too!

I have been terrified to try again in case I get disappointed! lol

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 04, 2007, 10:30:19 PM
Congrats June, I forwarded the news to a couple of my friends.

Dragonsue, I bet that was quite a surprise. Go ahead and try again. Obviously, you have the ability, so take the risk.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on May 05, 2007, 03:47:45 AM
Well done on the storties, dragonsue. They (the magnificent 'they') say that writing good short stories is much harder than writing a good novel, apart from the distance to be covered. So that was a terrific result. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 05, 2007, 07:24:05 AM

Well, they read them in reverse order, so I was over joyed when I got third prize for one of my stories!

AND THEN

I got 1st prize for the other!

It was printed, in a local mag, so I suppose that counts too!  And there was a cash prize too!

I have been terrified to try again in case I get disappointed! lol


Sue,

Two prizes in one competition is quite something.  I still remember the sense of achievement - many years ago - the only time I had two articles published in the same issue of a shooting magazine.  I was happy as a Sandboy with the first one and it was another family member who spotted the second one.  (Twice as much money that month too!)

Sue, you reallly should try again.  The wonderful thing about competitions is they don't publish a list of losers...  The only way people know you didn't win is if you tell them.

So it's a bit of Win-Win situation ;-)  If you win the whole world and his dog will know (although some dogs- and cats -  are noticeably unimpressed).  If otherwise you can lick your wounds in private.

Go for it!

Gyppo

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: dragonsue on May 05, 2007, 08:23:13 AM
Thanks Nadine.

Allie, I really do find writing a short story harder than writing my book, I like to ramble you see, and short stories don't let you have the space for that.  Even in my home my things seem to spread out like a disease taking over the place lol.  Suppose I could practice with some flash fiction  ???

Gyppo I took the short story success as a sign to try and get my book 'out there', but that hasn't been too well received.  :(  So maybe I should try some more short story comps. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Sandy on May 08, 2007, 07:23:14 AM
Well done to everyone! What a talented lot we are ;D

I've just found out that I've been placed in the list of top writers on Googobits.com. This site has had several different names since starting out including 'Fine Tuning'. I did them an article about two years ago on Feng Shui. I received the small sum of $30 (about £16) but the reason I did this was to promote my website and get my name known on the net. Now, two years later, Fine Tuning is Googobits and I see the article has received well over a 1000 hits so consequently I'm on the top writers list.

If you're interested in Feng Shui or want to take a look at Googobits go to:

http://www.googobits.com/writers/scarlet.html

Sadly, I don't think they pay as much as $30 now.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 08, 2007, 07:43:30 AM
Well done Scarlet and everyone in fact who has posted on here.

Will go and check out that site, and see if there is anything I can post on there are the same time. Whatever they are paying would come in very handy right now !

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Sandy on May 08, 2007, 09:25:19 AM
Thanks Talisman, it will be interesting to find out what you think.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kipton on May 11, 2007, 06:03:18 PM
Hi everyone,
Nadine has encouraged me to share the success of my new children's book with you.
My children's book, Ned Visits New York came out in Dec. 2006. I printed 2000 books for the first printing.
Christmas time I sold over 1200 books!!
The book has gotten an amazing response!!! In April I did a second printing of 3000 books.
The secret of my success with the book has been being able to sell it myself.  I live in New York City,
What better book to sell than a book about New York!!
I sell my book to locals and tourist at craft shows, street fairs, and holiday markets.
Self publishing has been the best way for me.  I have made more money from the book through self publishing then
I would have made through a publisher.
Plus I am having fun with the book.  I did a book reading/signing at Murray's Cheese. (One of the pages in the book)
They had a grape juice and cheese tasting for the kids along with my reading my book!!
Take care,
Kip
www.KipKids.com
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on May 11, 2007, 06:07:59 PM
That is wonderful and heartening news of self-publishing, Kipton. I am in the process of doing so myself, and if I could have one-fifth your success it would be wonderful. Have any of the mainstream publishers tried to muscle in on your success? :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kipton on May 11, 2007, 06:44:33 PM
Allie,
Thanks,
I have not had any of the mainstream publisher try and muscle in on my success.
I honestly have to say if a mainstream publisher wanted to print my book, I would have to say no to them.
I can make more money selling my book than I ever will with a publishing house. I know my book is no Dr. Seuss book and would most likely live for 6 months to a year with a publisher.
By self publishing I have 100% control of my book. My book can live for the next 5, 10 or 15 years. As long as babies are being born, and people keep coming to New York. My book can live a very long and profitable life.
What I would like to do is approach a publisher and show them I am able to do a book from start to finish.
Then start fresh with a new book that could be through a publisher. That way I have my cake and I get to eat it too!!
I have my self published book, and a book with a publisher.
Allie, I wish you success with your book. If I can help in anyway, please let me know!!
Thanks,
Kip
www.KipKids.com
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 11, 2007, 08:12:45 PM
Hey Kip...

"Ned" is a great book. I love it. I think it is incredibly brilliant that you give the kids stickers and have the characters on shirts and such.

Thanks for taking the time to come back and tell your story.

(Everyone, you can see Kip's art on his website and get an idea of the look inside his book.)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 11, 2007, 08:14:58 PM
June is at it again. She was mentioned in the Grumpy Old Bookman's Blog today, Friday. Michael Allen blogs all things literary. The Guardian gave him a mention...or two.

http://grumpyoldbookman.blogspot.com/2007/05/news-of-sort.html

(Did you see this, June?)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kipton on May 11, 2007, 08:21:36 PM
Hey Nadine,
Thanks for your comments!!
When I grow up I want to be 5 star hero like you!!
Right now I am just a one star newbie!! :)
Kip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on May 11, 2007, 08:22:59 PM
Successfully self-published, here take my stars. You deserve them more.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kipton on May 11, 2007, 08:29:29 PM
Thatollie,
Thanks for the offer, but I am sure you deserve them just as much!!
Thanks,
Kip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 11, 2007, 08:35:03 PM
That, don't be so easy to give Kip your stars. Make him come visit us more often.

Kip, I'll trade stars for a t-shirt. Seriously, after your post, I had to pull out my copy of Ned and read it out loud to my husband who is trying to re-read Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions at the same time. Yes, it is another wild Friday night in Phoenix.

Nadine

PS: Kip, did you see children's authors now have a space of their own on my website? http://nadinelamanbooks.com/featured_authors.html
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 11, 2007, 09:03:06 PM
Allie,

It is only a matter of time before you're telling us about your book successes.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on May 12, 2007, 03:21:56 AM
I hope so, Nadine. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 12, 2007, 04:01:21 AM
Yep, saw it Nadine, he emailed me to let me know it was going on there. Am just about to go and see how many more hits I got because of it.

We are all excited this morning, since we discovered that J Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5, our favourite series in the whole wide world, which has provided much inspiration, is doing a book signing in London today. Good excuse to have a rummage round the British Museum as well, and revisit their crystal skull, which has once again been calling us.

I am going to take a copy of my book to JMS though as a little thank you present. Still couldn't get permission to use quotes from B5 though !

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 12, 2007, 04:08:27 AM
I had 65 visits yesterday, as opposed to 35 the day before. When I looked at the referrals, the most of them still came from here and google, but quite a few were also from Grumpy! So there you go .... Nothing spectacular, but it all helps ...

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kipton on May 12, 2007, 06:47:08 AM
Nadine,
Wow, I did see the space on your website for children's authors!!
I am honored to be listed!!
Thanks,
Kip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 13, 2007, 04:06:40 AM
June,

I absolutely love JMS's book on scriptwriting. I hope you had a great time.

Kip,

Glad you liked that we segregated the children's authors. We felt it was time to give you and Jena Grace (MWC) your own space. It is much harder to get listed on my website than in my newsletter, so I'm glad you approve.

To everyone else, good luck to you and "Don't take any wooden nickels."

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 13, 2007, 04:27:20 PM
It was great to get to meet him in person, and I am so glad that Coran had the intuition to check his website. I had been trying to get permission to use some of the B5 quotes in my new(er) book, but was told I would have to wait as he had just gone out of the country, now I know where to ! I decided in the end not to use those quotes anyway, since it would have just delayed things, and it was not the kind of thing you could ask him at a book signing !

About 50 or so people turned up though, and we had to wait in line for around 45 minutes. It was though worth it as he is a lovely man and very spiritual. He signed 2 of the B5 scripts that we have been collecting and 2 comics as well that we bought. Unfortunately he was not allowed to accept the book that I offered him though, as apparently his lawyers advise against such things, but he thanked me for the offer and took it in the spirit in which it was meant.

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 16, 2007, 10:54:21 AM
Have approved the final PDF of my new and updated book today, so it has now gone to print ! It is the right day to be doing this, as I knew it would be, since today is also a new moon, in Germini I do believe, which is ruled by Mercury, the god of communication. I say no more .... Will be watching amazon to see when the new cover goes on there, and then I have the task of updating both of my own sites .... Can't wait to see the new edition !

June

 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 16, 2007, 07:15:33 PM
Bravo, June ~

I can't wait to see it either.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on May 16, 2007, 07:22:49 PM
How many editions have you had, June? :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 16, 2007, 08:48:09 PM
Allie,

Best of luck with your book. When does it come out? Forgive me for having a memory lapse, what age group does your book target?

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on May 17, 2007, 03:43:06 AM
I'm hoping it'll be out by August, Nadine, and it's for 8-12. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on May 17, 2007, 05:51:28 AM
I'm not sure if it counts as a success to you, but it does to me. I was casually filling up a page of notes on my crime/thriller. AND it's good, like a medium rare 12oz Sirloin. I can physically taste that steak, it's so juicy. Then, a moment that encapsulises the reason I started writing comes along. The ending surprised ME. The writer isn't supposed to be surprised by his own ending. When I think about how shocking it'll be, I can barely stand up.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 17, 2007, 01:44:46 PM
Good luck with your book Allie ! This is the second (and final) edition of my book. I did not originally intend to do a second edition, but when I was advised to change the cover and read a recent article in New Scientist magazine about some DNA studies that disprove the Out of Africa theory, then I thought that these were too important not to mention. So, I decided to change the text as well, since it only costs around £60 extra (it would be well nigh impossible to do this had I not chosen POD). I went through the whole book then, adding bits here and there, not just the DNA studies but also stuff about whether DNA has its own consciousness, stuff about some recent studies carried out at the Bimini Roads, about Robert Schoch and John Anthony West's studies of the Sphinx and the seach for hidden chambers and some more controversial stuff in the religious section about women in Islam ... The font size has also been changed from 10 to 11 pitch, so with the 12 or so extra pages of text that I have added, plus the addition of a reviews page and a few more extras in the prelims, the page count has increased from 272 to 334. The new cover is really something else as well, Clifford has done an absolutely outstanding job and it was worth every penny of the £350 I paid for it to be done. It is totally different from the original and completely changes the energy of the book. Must ring and order some of my own copies tomorrow, as I have some courtesy copies to send out (and also some to sell ! )

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on May 17, 2007, 04:28:19 PM
That's fascinating, June. Do you think DNA has a consciousness? :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 17, 2007, 05:37:08 PM
The evidence certainly points to that. Most of my information is based on studies by a Canadian born, Swiss based anthropologist Jeremy Narby. I first became aware of his work when I saw him speak at the Questing Conference in 2005. If you haven't heard it, the Questing Conference is the leading event in the revisionist or alternative history calendar, which is organised by writer Andrew Collins and sponsored by Nexus magazine (who are reviewing my book in their next issue!). It is held each year, usually at the end of October/beginning of November, for the last few years in London, although the 2007 conference will be held at the Assembly Rooms in Glastonbury.

Jeremy though was one of the guest speakers at the 2005 conference, and he gave a fascinating 2 hour lecture, based on his book, The Cosmic Serpent and its follow up, Intelligence in Nature. 

Narby relayed that as a student, he spent time with the Ashaninka Indians in the Peruvian rain forests. They have a remarkable pharmaceutical knowledge of literally thousands of plants, that they use for all sorts of medicinal purposes, from a simple headache to healing of serious wounds. One day Narby asked them how they had got their knowledge. The villagers informed him that it had been given to them by the spirits of the plants, direct to their shamans after they ingested a cocktail of  hallucinogens known as ayahuasca. Narby thought no more of it, until troubled by a niggling backache, he was instantly cured by a special concoction prepared by the tribe’s medicine men. This incident eventually persuaded him to try the brew for himself.

He reports in his book, The Cosmic Serpent that he experienced his entire body, including his internal organs as glowing red, as if he could see right through his own skin. Feeling sick, he staggered away from the clearing where the brew had been ingested, and watched the contents of his stomach emerge from his mouth as a fire red snake. He then saw before him two giant rainbow coloured snakes, with huge bodies two meters thick. The snakes seemed aware of his prescence and conveyed to him the idea that he was a mere human being, small and insignificant in comparison to the rest of the universe.

This and subsequent experiences, one in which Narby felt himself as a large feline complete with blood lust, despite his vegetarian diet, prayed on his mind long after his return to Switzerland. He began to read everything he could on the use and effects of such drugs amongst indigenous populations, and shamanistic practises from around the world, eventually concluding that these experiences are in fact very real, and that the snake symbols were the key to understanding why. He felt that the snake symbols were actually a representation of our DNA - hence their shape.

His second book Intelligence in Nature, which I am reading at the moment, details his searches for well, signs of intelligence in nature, to prove his theories. DNA is not known to have intelligence, although 97 percent of it has no known function, hence the term 'junk DNA', so we not actaully know what it does. Within the body there is however always intelligence at cellular level, as the cells constantly interact and send messages to each other in the form of proteins and other chemicals, which tell them for example, when and how to divide and replicate., or when to fight disease, or in the case of the female body, not to reject her husbands (or boyfriends) sperm, or a child that grows inside her, as an invader that needs to be destroyed.

Narby then believes that DNA does indeed have its own intellgence, but not only that, that it can also communicate teleptahically with the DNA of other living organisms outside of its own environment in order to share and impart ideas and information. The serpents that he saw during his own experiences, and which are apparently a common feature of such experiences, which you can see in cave art the world over, he believes are represenataions of this intelligence, which is awoken by the ingestion of such substances. His books make a fascinating read, and his lecture was the best I have ever been to. I normally have trouble sitting through a lecture of that length, but for the entire 2 hours I sat absolutely riveted to my chair, unable to move. I strongly recommend his books, both of which are available from amazon.

I do find this whole subject very interesting indeed, especially the junk DNA and the fact that we don't know what 97 percent of our genes even do !

I am going off at a tangent again though, as this is nothing to do with our successes !

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 17, 2007, 10:37:19 PM
Thatollie,

It is great that your writing delighted you. I find that those are the same sections in my books that readers have pointed out as their favorite parts as well. So yes, I would say that is a writing success and when readers begin to contact you, you will have the second taste of it.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 18, 2007, 12:14:36 PM
I have today spoken to the local newspaper, the Dorking Advertiser and seeing as I am also the new editor of the Boxhill News, it looks like they shall be writing a piece about my book ...

Coran and I walked up the viewpoint as it was such a lovely afternoon, and when we got back, what should I find in my inbox but an invitation from the Self Publishing Magazine, those lovely people who compared my book to Richard Dawkins, to write an article (unfortunately not paid) for their next edition, re my experiences at self publishing. They said they will mention my book of course at the end of it. I ordered my first batch of 15 books today with should take around a week to arrive, so those courtesy copies will be winging their way to people soon.

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on May 20, 2007, 12:07:42 PM
Thanks Nadine, I'm still dancing on the inside.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 20, 2007, 05:38:29 PM
T.Ollie,

Turn up the music and we'll all dance with you!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on May 21, 2007, 11:05:39 AM
YIPPEEEEEEE!

I have just been given the job to write the scripts for a new 5 week TV reality show  :o

Suzie xx
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kipton on May 21, 2007, 11:10:46 AM
Way to go Suzie!!! 
That is amazing news to hear!! I wish you the best!
Yippee from Kippy too!!!
Kip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 21, 2007, 02:48:19 PM
Suzi,

Guess you should get out your dancing shoes too. Sounds like we're gonna have a dance party!

When you can say the name of the show, let us know and I'll see if we get it in the US. Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone for reasons to celebrate and for sharing your successes with the rest of us.

(fondly,)
Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kipton on May 21, 2007, 03:17:24 PM
Hey guys,
I just have to say how wonderful I think Nadine is, she is always there with words of encouragement.
If no has told you this, then I am telling you, we really do appreciate all the positive things you say to each of us, it really does mean a lot to us.  I hope we can be that for you too.
Nadine is the kind of person everyone wants to have as a best friend!!
Nadine we love you!!
Kip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 22, 2007, 12:00:42 AM
Um...er...<blush>  Thanks    :)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: HT_Llewellyn on May 22, 2007, 12:29:41 AM
Nadine: This is slightly unrelated, but I found Kathryn's Beach on amazon.com, but I can't buy it from there since I haven't a card or anything. So, I'm going to look for it at the bookstore or the library. Just thought I'd let you know I'll soon be reading something of yours, and that I'm really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 22, 2007, 12:45:24 AM
H.T.

Bookstores can order it for you. Sometimes it works better if you take in the info and make it easier for them. I pulled my account with Lightning Source, so sometimes there is a bit of whining when asked to order through another source. Print this for them so they have the order info http://nadinelamanbooks.com/pdf/sellsheet1.pdf

I would be surprised to find my books in a library since my books aren't listed with the distributor most libraries use. But, the books do have Library of Congress numbers.

Better yet, email me from the contact page of my website:
http://nadinelamanbooks.com/contact.html  I'll work out getting a signed copy to you. If you have PC rather than MAC, I'll send you the CD with the flash format of the video on my website and YouTube along with the book. How's that sound?

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: HT_Llewellyn on May 22, 2007, 01:13:05 AM
....Have I mentioned yet that you're awesome? Because I'm pretty sure you're awesome.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 22, 2007, 01:34:52 AM
thank you, thank you. This is getting a bit awkward and embarrassing for me. Um, you are very kind, but enough about me.

I just want to say for the millionth time what a wonderful writing community MWC is. I hope we have a very long time together and we can laugh about our humble beginnings when we are all famous. Thank you Nick, Karl, mods, and members for this wonderful place where we can share our writing experiences.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 22, 2007, 03:05:41 AM
This is MWC's Jenna Grace (from my June newsletter):

Jeannine Garsee, US YA author of BEFORE, AFTER and Somebody in BETWEEN, Bloomsbury USA, June 07. Book Launch Party June 26th at 7PM at Strongsville, Ohio, Borders Bookstore. Jen’s blog http://onegrapeshy.livejournal.com/  www.jeanninegarsee.com

Congrats Jen...you made the big time, girlfriend!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 22, 2007, 04:16:06 PM
I second, or even third all the things said about Nadine. She is the reason why I am here, since if it were not for her, I would not have known about this wonderful place. She was also the first American to buy and read my book, and has introduced me to loads of wonderful people - such as Phil Harris for one (another member on here) who will be interviewing me for his radio show very soon!

Actually I am feeling knackered tonight - have been on my feet all day, walking round and round a hall full of 200 odd teenage boys taking various GCSE's (I work as an exam invigilator at this time of year). Was supposed to finsh work at 3pm, but did not get out until 5.15pm and then had to drive 18 miles home. What should be waiting for me though but a big box full of my brand new and updated books ! They look brilliant, and the new cover and font size make one hell of a difference.

I was struck as I opened the box, in the difference between how I felt opening and holding this one for the first time, as opposed to the original version, 11 months ago. I remember spending days looking for the postman and willing him to call, and then when they finally did arrive, weeping tears of joy and elation. There were no tears though this time, just a great big soppy grin. Will post the pictures on my own site, as before, in due course and tomorrow morning I shalle be sending out those courtesy copies that I have promised to a few people (including the lovely and very helpful Nadine and Paramour). Very well earned, both of them.

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: rewh2oman on May 22, 2007, 04:23:15 PM
I second, or even third all the things said about Nadine.

Ditto !   ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 22, 2007, 06:07:40 PM
Whew, um...not sure what to say...I'm humbled...I hope to be the person you think I am...er...snif...incredible good timing...I love you guys...I'm honored...a bit embarrased...(blush)...ah...thank you...group hug.

Okay, back to writing guys...

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 22, 2007, 06:28:44 PM
Congratulations on the new books, June. That was very fast service. I'm impressed. Please post a link to that company again. Can't wait to see your new photos. Send me the link when it is up.

Thanks for the book. I'll treasure it.

Here is June seeing her book for the first time...I love these photos: http://www.juneaustin.co.uk/grandunveiling.html

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 23, 2007, 02:33:28 AM
Publishers name is AuthorsOnLine Ltd (this is the correct spelling - capital O and L) - web address www.authorsonline.co.uk - they have some good offers at the moment for anyone considering POD - and can distribute to the US as well - so good for both UK and US authors !

And I am really embarassed about the state of my hair in those pictures though, I had just got out the shower and washed it, and just left it to hang like rats tails. Actually have deleted that page from my site now (or thought I had), so not sure how that link manages to work, wo will have to investigate. Will have new pics to put up there soon though anyway ...

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on May 23, 2007, 08:00:42 AM
Way to go Suzie!

Have to say though...
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to write the scripts for a new 5 week TV reality show


If you are going to write the script, it won't be reality, will it?  ;D

Nadine - no words.  Just thoughts.

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Symphony on May 25, 2007, 05:03:13 PM
Guys - just found the time to relax and read this thread properly. Wanted to say how inspiring it is! Many congratulations on your fab successes - I'm sure this thread is going to grow and grow and grow.

Well done, everyone. It's exciting, the excitement is contagious and I'm hoping your talents and successes are, too  ;D ;D

Symphony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sellit on May 27, 2007, 03:12:22 PM
Returned from a conference with wonderful news. I won 1st place for an article entered in the conference contest.
Met a publisher who wants to look at my book and talked with an agent who took my manuscript.

I'm still floating! I might have spent months doing queries and been rejected many times. The face to face at the conference really paid off, especially since this publisher will only accept agented manuscripts.

The article win got another agent interested in me so he has taken the article to show some of his clients who may want my articles.

So... if you have a chance the conferences can pay off. Plus I learned a great deal from the classes I attended, of course.

Now, time to polish the novel and send it out. Back to work!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 27, 2007, 05:15:39 PM
Oh wow, Sellit. That is great news! You must be dancing on air. Congratulations!  ;D

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nigel4Christ on May 27, 2007, 06:36:20 PM
Hi There,

Just come across a segment where members "boast" of their successes. I must say that I am really impressed with the progress you guys have made. In particular, I will like to congratulate Suzie for the job she is doing. How has she been able to get all these commissions? I am dying to know the secret of her success.

As I have indicated, I have discovered that this is what I want to do simply because I enjoy doing it. Sometimes, I must confess that I do not feel like writing at all even though I am fully aware that the only way I can get to the summit is by writing. At the moment, I am researching into the market for the kind of genre, if you like, that I like to write in. I am still to get to that level. I am glad I am among you.

Since August of last year, I have been consistently writing for INFUSE, which is a magazine published by the church of God in Texas. I have had four articles published already. Although I am not receiving any fee for writing, I find  great satisfaction in finding my works published and more especially, know that my work is been read by thousands of people if not millions and they are getting blessed. That for me is the ultimate. I however want to get to the stage where I can get contracts just like Suzie to write good and well researched articles and features for magazines and other such publications.

Well, this is by far, what I have been able to do. Cheers!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 02, 2007, 03:42:36 PM
My copy of Nexus arrived this morning, and I finally got to see that review. It will hopefully result in some more sales. In fact, when I got home from shopping earlier this afternoon, I found an order waiting for me from amazon (I sell signed copies via them as well as my own site), so when I email to confirm the order, will ask where they heard of me !

I went into Waterstones in Epsom yesterday as well, and I was very pleased to see just one copy on the shelves. I was even more happy when I spoke to the sales staff and was told that someone had come in and actually asked for the book by name ... I emailed the manager then and he has ordered some more copies of the new and updated edition, which I am very pleased about ....

Here then is that review.

"In combining her knowledge of pre and ancient history with mythology and spiritual philosophy, Surrey-based Reiki Master and crystal therapist June Austin speculates in Genesis of Man on who we are, where we came from and where we're heading.

Austin presents evidence for an alternative celestial heritage where the first humans were seeded by extraterrestrial 'gods' who returned from time to time to insttruct the fledgling homo sapiens. Information about the solar system, for instance - as can be seen in ancient clay seals - was passed on by the Nephilim, part angelic souls from another world, Nibiru, to the ancient people who civlisation seemed to 'spring from nowhere', as did that of the Egyptians, the Maya, and perhaps even the Atlanteans. However, some of what Austin suggests about civlisations of prehistory and other matters is sourced from the realm of channelling, which can't be considered reliable.

Nor can more recent records in the Gospels be considered 'gospel truth', and Austin admits this, relating examples of inconsistencies between these four books, ye she devotes many pages to alternative takes on what are undoubtedly forged holy books but coded with esoetic messages. Influenced by the famous 'Course in Miracles', Austin makes the case for our being souls interconnected  with the Divine source, our role in this world being to learn to balance the light and the dark within ourselves. The more aware we are of our Divine heritage, the more connected we are with humanity as a whole and the more able we are to exercise forgiveness and compassion to our fellow man. The way home comes by getting in touch with the silence within, not by blind faith in a priesthood or religious buildings and ceremonies. (I'd have liked to have seen a closing chapter that draws all these threads together, but maybe that's in the second edition that's being printed as we go to press.)"

Overall then, I think that all in all, that's a pretty good review.

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 06, 2007, 02:55:26 PM
'Tis a small thing, but 'tis my very own.

I sit here at my newly resurrected computer wearing a happy little smile because my short tale 'Processionary' is now up for all to see in Issue 247 of Bewildering Stories.  Basking in that warm glow that starts with acceptance but only really blooms when you see your own work in print/on-line.

Some of you will have seen it before but if you want to check it out visit www.bewilderingstories.com where you will find it listed under my 'Sunday Name' of John Craggs.  (And whilst you're looking at it bear in mind it wouldn't have existed without one of Crystal Wizard's little prompts to trigger my muse.  There are a lot of little muse-nudgers in this circle, some deliberate and some probably quite inadvertent.)

But despite 'going public' above I'm happier being 'Gyppo' on-line, so please don't all suddenly feel the need to call me John.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on June 06, 2007, 03:54:02 PM
Gyppo,

What a beautifully written story, very evocative.

The repeated first para at the end really tied the whole thing together.

LOVED these two lines:

Quote
...a shallow trace left by countless feet over many millennia, but often with a century or more between visits.

A timeless ritual which was blurring as she aged, sometimes fancying that they stood still and the world spun slowly beneath them.

Nice one - you go right ahead and 'bask' :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 06, 2007, 04:08:13 PM
Cathy.

That identical first and last para were Crystal's prompt, issued with the challenge to write something which would fill the gap between them.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on June 06, 2007, 04:09:46 PM
Well it worked! Beautifully ;D

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on June 06, 2007, 10:58:04 PM
Finally, finally, I’ve some good news of my own that I’d like to share with you all.


I’ve just won a short story competition – not a big one – just my local radio station in conjunction with Eason.

There were 5 categories: General Fiction, Romance, Humour, True Life and Young Writer...

Needless to say I didn’t win the ‘young writer’ :P, but I did win the Humour one, for a story I posted here a while back about the trials and tribulations of giving up smoking.

I received a lovely glass trophy, beautifully presented in a huge box with blue silk lining *swoon* and £100 in Eason vouchers. *double swoon* (now I can buy that Stephen King book - “On writing” - that I’ve been salivating over ever since someone recommended it on here ;D)

But more than that... to actually have someone, (other than my family and friends) tell me that they liked my work, well... at the moment I’m floating about six feet off the ground. ;D  ;D  ;D

So, to everyone out there – don’t give up. If I can do it, anyone can.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 07, 2007, 03:51:45 AM
Congtratulations Cathy - brilliant news. I have another review as well this week, in Paradigm Shift magazine, written by the lovely Paramour. I am sure she won't mind me mentioning this. She has I think done a very good job, and I hope it brings in some more sales ! I only got my copy yesterday, so will be watching to see over the next few weeks. Following that Nexus review, there has been a definite upturn in Australians visiting my site .... The North American edition of Nexus is a month behind the other ones, being July/August instead of June/July.
   
June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 07, 2007, 05:53:32 AM

But more than that... to actually have someone, (other than my family and friends) tell me that they liked my work, well... at the moment I’m floating about six feet off the ground. ;D  ;D  ;D


Yes...!  That knowledge that 'outsiders' enjoyed it as well is pretty heady stuff ;-)

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Drow on June 07, 2007, 07:26:44 AM
On 07/07/2007 Written Words wrote:

Dear Edward Dudart,

We would like to inform you that we would like to accept your submitted material, "Reject, please," for publication in a future edition of The Written Word online magazine. If the material is still available.

We will let you know when your submission will appear. That should be within the next couple of weeks.


The only downside is that WW is not a paying market.

Edward.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on June 07, 2007, 08:10:33 AM
Congratulations to everyone for your good news.

It is the payoff of your efforts to go beyond family and friends and have your writing appreciated by total strangers. Just shows you how smart your family and friends are.  ;D While a paying market is very nice, and will come, any venue that puts your writing into the hands of readers is a good market. Enjoy the comments and praise. I'm happy for you.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 07, 2007, 08:54:34 AM
It's a fact of life that 'feel-good' is contagious and inspirational amongst like-minded individuals.  I would not be at all surprised to see several more success stories here in the next few weeks.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on June 07, 2007, 03:07:51 PM
I frequently mention my friend, Jenna Grace (MWC), as an example of a debut author with a big NY publisher. Just to prove she is a real person, she gave me permission to post this photo. She walked into her local Boarder's bookstore and found her book on the shelf ~ a few weeks before it was slated to arrive. Imagine her surprise!

This week, she returned from BEA and is busy with her book launch party details. So, on her behalf, here's the scoop:

Her real name is Jeannine Garsee. Jen writes YA titles. She doesn't sugarcoat the inner city setting, so be sure to read it before giving the book to an immature early teen.

Title: BEFORE, AFTER and Somebody in BETWEEN, Bloomsbury USA

Book launch party is open to the public: Book Launch Party June 26th at 7PM at Strongsville, Ohio, Borders Bookstore. Jen’s blog http://onegrapeshy.livejournal.com
www.jeanninegarsee.com

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: JenaGrace on June 07, 2007, 04:33:38 PM
Thank you, Nadine!

(I haven't been here for so long, I had to re-register!!!)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on June 07, 2007, 04:44:00 PM
Jen,

That serves you right. Now that you're a big shot, are you still going to answer my email and phone calls?

As soon as you catch your breath from BEA, come share your wisdom with us.  ;)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 07, 2007, 04:47:30 PM
Here's what new writers circle member John Timbers wrote about my book after finishing it a few days ago. John also published with Authors OnLine and has two books - neither of which I have as yet read, but he is one of six of Richards author who have clubbed together to do hopefully some joint marketing. The first stage is reviewing each others books. Here then is what he wrote:   

Genesis of Man By June Austin, published in paperback by Authors on Line Ltd on behalf of Pigsty Press: ISBN 0-7552-0236-8.      Reviewed by John Timbers

“Do not believe anything because it is said by an authority, or if it is said to come from angels, or from gods, or from an inspired source. Believe it only if you have explored it in your own heart and mind…”

This quotation from the sayings of Gautama Buddha, is to be found in the introductory pages of June Austin’s masterly work and should be borne in mind throughout its 248 pages from the prologue to the end.

June has undertaken the mammoth task of checking out many of the theories of the development of mankind and religious beliefs that have been circulating amongst interested intellectuals since time out of mind and which, in the last twenty or so years, have brought about a veritable rash of books claiming definitive proof of this that or the other theory, usually – but not always – linked to conspiracy theories about suppression of facts by – particularly – established religion.

In “Genesis of Man” she has brought together her well-researched findings in one compact and fascinating book. It took her five years of painstaking reading and detective work to get it all down on paper and, I suspect, a much longer journey of self-exploration before taking the leap into print.
She has not been afraid to question many of the theories backed by authorities such as established religions, egyptology, archaeology, biology and geology. Her reasoning from facts that have come to light recently from many sources – all meticulously noted – is hard to fault, unless one comes from that well-known school of debate that maintains that sticking your fingers in your ears and shouting ever louder wins the day.

June advances the ‘teachings’ of what she would call ‘channeled sources’, meaning the explanations produced by people who claim contact with the spirits of those who have gone before – spiritualists, psychics and ‘walk-ins’. She herself lightly mocks her own beliefs, admitting that many will reject them as ‘lunatic fringe’. Each to his own.

I cannot claim any spiritual experience that would convince me that reincarnations of gods or angels are channeling true versions of our hitherto unknown prehistory to us. Nor am I able to put much credence into conspiracy theories concerning suppression of ‘facts’ about such events as the reported ‘Roswell’ UFO crash and other similar phenomena, however good the story – I write as an ardent Sci-Fi buff, who never misses a new TV series or book that features space travel and alien contacts – fairy stories for adults; pure light relief!

I do not dismiss out of hand theories that the development of homo sapiens sapiens could have been due to interference by extra-terrestrials. Myth and legend – amongst peoples who could never have had any contact – has survived from many thousands of years before written records ever came into being. They cannot simply be dismissed as fairy tales, when common themes are too many to be written off as pure coincidence.

In this book you will explore theories of the nature of the gods, the existence and origins of a super-race pre-dating the Sumerians and how they could have influenced the races of mankind in different parts of the world, giving them the knowledge necessary for survival – agriculture, astronomical mathematics and mutual dependence – in perilous times. You will meet characters of whom you have never heard before. You will explore the facts behind Dan Brown’s fictional treatment of the Knights Templar, the Merovingian blood-line of the French kings, the Sang Réal and the Holy Grail  – “The Da Vinci Code”.

You may take some of June’s ‘facts’ with a pinch of salt, but you won’t put her book down without being touched by her gentle exposition of how we are supposed to interpret the teachings that have come down to us from the ‘true prophets’. Whether you follow the tenets of established religion or none, you will find in this book something that will give you pause for thought.

Thanks John ! It will be going up on amazon (co.uk and .com) soon.

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: JenaGrace on June 07, 2007, 05:20:29 PM
Jen,

 Now that you're a big shot, are you still going to answer my email and phone calls?


Nadine

Not THAT big, lol. But of course I will.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on June 07, 2007, 06:16:09 PM
June...

That is a great review. Did your pub encourage his authors to band together or is that something you guys did? Either way, it is a great idea.

Nadine

(HI, Jen...I'm reassured now.)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 08, 2007, 03:27:09 AM
No Richard did not particularly encourage it, although when Sue had the idea she posted it on the authors area to try and get some interest. I was one of just five who answered, since she lives not that far from me. We all live mainly around Kent/Surrey borders, although one of us lives in Yorkshire. Just writing these reviews though will be a help - although there are other ideas in the pipeline - book/craft fairs etc and even a joint website (Nothing Binding type thing) was discussed. Personally I think this is a bit ambititious though - especially as I hear that Richard (owner anmd editor of Authors OnLine) is planning to expand his own site. Having worked on forums before, with all the different personalities, it can and frequently does lead to problems and politics, so I am a bit wary, plus the cost and time and effort involved could be huge. I love that review though !

June       
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on June 08, 2007, 06:07:55 PM
Wow - its wonderful to see members doing so well.  Cathy - delighted for you!  (Eason's watch out - here she comes with her vouchers!).  June - brill and Jenna - I've heard so much about you, it's great to see the 'end result' here.

Drow - fab! The quality of the work is what counts, and - alas - the money comes second I guess.

*sigh* if only I could get off my fat *ss and do some writing!!

Well done all.

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 09, 2007, 04:25:51 AM
You will Carrie - but you are a pretty good singer from what I hear and succesful at that - so why not tell us about that - I know this is a writing site, but it doesn't have to be confined to writing successes does it ?

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on June 09, 2007, 04:35:23 AM
Carrie,

Writing music and performing weekly is more than I do. Your songs are fantastic. I enjoy your music My Space and your blog about your gigs. And, I have heard you/your music on WritersFM. Pretty impressive stuff. Congrats.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 09, 2007, 11:44:52 AM
I am on US radio on Monday, with Writers Circle member and esteemed author Phil Harris. He has just sent me the flyer, which I have added to my own site and circulated to everyone I know !

I thought that this was worthy of its post on here, so have also added it here.

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=9388.new#new

Trust this is okay and don't forget to listen in !

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on June 09, 2007, 10:19:34 PM
Ah, forgive me for not noticing this thread earlier. I would have posted recent stuff here.

It might interest folks to know that a flash fiction I did at "Liberty Hall" (another on-line writer's forum which I've been absent from for a few months now!) called "Public Identities" has been accepted by a relatively new superhero magazine, "A Thousand Faces." It is tentatively scheduled to come out in their Fall issue.

I call it my "literary" superhero story, since really it is more concept driven than plot driven, no "action" to speak of. But, he said he was looking for stuff like that and so I sent it to him, not expecting much, and he bought it!

Well, you just never know, do you. :)

Another tidbit of info. At Liberty Hall, they do what they call the 90 minute challenges. You log in to a special spot and that gives you your trigger and starts the clock counting. You have 90 minutes to come up with a story under 1000 words and get it down on paper, and log back in at another special spot where you can post the story and that stops the clock from ticking. If it is past 90 minutes, you're disqualified. It was an interesting exercise, and amazingly enough, I produced something that is actually sellable. :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 10, 2007, 03:35:13 AM
Hello,

Congratulations everyone. Amazing to see the breadth and wealth of success shared here. As a working (freelance) journalist, I've not felt it "right" to post here about stuff published, as that's my job! But I hope you don't mind me breaking the habit! :)

Well I have had quite a couple of days. The following has happened this week, most over two days:

There is a piece in Writers' News about my freelance writing blog entitled: "Freelance tips from the top."

There is a piece in The Press Gazette with my advice on how to write women's magazine stories, and I have been "signed up" for regular contributions of 'how to...' articles.

There is a piece in The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2007/06/09/dlwomen09.xml#1

about bloggers which I was interviewed for and I was interviewed for local BBC radio.

I am working on one piece for the Guardian, one for the Times, five for a business website and saw a piece in The Independent as a result of some PR I did on behalf of a lady.

Next week I am supposed to be working four days and have six and a half days' work.

Oh dear. Best go back to bed!

Linda
x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Zoe on June 11, 2007, 05:46:13 PM
Hiya all!

so whats everone been up to? Just wanted to share some progress with my writing family. Its really great to come back and touch base with people who understand that writing can be a daunting albeit fulfilling experince and consequently relate to the excitement of putting words on paper :) Think i just said a mouthful. Anyhow... successes, well been away from this site a while but got somethings done.
Finally my books on its way. Should have it in my hand before the end of this month- if all goes well.
 I,m so excited about the idea of a published writer, i could burst ;D
So before i irritate someone with my enthuisiasmus.... let me stop here for now.

Wish you all the best in your writing.
P/S if you are thinking of writing and still havent got Nicks write in 28 days coarse- dont wait anylonger. Its very helpful. Oh and Carol ( :-\opps embarrasing- forgot her last name again)Self-Publishing Secrets is a definate plus. And no.. i,m not an affiliate (yet) ;)
Zoe
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on June 13, 2007, 01:42:18 PM
Hi Guys

Just had 6 articles commissioned (shared 3 each between 2 education mags) publication between August and December this year

Sarah x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: snookerdad on June 13, 2007, 03:09:51 PM
Three years ago, I wrote my first snooker story for the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton. Now, hundreds of stories later, they have finally put my name at the top of the page:

Snooker round-up with Tim Dunkley.

No money – but who needs money when your name is at the top of the page!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 13, 2007, 03:14:34 PM
Well done Tim - but they should pay you the going rate, surely?  :)

My latest piece is here:

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=37951&c=1

A piece about a lady who had twins conceived in twin hurricanes will be in tomorrow's Take a Break.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: snookerdad on June 13, 2007, 03:31:29 PM
Difficult one that, Linda. The going rate appears to be zero.

On one hand, I now get the credit and snooker has the best part of a page once a week in the Echo. The youngsters love the coverage and their astonishing achievements do deserve a wider audience.

On the other hand, five or six hours work a week with no financial reward.

Perhaps that is the problem. It would appear that the kudos of seeing your work published often outweighs the financial reward.

Or perhaps there is a third way. I am always open to advice...

Tim Dunkley
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 13, 2007, 03:41:56 PM
Hi Tim - it sounds to me like you are doing a brilliant job and you deserve to be paid! (But then I am a long standing member of the NUJ...)

I quoted Nick in a piece about the various arguments about writing for free. The piece is here and I hope you like it:

http://www.freelancewritingtips.com/2007/04/show_me_the_mon.html

At the very least - recognise that your work is of a standard to be paid and use it as a stepping stone to more paid work.

Writing for many is a job - and kudos doesn't pay the bills. I do understand it must be difficult it must seem in these circumstances, but as an ex news editor on a couple of local papers, I'd never think worse of someone for asking for money - or think they were rocking the boat.

It sounds like they may say you are acting as a PR for the children - but if that's the case, why the byline?

Most regional papers pay poorly, but at least they should pay something. :)

Good luck to you. I hope you will have lots more successes. :)

Linda
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 13, 2007, 03:56:38 PM
t! :)

There is a piece in Writers' News about my freelance writing blog entitled: "Freelance tips from the top."


I saw that, and the picture!   I often get a picture in my head of what people look like, based on their writing and what they say about themselves. For some reason I imagined you as a blonde, and you look nowhere near as stresed as your busy lifestyle would suggest.  You must be one of those who thrives on action ;-)

The gender's wrong, but, as my Dad used to say "Little man, you've had a busy day.".

Gyppo 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: crystalwizard on June 13, 2007, 04:05:41 PM
Here are my shorts/poems:

The Poet's Lament - Bewildering Stories issue #228
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue228/poets_lament.html

It's Time - Bewildering Stories issue #233
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue233/its_time.html

The Gazebo - Bewildering Stories issue #235
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue235/gazebo.html

Stryker's Tail - Bewildering Stories issue #236
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue236/stryker.html

The Sculptor - Bewildering Storis issue #240
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue240/sculptor.html

The Station - Bewildering Stories issue #242
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue242/station.html

Final Exam - Bewildering Stories issue #244
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue244/final_exam.html

A whole page of kitty cat poems and some photos I took of my cats :)
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue247/kittycats.html

Sixpence (a very silly poem) - Bewildering Stories issue #248
www.bewilderingstories.com/issue248/sixpence.html


Here are my books:
http://sojourn.omnitech.net/

I'll update this as other stuff comes out.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 13, 2007, 04:10:39 PM
Thank you Gyppo, but this is where I admit that picture is five years old (at least.) I am seriously a lot more frazzled now. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on June 13, 2007, 04:52:49 PM
Wow! Everyone, you ROCK!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 13, 2007, 05:56:17 PM
Yes - well done crystalwizard and sarahc. Looking forward to seeing lots more.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: noelgama on June 18, 2007, 09:27:11 AM
Hi guys, I'm back! Got a call from a friend in the UK telling me that my name (Noel Gama) is No.1 on Google. Well, I tried Google, then Yahoo and last MSN - it's No.1 on all three search engines.

But what's all the fuss about, I don't really know. Care to enlighten me?

Noel
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sara on June 20, 2007, 04:37:15 AM
Hello
because of your encouragement I am adding my success too.
I have just had my first article accepted it is due to be published in the army families journal in the winter. I was really surprised because it is only the first article I have written and was my second assignment in the writers bureau course so I had not expected to get an acceptance first time.
i am floating on cloud nine at the moment.
sara
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: noelgama on June 20, 2007, 05:03:51 AM
Congrats, Sara! Stick with WB... it's the fastest and surest road to success.

Noel
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on June 20, 2007, 07:14:01 AM
On my birthday (yesterday, 19th) I got TWO fabulous presents!

1: I have been working on my life story and sent it off to a publisher. This is their reply after weeks of waiting!

Quote
One Step At A Time  has peeked our interests. Can you send us the full manuscript for review? Let us know if this is possible as the story thus far is compelling.

2: I applied to write an electronic guide on womens fashion. Again, after a longish wait. I got this reply:
Quote
We are pleased to confirm our acceptance of your proposed self help guide

BOTH on my birthday!!!!!

Suzie x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sara on June 20, 2007, 09:58:03 AM
well done suzie that is a fantastic birthday present
sara
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: noelgama on June 20, 2007, 10:38:13 AM
A belated "Happy Birthday" to you, Suzie and Congrats X 2!!
Excuse for more chocolates:)

Noel
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 20, 2007, 01:02:32 PM
Congrats from me too Suzie (and happy birthday) and everyone else too - it is lovely to hear what a talented bunch we all are !!

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: crystalwizard on June 20, 2007, 01:42:40 PM
On my birthday (yesterday, 19th) I got TWO fabulous presents!

1: I have been working on my life story and sent it off to a publisher. This is their reply after weeks of waiting!

Which publisher did you send it to? I ask, because they mispelled piqued as peeked in their response to you and now I'm curious if they're what they seem to be. I don't want you to get taken.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on June 20, 2007, 01:58:48 PM
I noticed that too, and did approach them about it.

The company is www.bluphier.com

Suzie x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: crystalwizard on June 20, 2007, 02:44:51 PM
I noticed that too, and did approach them about it.

The company is www.bluphier.com

Suzie x

well... they're listed on Preditors and Editors, but there are no recomendations listed with them.

http://anotherealm.com/prededitors/pebb.htm

I looked at their home page and they do have a few books. since they state they're a traditional publisher, they shouldn't act like a self-publisher so be extremely cautious of any fees they ask.

Have you been able to find their books on amazon or in book stores?

They might just be very new, but I'm a little skeptical since they don't seem to be able to spell.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 21, 2007, 12:15:29 PM
At least they got Suzie's name right though - most of the ones I approached before I went down the POD route called me Jane - grrr ! This to me is the epitomy of rudeness - I mean, if you're going to reject someone's work you should at least get their name right !!

June (not Jane)   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on June 21, 2007, 08:05:42 PM
Does writing every day this week count?
If it does, I'm a success [FINNNNNNNALLY]
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 22, 2007, 11:15:21 AM
Sounds like one to me - this week I have struggled to find the time to even write on here let alone anywhere else !

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on June 22, 2007, 10:47:23 PM
Great to see all the successes going on!

I've a couple to announce, since last post.

One, my poem "Waking Nightmares" has come to print at Haruah,

http://www.haruah.com/item.php?sub_id=1761


And, I may have mentioned here at some point that my "Realities" series had been accepted at The Sword Review for publication in 2008, but one chapter they had requested a rewrite. Happy to announce, I rewrote, I resubmitted and they accepted. :) So the whole series is set (four chapters).

And, to make it extra special, the parent publishing company of that magazine is currently reviewing the series as a potential published chap book, which would have an ISBN and sell on on-line and in bookstores! One of the editors is on board with it, and the other is reading it. Keeping fingers crossed and prayers ascending. :)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on June 26, 2007, 04:13:56 AM
Ok,

As you get older life gets better - it's official :0) Following my birthday last Tuesday some great things have happened!

1) My blog won an award! (http://dresstokillonebay.blogspot.com (http://dresstokillonebay.blogspot.com))
2) I have a two e-book contracts... One for looking good on a budget and the other for my own crochet handbag designs!!!

Suzie x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Hmmm on July 18, 2007, 07:27:46 PM
If anyone would like to know what's happening with the latest Linux kernel, whether Linus Torvalds himself is still working on it and whether there will be a version 3.0 of the kernel, check out the next edition of LinuxUser and Developer Magazine (London, but gets distributed around the world).

The website is http://www.linuxuser.co.uk. But I doubt the interview will be there when it's published, because it's an exclusive and rumour has it, the cover story. The publisher still hasn't decided, but it's likely to be the cover story. Yay! :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 18, 2007, 10:14:06 PM
Hi, Folks.

I'm feeling rather chuffed...

I think this counts as a success - although the millions have yet to roll in ;-)

I've managed to overcome my sometimes almost paralysing techno-fear of many aspects of the web and succeeded in getting two downloadable e-books books up for sale on Lulu at www.lulu.com

The first one 'A Hamper Of Havoc' was already available on my own website, but is now on Lulu as well.  It describes the fun and frolics, and accidents, during my years working as a medieval showman, Baron Sable.  There is a sizeable free preview to whet your appetites.  Lulu ID: 1026615

The second and smaller one is called British Bike Bodgers Booklet and is aimed at a niche market, those who have owned or still own Old British Motorcycles, or want to feel nostalgic about them.  A mix of roadside repair tips (90+) and three amusing incidents involving 'Rosie' - my much modified and well thrashed 1958 BSA Road Rocket - a mighty machine which clocked up 50,000 miles per year before our ways sadly parted.

It may well amuse and horrify younger riders who have only ever owned carefully cossetted and dealer-serviced modern machines.  Once again there is a free preview.  Lulu ID: 1023246

Now I've cracked the system I shall use Lulu again.  Some things are a bit slow to load with W98 and a 56K modem, but it all got there eventually.

Yes...  Definitely chuffed!  And tired ;-)

Gyppo

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on July 19, 2007, 12:57:28 AM
Gyppo!

Congratulations. Two books and all with a 56k modem. You are amazing!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 19, 2007, 04:48:46 AM
Thanks, Nadine.

Not amazing, just determined ;-)  Mind you, some colourful language may have emerged when I lost  the connection a couple of times.  But, really, it's only a matter of several minutes rather than blistering broadband nano-seconds.  Time to walk away from the keyboard for a while, put the kettle on, nip outside and trim a bit of hedge, or just stand on the step amazed that the world outside is still there ;-)

I think the thing I'm most pleased about is getting to grips with a new bit of technology (Lulu).  There are some corners of the web where I recoil in almost superstitious dread because I can't really understand how it works, or what should be happening.  (I must be an idiot, because 'idiot-proofing' and over-helpful 'hand holding' features often confuse me.)

But we got there, and now my mental map which warned 'Here be Draggones' has been redrawn.

Right... Gyppo is now 'girding his loins' prior to writing press releases for the editors of various motorcycle magazines.  Getting the Bike Book out there and available was one thing, now I need to let other people know where it is.  More dragons to slay...

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on July 19, 2007, 05:04:37 AM
Well done, Gyppo. I thoroughly enjoyed A Hamper of Havoc when I bought it from your own site, and I'm sure it will do well on Lulu. The other one should go very well, too, even though you say it's for a niche market. It seems to me that more people love motorcycles now than ever. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 19, 2007, 08:04:24 PM
Thanks for the unsolicited 'plug', Allie.

Working on The Flyng Ferret now, but the manic energy burst has worn off a little.  It'll soon be out there with the others though.  I've decided to change a few names to protect the not-so-innocent and their offspring.  Three cheers for Find & Replace.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Allie on July 20, 2007, 04:11:40 AM
Well, I've told you what I think, that Hamper of Havoc is the perfect basis for a caper bestseller. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on July 26, 2007, 07:28:12 AM
Yay, minor success!

My article on 6,000 missing women has been featured in the Northern Leadership Academy.

http://www.northernleadershipacademy.co.uk/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=504&PageID=1611&mode=2

Although it's under my secretary's name!  Bother....

Still, I'm the one what wrote it, so I'm claiming it as my first opportunity to put a success on this board!!!

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on July 26, 2007, 12:34:14 PM
Good for you ! How come its under the secretary's name though ?

For my part I have been very busy this week. Another writer friend of mine told about this brilliant website that lists all the local authorities in the country, so have contacted every single one of them this week to try and persuade them to order copies of my book for their libraries - knowing that public lending rights can provide a useful long term source of income, which although not a fortune, does bring the book to a wider audience. So far 2 of them have ordered copies - Westminster no less and also my local one here in Surrey, which is brilliant news. Several others are interested, including Hammersmith, Kensington and Hounslow in London, and outside London, Dorset, Hartlepool, Birmingham, Lincolnshire and Suffolk, and that's just the beginning.

I have also been busy ringing various branches of Borders, since the book is one of their listed items. I spoke to the manager at Wimbledon, who has just ordered some copies, and Brighton and Staines look as if they might do the same !!

All in all then it has been a very good week.

June

   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on July 27, 2007, 12:47:50 AM
Carrie,

Brilliant article. The training sounds great. Sign me up, oh wait! I don't have a passport. Seriously, the development training sounds like a great idea. Congratulations on the article.

I heard rumor there was another of your projects in the works. Gonna share your news with everyone?

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on July 27, 2007, 12:50:21 AM
June,

As always, I'm delighted to hear of your success with your book. I know what you've accomplished has taken a lot more work than most can imagine.

Continued success to you...I'm still reading...really like the new version.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on July 27, 2007, 03:17:03 AM
Great news June - hard work pays off.

My secretary has the sign on to the website, hence why her name is on there.

Re other projects - keep yer mouth firmly zipped Nadine - I'm not gonna cry wolf.

 ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on July 27, 2007, 07:51:31 AM
The hard work continues this morning - spent most of last night setting up a database of every single Waterstones branch in the country - over 300 of them - divided into London ones, local ones, universities and the rest of the country (including Northern Ireland and Isle of Man). This morning then have emailed every single one except the unversities. Will start on them once I have contacted universities directly, with THAT review stating that the book is ideal for students of social sciences.

My publisher is going to wonder what is going on when he sees my sales figures for the next couple of months !!!

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on July 27, 2007, 09:18:16 AM
Quote
My publisher is going to wonder what is going on when he sees my sales figures for the next couple of months !!!
I'm sure He/She will be pleasantly surprised.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on July 27, 2007, 12:04:15 PM
I certainly hope so !!   :o

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on July 28, 2007, 01:59:19 AM
Yes Ma'am, Carrie...seriously if you don't want your news in my August newsletter, better email me immediately. I've put it to bed and am ready to send it to my web person, but for you...I'll pull the item.   ;D

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on July 28, 2007, 04:56:08 AM
Don't pull anything about me - I want poeple to know,   :o  and I love reading your newsletter !!

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on July 29, 2007, 01:28:12 AM
June,

Thanks... I actually added something more about your book...when I come to England, we have to spend an afternoon talking. Deal?

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on July 29, 2007, 02:11:25 AM
Nadine, I've just signed up for your newsletter.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bonsibabe on July 29, 2007, 05:06:08 PM
I'm not sure if this counts as a success as such, compared to everyone else's wonderful successes but here goes.

In the Army "family" we have our own magazine - The Army Families Journal, which is published quarterly and distributed free of charge to all army families worldwide.

Well I sent them an email on a subject that is close to home for me - it was published in their readers letters section and was the star letter!  I won a beautiful bunch of exotic orchids which I had delivered to my mum in time for her birthday.

I didn't get any payment but the satisfaction of actually seeing my words in print for the first time - priceless!!!

Di x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on July 30, 2007, 12:34:02 AM
Di,

Absolutely it counts. Look how many readers are seeing your byline! Way to go!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bonsibabe on July 30, 2007, 02:25:03 AM
Thank you Nadine, I appreciate it!  My lovely hubby was a bit indifferent to it (as always) but it hasn't stopped me, in fact it's made me more determined to keep on writing and hopefully getting more of my writing in print.  Thanks!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on July 31, 2007, 04:31:15 AM
Looking forward to seeing that Nadine, and any time you come to England, you are very welcome to stop by for a cup of tea and a nice long chat (with of course some English cake!). If I ever come to Arizona as well ....

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on July 31, 2007, 04:40:58 AM
Di,

You will find plenty of support at MWC...as for family, I have found that while they are proud, they are not sure how to be supportive. That is the great thing about being here with other writers...we understand each other.

June,

That's a deal! Sounds yummy. When you come to AZ, we'll make fresh salsa and chips (crisps) for you. Best to come in the winter; no coat needed.

Once again, I want to thank Nick for the terrific idea to start this thread. "Thanks, Nick!"

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nick on July 31, 2007, 05:22:33 AM
Once again, I want to thank Nick for the terrific idea to start this thread. "Thanks, Nick!"

Nadine

No problem, Nadine! Wonderful to see this thread working so well, and thanks for all the encouragement you give to our members.

Nick  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on July 31, 2007, 10:59:41 AM
Al the mods on here are great - much better than some of those other writing sites, where everyone bitches and moans !

I have another success to report anyway (well, kind of). I mentioned last week that Surrey libraries had ordered 2 copies of my book and I was trying to get them transferred to the local libraries. The librarian in charge of my genre did not ring back, so this morning I was in Dorking and wandered into the library to have a chat with them. They looked my book up on my system and found that someone was actually borrowing it from Weybridge at the moment ! They could not get through to Oxted to try and get that one transferred, so I kind of jokingly asked if I could donate a copy to Dorking, thinking that it would be an excellent way to get rid of some of those first editions that I still have. They said they would be delighted to have one. Normally they are a bit reluctant to do this, since the book needs to be checked through to make sure it is suitable and then catalogued, but since mine has already been ordered by the Council, they have already done all that ! So this afternoon, I went back there and Dorking library now have a signed copy of my book on the shelves. I will now do the same with some of the other libraries around Epsom and Ewell. I will get the money back that I would have got from the sale hopefully 10 times over with public lending rights.

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on July 31, 2007, 12:11:31 PM
Carrie, Cathy, Lin, Saturnine, Symphony, myself, and our fearless leaders Nick and Karl, love MWC...and the writers here. Thanks for letting us be part of your lives.

(I'm sure the other mods won't mind me saying this.)

Nadine


Nope!  Carrie

If you hadn't said it, Nadine - I would have. Cathy C :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bonsibabe on July 31, 2007, 12:45:08 PM
And I agree with Nadine xxx ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: snookerdad on August 01, 2007, 06:21:11 PM
I offered our local paper in Southampton, the Southern Daily Echo, an extra snooker story to the ones that appear for free on a Saturday.

The sports editor looked at my work in progress and offered me two 2,000 word double-page spreads in The Pink (the Saturday evening sports edition).

To say I was stunned...

Today's Echo carries a teaser: "Ken Jones, big interview, exclusive, Ken's sporting life... fascinating interview with the former Saints star turned successful snooker coach in this week's summer Pink."

And he is paying me...

This story, my biggest project ever, has been floating around in the back of my mind for weeks. A friend told me to go for it and gave me the confidence to do it.

Just goes to show...

Tim Dunkley

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on August 01, 2007, 07:12:10 PM
Way to go, Tim!

Do send us the link when you get your work published - would love to see it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 02, 2007, 03:44:00 AM
Nice one, Tim.  Carpe Diem and all that. 

Come Saturday you'll be walking around with a big grin on your face...

"And how are you today, Tim?"

"In The Pink, Old Chap.  Absolutely in the pink."

Proof to others that a 'labour of love' - unpaid - can sometimes lead to paid work if you're good enough, or simply if you just learn your trade thoroughly whilst working unpaid .

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: snookerdad on August 04, 2007, 05:00:40 PM
Gyppo

My blog today, see link below, is dedicated to you.

Thanks

Tim Dunkley
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 04, 2007, 07:16:55 PM
What can I say?

Rendered almost speechless by your string of superlatives.

Damnit man, you actually made me blush ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 05, 2007, 10:26:46 PM
That is awesome!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 07, 2007, 01:05:45 PM
I have spent half the day chasing various Managers from Borders and Waterstones re the emails I sent out last week. A lot of them have said that they would not order copies since it is POD and not available at a high enough discout or through sale or return. I rang my publisher then and told hiom this, and he said that if I can get sufficient interest, from maybe half a dozen stores then he will ask the distributor to put it on sale or return at a higher discount that he normally sells them at, so that the stores can still get their 40 percent.

The really good news then is that I have just spoken to the MBS Buyer at Borders in Oxford Street and they are interested ! They have asked me to send them a sample copy (which they will of course love), and will then order some copies !!!

I have also heard back from several more libraries to say that they too have ordered copies. Watch out then world, here I come !!!

June       
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on August 08, 2007, 07:38:06 AM
Impressive, June!  And I will go check your blog at lunchtime Tim.

My latest... ok it's business, but it's a sea change for me as I wanted to get more 'creative' at work: my article on training at a security company is being published in the Surrey Chamber of Commerce magazine. 

I'm slowly bringing the world of work and my creative proclivities together which is what I wanted.

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 08, 2007, 07:39:12 AM
I have even better news, which I was just typing as Carrie posted hers. I am really on cloud nine this morning. After spending most of the morning ringing various more book stores, quite a lot have definately sigalled interest - so have spoken to Richard and he will contact Gardners at the end of the week, and ask them to put the book on sale or return with a 55 percent discount. This will then leave the book stores with the 40 percent that they want. This is unprecented for POD and the buyer I spoke to yesterday at Oxford Street said that he would be amazed if it could be done. I have today though sent him his courtesy copy, as per his request, and with an offer like that, I really do not know how he will be able to say no. So, it looks like champagne time then !

I also though had a lovely email from the lady at Waterstones in Staines who deals with local authors, and she is going tio talk to the manager there tomorrow about organising a book signing (yes, in Waterstones ! ), contacting the press and everything. I am delighted and jumping for joy !!

June          
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on August 08, 2007, 08:13:19 AM
Superb!  I'll have a glass please!....

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 09, 2007, 01:13:33 AM
Ah, well done Carrie...getting paid to write. What a novel idea! This time the byline is in your name, right? Heh heh...  In America, the local CofC magazines have a wide circulation. Cool news.


June, I've replied to your email! I may have to hire you!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 09, 2007, 03:20:12 AM
Ha ha, for you my friend, it will be free, but don't tell everyone !

Congrats too though Carrie on your success - getting paid to write - I have never been paid for any of my articles, so well done. Everyone on here is doing really well.

June 
Title: Nice review of my book
Post by: crystalwizard on August 09, 2007, 04:34:44 PM
I received a very nice review of my book, Wizard's Bane, and I thought I'd share it.

It's posted on Front Street Reviews and you can find it here:

http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/Wizard%27s%20Bane.html

or just go to the home page, click on the sci-fi category on the left frame and scroll down till you see it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 09, 2007, 06:06:00 PM
Well done Crystal !

I have just heard today that my book is to be featured in the next edition of Writers News magazine, and today Paul, who does public relations work on behalf of Richard's authors, spoke to The Times with a view to them reviewing the book, and they have asked to see a copy ! Tomorrow he is going to ring the Buying Department at both Borders and Waterstones to see if they will ship copies out to all their stores now that they can get it on sale or return. It is already a stocked item with Borders, thanks to Claire at Kingston upon Thames (I did a talk there at the beginning of the year), so fingers crossed. I still can't believe all this is really happening !

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: crystalwizard on August 09, 2007, 06:25:57 PM
Whee! Go June! Very cool. Let us know what happens :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on August 09, 2007, 09:42:52 PM
Wow, sounds like some good news floating around! Congrats everyone on book reviews and getting special deals with POD!

And, I've got a couple things to mention.

One, I'll soon have a book, not novel, but about 16K novella getting published sometime in the second half of September by Double-Edged Publishing, Inc. The story will also be running in their on-line/print magazine (The Sword Review) as a serial (it has four chapters) Sept-Dec. You can read a bit more about that at my blog, http://blog.rlcopple.com

And, today, a short story of mine just hit the web, my one and only mainstream story so far (mostly I write speculative):

"Marvelous Man"

How does thirteen-year-old Jared face the fears of growing up in the midst of a divorce and new dad?

http://www.haruah.com/item.php?sub_id=1913 (http://www.haruah.com/item.php?sub_id=1913)

Now I have to go update my "published" pages. :) I can live with that.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: crystalwizard on August 09, 2007, 10:12:13 PM
>Now I have to go update my "published" pages.

Very cool :) Don't forget to update your entry in the published author's thread on SFReader.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 10, 2007, 03:00:40 AM
Well done everyone, and aren't we a talented and successful bunch! It all just goes to show what you can accomplish if you are determined enough and have the patience and stamina, so we all should give ourselves. a big pat on the back.

I feel as I am holding my breathe today waiting for that phone call later on from Paul to let me know how it all went. He really is a very useful man to know, and I can't believe I am getting all this for free as well - don't even have to pay for those review copies ! I really did strike gold with the publisher I chose - and they say that POD is vanity press ? ! Some might be, but not this one ! 

I am giving myself a break today though anyway, since there is no point in my ringing further stores until I hear back from Paul, so Coran and I are going crop circle hunting ! I have never seen one before, so when a friend of ours mentioned that she had been to see one earlier in the week, it seemed like a good idea.

First though I have a few pages on my website to update though.

June         
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on August 10, 2007, 03:46:15 AM
>Now I have to go update my "published" pages.

Very cool :) Don't forget to update your entry in the published author's thread on SFReader.

Oh yes, thanks for the reminder. And, btw, good review there. Congrats.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 15, 2007, 12:21:18 PM
This morning I spoke to a very strange woman in Borders, Birmingham who even though you can now get my book on sale or return, still demanded a 60 percent discount. 60 percent to them equals 75 percent to the publisher, since the distributor will also want their cut ! So I told her I could not do business on those terms, since it would leave me with nothing. She then got very upset with me (obviously not used to having authors tell her what terms they are prepared to sell on and not the other way around) and told me that the book was listed on their database as local interest anyway, and they would therefore have to put it in that section, where it would not sell ! What a load of rubbish - other stores have been perfectly happy to buy copies and put them in the MBS section.

Got straight on to Paul anyway, who is speaking to their head office to try and get the book sent out to all their stores anyway, and he got them to change it to MBS. He also gave me the number for Waterstones Buying Department, where I spoke to a very nice man who after checking that my book was in fact available for sale through them, agreed to send me by email a list of all their stores with contact details.

Have done some more ringing round then today and managed to secure some more orders. So far then Godalming, Epsom, Redhill, Aviemore, Barnstaple and Kingston have all placed definite orders. I also have possible book signings at Guildford and Staines. Several Borders have also ordered copies -Whiteleys in London, Fleet Street in London, Wimbledon, Kingston and Lakeside. Newbury have put me on the list to do a talk at their theology group, and Brighton and Oxford Street are also considering it.

All in all then a good days work.

June 

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 18, 2007, 06:42:55 PM
My book signing at Waterstones in Staines has been confirmed for Saturday 20th October from 11am to 12 noon. I have a friend who runs a dancing school in the town, and she has promised to bring along a dozen of her pupils ! Waterstones will contact the local press as well, and I have asked them to let me have the details so that I too can follow up and see if they might want to interview me. This is my first proper book signing then - can't wait !

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on August 18, 2007, 07:10:38 PM
Sounds really good, June-best of luck with that!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 18, 2007, 09:48:08 PM
Phil,

Hello...glad you're back again...I'll have to get a copy of your latest book!  Watch your email in the next few days...

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on August 19, 2007, 09:26:54 AM
It has been a bit hectic, to say the least but I have a little breathing space.

Phil
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on August 19, 2007, 03:59:06 PM
Average Customer Review:  based on 4 reviews. (Write a review.)
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #102,116 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)
Popular in this category:

#35 in   Books > Religion & Spirituality > Occult > Metaphysical Phenomena JESUS TAUGHT IT, TOO; THE EARLY ROOTS OF THE LAW OF ATTRACTION CLIMBS TO #35 AT AMAZON.COM AND MAINTAINS 5 STAR RATING!

PHIL
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 19, 2007, 11:53:57 PM
Phil,

You are amazing! How many is that? Three books in 18 (or what) months?

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 20, 2007, 03:25:53 AM
3 books in 18 months - don't think I could manage that. Number 35 as well - that is in an inspiration. Well done ! I will have to see if it is in amazon.co.uk as well

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 20, 2007, 06:19:34 AM
June,

I'd bet Waking God took Phil (and Brian) a while to research, but it has a publishing date of 2006 and I know Phil's A Maine Christmas Carol and Jesus Taught it Too were published after that. Not to mention his two internet radio shows, monthly newsletter, working a regular job, and shoveling snow...makes me feel like a slacker only getting a book out a year.

This is an inspiring thread, thanks Nick! You are brilliant!

Nadine

(Sorry, Phil...didn't mean to misspell one of your titles. Fixed it now...)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on August 20, 2007, 08:04:02 AM
Aw shucks-I am blushing. Yes the first book was June'06. This Fall Cambridge Books is releasing my RAPING LOUISIANA: A DIARY OF DECEIT (working on cover now), and Avatar Publication will release my first in a series called AN ERA OF TRANSFORMATION: MESSAGES IN A BOTTLE.

I guess it has been penned up inside for so many years it is just coming out-perhaps it took all of these years of experiences to bring it together- a kind of, the time is right as we head into uncertain times-got to say it while I can-whatever IT may be.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 20, 2007, 04:41:23 PM
Phil, please tell me you dictate your mss to your lovely wife and she that can type like the wind.  :D

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: NemoBook on August 20, 2007, 04:56:26 PM
Congrats to Phil and everyone else on their successes. We get enough rejection letters in this business and it's encouraging to see the occasional good news!

Here's mine:

One of my short stories ("The Last Man") was recently included in a fiction anthology entitled "The Apocalypse Reader," published on May 28th from Thunder's Mouth Press (edited by Justin Taylor). It's my first major publication, and I feel very lucky to be included with these authors. The book is now available at Amazon and most major book sellers.

http://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Reader-Justin-Taylor/dp/1560259590/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-2234313-9081539?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173984158&sr=8-1

Book Description
These are the ways the world ends.

Thirty-four new and selected Doomsday scenarios: an enthralling collection of work by canonical literary figures, contemporary masters, and a few rising stars, all of whom have looked into the future and found it missing. Across boundaries of place and time, these writers celebrate the variety and vitality of the short story as a form by writing their own conclusions to the story of the world. Obliteration has never hurt so good.

Contributors include  Grace Aguilar, Steve Aylett, Robert Bradley, Dennis Cooper, Lucy Corin, Elliott David, Matthew Derby, Carol Emshwiller, Brian Evenson, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Goldberg, Theodora Goss, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jared Hohl, Shelley Jackson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Stacey Levine, Tao Lin, Kelly Link, H.P. Lovecraft, Gary Lutz, Rick Moody, Michael Moorcock, Adam Nemett, Josip Novakovich, Joyce Carol Oates, Colette Phair, Edgar Allan Poe, Terese Svoboda, Justin Taylor, Lynne Tillman, Deb Olin, Unferth, H.G. Wells, Allison Whittenberg, and Diane Williams.

Thanks and Good Luck Everyone,
Adam
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on August 20, 2007, 06:59:24 PM
That sounds like a great book, Adam-you should be proud!
Nadine, Deb does type over 110wpm but she does not do my books. My secret-for now!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 20, 2007, 08:44:58 PM
Adam,

I read the three pages of your work that Amazon would allow (I have no issue with that). Very interesting, very literary. Well done...Congrats.  ;D

Nadine


Phil, my dear old (not in age) friend...I will keep the secret. NL    ;)

(Hmmmm, wonder if Deb would type for me!)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on August 20, 2007, 10:11:39 PM
Okay-but don't let my secret out. I call it "radio literature." I use my radio show interviews for some of these books. They are a great way to explore a topic like natural healing or the Law of Attraction with guests in a give and take manner. I get to say my views and the guests theirs. I then edit the interviews and make a cohesive whole-the guests also edit-then I put together introductions and list all of the guests books or web sites, etc as a further contact chapter. Because my shows are podcasts, I have someone transcribe the shows and wrap it into a package. That is just for the Messages books with the first one due out late Fall-just got word. "The Jesus Taught It, Too..." was just me and I had to do that on my own.

Actually deb rarely does my stuff-she is a professional transciber and proof editor but I can never seem to get her time. She is now offering to proof edit books at .00625/page which is not just spelling and grammar but real editing with all that entails.

She could easily type an MS from an audio. She does that type of thing all day-since I don't pay her she doesn't do my work-go figure.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: NemoBook on August 21, 2007, 12:45:29 PM
Adam,

I read the three pages of your work that Amazon would allow (I have no issue with that). Very interesting, very literary. Well done...Congrats.  ;D

Nadine


Weird. I actually didn't know Amazon was offering that "Search Inside" function until just now. Amazon seems to reproduce the first few pages of the anthology, which is actually a story by H.P. Lovecraft -- it's not my work (although I'd love to take credit for it, alas...).

I assume you're talking about that Lovecraft story, right? If you were somehow able to read MY story on Amazon, let me know how you were able to do that.

thanks for checking it out,
-Adam
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 21, 2007, 05:07:31 PM
I was mentioned again on Grumpy Old Bookmans blog over the weekend, when he wrote some very nice things about me

http://grumpyoldbookman.blogspot.com/

Have had a few more successes with book shops as well and secured some more orders. When I rang Waterstones in Oxford Street this morning to talk to the MBS buyer who is considering my book they told me he was in a Buyers meeting. They then said that he had sent me a letter - I await the psot tomorrow then with bated breath. Was he presenting my book at that same meeting I wonder ....

June     
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 22, 2007, 02:04:28 AM
Adam,

There might be an easier way to do this, but this is what I did. You gave the title of your piece within your post. I went to the link you gave, used Search Inside and looked for your work in the table of contents. Then I put the title in the search box...looked at the list that it generated until I found the one on the page where your story started. I read the first three pages of your work...yep, yours, not the first one in the book which seems to be what Search Inside does for its default excerpt. Ta-da! (My proof: How many pills were in the bottles?)

Ain't you impressed?

Nadine
____________________________

June,

Don't you just love Michael Allen, aka, the grumpy old bookman blogger. He is such a dear. I've invited him and his Mrs. to tea when I come to England...

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 22, 2007, 05:55:23 AM
Shall we book a table for four, so I can come along too ?

 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 22, 2007, 10:02:21 AM
June,

Absolutely!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 22, 2007, 12:55:20 PM
Spoke to Richard earlier today (my editor) and he told me that he had just had an email from Gardners. The book has only been a stocked title for just over a week, but they have already sold out of the 30 copies they initially ordered. They have increased the next order to 50 copies !

I rang a few more Waterstones today then and managed to secure orders from 3 more shops - Belfast, Chesham and Covent Garden - this is one of their flagships ! Still no letter from Adam at Oxford Street though ... When I rang Richard later on to give him the news, he told me that he had had a call from Paul (the publicist) asking him to write a press release to send to Richard and Judy. Richard though had brain fog and so asked me to write it. Have just sent him a copy ...

Redhill (one of my local branches) have received their copies today, so will be going there in the morning to sign them as well. Apparently one of the staff members commented that it looks like a really interesting book and has asked to review it. It will go on a little card in the local authors area - Waterstones recommends ....  Signed copies also means firm sales ....   

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 22, 2007, 01:08:54 PM
June,

You are indeed an inspiration.  As they say, "There is a tide in the affairs oF men (and obviously writers of whatever sex) which taken on the flood can lead only to greatness..."

Fellow scribes, June is out there in her surf canoe, riding that wave for all it's worth instead of hiding behind her keyboard and working on the elusive 'next masterpiece'.

Ye gods, laid-back Gyppo in 'cheerleader mode'.  Heed the words and ignore the mental image ;-(

Best wishes.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on August 22, 2007, 02:21:57 PM
That is fantastic news, June and, as Gyppo says: you're definitely an inspiration to us all. :-*


But....

Quote
Ye gods, laid-back Gyppo in 'cheerleader mode'.  Heed the words and ignore the mental image ;-(

I'll never close my eyes again - oh the image! The image! :o
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 22, 2007, 03:34:01 PM
Ah thanks guys (and girls) you are all an inspiration though - and I am honoured to be able to share it all with you. Just remember though, if I can do it, then so can all of you. I would never have imagined a year ago that I would be doing any of the things I am doing now, and although us self published authors do have to work ten times harder to break down those barriers it can be done. If it wasn't for Richard then I would not be in this position anyway, but then again, if I had not got off my a*** and helped myself then he wouldn't have done it either.

Will be watching for that postman tomorrow then with that letter from Oxford Street ....

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: NemoBook on August 22, 2007, 03:38:23 PM
Adam,

There might be an easier way to do this, but this is what I did. You gave the title of your piece within your post. I went to the link you gave, used Search Inside and looked for your work in the table of contents. Then I put the title in the search box...looked at the list that it generated until I found the one on the page where your story started. I read the first three pages of your work...yep, yours, not the first one in the book which seems to be what Search Inside does for its default excerpt. Ta-da! (My proof: How many pills were in the bottles?)

Ain't you impressed?

Nadine


Wow, I am impressed. I had no idea you could search within a book like that on Amazon. Thought you could only see the default excerpts they have online. So thanks for showing me how to do that, and thanks for reading the beginning of the story!

-Adam
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 22, 2007, 09:04:52 PM
Adam,

The one on Amazon searches key words and phrases...doesn't always work this well. Just lucky this time.

You might check and see if the book has been entered in the Google book data base. I would, but I'll give you the honor. http://books.google.com/bkshp?tab=wp  If the book is very new, it might not be scanned in yet. They also accept digital submissions, so it might be there.

Now you can dazzle your MFA friends with all of this new info. Whoo-hoo!

(There is another search inside books site...when I think of it, I'll let you know.)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 23, 2007, 10:34:02 AM
I have good news and bad news today. The bad news is that Borders in Oxford Street will not be stocking my book. The goods news though is that they have sent the copy that I sent them to their Buying Department near Charing Cross to look at, together with a copy of my press release. Paul is of course already talking to them anyway, so this might help clinch the deal. Oxford Street have in some ways then done me a favour in saying no.

The other good news is that I am mentioned in the weekly newsletter by Jerry Simmons (who runs the US based Nothing Binding Project). I emailed him just over a week ago with my news and he has put it in his newsletter. Not sure how many people get this, but quite a few, so it may result in some more US sales.

This morning as well I went to Waterstones in Redhill to sign those 5 copies that they ordered. They have a real nice and POD friendly manager, Kate if anyone else lives near here... She has though placed the 5 copies on a stand with Waterstones recommends written on it right by the front door. Oh and I almost forgot, had an email from Richard, he has sent the press release I wrote off to Channel 4, so fingers crossed...  Back to my website .... 

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: NemoBook on August 23, 2007, 12:46:50 PM
You might check and see if the book has been entered in the Google book data base. I would, but I'll give you the honor. http://books.google.com/bkshp?tab=wp  If the book is very new, it might not be scanned in yet. They also accept digital submissions, so it might be there.

Nope, not there yet. But thanks for this as well. I'm sure it will help with other book searches in the future...although it's kinda scary to see books going digital...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 23, 2007, 11:13:57 PM
June,

You rock! Jerry and I were talking, fondly, of you the other day. You have broken through quite a few barriers with your efforts to get Genesis of Man in UK bookstore. Yep, saw "you" in Jerry's newsletter.

Adam,

I bet the monk/scribes had similar thoughts about the printing press.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: German Voodoo on August 24, 2007, 12:11:17 AM
I just won an award.

Best Tickler Ever!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 24, 2007, 04:29:34 AM
My ears are burning !  Don't forget that none of this would have been possible had it not been for Richard and his willingness to help. Mind you, he does always say that he would not do this for all his authors, and if they were all like me then he would not be a lot happier and a lot richer ... It will be interesting to see my sales figures for August though when they go online in a couple of weeks time.

In the meantime, have just rung the local radio station, BBC Southern Counties and they have asked me to send them a copy of the book for consideration. There is a big conference in Glastonbury in November, which I am trying to get tickets for and while I am there might try and get on Glastonbury radio too. Will ring the local paper in a minute as well and see what they have to say. They already know me, since I edit the Boxhill News. Back later ....

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 29, 2007, 05:18:16 AM
Looks like I might be in Jerry's newsletter again this week, since I have just had another email from him. The list of stores that have ordered has now reached the grand old number of 21 - 17 Waterstones and 4 Borders. Will be sending a copy to the local Radio station today as well - BBC Southern Counties. They do feature local authors on some of their programmes, so fingers crossed. In the meantime, Paul is going to try the Daily Express Book Club and the Mail on Sunday and is also hoping to contact Barnes and Noble when his contact is back from holiday. The book is only on sale or return in the UK though, not North America. He has also given the name and number for his contact at IPC Magazines, who publish womens weekly's since they are often looking for 'real life success stories' etc, and may be interested. Will have to pluck up the courage to give her a call then later on today.

On Friday I was told that the 30 books that Gardners had initially ordered did not arrive, since they sent the order to the wrong place. This would not normally have been very good news, since the stores have ordered would have been waiting for their orders to arrive and wondering what was going on! However, in my case it has turned out to be excellent news, since they have orders far exceeding that in number already, and have out another order in this time for 80 copies !! I have sent a press release round then to all on my mailing list and as many of those free press release sites I can find as well as the Publishing News forum !

Almost forgot to mention as well that my copy of The Self Publishing Magazine arrived yesterday (I am featured  as self published success story in there), and it looks very good !

June         
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 29, 2007, 12:00:51 PM
June, I am so happy for you and so proud to be your friend. I bet this is only the beginning of your successes.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 29, 2007, 12:40:41 PM
I have had a really strange day today actually, and been feeling really out of sorts and very frustrated with it all. It just seems that I spend all my time emailing and ringing these stores and they keep telling me they have not received my emails, and asking me to resend them. Then I ring tham again a few days later and they say exactly the same thing - didn't get it, can I send it again, and so it goes on ! In desperation I spoke to Paul, who in turn phoned Waterstones Head Office, all they could suggest is that it might be my attachments - information sheet and so on.

So, it was back to the drawing board. I have rearranged my emails so that they look more like a newsletter, and included the Gardners info in the text. So that removed the need for at least one of those attachments. Then Coran suggested that I send them a link to my website to get the rest of the stuff - information sheet, cover proots, reviews etc. So a bit more tweeking was done there, and with the help of the Crawley store, who kept checking to see if the stuff I sent them was received it finally got through.

The good news then after all that is that following on from the press release I sent round yesterday, Paul rang Gardners again to see how many they had sold, and while they could not tell him that, they did tell him that they have placed a third order today for another 35 copies ! This now brings the total to 115 copies in just over 2 weeks ! Something then is definately happening that I am not aware of, and maybe some of the stores I have not yet spoken to have ordered after all .... I had a call back from another local stores today, East Grinstead, and it seems like they will be placing an order as well. Laurelie, who runs the mbs/religious section definately sounds interested, and so does her boss .... I am not sure then what to reach for first - the champagne or the baseball bat !

June       
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on August 29, 2007, 02:15:41 PM
GV,

Somehow I missed seeing your post. Tell more about your award. Congrats!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on September 03, 2007, 11:07:52 AM
I now have my sales figures for the month of August and am delighted to report that I have sold a total of 108 copies. 2 of these were to the US and the rest in the UK. Out of these 25 were sold before the sor announcement was made and so could be to anywhere, although I suspect that  large chunk of them went to libraries. This is brillant news though as it means I have doubled my sales figures in just one month !

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Bru on September 03, 2007, 04:44:29 PM
June,
that is wonderful.  Am thrilled for you. 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on September 05, 2007, 02:01:13 PM
Oh - hang on GV - do you mean you won an award for being the best tickler?  Who gave that you then, eh?  You go into a tickling competition?  You been poaching? (trout tickling - I can do that!  But don't tell the gamekeeper)

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on September 07, 2007, 09:24:55 AM
Ooh, I love this bit  :)

I just made the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Competition with my song 'Man Behind The Smile'... Over 5,000 people entered and my song was in the top 23% - not bad for a warbler from the Black Country (UK) eh?

I've been writing, recording and performing my own songs for over 15 years and I'm in the process of recording my first solo project album. If you'd like to have a listen to my songs (including the semi-finalist!) then visit www.mirandadickinson.com

Well done to everyone who dares to follow their dream - however long it's taken!

Miranda x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on September 07, 2007, 11:03:55 AM
Well done to you as well Miranda. We often forget that songs are a form of writing as well!

For my part, I am in 2 local papers this week - the Dorking Advertiser and the Dorking edition of the Surrey Advertiser. The first one only gives me a few lines and calls me Jane - grrr ! but the second one (Surrey Advertiser) is a 1/4 page complete with colour picture - it looks brilliant ! Copies have been distributed to local book sellers as those that stock my book have been mentioned ....

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on September 10, 2007, 03:44:55 AM
Wurdsmyth,

Love your songs!  Add me to your list of fans. (Nice Blog)  Best wishes for the success of your album.

Did you know moderator Carrie Sheppard is a musician/songwriter?
http://www.myspace.com/carolynsheppard

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on September 12, 2007, 12:16:07 PM
Great news Miranda! 

Keep on singin'.

Carrie x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on September 17, 2007, 11:39:09 AM
Wurdsmyth,

Love your songs!  Add me to your list of fans. (Nice Blog)  Best wishes for the success of your album.

Did you know moderator Carrie Sheppard is a musician/songwriter?
http://www.myspace.com/carolynsheppard

Nadine

Wow, thanks for your kind words, Nadine - consider yourself added to my fan club  ;) Glad you liked the blog, too.

Hugs,

M x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on September 17, 2007, 11:40:25 AM
Great news Miranda! 

Keep on singin'.

Carrie x

Thanks Carrie!

I checked out your tracks on myspace and they're fab - nice to meet a fellow muso!

Miranda x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: German Voodoo on September 17, 2007, 06:03:41 PM
Oh my.

No. A kindly, aging gentleman picked me by my toes and proclaimed me a Frenchman. Once I realized nit wasn't an insult... I took the award. It's made of tin foil, shattered dreams. Some topping.

& rather belated Aren't You Somethings to all others who've attempted such a feat.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on September 19, 2007, 11:37:38 AM
After a week or so of not having the wherewithall to ring any book stores at all (have been feeling really up and down lately), in the past 2 days I have secured orders from 5 more stores - all Waterstones (am now up to the N's!). These are Liverpool, Llandudno, Lowestoft, Market Harborough and wait for this - the Trafford Centre in Manchester ! This is one of their largest stores, which authors from a certain other POD company, whose name I shall not divulge pay £500 to get into ! All I did though was make a 3 minute phone call !

Gardners then had 14 copies in stock when I checked this morning, which means I have sold 99 copies through them since the sor announcement was made just over a month ago. Not bad. I expect they were will be ordering some more soon then.   

I am doing a talk tonight as well on my take on the God Delusion, since my book was recently reviewed as presenting the opposite view - might be interesting. Think of me at 8pm tonight then !

June       
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on September 22, 2007, 04:00:47 AM
June,

This is unbelievable success. I don't think any POD author has had this kind of success with bookstore in the US. This is most impressive.

I'm thinking of one place in the POD media where I might mention this. Let me see what I can do. It might take a while.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on September 22, 2007, 10:31:50 AM
I wanted to share how pleased I was that after a year of blogging about twins, triplets and more, I had been labouring away under the impression that I had 360 readers and I have looked at the figures and it's more than 4,300 returning visitors, I have had lovely feedback.

Am really chuffed - don't let all the 'nay sayers' about blogs put you off. I have written about what a year of blogging has brought me here:

http://www.freelancewritingtips.com/2007/09/how-a-year-of-b.html


As it includes interviews/commissions with national media, I am very pleased.

Thanks for reading.

Linda
x

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on September 22, 2007, 12:49:31 PM
Please do Nadine, anything that you can do to help would as always be very much appreciated. As you know, Jerry has already mentioned me in a couple of his newsletters, and I keep him informed as to how I am doing.

Everyone has good and bad days, and it just that last week, I had a bad week ! A lot of people I know though have been going through very similar stuff, so I know it is not just me, and that by itself makes me feel a whole lot better to know that I am not alone.

Have a 2 day mind, body and spirit festival this weekend at our local non denominational church (Coran, my partner is one of the trustees). It was very quiet today, and all I managed to sell was one book (apparently there was Rugby this afternoon, so that might explain it). I think it will though be busier tomorrow with any luck. One of the other stall holders was a lady who has recently opened a new age shop though (I actually worked for her husband/father in law many years ago, when they first met). The good news is that she wants to buy a couple of copies to put in the shop. Will hopefully clinch the deal tomorrow then.

Well done Linda as well, will get round to ordering your book this week as promised ! I have had a couple of nice emails from people this week as well about my blog, which is good, as I thought I was the only one who ever read it !
   
June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 23, 2007, 04:44:51 AM
I capped off 20 consecutive writing days with 1800 words before breakfast. Who knows, I'm may have finished my novel by teatime.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on September 23, 2007, 05:12:20 AM
Wow! That's great, Ollie.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Symphony on September 23, 2007, 01:03:49 PM
And I was a winner in the WCCL Flash Fiction contest (100-worder). Extremely chuffed.

Better still, I LOVE the software that I got as a prize. The 'layout' has enabled me to plan out a story I'd had originally dropped some time ago. In three days, it's almost finished. Please wish me luck!

Oh - and I should add that I write for young children so I'm talking about 100,000 words here - just around the 5000 mark!!!

S
xx
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on September 23, 2007, 10:11:37 PM
Cool! I'm impressed with people who can write flash fiction...I'm too long winded. Congratulations Symphony! Sounds like a great prize! Good luck on the next project.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on September 24, 2007, 04:53:34 AM
Hi Guys
Just had 7 education articles commissioned (hurrah)
Sarah
x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 24, 2007, 05:24:35 AM
Hi Guys
Just had 7 education articles commissioned (hurrah)
Sarah
x


Excellent ;-)  Being commissioned not only feels good but it's also a promising sign.  Striking lucky with a single 'on spec' submission is one thing, but having several articles commissioned is a sign that it's not just 'a flash in the pan'.  Someone is taking your work seriously ;-)

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 24, 2007, 04:23:01 PM
Congrats to everyone who's posted a success.
Thanks Nadine, although the teatime comment was a shade ambitious.
Should be done within the next few days though, 1 & 1/2 chapters to go.
Back to the grindstone.  ;) [If you didn't see my post about smileys, this means Overcaffeinated/Twitchy]



EDIT

It started on the 6th of February 2006.
I quit, 3 times.
Twice, I thought it might be publishable.
But on the 25th of September 2007
I finished my novel. DONE.
I can't recall how many times I've said/written/typed that word, "Done"
in the 30 minutes since I finished.
One happy boy.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on September 25, 2007, 02:31:04 AM
June,

This is a well respected group in the US indie book industry. Try this link. http://www.independentpublisher.com/share-story.php  I suggest to browse their website first. In one of my newsletters, Kip was featured by these people. Can I find it, nooooo. I'll keep looking.

The person I know there is in another division, but this link (above) should help get the ball rolling. Also, you could email Kip for info (his contact info is in my newsletter, plus he is a MWC member). Use my name with Kip. Good luck for a feature with IP.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on September 25, 2007, 02:31:56 AM
Ollie,

You're awesome!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on September 25, 2007, 03:25:00 AM
Thanks Nadine, as always very helpful. Will let you know how I get on !

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on September 25, 2007, 05:05:35 AM
June,

Talk to Kip. It was a great article about him and his book. My hope is that this is a foot in the door for the US market for you. It won't happen over night, but you know that. I think IP will be interested in your bookstore success.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 25, 2007, 06:55:29 AM

But on the 25th of September 2007
I finished my novel. DONE.
I can't recall how many times I've said/written/typed that word, "Done"
in the 30 minutes since I finished.
One happy boy.

Well done, TO.  Just by finishing you've moved into one of writing's inner circles, miles away from those who never finish anything.

Now tuck it away and don't even look at it for at least two weeks.  Longer if possible, and then you'll see it with fresh eyes.

"Ladies and Gentlemen!  Your attention please...  Allow me to present ThatOllie.  A man who went the distance!"

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 25, 2007, 01:53:06 PM
Thanks all, but Gyp you've forgotten a little bit of advice. Don't stop writing, unless of course you assumed I already knew.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 25, 2007, 05:04:29 PM
Thanks all, but Gyp you've forgotten a little bit of advice. Don't stop writing, unless of course you assumed I already knew.

You're a big boy now, so, seeing as the message was aimed directly at you, yes I left out the newbie advice.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 26, 2007, 05:54:28 AM
Leaving out the newbie advice, now that is a compliment. [I think]
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on September 26, 2007, 11:33:29 AM
Paul has been telling me for some time that my book was to be featured in Writers News magazine, so imagine my surprise when I got back from shopping half an hour ago to find a message on the answerphone from one of their reporters! He had a few questions to ask, having looked at my website and said it will be in either the November or December edition ! He asked me to send him a picture of the book cover and one of myself as well to illustrate it with ! Fame at last then !

June     
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 26, 2007, 12:01:43 PM
Congrats June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on October 04, 2007, 05:14:31 AM
Just had 10 more educational articles commissioned.  Got work in the bag 'til April now, but I'm still looking for more!

Sarah
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on October 04, 2007, 01:04:18 PM
Good for you Sarah !

Waterstones in Staines will be ordering 20 copies tomorrow in preparation for my book singing in 2 weeks time .... I have loads of people lined up who will be there wanting signed copies. Will start contacting local press then after the weekend ...

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on October 05, 2007, 04:47:17 AM
Fame indeed June!  I'll keep an eye out for the article on you.  I'm just about ready to map out my first book idea...I'll keep you posted.

Sarah
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on October 05, 2007, 06:52:53 AM
Gardners have just ordered another 50 copies of my book, since they have orders backing up. Have just spoken to a reporter from the Staines and Ashford Herald, and he has said he will do his best to get a photographer down to the shop for my book signing on 20th. He can't promise though, as its a Saturday and they have sports events to cover.

He has asked me to write some stuff to send through to him, which I will do after lunch. Off to meet Coran now at the computer club he volunteers at. Will make some more calls this afternoon.

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: charlie on October 08, 2007, 04:33:31 AM
That's excellent news Talisman, well done.  ;D

Charlie. x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on October 10, 2007, 09:04:49 PM
LiFE Award Recipient for Literature on the Environment

26. Raping Louisiana: A Diary of Deceit by Philip F. Harris, with Stephen Burgoyne.
Publisher: Write Words, Inc. ebooksonthe.net, and cambridgebooks.us
Formats: Trade paperback, PDF, RTF, HTML, and Mobi
ISBN(s)1-59431-495-0 paper 1-59431-541-8 ebook
   A non-fictional account of clean-up efforts after the ecological disaster caused in New Orleans and surrounding areas by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This story puts a human face on an area that was raped by nature and then deceived by its government. Based upon the diary of a truck driver by the name of Stephen Burgoyne, we see a first hand account of the daily routine, the challenges and the bureaucratic ineptness that still plagues the residents of Louisiana. Steve tells a story in his diary entries that is far removed from the "official accounts" of government agencies and “spin doctors."
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Zoe on October 10, 2007, 09:32:08 PM
 
LiFE Award Recipient for Literature on the Environment

Did I understand this right? You got the Life Award? How cool is that!
Congratulations Philip!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Zoe on October 10, 2007, 09:34:18 PM
After my earlier posts vanshed... maybe in Cyber Heaven now :-) thought I´d post this again, maybe it will encourage someone.My two books are both out! Yeah!! ;D  They are also translated and available in German. Both titles written and Self-Published within 6 months...Ok, am not writing this to impress you all... well not really ;) but to impress upon you - you too can do it!

Keep writing, the world is waiting for your books.

Nancyakazoe
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on October 10, 2007, 09:35:07 PM
THANK YOU ZOE!!!
IT WAS A NICE SURPRISE!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Zoe on October 10, 2007, 09:42:41 PM
You are welcome. Not sure though what was the surprise...? the Award or my post :) Either way I think its great to acknowledge others successes. An award especially for literature on the enviroment is quite an achievement. We all live on this planet earth and I think sometimes we forget how badly we treat her and the results?...well Katrina is an example.

So great job Philip!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on October 10, 2007, 09:50:39 PM
The award-not your post-thanks again!
My publisher sent it in without my knowledge!!!

phil
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 10, 2007, 09:55:38 PM
Zoe, I think my post congratulating you afterwards also went to cyber heaven.
Great Stuff Phil.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on October 10, 2007, 09:57:53 PM
iIHOPE TO GO THERE TOO, ONE DAY!

THANKS

pHIL
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 10, 2007, 10:00:22 PM
Quote
IHOPE TO GO THERE TOO, ONE DAY!
Cyber Heaven?
We're already there.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on October 10, 2007, 10:10:00 PM
Not sure the Matrix counts as Cyber heaven, though!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 10, 2007, 10:11:55 PM
The Matrix, cyber hell.
MWC, cyber heaven.
And to get the success train back on it's tracks, you can congratulate me on the thing a few pages back.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on October 11, 2007, 05:21:39 AM
Congrats Phil and Zoe. Keep up the hard work !

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Zoe on October 11, 2007, 06:12:44 AM
Phil & Thatollie, you got me LOL about the Cyber Heaven...
 
Congratulations Thatollie! & thanks too. How long have you been on the great site anyway? Great contribution!

June, thanks for your words, my congratulations to you also went to cyber Heaven :) couldnt find them here either???
You are also a great inspiration and contributor here...Thanks for your helpful advice with the AuthorsOnline Publishers Tip (a while ago). I didn´t mention that I decided to open my own tiny Publishing Company, worked quite well. Lots & lots of work, but great.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 11, 2007, 01:22:56 PM
Quote
How long have you been on the great site anyway?
Since December 27th 2006.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bagheera on October 16, 2007, 11:57:00 AM
 ;D  Cathy said I should wave a flag, so I'm waving!! :D

I've just dipped one toe in the water with the first chapter of a yarn which has attracted the attention of a US Literary Agent who has asked me to send the full MS for evaluation! ;D

You're all welcome to have a peek at "The Chapel of Her Dreams", btw  :-[

An agent in Bonny Scotland (child lit. specialists) is looking at another of my yarns, one of an intended series of books about an apprentice pirate and his talking cat ...........

And I had a play performed at the Edinburgh Fringe last year

Unfortunately, none of the above has earned me a penny as yet .... ::) :(
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on October 16, 2007, 12:10:07 PM
You are welcome Zoe and well done with your successes - also you too Bagheera. I had the pleasure of meeting Richard who runs Authors OnLine and the rest of his team on Saturday, as they held a little celebration for their 10th anniversary at St Neots, Cambridgeshire. He was apparently the first POD publisher in the UK - the original and still the best.

I have started to tentatively write my own 2nd book this week - not sure of the title yet, but it will be about my own experiences of being a print on demand author. There is a definite need for a book like this, since most other books on self publishing hardly mention POD at all, while the rest are published by American authors, which although helpful, is a different market and the contacts mentioned in these books do not apply to us here.

I have already mentioned it elsewhere, but did not mention this bit! If you want some free publicity for your own POD book (and it is available - not the same as published - in the UK) and the chance to feature in my new book, then go to Conversations with POD. This is a new blog site that I have set up to help promote POD authors and their work, since once again, all similar sites concentrate on US authors - nothing wrong with this, but the UK market is a little different ...

I hope to feature some of the more inspiring stories in the new book (which is still in the planning stages), so this is your chance to not only get some free publicity, but also help other authors by sharing experiences !

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on October 16, 2007, 04:39:19 PM
Hello, well I just wanted to add here that I am over the moon to have read the first review of my book and am (almost!) dancing a little jig along my landing - not a pretty sight.

Here it is, I hope you like it - taking that first look was a moment filled with trepidation, I can tell you!

http://www.bookpleasures.com/Lore2/idx/0/3056/article/The_Greatest_Freelance_Writing_Tips_in_the_World.html

thanks for reading

Linda
x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Lin on October 24, 2007, 05:00:50 AM
I got a success does anyone want to check it out? Front page of the Sunday newspaper - its all in Dutch but it shows that you can do it if you try.   We need all the money we can get to put into saving the orangutan, this is a write up for the event on Friday. Just enlarge the image and see if you can have a go at translating!!  Nadine and Talisman have contributed to the event with their books.  By the way that's not a photo of me, Im the organiser as per the feature.

Lin

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 24, 2007, 05:03:41 AM
Front page...  Well done, Lin!  Front pages are not given to all ;-)

Gyppo

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on October 24, 2007, 05:08:11 AM
Lin,

I have an idea for you. Write a children's book that entertains and informs about the situation. I remember seeing this done about the manatee in Florida, USA. It appeared on the show, Reading Rainbow, (a looooong time ago), so the book and the TV book spotlight did a lot of good for the manatee.

How's that for a project suggestion!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Lin on October 24, 2007, 06:43:02 AM
Ive not got the first clue about writing for children but I suppose I could do it in aid of the BOS foundation - great idea - thanks.

Lin x x x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on October 24, 2007, 10:40:02 AM
Go park in the children's section of the bookstore or library and read for several days; write a draft; test it on kids.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on October 24, 2007, 11:00:10 AM
Front page - that is brilliant Lin - well done ! How much did you manage to raise in the end ?

For my part I actually spoke to the New Press Dept at Borders Head Office yesterday ! Normally all you get is an answerphone, but thanks to Paul and his little black book I now have a named contact there in the Buying Department ! The New Press Team are going to pass it through to the Buyers to look at, and see if they can give it an extra push. In the meantime, I rang a a few more of their stores and have orders from Croydon, Wimbledon and Uxbridge - which is not a bad start.

I do find that Waterstones are much easier to deal with, as they have an independent author advisor and everything is less centralised. The individual managers have much more autonomy to order in books that are recommended to them, or when authors like me ring up. Head Office will even supply you with contact details for all the stores, and contact stores for you to iron out any problems as well. An altogether different and much easier approach.

With Borders then I will build up more slowly - local success first, then south east and then countrywide !
 
June           
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 24, 2007, 11:22:27 AM
Congrats Lin and everyone else who has posted a success.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on October 27, 2007, 04:24:41 AM
Yesterday I took the bull by the horns and rang three of the national dailies with a view to getting a book review - The Independent, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. Three books then have been duly sent out with fingers and everything else crossed and breath held ! I have been assued that all three can and indeed have reviewed POD books. I also emailed Paul's contact at The Daily Mail, will give her a week to respond, and if nothing will then ring them as well and get the name for the literary editor to send them a copy for review as well.

In the meantime, have started going back through the list of Waterstones catching up those who I couldn't get hold of first time around - I managed to get 2 more orders from Bath and Ballymena in Northern Ireland. That is 2 Northern Irish shops I am in now. Bath told me that I have sold at least one book through Waterstones stores every day this week. It is not a lot, but they are selling !

Spoke to Tom Shaw as well at the Staines Herald, and he has photocopied the story he wrote re last weeks book signing and put it in the post. Has not arrived as yet, but the post has been a bit funny round here lately - still clearing the backlog from the recent strikes I expect. Coran has a meeting with one of his clients this morning though in Staines, so is going to see if he can pinch her copy to bring home (it is one of those free ones).

All in all then a very good week.

June     
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Christopher Silva on November 02, 2007, 06:30:02 AM
A book a day is more than none. I like how hard you work, and how you pursue these options personally. Good for you, and you are an example to us all.

It must be very rewarding to have something you have written and marketed sell.


_
Chris
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Philip Harris on November 04, 2007, 02:55:13 PM
Jesus Taught It Too: The Early Roots of the Law of Attraction (Paperback)
by Philip, F. Harris (Author)

Amazon.com Sales Rank: #10,014    in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)
Popular in this category: (What's this?)
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Product Details
•   Paperback: 120 pages
•   Publisher: Avatar Publications (August 1, 2007)
•   Language: English
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Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on November 04, 2007, 10:28:50 PM
Wow Phil,

Your book has been out how many months, three? And you are at 10K on Amazon ranking! I'm impressed! Well done, my friend.

(For those who don't know, the lower the number the better the rank. 10K is great!)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Christopher Silva on November 05, 2007, 05:35:37 AM
Philip,

I visited your homepage and thought it very informative. You seem to be a busy writer and one who has much sucess. Have you posted much here? I would like to read some of your shorter work. I am not into the metephysical and therefore would be a bad critic of your books.

Drop us a post and give an example of what you do.

Thanks for the chance to mess around on your site.

Chris
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Frogg on November 11, 2007, 06:27:49 PM
Well done all!!!!

I have nothing published, unless you count things a wrote in school once upon a time........
I did give a manuscript (426 page fantasy) to a friend of a friends friend who happened to be and editor/writer, who had agreed to read it and get back to me.... That was two years ago, I still pretend she must have lost my number, ah well, always hopeful, maybe one day the phone will ring!

E.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 11, 2007, 06:37:43 PM
426 pages, may be she's sat in an ivory tower, reading it for the fourth time because she's become spellbound.
Still, even the completion of a novel is a success. I'm still randomly shouting the word "done" and my novel has been slain for over a month. In fact if you scroll back a few pages you'll see the moment when I declared myself a writer of novel.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Frogg on November 11, 2007, 06:58:14 PM
Hmmmm, I like, it's even better than the lost phone number....
Know of any ivory towers down here in west wales??? Maybe if i could just find a map.... :-\
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 11, 2007, 07:02:37 PM
There's one just outside the town of Ross. I couldn't give you directions though. We have gotten lost in SW every time we've been there.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 12, 2007, 04:34:45 AM
I have hasd the thumbs up to enter a competition re self published book of the year, organised by the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust if anyone is interested. There are several categories including non fiction. I was a little concerned since books have to have been published this year, and when I updated mine we didn't change the ISBN - which was registered last year ... They assure me though that it is fine and I can still enter.

Got orders from a couple more book shops last week as week, which brings the total to 80 stockists now and almost 300 sales. I am going to try and aim for 400 by Christmas.

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Christopher Silva on November 12, 2007, 08:29:55 AM
Quote
426 pages, may be she's sat in an ivory tower, reading it for the fourth time because she's become spellbound.
Still, even the completion of a novel is a success. I'm still randomly shouting the word "done" and my novel has been slain for over a month. In fact if you scroll back a few pages you'll see the moment when I declared myself a writer of novel.

Broken,
your 426 pages have probably been published and sold millions in China... Damn, you missed out on gobs of cash... Call the bastard now and take him  to the mat !



chris
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 12, 2007, 08:47:25 AM
June, what's your book called again? I might get a copy for mum this Christmas.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Frogg on November 12, 2007, 12:46:31 PM
Broken,
your 426 pages have probably been published and sold millions in China... Damn, you missed out on gobs of cash... Call the bastard now and take him  to the mat !



chris



Darn.... I could have used the money, hey, any of you guys live in china?????
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on November 13, 2007, 01:59:13 AM
Wow! I'm impressed!

I cleaned my office, so I can write again. Does that count?  ;D

Seriously, you are awesome.


Ollie, here is June's info: http://www.juneaustin.co.uk/

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 13, 2007, 03:48:42 AM
Cleaning one's office/study/workroom is always a major success.  Maybe the triumph of hope over experience, but still a success.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on November 13, 2007, 04:47:15 AM
Hi Guys,

I know, hardly ever here, but I still haven't sorted the internet in the new house.

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know I've just had a series of 8 articles commissioned, bit of a change for me 'cos I'm writing them in collaboration with my hubby!!.

Actually, we're really excited to be working together!

Talk soon

Sarah
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Christopher Silva on November 13, 2007, 06:03:11 AM
Sarah, Yeeeeha!  Good for you.   ;D  ;D   ;D

I have a serial running in this printed magazine at the moment. A bit of cash and lots of fun.

http://www.forgotten-worlds.co.uk/


chris




Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 13, 2007, 07:47:18 AM
Thanks for the posting the link Nadine - I have a special offer for Christmas Ollie, if you want a signed done for your Mum and live in the UK - you can get a copy post free ! Have a read of my wesbite though and some of the reviews which I have posted on the site as well. All the links to amazon etc are on there ...

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: MichelleZ on November 18, 2007, 08:43:22 PM
Well, someone encouraged me to post my story. I'm assuming this is the place!

After two-and-a-half years of writing full time (and I mean full time - 6 to 8 hours almost every day), I finally sold over the summer my fifth YA book, the first in a proposed trilogy, to Little Brown Books for Young Readers. It was a dream come true, both because it sold in four days after 10 months of revisions with my agent and because it sold in a three-book deal classified as "major" by PM. it also went to the house I most wanted and the editor I felt was the best fit for the book.

And it came just in the nick of time since we'd been really struggling financially (with four children) since I'd quit working to write. I mean REALLY struggling. As in behind on the mortgage, things breaking around the house that we couldn't afford to fix, etc.

Anyway, it's a much longer story, but I won't bore you with the details. As of now, the contract's been signed, I've received my first pay-out, and I'm waiting to receive proposed revisions (due any day) from my editor.

Here's the link to the press release (titled "A YA Prophecy");

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6471711.html

What can I say; as sappy as it sounds, dreams DO come true.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on November 19, 2007, 12:27:23 AM
Wow, congratulations, Michelle! Little Brown is a big publisher. Living through the rewrite stage without going nuts is also an accomplishment.

Glad your situation is turning around, and just in time for the holidays. Good for YOU!

And, yes this is the place for this post. It helps encourage others, too. (Thanks for such a great story.)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 19, 2007, 12:32:20 AM
My new novel is coming along nicely, 1613 a day
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on November 19, 2007, 12:34:45 AM
Ollie, here's a hug to go with the one from Carrie! *hug*

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 19, 2007, 03:14:35 AM
New personal best, 3800 in one day. Others may dwarf it, but my best is the best I can do.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: MichelleZ on November 19, 2007, 07:34:59 AM
Go, Ollie!!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 19, 2007, 09:06:34 AM
So you've made up for being stuck the other day ten, Ollie ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 19, 2007, 08:42:53 PM
More than made up for it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 20, 2007, 05:15:18 PM
I am mentioned in the December issue of Writers News magazine if anyone gets it - on the members news page. Saw Linda Jones in there as well near the front !

I continue to work hard at getting my book into as many shops as possible, and in the last week have received orders from a long list of Waterstones branches - Bromley Glades, Birmingham New Street, Cambridge, Enfield, Chester, Guildford High Street, Gateshead Metro Centre (biggest shopping centre in the north west), Gower Street, Greenwich, Ealing, Hastings, Hemel Hempstead Riverside, Kettering, Kirkcaldy, Hatfield, Lincoln High Street and Ipswich.

Also discovered that 2 customers asked Luton to order them copies after seeing it mentioned somewhere -and they have ordered 2 more as stock titles because of this !

I think Gardners will be placing another order then soon ! 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: MichelleZ on November 20, 2007, 05:40:09 PM
Hey - that's all great news!

Congrats!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 21, 2007, 04:09:54 AM
Have worked out that I am now stocked in a total of 80 branches of Waterstones throughout the UK (93 book shops in total). They have 320 branches, so this is one quarter of all their branches.  :D Not bad for a book that no one wanted to publish and no one said would sell !  :o Publishers - what do they know !  ::)

June     
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on November 22, 2007, 06:41:10 AM
Quite right June.  Actually I saw your bit in the mag and thought of how hard you've worked.  I'm working on the proposal for a non-fiction book at the moment, it's a good job I'm passionate about it having read of all the hard work you need to put in.

Sarah
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 22, 2007, 04:47:44 PM
Thanks Sarah and good luck with yours ! The number of Waterstones by the way has now risen to 85 ! 

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on November 26, 2007, 09:00:44 PM
Howdy, folk. Congrats on all the successes!

I have one to share with you. My first published book! A novella-length, fantasy book titled "Infinite Realities." It's now on sale at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979307961/

If you want to see the cover page, which as of this posting Amazon doesn't have up yet, you can go to my blog:

http://blog.rlcopple.com

And see it there. The book is being serialized at "The Sword Review" http://www.theswordreview.com and two chapters of it have come out so far, two more to go. (See the published works page at my site for titles and links.) However, this book does have one chapter/story in it that will not appear on-line, and a bonus article at the end on why I write fantasy.

And, if you get it and like it, appreciate posting a review on Amazon. Oh, and they make good Christmas gifts too! :D

Thanks everyone. And I'll try to make it back more frequently too!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on November 26, 2007, 10:22:27 PM
Congratulations June and Linda for the publicity in Writer's News. That is waaaaay cool.

Good luck, Sarah~~fingers crossed for you!

Love your cover art, R.L. (nice blog too).

Ollie, you are a cool dude!

You guys (okay, two guys and three gals) are awesome! (And every one else is too~~including Gyppo.)

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on November 27, 2007, 04:16:39 AM
Thanks Nadine,

I've got 2 articles to write today, and then I want to put in some time on the book proposal.  Why is it that all deadlines come together?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 27, 2007, 08:38:45 AM
I'm a cool dude, awesome. You can't see from the post but my hand is so knackered that I'm typing really really slowly.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 27, 2007, 12:10:09 PM
Not sure how this has happened, but on 22nd I was stocked in 80 Waterstones and today I have received an order from my 100th branch - Peterfield in Hampshire !!! If someone had told me this would be even remotely possible, then I would have thought they were mad !!!

Now where's that champagne ....   ;D   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 28, 2007, 12:30:30 PM
The number has now risen to 107 Waterstones, since I got a few more today and also discovered a couple of branches that I didn't know had copies - including Piccadilly (Hatchards). Even better is that they have sold one. I am also now in 6 Borders and 2 independents and earlier this week had an email from Foyles as well - it looks like they too will be ordering some also then.

It has also though come to light that there has been a problem with supply for some stores, since a few branches have been waiting several weeks now for their copies to come. Gardners did order another 50 last week, but they are yet to arrive, and so given the demand which seems to be accelerating fast, today they ordered another 50 as well. This is just as well, since one Borders in Wales that I spoke to this afternoon has ordered 10 copies and I received orders for another half a dozen from various Waterstones as well. Richard then rang them and said basically 'this book is now in over 100 Waterstones, why aren't you ordering more' and so they did !    ;D

After seven years of work then things are finally beginning to pay off !  :D
 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on November 28, 2007, 02:09:51 PM
Way to go, June!!!!

Now, you sharing that Champagne or what? ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 28, 2007, 04:25:03 PM
You bet - my place or yours ? 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on November 28, 2007, 04:28:26 PM
hee hee - I'm easy (oops, shouldn't have said that out loud. ;D)

How about the MWC bar?

We'll raise a toast to your success (And a very well deserved one, I might add)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 28, 2007, 06:01:47 PM
Sounds good to me Cathy, and don't worry I won't tell your secrets to everyone ...

See you at the bar then ... hic !  :o
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on November 29, 2007, 12:37:46 AM
Sarah,

I think it has something to do with the shift in the magnetic poles or... gosh, I forgot the other thing. Actually, I have no idea why deadlines like to group up like that, might be like teen girls or something.

June,

Saw you had a nice mention in Jerry Simmon's newsletter today!


Cathy,

Wait for me, I'll drive, hic! Er, maybe we'd better walk over to the pub.

My news...started book 4 of my trilogy today. Yes, I know there aren't 4 books in a trilogy. Obviously, I don't write math books. This was totally unplanned. Not the 4th book I would have written, if I was going to write one. Darn muse!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 29, 2007, 02:53:02 AM
Haven't got mine yet (the newsletter that is ! ) maybe it will be waiting for me when I get home from work later on ?

Still feeling hung over from that champagne at the moment ... hic !  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: rewh2oman on November 29, 2007, 07:15:52 PM
I'm going to toot my horn just a little bit. It's not much and I don't get paid anything, but I did it a small article published on the net.  ;D

http://www.heroicstories.com/
HeroicStories #731: A Dollar Short

...russ

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: MichelleZ on November 29, 2007, 07:34:50 PM
Hey, none of these successes are small in my book!

Congrats all around!

As for me, I just received my (12-page) editorial letter for the first round of revisions on Book One.

Let the editing begin!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 30, 2007, 06:06:13 AM
I'm going to toot my horn just a little bit. It's not much and I don't get paid anything, but I did it a small article published on the net.  ;D

http://www.heroicstories.com/
HeroicStories #731: A Dollar Short

...russ


Good one, Russ.  I saw it on 'Heroic' but didn't make the connection.  A tidy little item.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: rewh2oman on November 30, 2007, 08:04:09 AM
Hi Gyppo

Thanks for the PM note and thanks for leading me to the heroicstories website.   :D
I'll take anything, however small.

...russ
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on December 01, 2007, 02:15:53 AM
Gee Russ, congratulations. Nothing like the first one. I knew it was only a matter of time. When you're famous, I'll smile and say, "I knew him when..."

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on December 04, 2007, 12:44:03 PM
My 8 year old son has had his first taste of publication, we co-wrote an A-Z of Christmas for a teaching magazine.  He came up with lots of the key words whilst I did the research and writing, but he's trying to negotiate 90% of the payment (yeah, that's going to happen!)

We're all published writers in our house now, so we're going out for a "Works Christmas Party" on Friday!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bravestone on December 06, 2007, 03:02:20 AM
Hey everyone.  I am the new guy, so forgive my boldness.  I am used to forums- so I am just jumping right in!

This has been a fun year for me.  I was encouraged to write a short romantic novel- in poetic form.  So, I started that project- but decided that a basic book of poetry would be best for my first publication.  I took the easy way out too, and POD published through LULU.com (Way over priced!)

But, I am very proud of the book for several reasons.  The Poet House in NY, accepted it as a showcase book for the end of last season, and all of next season.  This is wonderful for me, because they don't usually accept self published work. And, my buyers are usually colleges and universities.  One graduate school is going to use it as a supplement to their human sexuality course.

Honestly- I am surprised by the popularity, because it doesn't follow academia's rules on modifiers.  I use them as freely as I want- more so during my first writings, than now, but still - I use them without apology.

I also published a calendar as a marketing tool to go along with the book.  The calendar includes original poetry and fine art photography.

Both projects were a blast.  And now, I am finishing the paperback version of the book and have started another.  I may seek another publisher for the second book.

The first book is , Taste the Textures: A Male Perspective of Romance and Sensuality, and the calendar is called, Taste the Textures: Nudes Behind Glass. 

The next book's title is, Swallow the Sunset.

Taste the Textures can be reviewed (for free!) at this link for a short period.  Feel free to read it if you want.  Make sure you read the intro!

http://www.lulu.com/content/717175





Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on December 07, 2007, 12:45:06 PM
Sounds interesting and I will have a look when I have a little time to spare.

For my part, I have reached a milestone today in acheiving orders for 400 books! Following the announcement in August that Gardners, the largest wholesaler in the UK had taken my book on as a stocked title, I have been ringing book stores up and down the country at the rate of around 10 - 12 a day. It is now then I am proud to say stocked in 122 out of the 296 Waterstones stores (40 percent) in the UK (not including those in Ireland or university shops).

The last month has been absolutely manic - with the number of stockists doubling in the run up to Christmas. Gardners have I just heard, placed their 3rd order for another 50 copies in the space of a month, and the back orders are piling up, as they no doubt are for other books as well. As Christmas though began to approach I set myself a target to achieve orders for 400 books by Christmas and today I have exceeded it - thanks to Norwich Castle Street who have just agreed to order 2 copies.

The figure is probably in actual fact higher than 400 copies (the order from Norwich actually brought the total to 401) since this does not take into account repeat orders or orders from branches I have not been able to get through to on the phone (I emailed them all as well). I suspect the fact that Gardners have ordered another 50 copies means that there have been a fair number of repeat orders (plus hopefully one from Foyles) so the total may be 430 or even higher than that. Whatever it is though I am delighted and looking forward to a big fat royalty cheque in 4 months time

Those publishers/agents who turned my work down will all be eating their words. I wouldn't mind betting that by the end of April the book is rolled out on a national basis to all Waterstones stores direct through their Head Office. Publishers/agents - what do they know ! No market for POD - there is if you work hard enough !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on December 10, 2007, 04:23:05 AM
Well done June, you deserve all the success, don't forget to make time to have a break though!

Had 4 more articles commissioned myself and am waiting to hear about another couple too.  Did have a piece rejected last week as well, but I'll just rework it a bit and send it somewhere else!

Having 2 more days off with my OH before another burst of work up to the Christmas hols.
Title: Second novel sold!
Post by: Jena Grace on December 16, 2007, 11:30:54 AM
I'm happy to announce that my YA novel, SAY THE WORD, will be published in winter 2009 by Bloomsbury. This is my "miracle book"--my NaNo project for 2006 and, well, I guess I got carried away.  :)

PM announcement: http://onegrapeshy.livejournal.com/145024.html

PS Nadine made me do this!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on December 16, 2007, 11:47:56 AM
Geeze Jen,

I'm halfway across the country, how could I "make" you do anything? (I was going to wait one more day, then post the link! ha!)

I have to say I'm not surprised they bought this book. They'd be fools to let anyone else have it. Thanks for letting me read your ms. I loved-loved it, chica!

Congrats to you and everyone else I've missed since I was here last.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jena Grace on December 16, 2007, 12:19:00 PM
Halfway? Girl, you are ALL the way across the country. You must have amazing powers. :)

If you ever want to want become my publicity manager, lol...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on December 16, 2007, 01:38:59 PM
That's brilliant news Jena, that Nadine knows what she is talking about - I have followed a few of her hunches myself, all of which have paid off. I am having a break from the book promoitonal routine for the moment, due to the fact that book sellers do not appreciate being called at this time of the year, so am using the time to do other things like spruce up my website. A new article entitled 'how to get your book into book stores' will be going up soon.

I am also working hard at my new job - working for an electrical retailer (Curry's for those of you in the UK). It is hard work and tiring, but good fun as my colleagues have a wicked sense of humour (they have to with me around).

The postman though brought me a surprise Christmas present yesterday - a royalty cheque for £210 which covers the period of June to September. That was very nice and I am looking forward to an even bigger and fatter one in another three months time all being well.

June   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on December 17, 2007, 12:08:32 AM
Thanks June. Really, I don't get the credit. Jen did this book thing herself. As for you, you have the instinct. I just told you what you already knew. Nice royalty check too!

Jen, I figured there were states east of you and one west of me (on the continent), that sorta makes it half way. Still, whatever the geography, I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I really love it and want to read it again. Be sure to let us know about your book launch party.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jena Grace on December 18, 2007, 12:33:14 PM
Congrats on the royalty check, June. What a great early Christmas gift!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on December 18, 2007, 02:26:35 PM
I might get another one as well, since the store that I work is currently the best performing for the week in the area - if it stays that way (and the signs are good) then I get an extra £100 !  :D 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on December 18, 2007, 02:31:33 PM
Fantastic.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dwriter on December 18, 2007, 06:36:24 PM
I'm in the midst of intense rehearsals for a semi-professional production of Nunsense II-The Second Coming.  Mother Superior here.   ::)  Performances are mid-January, so with the holidays almost upon us, I'm feeling the stress of age *sigh* as I struggle to memorize lines, although in the past it wasn't an issue.  Now learning the music -- that's easy.  I absorb it through my pores.  I remember when I memorized everyone's lines in my first show in 1964.  Whoa, that dates me, doesn't it?  I re-post after we close, but our director is tremendously pleased.  He should be.  The entire cast are all music majors.  Duh!  I'll keep you all posted.

Deb
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on December 20, 2007, 11:02:22 PM
OMGosh! I love Nunsense (any version)! Wow! Break a leg!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dwriter on December 20, 2007, 11:07:40 PM
Thanks, Nadine!  We have to be "off book" after Sunday, and I'm really sweating learning my lines.  I used to be the instant learner.  Not anymore...  Also, I'm not a dancer, but we're moving around and "dancing" quite a bit in this.  Oh, for the "old" days when the actors acted, the singers sang and the dancers danced.  Well, I guess I like to WATCH everyone doing everything, but as a performer, it's getting more and more difficult.

I'm hoping to find a theatre around here who's doing "Arsenic and Old Lace" sometime in the next couple of years.  A friend and I want to play the two sisters.  I hadn't seen the stage version, which is a bit different than the movie.  What a hoot!

Oops, hot flash time.  Gotta put my head in front of a fan quickly.  More another day.

Deb
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on December 22, 2007, 05:28:09 PM
there's a great buzz on here - a good feeling.

Let's hope 2008 sees even more of our members celebrating their successes.

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on December 23, 2007, 04:21:30 AM
It is not a writing success but guess I can mention this here - I have only been in my new job for just over a month but was top salesperson for the week and yesterday managed to take over £4000 - that's more than 40 percent of the entire days takings ! We also got our £100 bonus as top store for the area - have earned around £350 this week then -  ;D would have to sell 250 books to equal that !  ::)

Oh well, back to the hamster wheel ....
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dwriter on December 23, 2007, 07:50:58 AM
Just because we're writers doesn't mean those are the only kind of successes we should celebrate.  Kudos, Talisman!  You had successes worthy of celebration!  Brava!

Deb
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: DwWin on December 24, 2007, 06:42:56 AM
Taking the Open University course on fiction writing and have received my first Tutor marked assignment back (you have to complete two to attain your final grade) and made the 70% mark. 8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: AJ Barnett on December 25, 2007, 07:15:57 AM
Gyppo suggested I post this here as well. My novel, WITHOUT REPROACH has finally been published. It's now available through Amazon and WHSmith online. Just a couple of days before Christmas, so what a present!

Anthony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bagheera on December 25, 2007, 12:29:40 PM
 ;D Well done, that man!  ;D
<run> off to Amazon to read the 'blurb' .... <beer> <run>
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on December 28, 2007, 06:19:42 AM
Well, don't actually know if it's going to be a succes yet (but I sure hope so!)...

I published my first work on Lulu.  :)
It's not a book... it's a calendar:

The SimTales Sexy Guys Calendar 2008

And it features some of the hottest guys from my stories, in naughty poses  ;D

http://www.lulu.com/content/1746809

A preview of all pictures is available on my Writer's Blog:
http://leahswritersblog.blogspot.com/2007/12/simtales-sexy-guys-calendar-2008.html

And no, I won't be earning any money from it - I decided to sell at cost price to make the calendar affordable to Bad Girls with small purses too.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on December 30, 2007, 10:16:32 AM
Well done Nelodra - looks amazing! 

My own small claim to success at last - my audio book has been published.  I got 30 copies delivered just before Xmas.  A very small independent publisher helped me record and produce, now all I have to do is market the thing.  I'll get round to it... I will I will....

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dwriter on December 30, 2007, 10:44:16 AM
Congratulations, Carrie, on your audio book!  Kudos! 

And a trip to Arizona, too.  Woowhoo!  You're on a roll, girl. 

Hope the weather treats you well, and I hope that you get to see all that you're looking forward to seeing.

Deb
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on December 30, 2007, 10:58:16 AM
Congrats, Carrie!
What kind of audio book is it? What genre?
And how can I get a copy of it?

And thanks for having a look at my calendar and leaving such a nice comment.
It wasn't really such an awful lot of work - not compared to the other things I do, like writing my stories, taking all the pictures and producing the videos to go with them. That usually takes me about a month for each chapter!  :o
The pictures for the calendar took me just one night, and you won't believe how much fun I had taking them.
On second thought - you probably would believe how much fun I had.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on December 30, 2007, 11:22:24 AM
It's an hour of short ghost stories - all written and spoken by yours truly.

I do have a marketing plan in mind, but I need expert help (my mate <a href="http://www.shanieliraz.net">Shani </a>is on call, thank goodness).

If you want a copy, for the awful price of £10, just email me and let me know.

 ;D

Carrie

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on December 30, 2007, 12:33:11 PM
Ghost stories?  :o
Written and spoken by YOU? Now that must be really scary!  :o
And £10 is just way too much  ;)
... expect my email soon.  ;D

It's an hour of short ghost stories - all written and spoken by yours truly.

I do have a marketing plan in mind, but I need expert help (my mate <a href="http://www.shanieliraz.net">Shani </a>is on call, thank goodness).

If you want a copy, for the awful price of £10, just email me and let me know.

 ;D

Carrie


Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on December 31, 2007, 04:29:40 PM
Yup, congratulations, Carrie - the audio book looks fab. I say LOOKS because my mum spotted it the day it arrived and the sly thing has stolen it. >:(

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on January 01, 2008, 12:09:42 AM
Just catching up...feels so good. Years from now we can all say, we knew each other through the thick and the thin of this business.

Michelle, congrats on the edit sheets...makes it easier to have then rather than to wait for them, eh? Finished with them yet?

Bravestone, congrats on the book. I've bought books from Lulu. It's cool. POD is not the easy way out. It is an alternative way. I know some well known UK and US authors who use Lulu and iUniverse.

June, as always, congratulations. I'm proud to know you.

Jen, I'm totally not surprised they bought that ms. If I had any money and was a publisher, I'd buy it!

DWin, Hey cool. Good luck with the rest of the classes.

Anthony, yes, you should listen to Gyppo, except when you shouldn't. Congrats on the book!

Leah, you're awesome. Great idea to do a calendar. I've bought Lulu calendars before. Good quality stuff.

Carrie, I love hearing you read your short stories. This is fantastic news. Bring some with you, if you take USD. Heh heh, you know I'm a fan, darlin'. (Use an American accent when you read that!)

Cathy, best not let your mum know about your ms or she'll swipe your laptop to read your story.

If I've missed anyone, congrats to you too! Keep at it!

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 01, 2008, 02:13:28 AM
I'm counting this as a success because it's been bugging me. I've finally figured out what I'm going to say when people ask me what genre my next book is.
Regrettably I still don't know what the last one was.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on January 01, 2008, 04:49:44 AM
Ha, I still struggle with that one too Ollie ! It depends actually on who though I am talking to - if if's someone I know well I tell them the truth, if it's a book shop I tell them a load of waffle !

June 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 01, 2008, 04:53:57 AM
More waffley than Young Adult Chick Lit Dystopia Satirical Thriller?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on January 01, 2008, 04:55:55 AM
I don't think even I could top that one !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 01, 2008, 04:58:15 AM
You don't think you can top that, I don't think I can pull it off.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on January 01, 2008, 05:00:43 AM
Of course you can, I said that when I started writing my book and look where I am now - if I can do it then so can anyone ! The real work comes afterwards anyway, once it is published - writing it is the easy bit !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 01, 2008, 05:02:29 AM
It's more about making such an unusual driving theme salable.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 01, 2008, 07:55:50 AM
Thanks Nadine!
The idea to make a calendar really started as a joke between my best friend and me...
Good to know it's good quality stuff - I haven't recieved mine yet, but I can't wait.

Leah, you're awesome. Great idea to do a calendar. I've bought Lulu calendars before. Good quality stuff.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on January 01, 2008, 08:37:49 AM
heh, heh...Leah, wait until you see how they pack it. There is no way it could arrive crumpled.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 03, 2008, 02:50:37 AM
To everyone who's posted a success, congratulations and I hope you have more to come.
And to those who haven't, I'm sure yours is just around the corner.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 03, 2008, 04:03:41 PM
It should arrive soon now.
I received and email this morning that they've dispatched my order...

heh, heh...Leah, wait until you see how they pack it. There is no way it could arrive crumpled.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 03, 2008, 04:08:50 PM
How's this for a success: A review on Nick's Writing Blog!

http://www.mywritingblog.com/writer/2008/01/blogging-for-storytellers.html

No, not a review of my Calendar (I don't think he's interested in that, anyway ;) ), but a review of my E-book: "Blogging for Storytellers."

http://www.lulu.com/content/1765905

(Which is a Free Download, BTW, and may be shared under the Creative Commons License.)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 03, 2008, 07:26:35 PM
A month or so ago I told myself to stop looking at Lulu every night (people were beginning to talk about me being a Peeping Tom) because seeing 'no sales' day after day was depressing.  But I was there today, posting my review of Leah's E book (mentioned above) so I took a look.

Twenty sales of my 'download only' e-book British Bike Bodgers Booklet.   Not a bestseller yet, but very gratifying nonetheless.

Gyppo - Sat here grinning like a monkey and cracking open a bottle of Ginger Beer to celebrate.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 04, 2008, 02:19:09 AM
Now I must confess to not being one of those twenty, although I asked Santa for a hamper of havoc and didn't get one.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on January 04, 2008, 04:30:32 AM
Wow, lots of successes going on!

I checked today, and noticed my book was on sale at Amazon UK, a Netherlands on-line bookstore, and Barnes and Noble. Which is cool!

I've sold several myself, gone through a box of 50 and working on a second box. Have a book signing Jan 19th at a local bookstore, had a book signing at my church and sold 9 copies there, etc.

I've had some good comments from those who have read it too. The name, for those who want to know, is "Infinite Realities." Just Google it and see all the stuff that comes up!

Also, I've just finished my first edits on my 2006 NaNo novel (yeah, finally!) and am ready to update it according to a critique group's comments, and am currently sending it through a second critique group. And now I have another NaNo novel to edit from this past Nov.!

But its so much fun!

I should have also a flash fiction coming out in Everday Fiction today, (http://www.everydayfictions.com) which is from that same world called "The Wheel of Curses."

2007 has been a good year for me publishing wise. I've seen several short stories, poem, and one novella published. You can see a complete list at my author web site (http://www.rlcopple.com) by clicking on the "Published Works" link.

Congratulates, everyone!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on January 04, 2008, 11:20:00 AM
Hi all,

My resolution this year was to break into article writing. I have just secured a two-article deal with a regional recruitment B2B magazine!

Not much, but it's a start to my portfolio as up til now I have been writing mainly non-fiction books.

Suzie x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Ken100 on January 04, 2008, 03:07:06 PM
Hi all!

Just thought I would drop by and tell you about my small success story last year.

In August I self published my novel 'Caxton Tempest at the End of the World'

In November I held my first book signing, and sold 28 copies, and (most importantly) I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

The most personally gratifying part of the whole process (so far) came on the Saturday before Christmas Eve, as I did the Christmas food shop in Sainsbury's.
A man and his wife stopped me and said, "Excuse me, but you're the man who wrote that book, aren't you?"
I replied that I was, and he went on to tell me that his wife had bought it for him, he had read it, and thought it was very good and really enjoyed it!

I did the rest of my shopping with a big, stupid grin on my face.

I have had lots of positive feedback about my novel, but to have a stranger stop me and say nice things is just fantastic. I'm still a long way from making a profit, but moments like that make it more than worthwhile.

Well, thanks for reading this.

Cheers,
Ken
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: AJ Barnett on January 05, 2008, 01:51:39 AM
Ken, that's fantastic. Good luck with your book. Tell me when you find how to boost your sales. Where do you live, by the way?

Anthony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandra on January 05, 2008, 03:02:21 AM
Hello everyone. I've been catching up on your success stories and goals. Congratulations! :)

I pray that you all accomplish more than you anticipate on this year, and I'll be looking for those success stories as well!

One of my goals this year is to finish, and publish my first nonfiction book. (I had this same goal last year, but fell short due to life circumstances and procrastination) Writing articles have always been my niche, so taking on this book has been a big deal for me. (I am really enjoying this.) My book is developing nicely.  I only have 5 chapters left, and I look forward to sharing my success story with you soon!   

Much Love and God bless!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Ken100 on January 05, 2008, 11:32:14 AM
Hi Anthony,

Thanks.
I live in the West Midlands, in the UK.
Selling your book I have found to be the most difficult thing of all. Publicity is the key, I think. I've been in the local paper twice now, and seen sales jump slightly both times. Also I work in a large hospital, and I've been networking like mad and achieved some sales like that.
Hope that's helpful.
You got any hints?

Cheers,
Ken
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: AJ Barnett on January 05, 2008, 11:58:39 AM
Hi Ken,
I used to live in a village on the outskirts of Stoke on Trent - so not far from you.

I'm just in the process of sending press releases to several newspapers, some of whom have said they're going to run with the story. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed. My ex-works ran an article on me in their December issue in-house mag and that might generate some interest - who knows. A radio station over here is going to do an interview with me, but I'm a bit shy, so I'm not looking forward to that.

Good luck with yours

Anthony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 05, 2008, 12:18:21 PM

A radio station over here is going to do an interview with me, but I'm a bit shy, so I'm not looking forward to that.

Anthony

Anthony,

It may be easier said than done, but remember that as far as you're concerned you're just talking to one - maybe two - people in the studio.  If people 'call in' to talk to you you're are still only talking to that one person at a time.  Just because the conversation is being shared wih many others doesn't mean you have to treat that one person any differently than if you were just sat in your own living room, or having a chat in a pub with a convivial stranger.

Work out a few stock replies to the obvious questions and practice them at home.  They are bound to ask how long you've been writing, why you became interested, and stuff like that.  You could type up an answer at home and learn it almost by heart.  Some of your potential answers will come straight from your press releases, so a lot of the 'work' has already been done.

A good interviewer will take time to put you at your ease first and you'll know what sort of questions you're likely to be facing.  If they just plunge in anyway, then plunge with them ;-)

Finally...  Look on it as research.  It's a learning experience.  I've been on both TV and radio in my time and it's fascinating to see how the professionals do their job.  If 10% or so of your mind is occupied with taking mental notes for future reference you'll have less time to feel worried ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: AJ Barnett on January 06, 2008, 02:30:22 AM
Thanks Gyppo. You come up trumps every time, you're a gem. I'll try to put it all into practice.

Anthony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 06, 2008, 02:40:25 AM
If Gyppo allows it, which he probably will being a top bloke, is put a word for you in his newsletter. And you can repay the favour [read as "show off your skills"] by doing that fortnight's guest spot.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Ken100 on January 06, 2008, 06:00:18 AM
I used to live in a village on the outskirts of Stoke on Trent - so not far from you.

Hi Anthony,

I know, I checked out your website. You used to live in Leek, right? I've got some friends who live there, known them about 7 years now. It's a nice part of the world round there, some lovely countryside.

A radio station over here is going to do an interview with me, but I'm a bit shy, so I'm not looking forward to that.

Like Gyppo says, I wouldn't worry about it, treat it as a learning experience. I'm going to ask my hospital radio station for an interview soon, and then work my way up to the local Stourbridge station. You've got to treat all these things as learning experiences, and then when Radio 4 ring you up asking for an interview you'll be ready!

Cheers,
Ken
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: AJ Barnett on January 06, 2008, 08:14:12 AM
Hi Ken,
I lived in a village called Cheddleton, close to Leek. Very few people know where I'm talking about when I mention it, so I talk in generalities. I don't suppose you'd like to mention your friends' names, there's always a possiblity I've heard of them.
One of the newspapers who're doing an article on me, is The Leek Post & Times, another is The Staffordshire Evening Sentinel. Maybe you've seen them whilst you were visiting?

Anthony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: snowsam on January 09, 2008, 05:47:11 AM
Hi,

I have a short story in the new Edit Red anthology, Late Night River Lights. I'm really proud to have one of my stories included in this book and it looks like a great collection of writing.

You can take a look at www.editred.com

thanks!



www.myspace.com/sampriestley
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sara on January 09, 2008, 09:41:50 AM
hello everyone,
My first article is now officially in print in the Army Families Journal. You can look at it online

http://www.army.mod.uk/aff/familiesmagazine/aff_new/inside_afj/index.htm

If you click on the picture of the woman in the red coat and scarf it will bring up the magazine. My article is on page 20.
I am so pleased I feel so excited ;D I am resiting the temptation to frame it and put it on my wall lol. :D
Its only a little one just simple but ok for a first go.
thanks for looking
sara ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: rewh2oman on January 09, 2008, 10:44:44 AM
I am resiting the temptation to frame it and put it on my wall lol. :D

That's great Sara! I'd frame and put it on my wall if I were you. If only for a short time. You deserve it!  :D

...russ
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 09, 2008, 02:55:17 PM
Well, it arrived in themail today, and you were right!
I've never seen anything packed so neatly. And the calendar itself was much better than I dared hope it would be.  :)

heh, heh...Leah, wait until you see how they pack it. There is no way it could arrive crumpled.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 09, 2008, 03:50:16 PM

I am so pleased I feel so excited ;D I am resiting the temptation to frame it and put it on my wall lol. :D
Its only a little one just simple but ok for a first go.
thanks for looking
sara ;D

Even if you don't frame it, keep it somewhere safe.  Ideally get a spare copy and tuck it away somewhere safe.  The other one is going to get dog-eared as hell from looking at.  Ypou'll be reading it yourself at least a dozen times to convince yourself it's real ;-)

We who have 'been there' know how special that first publication is and will probably be smiling on your behalf.  Those who are still 'writers in waiting' can have no idea how good it feels ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Ken100 on January 10, 2008, 03:02:56 PM
I lived in a village called Cheddleton, close to Leek. Very few people know where I'm talking about when I mention it, so I talk in generalities. I don't suppose you'd like to mention your friends' names, there's always a possiblity I've heard of them.

Hi Anthony,
No, I'm afraid I haven't heard of Cheddleton either!
My friends are called Jes and Cath, and they have a dog called Coco.
Hope the articles in the newspapers go well. Where do you live now?

Cheers,
Ken
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 10, 2008, 04:35:19 PM
hello everyone,
My first article is now officially in print in the Army Families Journal. You can look at it online

http://www.army.mod.uk/aff/familiesmagazine/aff_new/inside_afj/index.htm

If you click on the picture of the woman in the red coat and scarf it will bring up the magazine. My article is on page 20.


I've just been checking it out.  That's a good businesslike article which knows what it wants to say, gets on and says it, and then shuts up.  What more can one ask from a factual article?  Did you provide the info in the boxes/sidebars as well.  If so, double kudos for a job well done.

(An interesting magazine; the nearby article on the Army 'House-husband was both funny and eye-opening.)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sara on January 11, 2008, 03:51:14 AM
thank you Gyppo for taking the time to read it. I am so pleased with how it turned out. The magazine is usually very interesting and often has lots of humorous articles in. I have to say its one of the few magazines that I actually enjoy reading because it doesn't contain loads of trash about what celebrity showed their knickers this week lol and of course the information is useful to me as an 'army wife' lol.
thanks again for reading
i am also taking note of your advice on it getting dog eared. I may frame it after all.
sara
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kasha on January 13, 2008, 05:52:10 AM
A little bit of New Year success. I've had a flash published in the January edition of Pen Pricks
http://www.grimgraffiti.com/pen_pricks_microfiction.html (http://www.grimgraffiti.com/pen_pricks_microfiction.html)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on January 14, 2008, 07:04:13 AM
Following some horrible news from Gardners over the weekend (they are sending back 120 copies that they over ordered - see http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=12181.msg132878#msg132878), I have back on the book promotion saddle over the weekend.

I was planning to start rigning again this week anyway, but this has brought it much more to the fore, as an exercise in damage control. I was hoping that I may be able to limit the amount that they sent back, but it seems that despite some more orders, they are still hell bent on sending back the 120 planned. The good news though is that they will not charge me for shipping !

On Saturday then I received orders from Waterstones in York, Worcester Shambles and Worthing and this morning I have got Tunbridge Wells, Warrington and Weston super Mare, as well as Borders in Wimbledon and Same Day Books, Worthing (the manager there is a real sweetie pie).

I have some letters to go and post now anyway, and also some books to sent out to the buyer at Mysteries in London and the Self Publishing Awards competion sponsored by the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust - will make some more calls later on anyway - wish me luck.

After the books arrive back, which will I expect be later this week, I will have to start ringing some independents and make them an offer they can't refuse - hopefully !

June
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: AJ Barnett on January 14, 2008, 07:29:12 AM
June, I wish you all the luck in the world. It really was a nasty thing to happen. Let's hope you can drag something good from it, you deserve it.

All the best, and may 2008 solve everything for you.

Anthony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on January 14, 2008, 10:57:41 AM
WELL DONE SARA!!!!  Frame it, send a copy to all your friends and keep a copy for your cuttings file!!!

June that just sucks!  Well done for keeping a positive frame of mind though and trying to turn it to your advantage.

My news...6 more articles commissioned today and I've sent off my book proposal to a publisher!!!  Got work booked in until August now, how cool is that!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on January 14, 2008, 12:15:55 PM
Have been busy this afternoon then working out the cost of shipping and I have been pleasantly surprised at the relatively low cost. I measured the box that arrived with my last consignment ordered for my own use and weighed it with 5 books inside. Based on the assumption then that Gardners will order in consignments of 20 or 30 books (and I can fit 30 books at a squeeze into one of these boxes) it will cost me around £11.45 to send them back (the cost is the same as long as the box size remains the same). That works out at 57p per book for a consignment of 20 and 38 pence per book for 30. This will then almost triple my profits from the £1.39 I usually earn when sold through Gardners to £3.96 and £4.15 respectively.

They have actually then done me a favour so I have been working as hard as possible this afternoon to make sure that they go out of stock quickly, as the sooner this happens the sooner I can start to earn more money! In addition to the orders I got this morning, I have then this afternoon got four more orders from both Waterstones branches in Stafford, as well as Solihull and the Ashley centre in Epsom. This is a former Ottakars. The High Street branch (which has always been Waterstones) has been stocking my book since it was first published in the summer of 2006 but has only sold 2 as the original edition had a crap cover with less pages. Because they were firm sale and the 2 stores now share a Manager, he has been reluctant to order for the 2nd branch. He is on holiday this week though, so I seized the moment and spoke to the Assistant Manager instead, who knows nothing of this, and she has ordered some copies !

I am beginning to enjoy this then, playing the system to my advantage and almost laughing at it all. I almost wish they were sending more back now !
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Post by: AJ Barnett on January 15, 2008, 02:52:20 AM
Sounds brill, June. I really wish you luck. BTW are you on Amazon - if so what's the title of your book?

Anthony
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Post by: Talisman on January 15, 2008, 03:17:23 AM
Might have to revisit those sums unfortunately, as I remembered when I first signed with Richard I read that I could buy my own books for print cost plus 25 percent. I thought that the 25 percent referred to print cost, but later found out that it refers to cover price. I might then have to add another £1.09 to the figures I worked out yesterday then. Will know more when Richard sends me his invoice. I will still though hopefully be better off - just not as much as I hoped. 

The title of my book Anthony is Genesis of Man and it is indeed on amazon (US and UK). If you go to my website and click on the image on the right, all the links are displayed.


   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 21, 2008, 12:11:38 PM
I have just equaled my personal best for a day of writing [3800] with plenty of time to go.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on January 21, 2008, 01:25:12 PM
I am wondering what is going on with Gardners and whether my hard work last weekend has won me a reprieve, since there is no more word on when the books are being sent back. I have managed to ring a few more stores since that fateful weekend, but not that many, but the number in stock keeps going down anyway. It currently stands at 130 from 159 10 days ago. My amazon rankinghas stayed the same, so I can only conclude that these must be repeat orders for stores that have sold out and need more stock. 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on January 24, 2008, 04:16:51 AM
Got a cheque for an article that has been printed (yum munny beans!)

Made up for the rather curt rejection I got from a website (knickers to them then really!)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sara on February 05, 2008, 05:26:11 AM
well done Sarah! that is really cool to have work until the summer. Keep up the good work
sara
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on February 06, 2008, 02:33:22 AM
Thanks Sara

OH and I got the cheque for the first of the series of articles we're writing together and we've done the 2nd (let's just say we're working together better than we thought!!)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Symphony on February 06, 2008, 02:47:27 AM
Brilliant! That must be so motivating - great to hear!

Symphony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on February 07, 2008, 08:13:27 AM
Got a short article in the next issue of The New Writer. V. exciting as this is a new market for me.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on February 08, 2008, 10:14:28 AM
Congrats to all!

My mystery/suspense/romance novel Lady Gabriella will be out In March of this year. Published by Blu Pheir Publishing. I am excited as the release date is nearing. Will be nervous about my first book signing though.

I have been working on my second novel: Twin Medallions. This one will be mixed genre, suspense/mystery/romance/time travel/horror, since these are some of the genres that I love.

You can check it out at www.bluphier.com
Or, my websites www.mysteryromantics.com
www.myspace/storycreater.com
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: HT_Llewellyn on February 17, 2008, 02:03:37 AM
I just finished writing the final bit of Gazebo earlier! This is huge for me, because I've never finished anything halfway decent before, and it's taken me almost an entire year.

Now I get to edit it. But I wanted to mention that I finally got it done. :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on February 17, 2008, 08:00:54 AM
Congratulations HT ;-)  Finishing is always a significant milestone beause now you know that you can do it.  It's not just theory anymore, you know you can run the distance.  So although you've got editing and selling still ahead of you, take a short while to bask in the warm glow of satisfaction ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on February 17, 2008, 01:53:52 PM
Pleased to see that my book seems to be gaining some momentum at last - having spent the last week away from home, I was pleased to see that it has sold 5 more copies in my absence without me doing a thing ! Does this count as success ?
Title: Re: Sticky: Our Successes
Post by: Mark H on February 18, 2008, 03:54:39 AM
The Station Shorts Anthology is now available ...

http://books.lulu.com/content/1710161

All profits go to Amnesty International. Please help us promote this book. Things you can do:

Buy it  ;D
Rate it on lulu
Write a lulu review
Mention it on you blog/site
Link to it from your blog/site
Tell your friends

Thanks

Citabria

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: HT_Llewellyn on February 18, 2008, 07:44:51 PM
Awesome, Citabria. :D

Congratulations HT ;-)  Finishing is always a significant milestone beause now you know that you can do it.  It's not just theory anymore, you know you can run the distance.  So although you've got editing and selling still ahead of you, take a short while to bask in the warm glow of satisfaction ;-)

Gyppo

Thanks. :3 I feel slightly at a loss as to what to do, now that I've got it done, but I'm starting to switch gears to get into editing, so I should be working again soon. XDD

Pleased to see that my book seems to be gaining some momentum at last - having spent the last week away from home, I was pleased to see that it has sold 5 more copies in my absence without me doing a thing ! Does this count as success ?

Yes, I think it does. :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Manni12003 on February 20, 2008, 09:23:01 PM
Hey gang, new to MWC, have only critiqued one piece so far...but wanted to let you all know that I JUST checked my email and I found an agent!!!!!!!!

We haven't gone over all the details, but she says that she's is very interested in my novel (I sent the manuscript per her request a little over a week ago) and that her company would love to represent me!  I immediately got excited but then remembered reading the literary agent comments on here and got concerned! 

We have already discussed fees (none until my book is sold and then only 10%), but I was wondering if anyone on here has heard of the company.....The New York Literary Agency?

Thoughts?

Manni
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jojohnson on February 21, 2008, 06:40:36 AM
As some of you know already, I have just been commissioned to write my first book. It's a non-fiction title, but a good start. Yippee!
Am definately celebrating this weekend!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SteveJ on February 21, 2008, 07:39:47 AM
Well done, Manni & Jo - lovely news :) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on February 21, 2008, 08:31:23 AM
Manni,

I am so sorry to be the one to break this news to you, but the New York Literary Agency is a scam. Look on the P&E website. They have listed this agency as: strongly not recommended. Also a Top Twenty Worst according to Writers Beware. This is P&E's website www.anotherealm.com/prededitor/pubagent.htm
With so many scam agencies out there, you have to be very careful in choosing an agent.

If you'll look at my website, www.freewebs.com/romanceauthor click on list of literary agents, you'll find some information on some good sites to look at in your search for an agent. They sites worked for me, that's why I've listed them on my website. Good luck.

Donnette Smith
Author of Lady Gabriella
www.mysteryromantics.com
www.freewebs.com/romanceauthor
www.myspace.com/storycreater
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: John Yamrus on February 21, 2008, 08:40:08 AM
In response to a request i got this morning i'm posting this notice that my newest book of poems, SHOOT THE MOON, (as well as many of my others) is available on amazon.com.  feel free to order up thousands of copies and leave them scattered in bus station crappers all around the country!
i'm also copying here an article that Todd Moore recently published on my poetry.  it's called: HOW TO SURVIVE THE COMING NIGHT: THE POETRY OF JOHN YAMRUS.  it's kinda/sorta a review of my new book, but it's also a bit of an overview of my poetry in general over the years. 
take care...
john

HOW TO SURVIVE THE COMING NIGHT: THE POETRY OF JOHN YAMRUS

by
TODD MOORE

The kind of poetry John Yamrus writes is what most people would tell each other over drinks at three o’clock in the morning if they were conscious enough or literate enough to talk like that.  This is not a poetry of metaphor and simile.  This is not a poetry of  rich literary allusion.  Or, lets put it this way, this is a poetry of bare bones literary allusion, the stuff needed to get you through the day or night.  Heroes like Steinbeck and Bukowski and though I don’t recall a mention of Gerald Locklin, I think Locklin must mean a lot to John Yamrus.  The one thing Yamrus’ poetry is definitely not is academic.  This is not MFA/writing school poetry.  Instead, it’s the stuff that’s ground out of the blood and the bone of everyday existence.

Though the spirit of Charles Bukowski inhabits these poems, John Yamrus’ poetry has a voice and style that is entirely his own.  It struggles with Bukowski.  It struggles to define itself in the very real light of the myth of Charles Bukowski.  But it wins the right to exist because it acknowledges a debt to the man, a large debt owed by a whole generation of poets.

For as long as I can remember I have been reading poems by John Yamrus.  Back in the typewriter font and mimeograph day I used to see Yamrus’ poetry all over the map.  And, i was never disappointed.  And, still am not.  What Yamrus learned early and well is how to write a poem that needs to end somewhere and sometime soon.  He never over writes, he never under writes.  He has always known just where the poem comes to a dead stop, like the end of a breath or a head on collision.  Isaac Babel once said that a sentence should end with a period that is more like a black wound in the heart.  This is what Yamrus has learned.

Bukowski’s property

this poem
isn’t mine these
thoughts aren’t
mine these
sentences aren’t
mine these
cadences
aren’t
mine these
lines aren’t
mine.

nothing
i do
or think
or write
is mine.
it’s all filtered down
through you
Mr. Bukowski…
and i wish
you’d
come here
and
take it back.

from One Step At A Time, p. 71.

While there are several poems in both collections which mention old Hank, “Bukowski’s property” works for me as a kind of key to what Yamrus is doing, at least in these two books.  Most obviously, Yamrus admits in this poem that Bukowski has been a major influence on him.  Essentially, what he says is that Bukowski has made such an important impact on poetry that he basically owns the language and that Yamrus, in this poem and very likely in most of his work, is pretty much borrowing Bukowski’s language just to write the poetry that Yamrus is driven to write.  He is doing what so many contemporary poets neglect doing.  Yamrus is fessing up to the influence and fessing up big time.  In a sense, this is very much like stealing the language from the gods or at least one still very powerful god, even though he is dead.  Looked at this way, it is an act of bravery.

However, because “Bukowski’s property” is a key John Yamrus poem, lets take this analysis just a little further.  The lines in this poem are not the classic lines that you would find in a Charles Bukowski poem.  Most of the best of Bukowski’s work is usually more long lined, though later in life he did write some short liners.  Yamrus’ lines in this poem are never more than four words long.  Which means this isn’t typical Bukowski.  In fact, it comes closer to the kind of poem that Lyn Lifshin might write.  The lines are short and more often than not broken in places that you wouldn’t expect.  And, there is the kind of poem that I write.  The major difference is that I never use stationary titles.  My titles mostly leap into the poem and race down from there the way the rest of this poem scans down the page quickly and reads like a close to the bone conversation with a very severe poetic self.

One influence that John Yamrus has not mentioned is Gerald Locklin.  As I stated before, I have read through both books carefully and can’t find a mention of his name anywhere except in a blurb on the back cover of One Step At A Time.  The fact is, I find as much Gerald Locklin in these poems as I do Charles Bukowski.  Equal parts to be exact.  But, I do not mean these remarks as a diminishment of John Yamrus’ poetry.  In fact, what I am suggesting is that Yamrus, maybe from early on, had somehow found a way to synthesize the styles of Charles Bukowski and Gerald Locklin.  This is no mean feat when you stop to think about it.  Bukowski met life headon and with no reservations.  He was the rowdy, the tough guy, the down and outer slouched over a drink at a bar.  Locklin, on the other hand, continues to write a kind of dialed down poem, full of failed attempts and attempted failures, a man who loves jazz and books, a poet who prefers meditation to action, a poet who lives the nondramatic life and who writes from a stance of self effacement.

And, it is this mix of meeting life headon along with a certain amount of self effacement that you will find in “Bukowski’s property” and also in many of the poems in these two books.  What I am getting at here is that by synthesizing the styles of Charles Bukowski and Gerald Locklin, John Yamrus has somehow gone beyond both poets and has arrived at a voice and a style that is uniquely and ingeniously his.  The irony is that by writing this way John Yamrus has somehow gained title to “Bukowski’s property” and to something I would like to call the John Yamrus poem.  Not many contemporary poets can lay claim to that distinction.
   
.........

Todd Moore's work has appeared in over a thousand magazines and literary
journals.  His style has been called pared down and noir.  He's one of the
founders of Outlaw Poetry and his work is featured in THE OUTLAW BIBLE OF
AMERICAN POETRY.  His long poem DILLINGER has been critically hailed
as"hypnotic when read, cinematic in scope."  He has just finished a novel
called DREAMING OF BILLY THE KID and his new collection of poetry is
entitled LOVE & DEATH & TEETH IN THE BLOOD.


Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on February 21, 2008, 11:30:28 AM
I hope you achieve great success with your new book John.  :) and plenty of dosh in bank.
Great review as well.
Mairi
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Christopher Silva on February 21, 2008, 03:41:35 PM
John, nice review and I am optimistic about your book and its sales.

Chris
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Manni12003 on February 21, 2008, 08:40:19 PM
thanks for the heads up donnette...i did some checking today and found all the bad info on that agency.  I'm so glad i didn't invest any time or money with them...of course I feel like such a fool for getting so excited!
Manni
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on February 22, 2008, 07:29:46 AM
Manni,

There's no shame in getting excited.  Just a pity it was over a bunch of predators.  Wishing you better luck elsewhere, and at least your fingers didn't get too badly burned;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on February 22, 2008, 08:29:36 AM
Manni,

You're on the right track. Just keep at it. Us writers tend to get excited. Unfortunately, we also have to deal with alot of let-downs. It's all a part of trying to get published. Six years ago I was taken for a few hundred dollars. The agent who scamed me & thousands of others was actually arrested, brought to court & made to pay restitution to his victims. The second time around I was much more careful. I've learned the hard way it pays to research.

Just try to remember a few essential things: legit agencies do not place ads online or in the paper. Why would they? They have more manuscripts coming in than they have time to deal with. If you want to find out if an agency is a scam. Here's a little trick: google their name, and then type the word scam next to it, see what comes up.

Best of luck, Manni
I encourage you to keep searching.

Donnette Smith
Author of Lady Gabriella
www.mysteryromantics.com
www.freewebs.com/romanceauthor
www.myspace.com/storycreater 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SteveJ on March 06, 2008, 07:37:39 AM
Not really a 'success' as such, but I'll probably finally finish off the 3-chapter rewrite of 'Man of Sorrows' tonight, thank goodness! It's been a hell of a struggle, possibly because of a lack of experience & confidence, but it should be completed by midnight this evening.

Roll the credits (in alphabetical order):

A sincere 'Thank you!' to:

Annmarie
Dawn
Ken
Linda
Mairi
Maxine
Paul
Suzie


...and numerous other MWC members for their help & encouragement :)


Ps I probably won't be around the forum much today, because of the rewrite job.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on March 11, 2008, 01:11:38 PM
Congrats to everyone.

It is good advice to always research lit agents. There is Writers Beware and P&E for the American industry. ALWAYS check there as well and elsewhere on the web. If the agent has a list of authors or books on their website, research their market share (Amazon rank is one place to look.) Subscribe to industry news and watch who are the real players in your genre.

As far as what I've been doing, it is not much. Finally did a new book video and have it up on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwh8DIXKXv8

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bagheera on March 12, 2008, 04:51:55 PM
 ;D

Liverpool University have informed me that they want to take a short play I wrote ON TOUR around all the cities in Europe which have so far been Capital of Culture, as part of their efforts to promote Liverpool being chosen this year!!!!!!!

Cyber drinks all round .... as soon as Everton have finished THRASHING Fiorentino I'll post the script for WC members to read!!!!!!!!    ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bagheera on March 12, 2008, 05:38:39 PM
 ;D   sorry, folks ... no way am I missing on Extra Time ...... !!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: i8ur_pie on March 19, 2008, 11:21:22 AM
Haha, all of you have very big successes indeed, congrats.

My very very tiny success, my last writing project got an A+!!! wooo..... school days rock.

My success is very petty compared to all your big bangs, but hey, at least one person liked my writing, whether is be a teacher or not. Pshh.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on March 19, 2008, 11:50:51 AM
Don't play it down, steps like that set up the big bangs. When I handed in my high school creative writing coursework I got a B+, fast forward four years later and I was completing my first novel.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on March 19, 2008, 02:32:27 PM
I have an article coming out in the local paper tomorrow which will hopefully help me shift some of those 70 books that were returned. I am offering a free copy to the first reader to contact me to get the ball rolling, and then £2 off a copy to everyone else. Hopefully it will help, and I won't just get freeloaders - it certainly can't hurt !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on March 20, 2008, 12:49:31 PM
Great stuff June.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on March 20, 2008, 03:26:11 PM
The article was published today and looks very good. I asked them not to mention the name of the wholesaler, but they did anyway. Hopefully it won't matter too much, as they are not likely to see it anyway. The paper also didn't print the offer of a free copy to the first reader to contact me,not sure why, as I had been assured they that would. I have though just had an email from paypal to say that someone in a neighbouring town has ordered a copy, so presume it is because of this article, in which case they have done me a favour - as it means I don't have to give the book away for free ...

It has made me feel a bit better anyway, as when I got in from work there was a parcel waiting for me - a book shop in Aberdeen that ordered 2 copies direct from me on a firm sale basis has sent them straight back again having changed their minds. I am not happy about this at all, since it cost me £5 to send the books - which comes out of my pocket. I didn't force them to order these books, and they knew what it was about as I sent them an information sheet by email a few days before I rang, which they told me they had seen. I have emailed them and asked for an explanation then, as I do not feel that this is good business practise. 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on March 20, 2008, 04:02:05 PM
Again congrats to everyone. Each step counts, even those that seem small.

June, I saw your piece in Jerry's newsletter. Glad to see you are looking on the bright side. I couldn't agree more with your assessment of what happened. I like your solution.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on March 20, 2008, 04:12:43 PM
So did I ! Unfortunately though thinking it and living it are two totally different things, and although I do my best I am struggling to stay with it. There have more days lately when I have seriously contemplated throwing in the can and admitting defeat than sticking with it ... Coran is about the only person right now who is keeping me sane - that and the baseball bat which is now on intimate terms with our settee !   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on March 20, 2008, 04:16:43 PM
Hey, I've had my days too. You will get through this. You can always email me.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on March 20, 2008, 04:45:21 PM
That is very much appreciated - and I may well do that, as it would help to talk to someone else who has gone through similar stuff. To be honest I am afraid that if I start to express though how I really feel, I will unleash something that will be very ugly, as there is too much anger there right now, and I feel let down by everyone - especially myself.   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on March 20, 2008, 05:03:02 PM
June, that's what friends are for. You know I've had dark days and hardly wrote for a year. I don't think you have let me or anyone else down. You have done things beyond what others have done. I'm proud of you and our friendship.

I'm here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGbnua2kSa8

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on March 20, 2008, 05:08:49 PM
Thank you, you a good friend - one of the best. 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on March 20, 2008, 05:11:57 PM
And I can cook too! (Just don't ask Carrie about that!)

Seriously...talk to me. You know where I am.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on March 20, 2008, 05:43:21 PM
Afterthought, June,

Before I knew the extent of what was happening with you, I added your pic to my April newsletter and ck'd the current amazon price of your book.

The weak US dollar is really a problem for your book (and probably most other out-of-country books). If you still have your foreign rights, I have an idea we need to discuss. (Time will tell whether it is a good idea.)

I'm still open to a rant session too.

Nadine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on March 22, 2008, 10:20:52 AM
Will email you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Symphony on March 27, 2008, 10:29:08 AM
WOO HOO!!!! Much cheering from Brighton for my eensy-weensy success (but it'll add to the CV, won't it?)

I won the iChild bedtime stories competition - and many, many thanks for anyone from here who downloaded my story!! 

My story will now stay on their website, which is fab. The only thing that remains for me to do is to beg them to reinstate my original 'correct' punctuation as opposed to the random paragraphs that they decided might look pretty or something like that - but which are absolutely dreadful! Argh! Do you think that's too cheeky? I think I have a right to request correct punctuation, surely?

Anyway - a weensy but very welcome victory.

Symphony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SteveJ on March 27, 2008, 04:03:41 PM
That's great news, well done, Symphony! :) :) :)

Ps Yes - you should nag them to correct it. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on March 27, 2008, 04:09:56 PM
Congrats, Symphony - a well deserved win. :-*

And yes - nag away, they are YOUR words, after all.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on March 28, 2008, 07:49:21 PM
Ask them, but don't expect too much ;-(

Congratulations anyway, whetever they did to your text.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on April 01, 2008, 11:38:24 AM
Just got a call from The Lady to say that they liked a piece I wrote about the 1st women life peers and are publishing it! 

Woo Hoo and yippee I've had something accepted that isn't about education or writing.

Party on dudes

Sarah x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on April 01, 2008, 03:19:38 PM
Nice one ;-)  There's a little bit of 'extra kudos' for having something in The Lady ;-)

Gyppo
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Post by: SarahC on April 02, 2008, 02:19:31 AM
 ;D Thanks Gyppo
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Post by: Annmarie on April 10, 2008, 08:03:02 AM
Happy Dance!  ;D  Happy Dance!   ;D Happy Dance!   ;D

Just got news that my radio documentary is getting aired for the third time, this time in Austria! (It's in German, so this makes sense...). What does this mean? Well, I'm practical about it:

More royalties....  $$$$$    No, better:  €€€€€€€€!!  And lots of them. Woo-hoo!

Annmarie

ps Congrats to everyone who've listed their successes here. I've been browsing and I'm so impressed. The range of successes here is part of the reason this is such a great site.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SarahC on April 16, 2008, 11:31:52 AM
Had a piece commissioned by My Child - v.pleased
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on April 28, 2008, 04:50:35 PM
Hello everyone - Symphony that is such great news, well done, what top tips can you offer an aspiring writer of children's stories such as me?


I just wanted to say that my book, Divorce and Separation, The Essential Guide, is out now:


There are more details here:

http://www.freelancewritingtips.com/2008/04/my-new-book-is.html

Thanks!

Linda
x

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ja..smine on April 30, 2008, 11:04:58 AM
hi
my short stories and chapters from novels are regularly published in journals and over writers radio and i've received grants to continue work on two of my novels. novels haven't been published yet though. but i like what publishers are doing these days to help lit fic writers see the light of day - no advances, but 20% royalty rates. people don't read lit fic like they used to in the bad old days - so it's good that publishers are still fighting to get us out there. makes me feel loved!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jeanette on May 13, 2008, 10:15:59 AM
Hi folks. After much blood, sweat, tears and large glasses of wine, my self-published novel ABANDONED is now out there. I've published it on Lulu and am told it will take a few weeks to be listed on Amazon, Tesco, Borders etc. However, kind people can buy it from Lulu at www.lulu.com/content/2072117 (http://www.lulu.com/content/2072117), or direct from me.

As a good chunk of the book takes place in the Scottish highlands, on my last holiday there 3 weeks ago I went round every bookshop north of Ullapool (didn't take long, there are only five of them!) Everyone was very kind and offered to take copies on sale or return. I just have to do the same with my local Leicestershire ones. I'm actually getting quite excited now!

I also have a new website up and running, if anyone's interested. It has some nice doggy photos on it, a few stories, and a survival quiz just for a bit of fun.

I'd also like to thank everyone who has read and criticised bits of the book in the past. Thanks all!
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Post by: Linda Aitchison on May 13, 2008, 10:19:06 AM
Good luck Jeanette, your website looks great.
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Post by: bagheera on May 14, 2008, 07:40:11 PM
 8)  Symphony, I think I'd be like the lawyer in "The Aristocats"   
.......... "Who would you like me to sue today?"  when it comes to slovenly disrespect of your presentation! How very dare they ...........!!!  :o

*takes a deep breath*
I also had some good news today ..... e-mail from a local [liverpool] publisher. my first publication will soon be available on Amazon!!!

Here's a link:               http://madjockpublishers.com

and if you Scroll Down you'll see the Front Cover and details of the 'pilot' of a projected series .... Book 2 is approaching half-finished as I write this .......
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on May 14, 2008, 08:07:50 PM
Just looked in here - been very remiss *slaps hand* - and can't believe how well some members are doing.

To:

Sarah
Annmarie
Linda
ja..smine
jeanette
and bagheera

Well done folks, you give us all hope.
 :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on May 17, 2008, 09:35:25 AM
I have an article being published in the next edition of More 2 Life Magazine on crystal skulls, which will soon be very topical again - my partner knows the editor as he does their website. I am not being paid, but it is all good publicity.

Have sold 130 books through Waterstones now and received an order for 3 copies from the Big Green Bookshop in London - run by 2 ex Waterstones Managers and lovely people they are too. If the book does well, they may want to me to go up there to do a talk and/or signing.

 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 17, 2008, 05:43:17 PM
Further about Jeanette's book Abandoned.  I've just received my copy from Lulu.  Its a fine looking book, with a very evocative and appropriate cover design.  I've been a bit too busy - and spaced out on hay-fever pills - to read more than the first few pages so far but the 'villain' is already everything a good villain should be.

I'll write a review for Lulu when I've finished reading it, and post a copy here on MWC as well.

Well done, Jeanette ;-)

Gyppo 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jeanette on May 18, 2008, 02:50:13 AM
Gyp, you're too kind.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 18, 2008, 08:21:53 AM
Gyp, you're too kind.

I'm not being kind, it's just a damned good book ;-)  I put it down at 3am this morning, about halfway through, and found myself wondering where the time had gone.

A wonderful cast of characters.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nadine L on May 18, 2008, 09:09:04 AM
Yep, me too. Just received my copy of Abandoned. Well done Jeanette!

Nadine
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Post by: Nelodra on May 25, 2008, 01:58:57 PM
I've got a book deal.   :)
As in  I'm going to write a book and get it published. Garantueed! (And I haven't even written one word of it yet...)

We were at a Homeschooling Conference today, at a workshop and someone said we really shoud have a Dutch book about homeschooling. Then someone else (a publisher) said if he could find someone to write that book, he would publish it.

Well, what could I do but jump at the opportunity?
So I said I'll write it.
My publisher (wow, that sounds sooo cool!) wants me to write a 200 page standard work about Home Education in the Netherlands.

Yay! I'm so excited! :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on May 26, 2008, 09:04:28 AM
Fantastic news! Good luck, may it be the first of many! x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on May 27, 2008, 09:37:44 AM
Thanks Linda.
I'll drink to that. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SteveJ on May 27, 2008, 09:47:00 PM
Not exactly a success, but tonight I managed to write the most grotesquely haunting scene (for the final part of my series 'Salvatore House') I've ever written. I swear, it actually frightened me, as I imagined it. Mind you, the lights were off, and I'm a scaredy-cat ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 02, 2008, 09:07:19 AM
Just had another review of my book posted on Amazon and it's a corker:

An excellent book about starting out in the world of freelance writing for newspapers, magazines and the internet as well as lots of great tips for commercial writing - catalogues, press releases etc....It will either increase your enthusiasm or convince you that this type of work is not for you.

If I was five stone lighter, I'd do a cartwheel. Or something.
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Post by: SteveJ on June 02, 2008, 09:12:07 AM
Brilliant, well done, Linda :) :)
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Post by: Nelodra on June 02, 2008, 09:25:15 AM
Cool, Linda!  :)
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Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 02, 2008, 09:32:16 AM
Thank you, there are 11 five star reviews now so I'm happy with that, someone posted a two-star review and I was beside myself (and wittered on about that here!) It's great to see I am getting some excellent reviews but I still have no idea about sales, they were pretty (okay very) poor last time I asked. Writing magazine is doing a piece very soon and has a copy to give away as a prize, and has said I can do a "celebrity" review of a winning short story, which has made me laugh! 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 05, 2008, 11:25:27 AM
Hello, me again. If anyone is interested, a press release about my latest book is here:

http://www.freelancewritingtips.com/2008/06/divorce-and-sep.html

Congratulations also to the other MWC members who have also had books in this series published.

best wishes

Linda
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jeanette on June 06, 2008, 10:16:31 AM
Hi folks. I've been interviewed for New Writing International, and another site Oh My News has picked it up. I managed to get a plug for Station Shorts in during the interview! They've posted an excerpt from my book as well. You can see it at:

http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?no=382671&rel_no=2.  (http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?no=382671&rel_no=2.)
 
 
http://leicesterreviewofbooks.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/interview-jeanette-mccarthy-author-of-abandoned/ (http://leicesterreviewofbooks.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/interview-jeanette-mccarthy-author-of-abandoned/)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Foxy on June 06, 2008, 01:30:45 PM
Great interview, Jeanette. You sound like a seasoned professional.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 06, 2008, 02:57:36 PM
Jeanette,

I bet once you got started it was nowhere near as scary as you imagined it could be.

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: StrayDog on June 06, 2008, 02:58:13 PM
Gyp, you were mentioned twice in that article.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 06, 2008, 03:04:13 PM
I'm a ubiquitous blighter, aren't I?

Can I take it one of the interviews was a sound file, because I still haven't got the sound back on my computer.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jeanette on June 06, 2008, 05:48:12 PM
Foxy, are you mad? seasoned professional? Rabbit in the headlights, more like!

Gyppo, yes, it was scary, and it's actuallly quite horrible saying things about yourself; your past, your motivations and so on. I suppose it makes you think about it more, which does not always feel like a good thing.

And yes, you do get around, don't you?  :) 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: robertmblevins on June 17, 2008, 10:48:36 PM
I got an interview with Stefan Arngrim for the next issue (#4) of the Escape Velocity Magazine. Arngrim, the real-life brother of Alison Arngrim from 'Little House', played the young boy 'Barry Lockridge' on the old Irwin Allen tv series 'Land of the Giants'.

Our only restriction on questions was that we couldn't ask about 'Nellie'.  ;)

Stefan says you have to go to the source (his sister) for those questions...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on June 18, 2008, 05:35:00 AM
Hello - just posting this here in case it is of interest to anyone. It's a blog that I hope to update regularly to help my book boost its online presence - it's going to be news and features about divorce and separation, with examples of inspirational lone parents.

It's at:

http://www.essentialdivorceguide.com/

thanks for reading!
x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on July 11, 2008, 05:08:26 PM
I dunno if this counts as success...  but it feels like one. ;D ;D

I've just recieved an email saying that my story "Crash Landing" has been selected as one of the finalists of the Single Short Story Wordclay Contest.

This means that i'll be sent an anthology of short stories... and one of them will be mine!  :o ;D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 11, 2008, 05:28:24 PM
Of course it's a success ;-)
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Post by: jeanette on July 11, 2008, 06:08:09 PM
fantastic, Andrew, well done!
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Post by: ma100 on July 11, 2008, 06:09:14 PM
Brilliant Andrew . Well done ;D ;D ;D
Better get over to the bar the drinks must be on you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SteveJ on July 11, 2008, 06:10:27 PM
Hey, that's great news, Mr Andrew! :)
Well done, mate, it couldn't happen to a nicer person :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CarrieSheppard on July 12, 2008, 04:12:34 AM
Great blog site Linda - well done. 

Carrie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on July 12, 2008, 04:37:01 AM
My article in More2Life magazine is out, and has been chosen as the 3 page centre spread!  They used the picures I supplied as well. It looks brilliant, and I have already had one enquiry from someone wanting to use the information in her crystal therapy courses. The editor, whom we both know (My partner does her website) has said that she will definately consider other stuff from me, which is good news, as I have several ideas at the moment.   

Had another order from Gardners as well last week for 40 books, sales are picking up. It is still in 89 Waterstones. 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jeanette on July 12, 2008, 08:53:18 AM
Well done Talisman!

I don't think this actually counts as a success, but I've just done a radio interview with Oak FM. (Yes, I know, I hadn't heard of it either before yesterday). Anyway it was pretty disastrous. Even though I had made lots of notes, all I did was err.. and ummm...  :-[ Listening to it was excrutiating. Still, lots of people heard it and now know about my book, so I suppose that's the main thing.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on July 12, 2008, 11:11:23 AM
It's all experience, and others might not hear it the same way as you did anyway. Most of us hate the sound of our own voices ...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnightcandle on July 13, 2008, 04:03:08 AM
Casey Quinn, Editor of a new magazine has asked me to be a fortnightly contributor of micro stories. It's my first success so far and I don't know where this may lead. It's exciting though. ;D

http://shortstory.us.com
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on July 14, 2008, 04:30:13 AM
Great news - here's hoping it's the start of lots more good things to come!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Symphony on July 14, 2008, 08:25:10 AM
Brilliant news, midnightcandle. Good luck with it. Sounds like a wonderful project.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: robertmblevins on July 24, 2008, 03:10:46 AM
AB of Seattle has received a 'yes' to our offer to publish the images and story of Elena Filatova, sometimes known better in Russia as 'Kid of Speed'. That's because she likes to drive her Kawasaki Ninja through the 'dead zones' in and around Chernobyl and take pictures. (Don't worry, she always carries a hand-held Geiger counter.) But it's her observations about the whole thing that set her apart from others who have documented the disaster.

We're going to do her book in A-4 size, because of the images. Mainstream release, no Lulu stuff.

You can see a very interesting article (with pictures) about the infamous Kid of Speed over at <a href="http://adventurebooks.newsvine.com/_news/2008/07/22/1685484-elena-takes-a-trip-to-chernobyl-part-1-of-2-background/">Straight Talk</a>.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnightcandle on July 24, 2008, 03:27:41 AM
excellent. Great news
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: robertmblevins on July 24, 2008, 03:43:30 AM
Midnightcandle? Micro-stories? This is good.

He (the editor) isn't even asking for high word count stuff, so you can do art for him. I'm not bad at the short stuff. My advice is: write as long as you need, then start cutting afterward. Works pretty good that way because you already have the beginning, the middle, character(s), a story, and an ending. After that it's just a matter of squeezing the whole thing into a tight little package.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnightcandle on July 24, 2008, 03:49:49 AM
Dead right. It's harder getting it tight but fun all the same.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amie on July 24, 2008, 08:15:44 AM
congratulations midnight - well done! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 24, 2008, 08:21:34 AM
Congratulations, MC.  A regular slot is always good.  It keeps a writer on his toes and it keeps the 'writing muscle' supple and ready to work.

I have a short piece of mine scheduled to appear in their 'offbeat writings' corner, due out on August 3rd.

Who will be next from MWC?

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Akeith (Gray) on July 24, 2008, 11:02:20 AM
Congrats to you MC. Well done.

Gray
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnightcandle on July 24, 2008, 05:15:52 PM
Congratulations, MC.  A regular slot is always good.  It keeps a writer on his toes and it keeps the 'writing muscle' supple and ready to work.

I have a short piece of mine scheduled to appear in their 'offbeat writings' corner, due out on August 3rd.

Who will be next from MWC?

Gyppo
They are going to love you
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jeanette on July 25, 2008, 10:47:40 AM
Hey folks, I've had a video trailer down of my book. fancy a look?

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP24yty3OdE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP24yty3OdE)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnightcandle on July 25, 2008, 12:15:33 PM
That's really good. When I get some spare cash I'm gonna buy it - I promise :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jeanette on July 25, 2008, 12:21:21 PM
thanks Midnight, and best of luck with the micro stories
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Akeith (Gray) on July 25, 2008, 02:39:17 PM
Impressive. Sounds very interesting. Now I'll have to buy it.  ;D

Gray
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ByronArthurClark on August 04, 2008, 04:26:19 PM
I just got 93% (highest honours) in a creative writing eisteddfod. I wrote a short story based on the novel I'm planning to write so it is a great confidence booster and helps me to believe in my story.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: dynodreamer on August 05, 2008, 11:37:45 AM
I've got two short stories coming out finally in an anthology compiled by a writing course I attended May - June last year. I will be interested to see how they have been 'Edited' as the community centre publisher has taken rather a long time to publish the anthology.

I have heard that one short story I put into an anthology produced by a writing group I left a year earlier has been published. Unfortunately I have not yet been able to see a copy as the group has not deposited a copy with the local library.

Geoff


Do you realize sir that if you google yourself you have two entrees? If you never write another word you are still there for the world to acknowledge.
But hey! Keep writing however, that's the important thing ... OK,   :)  you tell me now
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Akeith (Gray) on August 06, 2008, 12:15:07 PM
Congrats to you Mr. Clark. Well done.

Gray
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ByronArthurClark on August 06, 2008, 03:22:34 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 06, 2008, 05:15:23 PM
I've got a very short little item up in the 'Offbeat Writing' section of the Short Story Library website.  Something I wrote at the turn of the century and it's good to see it 'up in lights'.

http://shortstory.us.com/2008/08/ramparts/

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Linda Aitchison on August 08, 2008, 07:54:46 AM
Many congratulations to everyone who has posted, my day had a bit of a shaky start but threads like this cheer me up no end, it's lovely to see people achieving their dreams (I am so sorry that sounds very cheesey - perhaps I should do a voiceoever on reality TV!)

Anyway, the other thing that has cheered me up big time is that I have just opened Writing magazine and it calls my book 'an invaluable guide to improve your writing skills' - I nearly choked on my banana.

Quite a mental image, I'm sure.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 08, 2008, 04:59:51 PM
Yeah, you got quite a write-up there, Linda ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sara on August 09, 2008, 06:02:04 AM
well done to everyone on here,
Linda thats great news well done.
I have a much more modest success to write about but I am so pleased it has made my day. I have just recieved my first paycheck. It's only a small amount and is only from a readers letter but I am pleased anyway.  ;D
Sara
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 09, 2008, 06:29:01 AM
well done to everyone on here,
Linda thats great news well done.
I have a much more modest success to write about but I am so pleased it has made my day. I have just recieved my first paycheck. It's only a small amount and is only from a readers letter but I am pleased anyway.  ;D
Sara

Firsts are always special.  Whether it's first ever, first for a new magazine, first in a new genre.  A first is about recognition as well as money.

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sara on August 10, 2008, 02:39:42 PM
Thanks Gyppo I was thinking about framing it, just because its the first one lol.
sara
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Akeith (Gray) on August 10, 2008, 03:24:23 PM
Congrats Linds.

You too sara.

Gray
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 10, 2008, 04:15:48 PM
Thanks Gyppo I was thinking about framing it, just because its the first one lol.
sara

Take a photocopy for your files, even if you don't frame it.  Then, years from now, when you stumble across during a tidy-up, you'll sit there with an idiot grin on your face remembering it all over again.  Really.  I have a £10 cheque somewhere from the BBC which surfaces now and again.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: skip slocum on August 11, 2008, 08:26:52 AM
My good news is ,, I got an excerpt of my book posted on the net

http://www.stationhill.com/book_excerpts/bkexcrpt019.asp

maybe my grandson might get a nickle or two someday(it could happen)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Akeith (Gray) on August 11, 2008, 06:40:26 PM
well done, skip slocum. Just read it. Congrats to you.

Gray
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on August 18, 2008, 08:51:09 AM
I've just found out that MTV have optioned one of my songs for their programming... Each year, they choose a certain number of tracks and then their programme-makers choose soundtrack music from that pool. So, my track Man Behind The Smile could turn up in anything from The Hills to Pimp My Ride!!

You can hear it here: http://www.myspace.com/mirandadickinson (http://www.myspace.com/mirandadickinson)

Yay!  :D

Wurdsmyth  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Mark H on August 18, 2008, 09:41:54 AM
Hi Miranda

I really liked the next tune in the list -- A Million Miles -- but I can't find it on I tunes. How do I get it?

Oh and congrats on the MTV thang.

Mark
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on August 18, 2008, 09:46:02 AM
Great stuff Miranda. congratulations.
Ma :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on August 18, 2008, 11:23:23 AM
Hi Miranda

I really liked the next tune in the list -- A Million Miles -- but I can't find it on I tunes. How do I get it?

Oh and congrats on the MTV thang.

Mark

Hey Mark
Glad you liked A Million Miles!
It's not on iTunes yet, which is probably why you couldn't find it!!

If you'd like to PM me I can get a copy to you  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Mark H on August 18, 2008, 11:27:18 AM
Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on August 24, 2008, 05:17:38 PM
 ;D Congratulations on your successes everyone! Surprisingly, I just got mine today  :)

I got a funny story:

Well, actually, it's a bit of a shame, really, but here it goes ;D

Last year I sent a short story to a local newspaper who lets readers write out stories within 500 words. My college sells that newspaper, and I had to try it out for myself. Now it might not be a big sort of success, but I consider it to be my first success when it came to writing  :) After a week without them responding back, I shrugged my shoulders and went off, thinking that they dismissed it.

Almost a year later, I find out (just today) that they actually put it in the newspaper after all :D And my mom probably threw the copy away without knowing about it having the first story that I ever sent off. Bah :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on August 24, 2008, 05:34:18 PM
Well, belated congrats then Louie ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on August 24, 2008, 05:37:36 PM
 ;D Thanks, Andrew...

And, once again: bah  :D :D I didn't even get to read the article.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on August 24, 2008, 05:39:22 PM
Most newspapers keep an archive of old editions... maybe you could ask them to see it ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on August 24, 2008, 05:44:14 PM
 :D :D That's why you're the mad scientist, Andrew.

I still don't have time to go out, though (the sunlight! it burns! *hisss*), but I'll certainly check it out once I'm free of mine job obligations  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on August 26, 2008, 03:56:23 PM
I hope I'm posting this in the right place.

I had some exciting news & I had to share. I found out Saturday that my book, Lady Gabriella has finally been released. FINALLY!!!!!

It hit Amazon on Saturday & Barnes & Noble online yesterday. I am looking forward to the signings, but at the same time extremely nervous.

Here's the link to Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Gabriella-Donnette-Smith/dp/0979988411/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219497713&sr=1-17

& the link to Barnes & Noble  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=lady+gabriella

Barnes & Noble doesn't have a description yet, but they should within a few more days. Today the image of my book was uploaded on Amazon. Yesterday the description was posted. It's strange how all the information isn't available all at once when it first gets posted. Hopefully within a few more days it will be up on Borders too.

Donnette Smith
Author of Lady Gabriella
www.freewebs.com/romanceauthor
www.myspace.com/storycreater 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on August 26, 2008, 04:14:07 PM
Congratulations Donnette    ;D 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on August 27, 2008, 10:51:47 PM
Thanks, Andrewf.

Well, my very first book signing is set up for October, 25th. It will be at the Barnes & Noble store inside the Stonebriar Mall in Frisco Texas.

God, I'm already nervous, & August is not even over yet. Hope I don't stutter too badly during the signing.

Donnette Smith
Author of Lady Gabriella
www.freewebs.com/romanceauthor
www.myspace.com/storycreater
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 28, 2008, 04:13:51 PM
Well done Donette, I am sure you will be a huge success, since I know how committed you are to this, and you have a good publisher behind you to help.

I have not done much book stuff at all lately, what with various problems at work and so on. When I got home tonight though, I found an email from a radio station in Liverpool asking me if I would like to be guest on the paranormal show. I emailed them back for more information, and it he is going to get back to me with hopefully a list of questions. The show airs on week days between 2 and 6am, but the interview will be taped in advance - thank goodness as I never have been good at staying up late ! 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on August 28, 2008, 04:24:29 PM
Tailsman, that sounds like a great opportunity. Radio time is usually very  good for an author. Good luck.

Donnette Smith
Author of Lady Gabriella
www.freewebs.com/romanceauthor
www.myspace.com/storycreater
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on August 30, 2008, 12:31:37 PM
Haven't heard back yet, but it is the weekend, so he probably only works during the week ! 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on September 11, 2008, 05:21:32 PM
Recorded the interview tonight, which went very well. It will be aired some time after 2am tomorrow morning (Roy's show is from 2 to 6am) on City Talk FM (based in Liverpool) 105.9 for anyone who likes to stay up late ! I got a good mention of the book at the end, with details of my own wesbsite and have just emailed all the book stores around the area to see if they want to stock up. Fingers crossed - I need some good luck right now !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: skip slocum on September 11, 2008, 05:57:09 PM
Luck, Luck, Luck just the best kind to you
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: AJ Barnett on September 12, 2008, 02:47:30 AM
Great stuff, Talisman. Wish you all the best.

Anthony
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on September 14, 2008, 01:11:07 PM
Congrats Talisman!

I've got a column!!! I was interviewed recently by my local paper and someone saw it, visited my blog and has invited me to write a column for their new local website, which is launching soon... No money but it's another chance to raise the profile of my writing - they're pairing up with several local radio stations to promote their content. It's so exciting - another step in a very long road  ;D

If you fancy a giggle, the interview is here: www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/3628974.Writer_celebrates_short_story_success (http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/3628974.Writer_celebrates_short_story_success)

Well done to everybody - keep shouting about yur success because it's so encouraging to read about the good things happening for everyone!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 14, 2008, 01:18:29 PM
Well done, Miranda.

A column is always worth having, either in print or on a website.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on September 14, 2008, 05:09:13 PM
I used to have one, but the website I wrote for doesn't seem to be updated anymore - will have to look for another one. Well done to everyone though.   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bod on September 20, 2008, 07:34:16 AM
http://www.short-humour.org.uk/2writersshowcase/thepumpkinman.htm

bit of fun writing that found a home ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: StrayDog on September 21, 2008, 11:55:08 AM
Congrats everybody.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on September 25, 2008, 01:21:46 AM
Hi everyone! Yep, it's been a while. Life has become too hectic it seems to keep up with everything.

But I thought some of you folk here might like to know a couple things:

One, I'll be attending FenCon in Dallas, TX, Oct 3-5. I'll be helping my publisher, Double-Edged Publishing, with their book table in the dealer's room, and probably signing a few copies of my book while I'm there. :) I'm also officially listed as a guest. Click here (http://www.fencon.org/guests2008.html) and scroll about a third of the way down, and you'll see my mug shot. I guess they'll be putting me on some panels or something, they haven't told me yet. Probably be a surprise, "Hey, go sit on the panel of 'ray gun designs in sci-fi,' why don't cha." My one comment, "Oh, I don't know. I like the shiny ones best."

But if any of you will be there, do stop by the Double-Edged Publishing table and say hi. I'll be the guy with a beard.

Speaking of my book, Infinite Realities (http://www.rlcopple.com/published.php), this month a new review of it has come out by The Green Man Review. Check out the positive review (http://www.greenmanreview.com/book/book_copple_infiniterealities.html) when you get a chance. I'm happy about it.

Thanks, and I'll try to drop by more often. :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on September 25, 2008, 01:40:08 AM
Congratulations R.L., it sounds like you have put in the hard yards and are reaping the benefits.  ;D

Hope your Dallas experience is fulfilling and you get to sign heaps of copies of your book. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on September 25, 2008, 07:55:45 AM
Congrats, R.L. I'm in the Texas area, & it would be nice to meet a fellow author. Hopefully I can make it out to say hi.

If anyone will be in the Fort Worth area on October 18th, I'll be at The Dock Bookshop for an author's reading, where I'll be reading excerpts of my mystery/suspense/romance novel, Lady Gabriella, & signing books from 1 to 3pm.

Also, for any of you who have books you're promoting, you might want to check out Blog Talk Radio. They're pretty popular nowadays. They can be a very good promotional tool.

Donnette Smith
Author of Lady Gabriella
www.freewebs.com/romanceauthor
www.myspace.com/storycreater
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on September 26, 2008, 01:38:37 AM
Thanks. Hope you get to drop by. And congrats to all the above successes as well. Writers rule! :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on October 06, 2008, 10:07:27 PM
Back from FenCon, and had a great time, not to mention some good networking and interesting things happen.

Got to sit at the author's signing table for an hour next to Rachel Caine and the Doris Egan, the executive producer of the TV series, "House." Met some great people, got to meet my publisher for the first time in person (two years of phone conversations and emails). Gave him the manuscript to my sequel to "Infinite Realities," titled.... "Transitional Realities." While the first one is a novella, this one is a full novel.

Got to chat with Gregory Benford for a bit about Star Trek stuff. Participated in a radio play as a main character in "Buzz Blaster," voiced his sidekick, "Lefty." That was a lot of fun. Saw lots of strange costumes, including a Star Wars clone dude in a kilt. Made some fans, I think. Didn't sell "tons" of my book, but did sell and sign six of them, more than any other individual book at my publisher's table. As a matter of fact, my cover interestingly enough attracted the attention of people among all the professionally done covers. Maybe it was the Hebrew letters on it. The story there is the artist who was supposed to do the cover bailed at the last minute so my publisher and I worked on it until we came up with what we have now from two photos of mine. (You can see it at my site: http://www.rlcopple.com/published.php )

Sat in on a panel about audio books, which went real well (I do the Ray Gun Radio podcast <http://www.raygunradio.com> were we read stories, so that's how I ended up there).

So, all in all, a great time, made some new friends, met a lot of people, sold some books, got to rub book-signing elbows with the big "boys" (though they were both women...so...). All in all a great time and worth the expense and effort. I think I'll try to go to some more. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on October 09, 2008, 06:21:56 AM
Sorry I haven't been on in a while. I've been a bit down and not in the mood - but that's over now, and I hope to be able to visit the forum more often again.  :)

Anyway, I've been discovered! Yay me. :D

A few weeks ago I got contacted by Alex Murphy form BrightHub. He'd read one of my Lulu E-books, and asked me to become a writer for BrightHub.

And so the almost unthinkable happened: I became a technical writer.  :o

Imagine that: I'm a fiction writer first, and write mainly psychological fiction and fantasy - or a mix of these two. I'm also working on a book about home education, which should be published early next year.

But the first writing I get paid for, is about web development.  :D
Currently, I've got 4 articles published at BrightHub, and 10 more due this month.

A Blog with Bigger Pictures - Part 1 (http://www.brighthub.com/internet/web-development/articles/7952.aspx)
A Blog with Bigger Pictures - Part 2 (http://www.brighthub.com/internet/web-development/articles/7953.aspx)
Blogging for Fiction Writers (http://www.brighthub.com/internet/web-development/articles/7954.aspx)
Using Wordpress to Create a Portfolio (http://www.brighthub.com/internet/web-development/articles/10179.aspx)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on October 09, 2008, 06:27:26 AM
Congratulations Nel. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on October 09, 2008, 06:35:54 AM
Thanks Ma!  :-*

Looks like you've been busy while I was away - you became a bigger hero than me.  ;)

Gotta go now - articles won't get written Iif I hang out on the forum for too long.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on October 09, 2008, 06:43:18 AM
Well done, nice to see someone winning.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 09, 2008, 11:15:52 AM
R.L.Copple, it sounds like you had a wonderful and productive time at the con. It's always good to hear how of your successes and this one included networking with can be building blocks in the future.

Good to see you signed up for NaNo also. It has really paid off for you in the past.  :)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 09, 2008, 11:19:38 AM
Congratulations Nel. Writing credits in different venues can only be a plus for any writer.

Good for you for stretching out and using your skills in other areas.

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on October 10, 2008, 01:57:54 PM
Thank you Country Gal.

I actually surprised myself there, but you know, I do really like webdesign and webdevelopment (I do both - purely for my own enjoyment) and I notice that sometimes when I can't write, I'm perfectly able to concentrate on more abstract things like html coding.

And I always thought my hubby was the geek.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on October 14, 2008, 12:25:21 AM
Sounds cool, Nel. Nice when things like that come together. :D

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on October 14, 2008, 12:32:20 AM
Though I'm not announcing it broadly yet (don't want to jinx it, and wait for an official published date), I think my publisher has made it clear that my novel I wrote for NaNo last year, and have been working on editing from Jan through Aug, will get published. (Though I guess there's always the chance he'll read something that sends him over the edge...nah, probably not.) It is a sequel to my first published book, Infinite Realities, that came out Nov. 07. However, that one was a novella size. This one will be a full novel, around 83K words. So it will be my official first published full-length novel.

Though I'm trying to be patient, I can't wait for it to happen. When I get a date it is to come out, I'll let you know.

You heard it here, first.
 ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on October 14, 2008, 10:36:34 AM
Thanks R.L.  :)

And way to go for you. Great job!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on October 27, 2008, 09:04:37 AM
It's so cool to read everyone's news - well done everyone!

As for me - I've just won BEST NEW ARTIST in the 2008 ISSA (Indie Singer Songwriter Association) Song Contest!! You can see the result (and hear one of my songs) here: http://songcontest.issa-music.org (http://songcontest.issa-music.org) ;D ;D ;D ;D

I won $500 (just over £300) and may possibly have the chance to perform in the US of A next year!?!

As many of you know, I've just lost my job and am currently panicking a little about paying the bills - so this has come at such a good time.

It just goes to show that when the chips are down, good things can still happen! :D

Miranda x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on October 27, 2008, 09:11:20 AM
Congratulations Miranda. Hope you get all you wish for ;D ;D
Ma
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on October 27, 2008, 09:14:09 AM
Thanks Ma!!  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Orpheus on October 27, 2008, 09:16:28 AM
I'm not surprised. I thought your music was awesome. I meant to download some - can I do this onto my ipod? Sorry. I'm a technophobe. I'll have to ask my son to help me do it!

Orph
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on October 27, 2008, 09:30:02 AM
Thanks Orphy! You can get the tracks onto your iPod - if you download the track onto your computer it should appear in your iTunes library - then just pop it onto your iPod next time you update it... (ooh, get me sounding all techie!!) :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Orpheus on October 27, 2008, 09:31:14 AM
I'll let you know when I've done it.

Well done you!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bod on October 27, 2008, 09:43:38 AM
you deserve it. well done miranda. any more news on the job scene?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on October 27, 2008, 10:28:01 AM
Thanks MC!

Nope, job front all looking mightily like the Sahara at the mo, but I'm keeping on keeping on!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 27, 2008, 10:41:43 AM
Congratulation on the win Miranda and I wish you the same result for the job search. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Smiles,
Alice
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on October 27, 2008, 10:43:02 AM
Thanks, Alice! I'm keeping everything crossed!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 27, 2008, 03:16:41 PM
Well done, Miranda.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on October 27, 2008, 04:14:31 PM
Super, Miranda!
Well done. I'm happy for you.  :)

I just listened to your song. Beautiful.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on October 27, 2008, 05:03:36 PM
Wow Miranda, that is an amazing song and you sing so beautifully.  :-* :-*

Congratulations sweety, good luck, you are such a talented lady in so many ways you just should not need luck.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on October 28, 2008, 05:34:19 AM
Thank you so much Gyppo, Nelodra and Fire-Fly! You are all Officially Fab!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on October 28, 2008, 05:44:02 AM
Miranda, sincerly, thankyou for sharing it, I just loved it. It blew me away girl.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on November 02, 2008, 02:49:49 PM
I just signed a book contract to write a guide to blood pressure! The advance will come in handy for Christmas :)

I'm also talking to two other publishers and it looks like at least one of them will result in a contract too hehe

Suzie xx
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on November 02, 2008, 06:10:55 PM
Go girl, you rule.  ;D ;D ;D

Congratulations Suzie.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on November 03, 2008, 03:55:34 PM
Way to go, Suzie!   :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bod on November 05, 2008, 06:45:57 PM
Father's Day - a 60 word story (my personal favourite) has been accepted for print in The Short Story Library anthology 'Building Blocks' due out in January 2009

chuffed to bits. My first acceptance ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 05, 2008, 06:50:04 PM
Well done, MC.  I remember that one.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bod on November 05, 2008, 06:51:32 PM
thanks Gyppo - i know you like that one in a sad way.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on November 05, 2008, 07:32:54 PM
Great news MC.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on November 06, 2008, 06:30:28 AM
I think I remember that one, too, MC.
Actually, I don't think I could ever forget it, as it really struck a chord in me.

Great job. Congrats.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bod on November 06, 2008, 06:48:20 AM
thanks girls. i'm excited about seeing it in print. E-zines are cool but call me old-fashioned, there's nothing like lithographic printing. the feel of it, the smell of it and you can read in the bath
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on November 06, 2008, 06:52:44 AM
thanks girls. i'm excited about seeing it in print. E-zines are cool but call me old-fashioned, there's nothing like lithographic printing. the feel of it, the smell of it and you can read in the bath

If that's old-fashioned, then I'm old-fashioned too, MC.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on November 06, 2008, 06:55:13 AM
Daryl, congratulations.  First of many, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: bod on November 06, 2008, 06:59:32 AM
i hope so. it's not paid but more importantly it gives me a writing credit for query letters ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on November 06, 2008, 05:42:54 PM
Yay!
I just received $130 for my articles on Bright Hub!
How cool is that?

Last month I only had three articles, meaning just $30, but this month (October) I published 11 article on BrightHub and acquired some links to them.

I've never been paid for my writing before, so I'm absolutely thrilled! I'm going to be able to make a living from my writing yet, just wait and see while I work towards my goal.  What a change! I've been on disability all my adult life, and it would be so wonderful to finally be able to actually earn my own living.  :)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Orpheus on November 06, 2008, 06:07:31 PM
well deserved. I read some of your stuff on BrightHub and know how good it is. ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on November 06, 2008, 06:18:41 PM
Thanks, Orph.  :)

Oh, and BTW, I'll want to buy your book now!
I promised, didn't I?  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Orpheus on November 07, 2008, 04:47:14 AM
No rush Nelodra - only if you really want to. Thanks. ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on November 07, 2008, 07:36:30 AM
No rush Nelodra - only if you really want to. Thanks. ;D

I do really want it; I've got something with Afghan women, so I definitely want it.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on November 10, 2008, 10:02:51 AM
That's fantastic news, MC! Congratulations! And brilliant news for you too Nelodra!

I've just found out I'm a runner up in the Little Black Dress/Galaxy/Company Magazine short story writing competition! I get to go to Headline Publishing in London with the winner and other four runners-up to have lunch with one of the LBD authors - I'm so chuffed! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 10, 2008, 10:27:04 AM
Nice one, Wurdsmyth.

See...  Things are happening for people on this circle.  All the successes have one thing in common.  They prove the undying truth of the old saying "You have to be in it to win it."  A masterpiece sat in your bottom drawer or filed in the depths of your hard drive is going nowhere. 

Put it out there amongst the other contenders, rub shoulders and spar with the other hopefuls.  Give your work a chance to impress.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on November 10, 2008, 12:06:14 PM
Great job, Wurdsmyth! Yay for you!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SuzieHarris on November 11, 2008, 04:35:03 AM
Congrats, Miranda. That's fantastic news! Enjoy your day out, you deserve it!

S x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on November 11, 2008, 05:43:25 AM
Thanks Suzie and congrats on your news too!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on December 05, 2008, 08:38:30 AM
Woohoo, the first author who I had worked with is finally going to give me my pay for illustrating her book! ;D ;D I was wondering (more like worrying) whether or not she didn't want to use it :)

*dances*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on December 05, 2008, 08:41:38 AM
Yay!!  Congrats Louie...  well deserved ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on December 05, 2008, 08:46:08 AM
No kidding, I was on vacation when I worked on that cover  :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: SteveJ on December 05, 2008, 11:45:43 AM
Well done, Super Lou!
Great news :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on December 05, 2008, 11:57:30 AM
Thanks, Steve :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on December 05, 2008, 12:47:03 PM
Well deserved my lou lous . All this hard work is paying off for you hon. Onwards and upwards. :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on December 05, 2008, 03:14:28 PM
You are a clever girl Louies, go girl. Soon you will rule the world. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on December 06, 2008, 04:17:13 AM
Thanks guys ;D

Soon you will rule the world. ;D ;D

 ;) ;)  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Ninny on December 06, 2008, 05:34:45 AM
'Go Loulous, Go Loulous'!!
(http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~ahanley/yay.jpg)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on December 06, 2008, 05:40:42 AM
Well done, LouLou...when the book comes out, you'll have to give us a link so we can see your artwork.  Congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on December 06, 2008, 10:12:03 AM
Thanks guys ;D I just sent the author a thank you letter and a good luck for her future endeavors. Here's hoping I get the job to illustrate her second book, too, though it looks bleak :D I heard that she wanted consistency in her illustrations, and since another artist drew for her first book, well- oh well!  ;D ;D c'est la vie...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on December 06, 2008, 11:57:38 AM
Way to go, LouLou!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on December 07, 2008, 07:49:48 AM
Thanks guys ;D I just sent the author a thank you letter and a good luck for her future endeavors. Here's hoping I get the job to illustrate her second book, too, though it looks bleak :D I heard that she wanted consistency in her illustrations, and since another artist drew for her first book, well- oh well!  ;D ;D c'est la vie...

Well...  That's only two illustrators to choose from so far.  If she's loooking for consistency there's still a 50/50 chance you could be her choice for consistency.  She may even try several mre and then come back to you.  You've cast your bread upon the waters and now you have to wait and see if it will indeed come back ten-fold.  Let's hope so.

Remember, the same glass can be seen as half-full or half-empty.  Deal with disappointments as and if they happen, don't rush to meet them lest they become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  You may as well look on the hopeful side ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on December 08, 2008, 03:09:17 PM
:) Thanks for the words of wisdom, Gyp! I'm ready to take in disappointments (I'm currently dealing with a chain of disappointments right now. Nothing new for me ;D :D), but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop prodding doors with sticks, just to see if hitting it the right way would open for me or not. That said, I'm a firm believer that misfortunes would make me stronger, anyway ;D A win/win situation...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 12, 2009, 01:15:31 PM
Blimey!

I've been asked to help develop educational material (English as Second Language) for school-aged children.  :)

http://www.bilingualkids.nl/?p=home&lang=en

I'm still in shock!  :o
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on January 12, 2009, 01:18:03 PM
whee haw
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on January 12, 2009, 02:02:36 PM
Knock em' dead, Nelodra! ;D ;D And congrats!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 12, 2009, 02:05:26 PM
Thanks, both of you.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on January 12, 2009, 04:30:44 PM
Congratulations Nel  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 12, 2009, 06:04:49 PM
Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 12, 2009, 07:34:19 PM
Congratulations.  Go for it.  It all adds to your CV/Resume.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on January 12, 2009, 07:46:40 PM
Well done Nel.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: jadeemperor on January 13, 2009, 02:31:10 AM
Ok ;D I am finished at my two short stories and one narrative poem unfortunately I didn't know how to publish it can someone help me hehehe ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 13, 2009, 04:24:04 AM
Thanks, Gyppo and FF.
I'm really excited about this.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 13, 2009, 05:54:55 AM
Thanks, Gyppo and FF.
I'm really excited about this.  :)

It always feels good to be asked, rather than just being accepted after making a pitch for a job ;-)  And when it comes 'out of the blue' it's even better.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 13, 2009, 12:31:23 PM
It sure is.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Norikoann on January 16, 2009, 11:22:51 PM
congrats Nel
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 17, 2009, 06:00:40 AM
Thanks, Nori.

Now she's also asked me to become a permanent teacher to replace the previous one...
I'm still thinking about whether or not to accept.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 17, 2009, 06:43:28 AM
Plenty to think about there, especially if it's as disorganised as you suggested.  Maybe she knows how bad it was and is looking for a 'new broom to sweep clean'.  It depends on how much of the old system you have to 'inherit' and how much you can change.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 17, 2009, 07:04:23 AM
That's exactly why she asked me. She's going to sack the other one.

I know I won't inherit her mess. I could start with a clean slate. Well, that is... I'll have to repair the damage that's been done. Children who after a whole year of ESL-lessons still don't speak more than a few words (words, not sentences) English. Children who are bored and uncooperative. Wary parents. Not exactly the way I'd prefer to start teaching a class.

But the system itself is sound. It just that the previous teachers (there've been three or four of them already) haven't been using the system the way they should have. I've worked with the system before, and it's a great system. As long as the teacher keeps her stuff in order, it works fine.

We've got four plastic crates with material. Everything should be in there in an organised way. Pens, pencils, felt-tip pens, scissors, glue sticks... they all go in their own little container before being placed neatly into one of the crates. Each child has got his/her own portfolio in which their worksheets should be placed after the lesson. The portfolios then should go into their own container before being placed - neatly again - in one of the crates. It's not difficult, but if you let the discipline slip, it gets messy. Mess creates more mess. So, instead of four neatly organised crates in a broom cupboard, I found three messy crates and lots of loose papers and crafts in that cupboard, and after some searching around I finally found the other crate - even messier than the other three - in a corner of the classroom.

I was mad. I had to start the lesson without even having had the chance to get out the right materials. Monday, my friend will go to that school herself. Do the lesson and talk to the manager of that location. I hope she'll be able to appease him. He was pretty pissed off when I spoke him.

If I say yes, she'll have organised those crates. I know her. Like me, she's a neat-freak.  ;D
And I think the manager of that location would be pleased to see me replacing the other teacher, because he saw how pissed off I was about the mess.

But I'd have to change my whole schedule. I'd have to teach Monday afternoons, at the time I'm in town with Lizzy where, after she's had her violin lesson, we have our "Writer's Hour" at our favourite lunchroom. I'm reluctant to give up on that. It's our special time together.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on January 21, 2009, 04:03:21 PM
one micro fiction story to be published in Short Story Library's first anthology
same story entered for Micro Award 2008
cover artwork accepted for Everyday Musings - Short Story Library's first anthology of poetry
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on January 21, 2009, 05:51:37 PM
Congratulatios mate well done  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 21, 2009, 11:15:57 PM
Blackpool, I don't believe I know you, but that doesn't stop me from being happy for your success.

Good Going.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 22, 2009, 04:11:58 AM
Congrats, Blackpool.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on January 23, 2009, 03:05:03 PM
While this is not as such a sucess... I thought it would be nice to show that some editors are very nice and will take the time to give you a really good Rejection letter ;D

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: rewh2oman on January 23, 2009, 03:13:50 PM
Too bad he can't spell.   ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 23, 2009, 03:15:23 PM
Erm... so, should I say "Congrats on your Rejection Letter"?  ;)

BTW, the editor can't spell.

Aperciate is not an English word. Not as far as I know...  :o

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on January 23, 2009, 03:18:46 PM
LOL   i didnt even notice that... ;D


But it is nice to know that he did actually read the story... or at least someone did ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 23, 2009, 03:20:45 PM
Definitely.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on January 26, 2009, 07:31:26 AM
Congrats on your rejection letter, Andrew! ;D Let's go off and have a celebration party!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on January 26, 2009, 07:53:39 AM
LIMBO (micro fiction) has been accepted for Short Story Library Ezine
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on January 26, 2009, 07:56:18 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

Clever boy, have we read that one honey.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on January 26, 2009, 08:02:02 AM
Congrats there, too, midnightcandle! ;D I'd love to read it too! Title sounds interesting :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Wurdsmyth on January 26, 2009, 08:27:54 AM
Congrats, midnightcandle! Brilliant news!  :D

As some of you may have heard, my novel Coffee At Kowalski's is going to be published by Avon (HarperCollins) after they saw it on the Authonomy site. I've got a 3-book deal (craziness!!), with Kowalski's hitting the shelves in time for Christmas.

I'm so immensely chuffed about it but it seriously goes to prove that anything is possible - I wasn't anywhere near the hallowed heights of the 'Editor's Desk' - the highest my novel got in the rankings was 70th... I never expected to be published - I just wanted to see what other readers thought of my book - so when all this happened it took me a while to believe it was real.

It just goes to prove that getting your writing out there can reap rewards - so keep writing and keep believing!

Wurdy xx

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 26, 2009, 08:29:37 AM
Congrats, midnightcandle! Brilliant news!  :D

As some of you may have heard, my novel Coffee At Kowalski's is going to be published by Avon (HarperCollins) after they saw it on the Authonomy site. I've got a 3-book deal (craziness!!), with Kowalski's hitting the shelves in time for Christmas.

I'm so immensely chuffed about it but it seriously goes to prove that anything is possible - I wasn't anywhere near the hallowed heights of the 'Editor's Desk' - the highest my novel got in the rankings was 70th... I never expected to be published - I just wanted to see what other readers thought of my book - so when all this happened it took me a while to believe it was real.

It just goes to prove that getting your writing out there can reap rewards - so keep writing and keep believing!

Wurdy xx


Awesome, congrats Miranda.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on January 26, 2009, 08:42:12 AM
Congrats, midnightcandle! Brilliant news!  :D

As some of you may have heard, my novel Coffee At Kowalski's is going to be published by Avon (HarperCollins) after they saw it on the Authonomy site. I've got a 3-book deal (craziness!!), with Kowalski's hitting the shelves in time for Christmas.

I'm so immensely chuffed about it but it seriously goes to prove that anything is possible - I wasn't anywhere near the hallowed heights of the 'Editor's Desk' - the highest my novel got in the rankings was 70th... I never expected to be published - I just wanted to see what other readers thought of my book - so when all this happened it took me a while to believe it was real.

It just goes to prove that getting your writing out there can reap rewards - so keep writing and keep believing!

Wurdy xx


so pleased for you. well done girl. get cracking on the next 2 ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 26, 2009, 09:01:23 AM
Midnight Candle, Congratulations for getting Limbo out there and published.

Kudos for a job well done.


Wordy, you worked for it, and now it's a reality. Condgratulations. Not only is Coffe at Kowalski's making it's way to the book shelves, a three book deal to boot.

Fantastic.

Big Smiles,
Alice
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 26, 2009, 10:55:31 AM
Congratulations, Miranda.

Proof that 'you have to be in it to win it'.  Any fool can have a 'brilliant manuscipt' tucked away in a drawer.  But if you want to sell it then it needs to out there for people to find.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Nelodra on January 26, 2009, 01:51:21 PM
Midnightcandle and Miranda,

Congrats on your successes! Great jobs, both of you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on January 26, 2009, 04:36:52 PM
 :-* :-* :-* :-*

You too, deserve your success Miranda, great results mate.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on January 26, 2009, 05:01:53 PM
Well done Miranda and Mid.

Miranda I been waiting all week for you to come out.
Go girl. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on February 25, 2009, 12:23:49 PM
Some good news! My first poetry collection is going to be published and coming out sometime in march or april!

The collection is being published by Salvatore publishing - many if not all of you are familiar with Guy and his team (most of you are on his team :) ) I am pretty excited about the collection and working with Salvatore on the project. Just wanted to thank those of you have contributed to my improvements as a writer, who has offered encouraging words as well as those of you who offer brutal honesty.

In the end, i am very happy with this collection and feel they are 50 solid poems that i am proud to have my name on.

Thanks again and can't tell you how excited i am to see my first poetry collection come to print!

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on February 25, 2009, 12:25:40 PM
Well done Casey. Good luck to you. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on February 25, 2009, 12:28:30 PM
Thanks Ma! I am starting the wheels of marketing now :) have a few magazines that have agreed to do book reviews and talking to a few bookstores nearby to shelf it :) would be cool to walk in to the store and see my book!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 25, 2009, 12:50:36 PM
Congratulations Casey. It's always good to see one of our member achieve a goal.

May there be many more in the future.

Smiles,
Alice
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on February 25, 2009, 01:09:45 PM
Thanks Alice! Means a lot to me. It has always been a goal of mine to get my poetry out there and this collection is going to do just that. So really happy about it, thanks again for the support over the time I have spent here on MWC, means a lot to me.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on February 25, 2009, 05:36:54 PM
well done mate. you've worked bloody hard for this moment ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on February 25, 2009, 06:30:30 PM
Thanks midnight - you know have felt good lately, been getting my poems into many of the journals i had set out to as 2009 goals. Have about 20 that have been accepted for 09 already some print and some online - so feels good. Like things have just come together, just hope it keeps going in motion!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on February 27, 2009, 02:18:22 AM
Congratulations Casey, take a bow.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on February 27, 2009, 09:29:06 AM
Thanks firefly!!! :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatLous on March 07, 2009, 01:39:47 PM
Congrats, Casey ;D You've worked very hard on that! Good luck :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: KCBOOKS on March 09, 2009, 10:43:08 AM
Hi writers and readers,
My name is Kristin Callender. I am new to the group and to the published world also.  I was directed here, to The Coffee Shop to announce my upcoming virtual book tour. As I am sure that most of you know, it is challenging and sometimes frustrating for a new and unknown author to get attention in the this competitive book market.  I often feel like a tiny little Who looking for my Horton to hear me and share my voice with the world.  I know I have watched this movie too much with my daughter  ::)  But it fits here  ;D

I will be presenting my first mystery, The Truth Lies in the Dark to readers in my tour that begins on March 15th.  There are ten stops planned that will include an author interview, guest post, and contest give aways.  I have offered signed copies of my book and t-shirts of its beautifully designed cover.  If any of you have a book related blog or website, or know someone who does, and would like to participate in this tour please go to my website for more info.  I have posted a schedule of all stops along with links to each blog I will be visiting.
My website address is: http://sites.google.com/site/kristincallenderbooks  (http://sites.google.com/site/kristincallenderbooks)

If you are interested in being a part of my Book Blog Tour please contact me either through this forum or by email:  dkcallender@sbcglobal.net.  I will post the blog or website info, and any other info you want to share, along with a link to it.  I also have started sending out press releases and will continue to announce the tour as it approaches and while it is in progress. I will be twittering too. (twitter.com/KCBOOKS). This could be a great opportunity for all involved.  You never know when that elephant could show up  :D  If you are not interested in participating I hope that you will take the time to stop in and get to know me and my book a little better.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my tour.  I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,
 
:)Kristin Callender ;)

The Truth Lies in the Dark by Kristin Callender is available on www.amazon.com/Truth-Lies-Dark-Kristin-Callender/dp/1604520140  (http://www.amazon.com/Truth-Lies-Dark-Kristin-Callender/dp/1604520140)  and is also the 'Featured Book of the Month' on www.bluewaterpress.com  (http://www.bluewaterpress.com)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: celtic_dancer on April 11, 2009, 10:36:49 AM
I posted this elsewhere but was redirected to this (brilliant) page by Gyppo.
I finished my first manuscript! ever! I wasn't sure what to do with myself so I just ran around screaming for a bit ;)
I'm leaving it for a while before I go back to edit it, working on something different for now; how long do you personally leave a manuscript sit?

Cheers,
charlie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 11, 2009, 11:03:07 AM
Charlie, I'm glad you found your way to this folder (good for Gyppo) and once again;

Congratulations.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 13, 2009, 06:18:42 PM
Okay, this is my very first one above self publishing my own work.
Someone contacted me today and asked if they could post one of my flash fictions on their blog. A first step is moving forward.  ;D
Skip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on April 13, 2009, 06:21:30 PM
Well done Skip.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on April 13, 2009, 06:25:43 PM
Nice one, Skip.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 13, 2009, 07:39:36 PM
Good for you Skip.

(I'm assuming you made sure they will give you credit.)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on April 13, 2009, 08:46:56 PM
Way to go Skipmyster, happy days.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 13, 2009, 10:12:37 PM
 ;D
Good for you Skip.

(I'm assuming you made sure they will give you credit.)

Yupper, thanks guys/ gals
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: noelgama on April 24, 2009, 01:44:38 AM
Hi,

I've just received a copy of my book, "Culture Wise INDIA" from Peter Read of Survival Books, UK!

I got this assignment because of a message Nick posted on this forum. But most important, his book, "Write Any Book in 28 Days" gave me the confidence to accept the assignment - I had never sold any writing before that... not even an article!

Cheers!

Noel Gama
India
www.Discover-Daman.com
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: KCBOOKS on April 24, 2009, 08:21:27 AM
Congratulations Noel! That is great news. 
 ;D Kristin Callender
The Truth Lies in the Dark
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on April 24, 2009, 08:22:24 AM
Thats brilliant Noel, congratulations.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 24, 2009, 09:19:30 AM
Great news Noel.

I love hearing success stories. The fact that yours also involves Nice is good to hear too.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on April 24, 2009, 09:45:33 AM
Congratulations Noel. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 24, 2009, 12:29:42 PM
Totally Cool Noel, Good going.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on April 24, 2009, 01:01:42 PM
That's an impresive debut, Noel.  Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: noelgama on April 27, 2009, 01:40:30 AM
Thank you!!

Noel
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ByronArthurClark on April 30, 2009, 12:51:29 PM
I just found out that my poem "Heartening Tales from the Tombs of the Living" (currently up in the Review My Poetry section) was awarded second place in Stellenbosch University English Society poetry competition. I was given two free tickets to a show at a local theatre as a prize. I'm so excited  ;D  ;D   ;D . Also, last year I was awarded a trophy for creative writing in the Tygerberg International Eisteddfod. It makes a nice bookend on my bookcase.  :D   
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sellit on April 30, 2009, 01:42:15 PM
Congratulations! That's great news. Those wins look nice on a bio, don't they?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ByronArthurClark on April 30, 2009, 01:43:48 PM
Thank you. They sure do...   :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on April 30, 2009, 09:49:36 PM
Congratulations Byron, that is lovely news, you have worked hard to earn it mate.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on May 05, 2009, 04:54:46 AM
i didn't know where to put this piece so i'll put it here.

i have been planning a project ready for 2010. it is a non-fiction oral history of the northern soul scene in gloucestershire from the 1960's to present day. i managed to get the help of four local dj's who have been on the scene from the 60's. their info will be paramount.

one of the dj's has a radio show each morning, where he gave my project a big shout out. i wouldn't be able to scratch the surface without these guys so i am just pleased that they will help me. on another northern soul forum i frequent, i have been getting pm's with offers of help.

so not a published work but it will be now - sometime late in 2010.

daryl
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on May 05, 2009, 05:42:33 AM
 ;D ;D

Sounds good MC, a lot of hard work to come mate but I reckon you are up for it.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on May 05, 2009, 05:45:11 AM
i get to drink and dance as part of the research too - good days ahead ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on May 05, 2009, 05:45:58 AM
Ahhhhhhh well, best be drinking ice water my friend, you must keep a clear head.  :P :P
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 05, 2009, 07:52:41 AM
First hand research.  Always worthwhile.  Go for it.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Vienna on May 05, 2009, 07:55:35 AM


daryl good on yer mate! didnt know there was a Northern Soul scene in Glocestershire. All the visits to Wigan, Manchester, Stoke and Blackpool in the 70's must have rotted my brain! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on May 05, 2009, 05:40:14 PM

daryl good on yer mate! didnt know there was a Northern Soul scene in Glocestershire. All the visits to Wigan, Manchester, Stoke and Blackpool in the 70's must have rotted my brain! ;D
we had clubs going there before wigan and stoke. it should have been called southern soul 8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Spell Chick on May 13, 2009, 06:24:02 PM
Casey Quinn sent me to an online site that needs content. I have content.

I am now actually a paid writer.

http://www.examiner.com/x-10909-Charleston-History-Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/x-10909-Charleston-History-Examiner)

Lord have mercy!

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on May 13, 2009, 09:36:43 PM
Congratulations Chicky, your Dick must be extra excited at this prospect.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Spell Chick on May 13, 2009, 09:40:47 PM
My Dickie called too early in the day to learn about this and was dining out with important people so ... He gets to find out tomorrow. That's what he gets ....
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on May 14, 2009, 09:31:13 AM
Well done Pati...  Well deserved success  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on May 14, 2009, 09:33:43 AM
Well done Mrs Woman. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Spell Chick on May 14, 2009, 09:53:28 AM
Thanks. Casey sent me in the right direction.

I can now really say I'm a writer!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 14, 2009, 03:40:45 PM
Thanks. Casey sent me in the right direction.

I can now really say I'm a writer!

Absolutely.  Get a few more under your belt and you can tell people you're a working writer.  Non-writers will always put the first few publications down to 'luck', but once it becomes a regular thing they start to re-think.

"I have a regular column in...." carries certain amount of extra conviction ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Spell Chick on May 14, 2009, 03:44:55 PM
I'm working on accepting myself as a writer. My family already does.

We were playing Scategories last summer and the question was

Author    and the letter was P
      god bless my sister, she put in Patti.  :D

I'm trying to believe this myself right now.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: amakepeace on May 15, 2009, 04:29:20 PM
Congrats!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Spell Chick on May 15, 2009, 06:08:20 PM
thanks.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: spanker on June 04, 2009, 06:28:11 AM
That's excellent Chick.  I have my own good news also. I just nabbed a book contract with 'Publish America'.  onward and upward my friends. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Spell Chick on June 04, 2009, 07:34:49 AM
That's great. What is your book about?
  Fiction or non-fiction?
   Genre?

Title?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on June 04, 2009, 09:48:46 PM
Way to go Spanker, thats brilliant news.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on June 04, 2009, 10:40:54 PM
Good for you my friend.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: spanker on June 05, 2009, 03:58:15 AM
Thanks guys.  the title is 'Wolf's Bane'.  It's Horror/Fantasy.

It's like a door has been opened and proprieter glances at me and smiles.  'Hello, have you been waiting for long?'

I hide the sleeping bag behind my back and say nothing, because I can't stop grinning.

very cool.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Natasha Bennett on June 13, 2009, 03:24:42 PM
Congratulations, Spanker! Hope it works out great  ;D

Last month my book, War of the Soulites, was published by Lyrical Press, which is science fiction/horror. So far the publisher has been great, and the cover is awesome. Two weeks ago I got my first review too:

http://fallenangelreviews.com/2009/May/nene-warofthesoulites.htm

Natasha Bennett has done a wonderful job creating not only the characters and their personalities, but the setting and plot. I'm hoping from the way the story ends there will be more to come in the near future. This was definitely an enjoyable read.

Even after all this time I'm still amazed  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 13, 2009, 03:40:03 PM
Well done, Natasha. I immediately googled you when I saw you're name on the welcome board.
Knew it sounded familiar. Hope I'll be able to get my hands on your book soon.

And knowing publishers and editors, you'd best get started on that sequal. They say if a sequal
takes longer than a year to come out, you start losing your readers. Apparently they start
looking for other books to read. Weird.

Enjoy your success and keep writing.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 13, 2009, 03:51:22 PM
Congratulation Natasha on both the book and the great review.

Smiles,
Alice
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Natasha Bennett on June 13, 2009, 03:58:47 PM
Well done, Natasha. I immediately googled you when I saw you're name on the welcome board.
Knew it sounded familiar. Hope I'll be able to get my hands on your book soon.

And knowing publishers and editors, you'd best get started on that sequal. They say if a sequal
takes longer than a year to come out, you start losing your readers. Apparently they start
looking for other books to read. Weird.

Enjoy your success and keep writing.

Hi Joe!

Oh trust me, the sequal is now clocked at 57,000 words. Hopefully I'll have the first draft soon. Then it's on to the editing (the worst case I can think of is Stephen king, who managed to make his readers wait twenty years between the first and last book of the dark tower series.)

Thanks for the advice! And thank you Country4Gal!

-Natasha
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on June 13, 2009, 08:22:01 PM
Natasha, congratulations mate, and many more to come I bet.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on June 15, 2009, 02:54:31 AM
Congratulations Natasha - I haven't done much book stuff lately, or been on here much. Just haven't felt like doing much. It is also rather difficult when you have to work weekends.  I have though been interviewed on 2 different blogs, each very different and continue to sell the odd book !

http://www.howtotellagreatstory.com/byot/byot130.html

http://www.talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.com/2009/05/self-publishing-by-authors-whove-tried_17.html

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 15, 2009, 03:32:08 AM
Very nice interview, June.

I really learned a lot from it. And the sight has lots of informative articles as well.
They should keep me busy for a while.  ;)

Well done on your book. I know a guy who would love to read it.
I'll send him your way.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: misaditas on June 16, 2009, 07:56:58 AM
I'm not sure if it qualifies as a "success", but I've got my first article published through Triond.

It's about worldbuilding for fantasy novels and it's up on Authspot now.

http://www.authspot.com/Novels/Worldbuilding.795187 (http://www.authspot.com/Novels/Worldbuilding.795187)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 16, 2009, 09:56:35 AM
Wow, what a nice article. Of course it's a success. Wish I had an article up somewhere.

Congratulations
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: misaditas on June 16, 2009, 10:19:06 AM
Thank you Joe  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 16, 2009, 10:51:35 AM
To my mind, this is definitely a success  misaditas.

Congratulations.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: misaditas on June 16, 2009, 11:01:53 AM
Thanks Alice  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on June 16, 2009, 06:30:48 PM
Go Fae, every step is a success mate.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: misaditas on June 16, 2009, 06:50:21 PM
Thanks FF  :)

They've moved it onto Writerhood now.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Natasha Bennett on June 18, 2009, 11:55:05 AM
Congratulations Natasha - I haven't done much book stuff lately, or been on here much. Just haven't felt like doing much. It is also rather difficult when you have to work weekends.  I have though been interviewed on 2 different blogs, each very different and continue to sell the odd book !

http://www.howtotellagreatstory.com/byot/byot130.html

http://www.talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.com/2009/05/self-publishing-by-authors-whove-tried_17.html



Great interviews! I'm glad you like Canada. :) I haven't felt like doing much over the past three days-it is indeed tough when I'm working full time as well.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on June 30, 2009, 12:24:46 AM
My Mom said I'm a bad boy for not coming over here and telling you fine folks about my book. So, I'm here to tell you about my book. :D

I had my first full novel published in March 2009 titled Transforming Realities by Double-Edged Publishing, Inc. It is a sequel to Infinite Realities, a novella that was published in Nov. 2007. It will be a three-book series, as the final novel is in editing and I hope to see it published next year.

I have a five-star review of it by Grace Bridges. (http://splashdownreviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/transforming-realities-by-rl-copple.html)

Also, I've had an interview with Taylor Kent, the "Snarky Avenger" at Shark Infested Waters. (http://thesnarkyavenger.com/?p=476) The cool thing about Taylor is he says he's someone who doesn't care for fantasy very much, but he loved this book and gave it a "5 out of 5 shark bites."

ALSO! The book's cover is up for the "New Covey Cover Award." I encourage anyone with a mind to, to visit the web page and vote for my book's cover (http://thenewcoveycoverawards.blogspot.com/2009/06/entry-14-transforming-realities.html). It is entry #14 and voting ends 6/30, so one more day left! The cover artist, E. J. Mickels, did an outstanding job on it.

For more information you can visit my Published Works (http://www.rlcopple.com/published.php) page, or visit my bookstore (http://store.rlcopple.com) to purchase ebooks or order signed copies of either book. Or you can find them at Amazon.com, B&N, or other online stores. You can even have your local bookstore order them if you wish.

So, now you know. Don't say I didn't tell ya. ;) Thanks!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 30, 2009, 02:44:28 AM
Wow, congratulations.  :)

I'll go check out the links.

P.S Good luck with the editing.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on June 30, 2009, 04:46:13 AM
Thats brilliant mate and I voted, I love the cover its beautiful.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on June 30, 2009, 04:54:38 AM
Your mum was right. Congratulations, brilliant news. I've voted. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 30, 2009, 09:50:31 AM
Such a good son - still listens to me - at least sometimes.  ;)

Glad you found the time to pop in Rick.

I've read both his books (of course) and have to say I enjoyed both. Not just because Rick wrote them - but some good characters that are developed and grow. Plus a story that captured my interest and kept me reading.

Big Smiles,
Alice
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on June 30, 2009, 11:12:59 AM
 :o :o :o :o :o :o

This is one of yours Alice?

How proud you must be, well I know you are very proud of your kids but this is sorta icing on the cake mate.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 30, 2009, 11:51:33 AM
Who's proud?  Me?

You better believe it.  8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on June 30, 2009, 05:01:02 PM
You have every reason to be proud Alice. ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on July 09, 2009, 06:15:17 PM
You know when my poetry collection came out i tried to get the word out about it as much as possible and contacted the North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling to see if she would be interested in reading it and get her feedback. Well she read it and posted about it on her blog! i am pretty happy about that, she said:
 
"I found the poems in Snapshots of Life to be accessible, often witty, with a deft playfulness, and often poignant, with a lack of pretense in a day when so many poets try to show how clever they are."
 
Take a read, she also posted in some reviews i have had and a few sample poems:
 
http://ncpoetlaureate.blogspot.com/2009/07/casey-quinn-snapshots-of-life.html (http://ncpoetlaureate.blogspot.com/2009/07/casey-quinn-snapshots-of-life.html)
 
Thought that was pretty cool -
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Spell Chick on July 09, 2009, 06:34:55 PM
How nice Casey.

It's great to be appreciated.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on July 09, 2009, 09:35:28 PM
Quote
Thought that was pretty cool

I think that a few step beyond cool Casey. Very nicely done.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on July 09, 2009, 10:48:37 PM
Go Casey, nice to see its still on the bubble mate.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on July 10, 2009, 08:09:59 AM
Thanks! Books been out for about three months now and the sales have been steady and has been getting some great reviews and exposure so really just happy with the whole thing. Really consider it a success and look forward to the future for sure - thanks for checking it out, really appreciate the kind words -
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 11, 2009, 02:36:47 PM
I've mentioned it in the coffee shop, but it probably belongs here as well.  My regular column in a local magazine earned me an entirely unexpected bonus from the lady editor, in the form of a gallon of beer.  I may be teetotal, and will share it out amongst my family but I was tickled pink by the gesture.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on July 11, 2009, 02:41:35 PM
Sometimes it those unexpected gestures of can mean the most to us.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 11, 2009, 02:42:01 PM
Excellent. Wish I was there. What kind of beer is it?  :)

Congrats, Gyppo.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on July 11, 2009, 08:16:51 PM
That is a lovely gesture Gyp, nice to be appreciated and there are family members who will now second that.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 12, 2009, 04:14:45 AM
Excellent. Wish I was there. What kind of beer is it?  :)

Congrats, Gyppo.

This sort, Joe ;-)    Photograph of my windfall at the end of the article.

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=21977.0

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 12, 2009, 06:07:43 AM
Mmmmm... beeeeeeeer  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on July 22, 2009, 12:47:12 AM
Thanks, folks, for the votes and all. Didn't win the award for the cover, but appreciate the effort.

And thanks, Mom, for the glowing praise and all on the book. Yep, I'm one of Alice's...the first one actually. :D

An interesting side note I learned tonight. My wife's parents are over for a visit (they live in Florida but were able to come visit as they traveled around). Her dad told me that a woman who is second cousin to him, her daughter married Ted Dekker, the author. So via two marriages I'm every so slightly related to him now. Additionally, they live in Austin, so my wife's dad says.

Now, if I could convince him to read my book and help drum up buzz on it. :D That would be cool.

Congrats on the beer, and the poetry successes mentioned. I'm sure you both deserve it for the work you've put into it. I too like poems that are accessible, and those I write tend to be that way as well, with some notable exceptions.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 29, 2009, 04:57:38 AM
I am so happy.  ;D

One of my flash fiction stories has been published on the net.
What a great feeling.

Thanks to Pearl Luke and everyone here at MWC who
helped and guided me.

Here's the link if you want to check it out:
http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/daddy-flash-fiction.html
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 29, 2009, 08:01:43 AM
Well done, Joe.  Now you know how it feels ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: amakepeace on July 29, 2009, 08:07:26 AM
That's great news Joe! Congrats!!  :)

I love that story too. ;)


~Amanda
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on July 29, 2009, 08:39:43 AM
Great stuff Joe
Well done
Ma :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on July 29, 2009, 08:46:43 AM
Whee Haw Joe, good for you my friend, keep going.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: celtic_dancer on July 29, 2009, 12:25:23 PM
Hurrah for Joe! Congrats, mate :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kasi on July 29, 2009, 01:41:45 PM
I got two books published with Harlequin, and then I hit a wall.  I did it without an agent which turned out to be a huge mistake.  So I switched to YA books and I just found an agent after a long, exhausting search.  She's really excited about the project.  This week she is supposed to send the book out to editors.  Fingers crossed. 8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: amakepeace on July 29, 2009, 01:58:08 PM
Good Luck Kasi! Sounds exciting.  :)


~Amanda
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 31, 2009, 11:31:41 AM
Thanks guys.

I got two books published with Harlequin, and then I hit a wall.  I did it without an agent which turned out to be a huge mistake.  So I switched to YA books and I just found an agent after a long, exhausting search.  She's really excited about the project.  This week she is supposed to send the book out to editors.  Fingers crossed. 8)

Let us know how it turns out, Kasi. Fingers crossed all around.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Lin on July 31, 2009, 11:35:23 AM
Hey Joe,  dont you dare leave the e-crit team now you are a budding celeb.  The team needs you! LOL. Superrrrrb! 

Lin x x x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: swayingelk1 on July 31, 2009, 05:57:54 PM
To Orchid:
Your posting about getting your dragon story published is great news and gave some cheer to my efforts today  (writing poetry.)  Thanks for your share.
swayingelk1
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: DwWin on August 18, 2009, 05:19:02 AM
Compared to a lot of successes here mine is not so great but I passed my Open Univerity level 2 course in creative writing and I'm already booked for the advanced level 3 course in October.

Apart from anything else it has helped me structure and think about my writing in a different way.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 18, 2009, 05:20:41 AM
Well done, Dwin.

Any step forward is a step up.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Vienna on August 18, 2009, 06:01:52 AM


Great stuff dwin. what's the course like? My Sociology degree is from the OU and have  been thinking about the Creative Writing course ,........
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on August 18, 2009, 08:03:38 AM
Well done Dwin, great achievement mate.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sellit on August 18, 2009, 05:05:30 PM
congratulations
Success is a nice feeling. ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: amakepeace on August 18, 2009, 05:10:21 PM
Congrats!  ;D


~Amanda
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sellit on August 18, 2009, 05:18:44 PM
My novel is sitting in the acquision editor's computer waiting to be read!
 She loved my propsoal and first 3 chapters and asked for the whole manuscript. Got an email saying she'd received the book. Honestly didn't expect any confirmation or reply. We've been in contact during the writing process about marketing ideas and deadlines so I think she's behind me. Jumping through the hoops for the other committees will be the key.
She asked for 3 months to read and decide about a contract. Sounds much better than an immediate rejection.
 Waiting is almost as hard as the writing.

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on August 18, 2009, 05:30:05 PM
Dwin good for you. Well done. :)

Sellit, crack on with the next one mate, you've got three months to kill. ;D Sounds like a positive response. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sellit on August 18, 2009, 09:15:11 PM
thanks ma100
 I'm trying to decide where to go from here. Right now I'm having empty nest syndrome. The baby I nurtured for a year just left home! :'( :)

May tackle some articles, start a sequel, or revise another book that got the reject. Too many choices for my weary brain. ???
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on August 18, 2009, 10:34:12 PM
Good on you sellit, nice to see someone smiling again.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ByronArthurClark on August 20, 2009, 12:04:46 PM
I got 76% percent for an English essay at University recently. I told my tutor the week before that I wanted to improve by just one percent from the previous essay and I did, so I'm quite happy.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ByronArthurClark on August 20, 2009, 12:07:14 PM
My novel is sitting in the acquision editor's computer waiting to be read!
 She loved my propsoal and first 3 chapters and asked for the whole manuscript. Got an email saying she'd received the book. Honestly didn't expect any confirmation or reply. We've been in contact during the writing process about marketing ideas and deadlines so I think she's behind me. Jumping through the hoops for the other committees will be the key.
She asked for 3 months to read and decide about a contract. Sounds much better than an immediate rejection.
 Waiting is almost as hard as the writing.




Well done and good Luck! I've got my fingers crossed for you!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: celtic_dancer on August 23, 2009, 10:19:00 AM
Congrats, Byron!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sellit on August 23, 2009, 01:44:44 PM
Congrats, Byron.
Keep setting that goal a bit higher. You'll reach it!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Mark H on August 24, 2009, 03:57:09 AM
Here it is, the poetry collection you have been waiting for!

To purchase, rate or review, please follow the link.
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/bristle-side-down/7314684

(http://www.balsamic-vignette.me.uk/pics/front.gif)

To purchase, rate or review, please follow the link.
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/bristle-side-down/7314684
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on August 24, 2009, 04:06:40 AM
Congratulations Mark, I love the cover, would be a good book for sure.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: JoD on August 24, 2009, 10:34:15 AM
congratulations, mark. love the warning on the cover. it made me laugh. : D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: eric on August 24, 2009, 11:16:58 AM
Most excellent, Mark.  I laughed.  I'll even buy one after my ship comes in.  But careful, fly, you can't tell a book by its cover!  Ahem, harrumph.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: JoD on August 24, 2009, 11:20:21 AM
A print/online magazine i have a great deal of respect for, called Creative Nonfiction (http://www.creativenonfiction.org/), runs a daily contest on Twitter for microessays. i have 'won' a few times and that's fun, but this month i and some of my twitter playmates got a mention in CNF's newsletter. no idea why this pleased me so much: we didn't get paid. but the contest is fun and i read some neat little essaylets in it and getting picked from among them felt nice. plus the magazine has championed high quality nonfiction writing for far longer than i've been trying to produce it. the editor, lee gutkind, is sort of an essayist's rockstar. or so say i, anyway.

Posting this both cuz i'm a bit proud, and because others might want to join the fun. if you twitter, check out #cnftweet and come play.


**********from CNF's august newsletter*************************
The Great Twitter Experiment

The CNF Daily Twitter contest continues to gain in popularity. In fact, it's blossomed into quite an interesting online community of micro-essayists.

Regardless of your feelings about Twitter--love it or hate it--we encourage you all to partake in this uber-short writing exercise. And who knows? If this experiment goes well, you may even find your tweet in an upcoming issue of Creative Nonfiction.

Not sure what we're looking for? Below are a few of the recent daily winners, to serve as examples and inspiration:

July 19
karriehiggins #cnftweet: When I was 14, my grandmother's diary was planted like a ticking bomb in my hands; when I was 30, it went off.

July 21
JDeurbrouck #cnftweet: She likes high heels and sitting in men's laps. She is eight. It's what she knows. That and the thin borscht of the orphanage.

July 30
Greg_Freed #cnftweet: "What about the Peace Corps?" she asked. "Only married couples can go together." Fear didn't hit as hard as I might have expected.

August 7
Lucysky #cnftweet: My dad told me about the garden, about the pot they used to grow. I remember the strawberries. We ate them straight off the vine.

All of the winners are available on our profile page under the "Favorites" tab, and the finer details of the contest are below:

Forget 6-word memoirs. Can you tell a true story in 130 characters or less? Think you could write one hundred CNF-worthy tweets a day? Go for it. We dare you. There's no limit and submitting is easy. Simply tag your 130-character creative nonfiction tweet with the trending topic #cnftweet, and then hit "Update." That's it.

Our editors pick a daily winner and re-tweet the best of the day.

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on August 24, 2009, 12:00:01 PM
Not being a great follower of poetry, I have to admit that this was flippin' hilarious collection. Mark you have excelled yourself, I enjoyed every bit of it. Congratulations mate. :) I would recommend it to anyone.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: eric on August 24, 2009, 12:23:13 PM
LOOK EVERYONE, HERE IS MA AND ME AGREEING ON SOMETHIN'!  Bless her heart.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on August 24, 2009, 12:37:52 PM
 :o :o :o :o :o ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 24, 2009, 03:51:18 PM
LOOK EVERYONE, HERE IS MA AND ME AGREEING ON SOMETHIN'!  Bless her heart.

Now that's what I call a success.  But let's not let it overshadow the availbility of 'Bristle Side Down'.  Well done, Mark.

Gyppo

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Mark H on August 24, 2009, 05:20:36 PM
Thanks everyone  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on September 13, 2009, 10:14:57 AM
well done mark - hope it sells a million or more :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Mark H on September 13, 2009, 10:31:45 AM
Thanks Daryl.

My objectives are more modest than that. 100,000 would be fine  ;D

Mark
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: eric on September 13, 2009, 10:37:26 AM
I will take 99,999 copies, old stub.  Now who will buy one more?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 16, 2009, 09:16:27 AM
It's not set in stone yet, but I got into a horror anthology book coming out end
of the year. Fifteen writers each get 12 000 words to play with.  :)

After the editing stage is complete I will definitely know.

Time to start writing.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: celtic_dancer on September 16, 2009, 11:13:02 AM
Joe: that is so cool!! congrats, mate, can't wait to hear more about it  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Big T on September 16, 2009, 11:18:51 AM
Here it is, the poetry collection you have been waiting for!

To purchase, rate or review, please follow the link.
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/bristle-side-down/7314684

(http://www.balsamic-vignette.me.uk/pics/front.gif)

To purchase, rate or review, please follow the link.
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/bristle-side-down/7314684

Mark, I missed this ... so belated congratulations ... I'm off to lulu to take a peek!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 16, 2009, 11:48:41 AM
Joe: that is so cool!! congrats, mate, can't wait to hear more about it  ;D

Thanks Celtic_Dancer. For now I just have to write a bunch of short stories and flash fiction to
make up the word count. After the editing we all choose which stories will
go in and which won't. I'm more of a suspense writer, but adding a bit
of horror won't be a problem.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on September 16, 2009, 12:02:02 PM
Good for you Joe. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 17, 2009, 04:13:01 PM
Thanks, Ma
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: swayingelk1 on September 25, 2009, 10:46:12 PM
To Joe,
Thanks, Joe, your spirited words might even get me writing again.  swayingelk1
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: buddingwriter on September 28, 2009, 09:52:43 AM
I am encouraged by reading of all of the activity on-going. I am tempted to retieve my single MS
(which I worked on for 5 years---------------and which has been in storgage these past 5 years,)
Alas,  am feeling each and every year I have experienced! I feel that interacting on this web site
is just the tonic I need,


Best wishes to al,

budingwriter
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: swayingelk1 on September 28, 2009, 03:24:59 PM
budding writer,
Welcome,  It has been my experience these past months that I've been hanging around, that this place has taught me many good things about criticism (of poetry,) I've read some amazing poems and excellent critiques. The rules hear encouraged me to critique some poems though not as eloquently and E.,V,.T., G, and a few others.  You'll run into them and more if you hang around.  Recently I submitted my first poem here, that, too, a good experience.  My overall writing has also increased.  All this who also hunted down writing I'd saved for years and years.        swayingelk1
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on September 28, 2009, 05:14:59 PM
I am encouraged by reading of all of the activity on-going. I am tempted to retieve my single MS
(which I worked on for 5 years---------------and which has been in storgage these past 5 years,)
Alas,  am feeling each and every year I have experienced! I feel that interacting on this web site
is just the tonic I need,


Best wishes to al,

budingwriter

I think it is often the case that being around other people with an interest in writing spurs you on in your own work. It's like we are eachothers enablers.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on October 02, 2009, 06:33:45 AM
i recently sent in a few poems to a magazine and they accepted them and invited me to send in more poems for a chapbook consideration- i sent in the poems and just found out it was accepted! so i am pretty excited, my second poetry chapbook will be released later this year or early 2010, still working on the details of it all but just pretty excited and wanted to share the good news !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Mark H on October 02, 2009, 10:00:06 AM
well done casey!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 02, 2009, 10:15:31 AM
Well done.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: swayingelk1 on October 02, 2009, 05:03:08 PM
That is such good news !   Enjoy your successes, what a reward for your work.
swayingelk1
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 03, 2009, 08:05:07 PM
Great new Casey, glad things are moving forward for you.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Xerika on October 03, 2009, 08:22:55 PM
Nice one, casey. Rock on.  ;D

P.S. What's a chapbook?  ???
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on October 03, 2009, 09:58:54 PM
thanks everyone! i really appreciate the show of support -it means a lot to me. i am really excited about it and cant wait to see a copy of the book when it is ready!

a chapbook is generally a smaller set of poems than a collection, they are printed a lot of times by hand and are really popular with small presses
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 03, 2009, 10:09:10 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapbook offers an overview of the chapbook, from the 16th century to modern times.  Good ideas never die.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on October 06, 2009, 07:25:32 AM
I haven't done much writing of late, but have tentatively started work on a book about some soft pigs (pigs which I own incidentally, for which I have constructed over the years an elaborate fantasy life style and history). I have only written 1000 or so words so far, but have also started a blog about them to get the ball rolling. So far I am the only visitor, but it doesn't matter, as it is the writing that counts !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sideshunter on October 06, 2009, 08:43:26 AM
hi guys and gals. ive just today(6th October) been shortlisted for the Earlyworks press Hastings poetry competition ;Djoe.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: swayingelk1 on October 06, 2009, 11:58:59 AM
To Sideshunter,

That is good news, I do not know you, but I will send out butterflies of hope for you into the universe.
swayingelk1
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sideshunter on October 07, 2009, 05:42:49 AM
thank you swayingelk1. thats the nicest thing anyone has said to me since a pagan lady's spell cured my vertigo a while back.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 07, 2009, 07:56:19 AM
I don't do butterflies, but well done so far.  Keep writing. 

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: swayingelk1 on October 07, 2009, 10:37:03 PM
Gyppo,
I put your website into my FAV.list because it seems to deal with the kind of help I am needing.  Is that you in the picture? 
swayingelk1
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 08, 2009, 10:46:01 AM
Hairy chap with a beard and a ponytail?  That's me.  Photo taken a couple of years ago at a Gypsy Horse Fair, a fairly local annual event.  My camera, but daughter doing the shutterwork.

I  need to start posting regularly again on that website.  I've neglected it badly for far too long due to ill-health and other things taking up my time.  One of my excuses was that it had been hacked, and then the servers went down for a while, but I believe it has all been sorted now so there is no longer any real excuse except inertia/laziness.  You may have just given me a well-needed kick up the arse.

Gyppo  
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Symphony on October 09, 2009, 08:39:58 AM
Stupidly thrilled with the honour of being runner-up in the Writers Bureau flash fiction competition (story in 140 characters)
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jos on October 09, 2009, 08:41:06 AM
Hurray for you, Symphony.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on October 09, 2009, 08:45:01 AM
Well done Amanda. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 09, 2009, 01:18:02 PM
Stupidly thrilled with the honour of being runner-up in the Writers Bureau flash fiction competition (story in 140 characters)
 ;D ;D ;D


It's never stupid to be thrilled by your own success ;-)  Assuming you don't do something silly like dancing out through the window of a seventeenth story flat.

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Symphony on October 09, 2009, 01:31:48 PM
Thanks, guys. (I'll remember to double-check that the window is locked, Gyppo X)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: celtic_dancer on October 15, 2009, 12:34:03 PM
congrats, symphony! fab news (:
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sideshunter on October 30, 2009, 07:10:53 AM
result of poetry comp: i took fourth prize; £15 and four free books. i chose a novel a book of short stories and a couple of poetry anthologies. my two poems also go into an anthology. not bad for a totally free competition. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jos on October 30, 2009, 10:47:49 AM
Great stuff sideshunter, not bad at all.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Bubbles on October 30, 2009, 01:46:12 PM
Ok, to quote Gyppo on my blog "someone has to get the ball rolling", so here I am.

Nick mentioned to me to post my previous posts here for you to read (again hehe):

So, there you go! Who's next?

Suzie

Great, Suzie, well done you. 
Bubbles.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 06, 2009, 07:36:45 AM
Just got an email from Reader's Digest. My funny filler was chosen as best letter for the
month and will be published in December's issue. Not sure how big this is. Is it something
I can put on my writer's cv?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: eric on November 06, 2009, 09:41:32 AM
Reader's Digest is big, whatever else one might say about it.  A letter is just that,  but might be worth a note.  You're doing well, Joe,.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on November 06, 2009, 09:42:06 AM
Congratulations, Joe, on the acceptance of your filler by Reader’s Digest.  I would consider that a big step forward.  Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: buddingwriter on November 06, 2009, 03:14:55 PM
Well done, Joe!
The only thing I ever got "published," was a poem, that adorned the shool magazine, "Paradox," in the 7th Grade.

Best of luck with your future wriing.



buddingwriter
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: pb on November 06, 2009, 03:25:57 PM
nice one Joe. you're takin off man.

and congrats buddingwriter on your poem in esteemed literary school magazine 'Paradox'  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: buddingwriter on November 06, 2009, 03:57:29 PM
Thanks, pb,
I am flattered.


buddingwriter
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 06, 2009, 04:27:27 PM
Thanks Eric, AWM, Buddingwriter and pb.  :)

And congrats to you as well Buddingwriter.  ;)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: buddingwriter on November 06, 2009, 06:39:34 PM
Thanks, Joe



"bud"










Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Talisman on November 11, 2009, 01:22:59 PM
Congrats Joe, I get the Readers Digest so will look out for it !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 11, 2009, 02:30:41 PM
I send it to Reader's Digest South Africa, but my payment is send from abroad.
Perhaps it will be in the UK edition.  ;D

Let me know if you see it there. lol
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: swayingelk1 on November 11, 2009, 03:38:23 PM
Joe.
That is wonderful news!  Keep us up to date on how this whole process goes for you. Congrat.
swayingelk1
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 16, 2009, 01:34:22 PM
Just saw my filler in November's edition of Reader's Digest South Africa. They changed the intro a bit
to make it fit in as a letter. I don't mind, getting 'letter of the month' adds a bit more money.  ;D


Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Xerika on November 16, 2009, 03:01:53 PM
Well done, Joe. So the drinks are on you then, eh?  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 17, 2009, 04:41:30 AM
I'll see you in the pub tonight.  :D

(Shots only)  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 17, 2009, 02:31:36 PM
Readers Digest is good.  They get a hell of a lot of submissions, so you must have done something right ;-)

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 17, 2009, 02:33:45 PM
Thanks, Gyppo.

Your lessons\articles helped me a lot.
Next I'll have to try my hand at a full length article.  :-\
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: saraknight on November 22, 2009, 02:45:14 PM
 i just want to say thank you to all that helped me in the time i was doing my book.
Stiletto Diaries is now at barns and noble.
 with out some of you , I would not have made it.
so thank to all.
 sara Knight/ London Knight
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 23, 2009, 08:23:13 AM
Congratulations, Sara.

Very well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sideshunter on November 28, 2009, 06:45:54 AM
Just got a letter saying i am one of the chosen poets to have my poem on display for world aids awareness day. very pleased. Here is the funny bit: the awards are to be presented at the local theatre by..The Cheeky Girls! this is better than a knighthood!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 28, 2009, 07:00:24 AM
Congratulations Side. Recognition is a wonderful feeling.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Swampfox one on January 17, 2010, 12:11:19 PM
In a conversion with Nick on a related topic. I told him about this and he suggested I post it here. I submitted a novella to an E-book publisher posting on ‘Writers Wanted’. It was accepted and I received a contract within days not weeks. This is my third E-book to be published and I thank people on MWC for all their help. Wolfe in particular. For those of you that do not know him, find him on the boards for he is worth a read.

Who knew all I needed were a female pin name and a dirty sultry mind.
 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on January 17, 2010, 12:19:09 PM
Just got a letter saying i am one of the chosen poets to have my poem on display for world aids awareness day. very pleased. Here is the funny bit: the awards are to be presented at the local theatre by..The Cheeky Girls! this is better than a knighthood!  ;D
;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 17, 2010, 12:19:26 PM
Congratulations, Swampfox One.

That's great news.  :)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on January 18, 2010, 07:50:58 AM
Onya Swampy.   :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Swampfox one on January 18, 2010, 10:20:34 AM
Thanks Guys. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Graham Sclater on February 20, 2010, 03:27:09 PM
Hi

I'm pleased to tell "Sticky" that my third novel, an historical piece will be available in the UK and Europe next month.  "Hatred is the key" has taken me eight years to research and write. It was a long journey and a steep learning curve for me having not written anything historical before.

If you like to read this genre check out: http://www.tabithabooks.webs.com.

Good luck to you all.

Graham Sclater
England
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: John Yamrus on February 20, 2010, 03:35:02 PM
I'm proud to announce that Epic Rites Press has just published my 19th book...DOING CARTWHEELS ON DOOMSDAY AFTERNOON.  124 pages of new poems.  Copies will begin shipping March 1st.  To order right now, go to:

 epicrites.org
click on "bookstore:
and click on "advance orders" 
publisher will ship anywhere in the world.

Listed below is the first review of this book.  The review has been published in St. Vitus Press magazine and on the Outlaw Poetry website as well as on my publisher's site.
John Yamrus


JOHN YAMRUS:  THE DOOMSDAY MINIMALIST

Todd Moore


Doomsday, for John Yamrus, really isn’t about doomsday and yet, it is.  Yamrus’ doomsday isn’t the big one with all the fires and the quakes and the tsunamis and the wind.  Instead, his doomsday is all about the little apocalypses of life.  The day to day failures that mark us as mortal.  That make us all too human. Chronic neck and back pain, a neighbor dying of cancer, Eddie and his dog Bastard.  It’s about all the little annoying grievances of life that just keep coming at you day in and day out.

my car battery died

i was
waiting for
Triple A.

i thought
i’d kill some time
by writing a bit.

Nothing came
so, i
gave it up,
did the dishes,
played with
the dog and
waited,

thinking
it’s just like life,
isn’t it?

you do your
thing,

then
sit around
waiting
for the truck

to take you
away.

This is the kind of poem Yamrus is best known for.  Day to day ennui.  The typical angst that we all are so very well acquainted with.  His car doesn’t work, the poem he’s trying to write isn’t coming, and he’s just sitting there thinking about how this is the way it is.  Sitting around waiting for the truck to take you away.  Yamrus goes from the particular to the dreaded general idea of waiting to die.  He follows the advice of William Carlos Williams and does it in just twenty four matter of fact, stripped down lines.  The poem is not apocalyptic except that it is apocalyptic in spades.  This is what we all do while waiting for the truck to take us away.  Cavafy’s Romans were waiting for the barbarians.  Yamrus is just simply waiting for his car to be towed away.  Yet, in the process he achieves so much more. 

A poem like “my car battery died,” reveal John Yamrus’ talent for working the minimalist line.  His poems don’t have an extra ounce of fat on them.  And, they sound remarkably like the kind of story you might hear in a barber shop, a bar, on a bus, in a laundromat, at the filling station.  You can open a collection of Yamrus’ poems anywhere and find him talking.  And, if you shut your eyes you can almost hear his laconic voice going.  He might be telling you about the way his dog shakes the rain off its fur, he might talking about the weather, he might be mentioning his publisher.  But, whatever he is talking about he is always intimately talking about himself.  And, on the surface the talk usually seems to be about everyday things, but if you read him for very long, you realize that these everyday things are Yamrus’ code for revealing certain private things about himself.

this morning

i was
nearly killed

by a
car

speeding through
the parking lot
at the
liquor store.

how

perfectly

fitting.


If my guess is right, John Yamrus talks the way he writes.  Because these are talk poems.  Because they really are the poems of a master storyteller.  Imagine that you are standing in the line at the supermarket and the guy ahead of you is telling the check out clerk how he nearly got run over in a liquor store parking lot.  This poem is all too likely the way someone would tell about this kind of incident.  And, notice how the poem begins.  “this morning.”  It’s just as simple as that.  And, those are all the words needed to suck you right into the narrative.

Then, Yamrus really hooks you with “i was/nearly killed.”  Wham, you are in his world now and he holds you there by saying, “by a/car.”  Suddenly, Yamrus is everyman because unless having been living in a closet all of your life, you also have been nearly hit by a car somewhere.  The action of the poem only takes four lines.

speeding through
the parking lot
at the
liquor store.

Now Yamrus needs a finish.  Most poets would have the narrator flip off the guy in the car.  But, not Yamrus.  Instead, he lets the poem end with a kind of stoic resignation laced with some irony.

how

perfectly

fitting.

I could easily quote more poems from DOING CARTWHEELS ON DOOMSDAY AFTERNOON but it really isn’t necessary.  Yamrus is a master of the minimalist poem and the understated wise crack.   His line which is also his sentence is pared to the bone.  And, the timing and the voice are absolutely natural and perfect.  Nobody does it better.



Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 28, 2010, 01:12:25 AM
Congrats, John.  :)


My story 'Michael', which is a more intense and improved version of 'Home for the Holidays', which you might've
seen in our Xmas anthology, has been published as a 'Horror short story of the week'. Please check it out.
It has some great artwork and photo's of my home country.

http://ghastlydoor.com/horror-short-story-of-the-week/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on February 28, 2010, 01:22:18 AM
Well done, Joe. Congrats.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CCRP on February 28, 2010, 07:58:50 AM
Congrats, Joe, great job.

I haven't got time to read now, but 'll check it out later today.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 28, 2010, 09:17:30 AM
Thanks, Don and Leah.

Please let me know what you think of it later, Leah.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CCRP on February 28, 2010, 10:45:19 AM
Will do, Joe.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 28, 2010, 11:23:03 AM
Writing for an educational publisher sounds awesome. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CCRP on February 28, 2010, 11:41:35 AM
Please let me know what you think of it later, Leah.

I just read it, Joe.
What a great read. I loved it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 04, 2010, 11:11:38 AM
I just read your story Joe - Good Job. Kept me holding my breath, in anticipation of what would happen next.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 04, 2010, 01:33:05 PM
Thanks Leah.  :)

Thanks Alice.  :)



Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 12, 2010, 09:18:29 AM
Just heard from 'FlashesInTheDark' that they'll publish my flash fiction story 'TheLastHunt' next week.
I really thought this was a long shot sending it in.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CCRP on March 12, 2010, 09:20:34 AM
Good for you, Joe. You're on a roll, aren't you?  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 12, 2010, 09:24:48 AM
Yip, I knew this was going to be a great year.  :)  Thanks.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on March 12, 2010, 03:18:32 PM
Keep up the good work, Joe.

I get a feeling you're learning one of the great lessons of writing.  You need to be in it to win it.  Brilliant tales stored in files, or in your head, don't sell.  they need to out their in front of the publishers.

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 15, 2010, 08:37:11 AM
Thanks, Gyppo.  :)

Here's the link by the way: http://flashesinthedark.com/
Just published it today. No idea how long it's going to stay on the front page.

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 15, 2010, 10:34:55 AM
Congratulations Joe - good story well told.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jos on March 23, 2010, 07:30:59 AM
I was one of the winners of Nadine Laman's competition. :) I get a certificate and everything.

Here's the link:
http://nadinelaman.blogspot.com/2010/03/lemon-man-from-agerola.html?showComment=1269343100164_AIe9_BHLPWMAT8zvPghhvcDKg0PxhYKdOlqmfHjVTmCXa1hLs8sTG-HhQIFzXkGHhsrC3uAK18zx5gjDeV4Clhe6RB2MSCrIQdU9HntWuUmCHSbAPTyPwz3FISZDqHBWfnYYbzVASIqjBWA--jGSqejffkSGnI9bvSzHxOsHy46pVwqUbGDjMqdbLt_VUlEwfBW4pbJ_jdu_6ZPuOoF1x3CxLAQPnC8Og-ygVwYHhrep_fjze_-zPeU#c1689113471125938564
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 23, 2010, 10:55:31 AM
Congratulation Jos. I read and enjoyed your story - nice twist at the end.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jos on March 23, 2010, 11:27:39 AM
Thanks Alice  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 23, 2010, 11:30:31 AM
Great story, Jos. Congratulations. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on March 23, 2010, 11:40:49 AM
Well done Jos. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jos on March 24, 2010, 06:56:39 AM
Thanks guys  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CCRP on March 24, 2010, 09:21:45 AM
I was one of the winners of Nadine Laman's competition. :) I get a certificate and everything.

Great job, Jo.

Congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on March 24, 2010, 10:49:40 PM
Well done, Jo.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on March 30, 2010, 11:45:36 PM
Nadine posted my winning story from the Cactus Rain Publishing short story contest. You can decide if that was a wise choice.  :)

Here's the link:  http://nadinelaman.blogspot.com/2010/03/bostwick-blues.html#comments

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on March 31, 2010, 12:06:13 AM
Brilliant!! A very wise choice I thought Don, good on you.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 31, 2010, 02:41:36 AM
Very well done, Don.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on March 31, 2010, 02:48:55 AM
Jos I just read yours as well and loved it just as much, great story mate.   :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on March 31, 2010, 02:59:59 AM
Well done Don, boy. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: CCRP on March 31, 2010, 09:40:37 AM
Great job, Don. Congratulations.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on March 31, 2010, 11:21:29 PM
Thanks, FF and Joe and Ma and Nel. This was a thrill and just the kind of kick my muse needed to push me to write more. Hope it doesn't wear off any time soon.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jos on April 04, 2010, 06:31:51 AM
Thanks FF, Don and Leah.

Just read yours Don and really enjoyed it - well done!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 23, 2010, 10:14:22 AM
Although this isn't my personal success, I'm proud to announce that of one of our members; Cassey Quinn.

I like Cassey's poetry and judging by this review, I'm not the only one.  ;)

http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/gallery.php?item=10909

Read and enjoy.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 23, 2010, 11:16:08 AM
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=21882.msg342792#msg342792

Just wanted to add a link to one of Casey's poems - one among many that I like, in case some of our newer members may not be familiar with his work.

Did I forget to say; Congratulations Casey on the great review.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on April 23, 2010, 04:14:41 PM
Thanks Alice for the plug!! Really appreciate it, very excited about the review!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 24, 2010, 07:19:50 AM
Congratulations, Casey.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: caseyquinn on April 25, 2010, 07:40:34 AM
Thanks Joe, appreciate it! Was very excited about the review - they have a huge readership so really good exposure for me. thanks for taking a read !
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: FutureInThePast on April 27, 2010, 11:18:49 PM
I had a short piece of fiction published in my school's anthology.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 28, 2010, 12:20:15 PM
I had a short piece of fiction published in my school's anthology.

Congratulations.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: FutureInThePast on April 28, 2010, 02:30:54 PM
Yup, the story was about a kid who wouldn't talk and his therapist. It was set in the future and it used virtual therapy, kind of like the movie "Cell". Only instead of being in his head, they were just in a holo-room.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Lorelei on May 16, 2010, 06:26:46 PM
Hi, everyone. Been busy with my vampire novel. Have sent first chapter to an e-book publisher. I got message back that she might consider it. I'm still reeling that someone said "maybe" to me, instead of flat out no. :o
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 17, 2010, 09:32:28 AM
Well done. Let us know when you hear more.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on May 30, 2010, 08:17:23 AM
I recently sent a poem off to MediaVirus Magazine and they got back to me today saying that they wish to publish it. They said my pen and voice is unique, distinct and a pleasure to read :D

That was the 2nd poem I ever wrote so I am quite astounded. I shall add a link later if one becomes available.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 30, 2010, 09:59:32 AM
Congratulations AJB.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 30, 2010, 12:33:21 PM
Well done, man.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on May 30, 2010, 06:12:00 PM
Thats lovely AJB, hope you do get a link mate.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 30, 2010, 06:57:22 PM
Well done, AJB.  May it be the first of many for 'the rebel with too many rhymes'  ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 02, 2010, 08:25:58 AM
Just published a flash fiction story at MicroHorror. Feel free to write a comment.  ;)

http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/author/joe-mynhardt/wicked-damnation/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 02, 2010, 11:10:59 AM
Good for you Joe.

A short but good read.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on June 02, 2010, 04:25:35 PM
 :o :o :o

He got his just reward didn't he.  :D

Well done Joe.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 03, 2010, 09:02:22 AM
Thanks you two.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on June 03, 2010, 09:07:56 AM
Ha, you're a bad man Joe.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on June 06, 2010, 08:35:08 AM
I got an email today from IFWG Publishing (International Fantasy Writers Guild) saying that my short story I submitted as part of their competition did not win, but was one of the five finalists that will be printed in their online magazine in a month or so. The little blurb for my entry is as follows:

Aaron Booth's The Curious Gift of Oscar Copeland is an intriguing paranormal-detective story, providing clever insight into human nature.

It isn't paid publication, but they do accept novel submissions that will, obviously be paid. So I would advise anyone who has an interest in fantasy, sci fi, paranormal etc... to give them a go.

@ Joe:

That was great, Joe. I like anything dark and the melting flesh really made it for me :D
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Post by: Jos on June 06, 2010, 08:39:44 AM
Well done, AJB.

Good story, Joe.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 06, 2010, 10:33:46 AM
Finishing in the top five is great A.J.B. - good for you.  ;D
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 06, 2010, 03:07:30 PM
Well done, Aaron. Glad you and Jos liked my story.

One of my friends is published with IFWG, and he's having lots of success there.
Best of luck.
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Post by: A.J.B on June 07, 2010, 06:08:20 AM
The poem that I had published by Media Virus magazine can be found here: http://mediavirusmagazine.wordpress.com/poetry/ (http://mediavirusmagazine.wordpress.com/poetry/)

It is the poem at the bottom of the screen, entitiled 'Poor Old Sam'.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 07, 2010, 11:11:27 AM
Congratulations A.J.B. 

Sam could be a lesson for us all.  ;D
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Post by: A.J.B on June 07, 2010, 11:31:39 AM
Congratulations A.J.B.  

Sam could be a lesson for us all.  ;D

He is also a real person which is the only reason I wrote the poem. Poor lad got bullied something terrible at school.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 07, 2010, 12:34:17 PM
Loved the poem.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 07, 2010, 07:30:25 PM
He is also a real person which is the only reason I wrote the poem. Poor lad got bullied something terrible at school.

I was wondering about that due to the fact that I felt it had the 'personal' touch/feel that I don't always find in poetry.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: akvale on June 14, 2010, 03:37:05 PM
Afternoon everyone,
It's been a long time since I was here, but a lot has happened to keep me busy. Married off my daughter, moved, been writing for online sites and finished my first book. I've been a busy little bee over the years and to see what I've been up to, you can do a Google search for Alanna Parke Kvale. My book, Widowhood Is Not Funny is now available as an e-book and if you'd like to take a peek, you can find it at: http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/widowhood-is-not-funny/8505174

Thanks for letting me do a little bragging!

Alanna
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 15, 2010, 03:22:36 AM
Well done, Alanna. Good for you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: eric on June 24, 2010, 10:33:30 AM
I already told this to the poetry people, actually forgot about this thread entirely, but one of my poems and a short essay are both accepted to be published in a book in tribute to Todd Moore, the deceased outlaw poet.  It's a small press in California, and the book will probably be out this fall.  I will be subbing many of my other poems for journals this summer.  The poets who've already said well done need not repeat themselves here!  But can if they want!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jos on June 24, 2010, 11:27:11 AM
Well done, eric. And it's nice to see you back - I missed reading your posts.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 24, 2010, 03:34:56 PM
That's great news, Eric. Well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on July 01, 2010, 07:36:14 PM
Congratulations, Eric!

You must be thrilled :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: par on July 04, 2010, 01:13:37 PM
what a great thread.  i'm so happy for all.   it's very encouraging.  hope to add my successes if and when i ever get brave enough to submit some work.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on July 04, 2010, 10:58:36 PM
As of about a year ago, I ended a ten-year hiatus to return to writing.  I finished writing the novel last month, sent it to a publisher, and am halfway through its sequel.

My previously published works have consistently, ruthlessly, and relentlessly driven publishers into bankruptcy, so I also had to find new homes for all the old stuff.  And I feel ready to review.

The Chronicles of a Lost Soul - Short story collection - It's at SmashWords
Rising From The Ashes - About Mom - It's at Idea India
Redneck Goes To China - I was paid to masturbate hogs - It's at SmashWords
About Writing - A very helpful freebie - It's at SmashWords
Vigilante Justice - My first and most popular novel and the first of my 3 EPPIE finalists - Hard Shell's had it forever

Who Moved My Rice? - Half pre-published, half new - Waiting for a decision
Lazarus - New - Waiting for a decision
Conundrum - New - Waiting for a decision

(Three different publishers on the "waiting for a decision" list)

Enigma - I have to write it first.  :)

Details on all this in the bottom right corner of http://www.michaeledits.com

What makes this newsworthy, I suppose, is that the three SmashWords publications happened last week and the Idea India publication is probably next week.  Yay me.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on July 04, 2010, 11:06:48 PM
No one can say you've just been sitting on your laurels Michael - it looks like you have not only been writing, but shopping it around more than once.  ;D

Congratulations for the rewards of all your hard work.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 05, 2010, 11:08:46 AM
Well done, Michael.
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Post by: par on July 07, 2010, 08:19:30 AM
i love hearing about all the successes.  gives us all hope.
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Post by: odyssey on July 29, 2010, 02:55:00 PM
Well done to all of you. It gives me impetus to work harder. I am nearing the end of my first book, a nutrition E-Book. It has taken time as I have to filter a lot of info in the head!!

I hope I can ask this here. Sorry if not!
Is there an experienced published author out there who can critique it for me in about a months time? (or sooner)
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Post by: thatollie on July 30, 2010, 11:49:18 AM
Michael, nice work.

I read some of your articles a while back. Only just realised that you wrote them.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 22, 2010, 03:19:43 PM
Just sold my short story The Rolling of the Hearse to Pill Hill Press for a zombie anthology.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: AriM on August 22, 2010, 03:56:41 PM
Well done, Joe.  Very well done, indeed.  Congratulations.
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Post by: ma100 on August 22, 2010, 04:35:05 PM
Way to go Joe. ;D
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Post by: Gyppo on August 22, 2010, 04:40:12 PM
Good man, Joe.

Gyppo
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on August 23, 2010, 01:10:52 PM
Way to go Joe. 

Now, what are you working on next?  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 23, 2010, 02:18:52 PM
Thanks, everyone.

Way to go Joe.  
Now, what are you working on next?  ;D

Finishing off all my short stories this week, then I'll start with the bigger projects.
Wish me luck.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 26, 2010, 06:22:30 AM
I think this is my biggest publication to date. One of my stories will be appearing in Dark Minds Anthology
along with writers like Gary McMahon. I've been working on this project for over a year now, and the book
is finally available on pre-order.

The amazing cover art was done by award winning artist Vincent Chong. I'm really
glad this one came through in the end.

You can take a look at the cover at http://www.darkmindspress.com/page5.htm
or read more about it on my blog. Wow, that was a mouth full.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on August 26, 2010, 06:25:34 AM
Wow thats brilliant Joe, good fella.  :-*

Blood sweat and tears does sometimes pay off ay. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: par on August 26, 2010, 06:36:02 AM
i'm so jealous.  but then, i'm not all that good at bleeding and sweating.  tears i'm ok with.  i cry at basketball games.
congrats.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on August 26, 2010, 01:36:07 PM
A very eye catching cover Joe - it's sure to draw attention.

Congratulations on both your work and for picking the right cover artist.  ;D
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 27, 2010, 02:18:15 AM
Thanks, you lot. Couldn't have done it without MWC.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michelle. V. Thorpe on September 03, 2010, 03:02:10 PM
My latest sucess is that I have self published my first novella, Town Takeover, just a few days ago.
I am very pleased with myself.
Woohoo!
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Post by: fire-fly on September 03, 2010, 04:22:16 PM
 :D :D

And so you should be Michelle, congratulations girl.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 03, 2010, 04:46:30 PM
I am taking the liberty of highlighting someone else's success here, until she calms down enough to figures out how to post here herself ;-)

MWCs very own Biola has a novel due out soon.

Here's the link to where she announced it in the poetry section.

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=29357.0

Once Biola has made her own announcement here I'll gladly delete this one.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Akeith (Gray) on September 03, 2010, 05:02:52 PM
Congratulations Miss Thorpe.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: eric on September 04, 2010, 10:15:27 AM
Here's to Biola, Michelle, and everyone else!  I will direct her here today if I see her.  No need to take your post down, Gyppo, methinks she can just add to it.
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Post by: Cathy C on September 04, 2010, 03:59:54 PM
Fantastic to hear so much good news.

Congratulations everyone.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 04, 2010, 04:16:37 PM
Well done, everyone.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michelle. V. Thorpe on September 06, 2010, 07:59:20 AM
Woohoo!
It's good to hear other people have published too.
Well done to everyone.

Has anyone thought about binding the books yourself?
I want to, but it would cost soooo much to print out the whole book over and over again...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: twisted wheel on September 06, 2010, 08:08:00 AM
I already told this to the poetry people, actually forgot about this thread entirely, but one of my poems and a short essay are both accepted to be published in a book in tribute to Todd Moore, the deceased outlaw poet.  It's a small press in California, and the book will probably be out this fall.  I will be subbing many of my other poems for journals this summer.  The poets who've already said well done need not repeat themselves here!  But can if they want!

i missed this - well done eric.

and well done everyone else too.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on September 07, 2010, 01:49:37 AM
Greetings all, for any that remember me. :)

I've had a lot going on since I last dropped by. Here's a quick run down, not counting short stories that have gone into print

I'll be in an anthology that's supposed to come out soon. I have a short story in it, a speculative fiction anthology.

Sometime before or by December 1st, the third book in my Reality Series will come out. I've changed publishers, however. Was with Double-Edged Publishing, but they've changed directions. So now my publisher is ResAlien Press, the same one doing the anthology.

I've been fine tuning a synopsis to shop my Mind Game novel.
I've done editing on its sequel, Hero Game
I'm editing another novel, called "The Magic Within."
I'll plan on writing the next in that series for NaNo in Nov.
Sometime in October, I'll be doing a reading from my book at Barnes and Noble along with several other NaNoites in the Austin area. (The B&N in Round Rock for any in the area).
And, I've recently started expanding my first book, Infinite Realities. It is basically a braided novella (5 short stories), so I'm adding more shorts to fill in the gaps and turn it into a braided novel. Have done four shorts so far, six more to go.

Other than that, I spend my time lounging at home, watching TV. Earning a living on the side. ;)

Hope everyone else is doing well these days. Hi Mom.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on September 07, 2010, 11:53:51 AM
Nice to see you dropping by.  ;)  After reading all you've been up to and still doing, I don't wonder you've been missing so long.

Let me know the date and time of the reading at Barnes and Noble please. I would like to be there.

Congratulations for all the great work.   
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 07, 2010, 01:48:46 PM
Well done, Rick. And best of luck with all the other projects.

Mine looks quite small in relation, but I'm still very happy about it. My flash fiction story Second Coming will
be included in Library of the Living Dead's Rapid Decomposition book later this year.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on September 07, 2010, 05:30:15 PM
Quote
Greetings all, for any that remember me. Smiley

I've had a lot going on since I last dropped by. Here's a quick run down, not counting short stories that have gone into print

I'll be in an anthology that's supposed to come out soon. I have a short story in it, a speculative fiction anthology.

Sometime before or by December 1st, the third book in my Reality Series will come out. I've changed publishers, however. Was with Double-Edged Publishing, but they've changed directions. So now my publisher is ResAlien Press, the same one doing the anthology.

I've been fine tuning a synopsis to shop my Mind Game novel.
I've done editing on its sequel, Hero Game
I'm editing another novel, called "The Magic Within."
I'll plan on writing the next in that series for NaNo in Nov.
Sometime in October, I'll be doing a reading from my book at Barnes and Noble along with several other NaNoites in the Austin area. (The B&N in Round Rock for any in the area).
And, I've recently started expanding my first book, Infinite Realities. It is basically a braided novella (5 short stories), so I'm adding more shorts to fill in the gaps and turn it into a braided novel. Have done four shorts so far, six more to go.

Sounds like you've been busy, RL - way to go - and welcome back. *Waves*

Quote
Mine looks quite small in relation, but I'm still very happy about it. My flash fiction story Second Coming will
be included in Library of the Living Dead's Rapid Decomposition book later this year. 

Published, is published, Joe. Well done, and well deserved. :-*
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on September 07, 2010, 07:04:07 PM
Quote
Published, is published, Joe. Well done, and well deserved.

I agree Joe, you are doing good and I know you'll not stop at one.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on September 08, 2010, 03:28:40 AM
I agree Joe, you are doing good and I know you'll not stop at one.  :-*

Nope, they're like Lay's potato chips. You can't "eat" just one. Congrats on getting published there. I've done several flashes. They are fun.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 08, 2010, 08:24:12 AM
Thanks, everyone. That was now my 8th flash or short story published. Two more and I'll
start writing novels. Only problem is I've still got so many short story ideas.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 10, 2010, 09:21:18 AM
There's no reason you can't do both ;-)
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Post by: thatollie on September 10, 2010, 09:23:06 AM
there's no reason you can't do both ;-)
In fact, I find that my short stories are better when I'm writing a novel at the same time.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 10, 2010, 09:37:49 AM
That's often the way.  Little odd bits of idea, irrelevant or inappropriate to your novel, will float through your brain.  Once the creative tap has been turned on it can be quite indiscriminate.  Taking a few minutes to capture 'a short' will stop it from floating around and causing further distraction.

If you find this often happens then seriously consider keeping another 'spare' document open at all times to capture the random things.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 10, 2010, 09:39:03 AM
Actually, I was adding onto your advice to Joe. But I do exact what you've recommended anyway.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 10, 2010, 03:19:39 PM
Thanks guys. Will remember that one.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michelle. V. Thorpe on September 11, 2010, 03:57:10 PM
Hey peeps!
I have just self published my second book!
Naked Truth is available to buy TODAY!

Im pleased with myself, but the buzz doesn't feel as great as the first time...
And still no one has bought my first book yet... I think my dad will probably buy it though.

Anyways, yay for me, for doing it myself. Heh.
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Post by: rosysophia on September 21, 2010, 05:59:06 PM
Hi, all! I became a published author in August with the release of my book "Taking 1960" through Dreamz-Work Productions.  Find it here on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-1960-Rosa-Sophia/dp/098255317X/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1282424740&sr=8-8

I also have a website for my writing:

http://www.rosewrites.webs.com/

I'm so excited!!

--Rosy
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on September 21, 2010, 07:04:49 PM
Someone getting their book published, the first one or the fiftieth, is always good news Rosy.

Congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: rosysophia on September 21, 2010, 10:52:38 PM
Someone getting their book published, the first one or the fiftieth, is always good news Rosy.

Congratulations.
Thank you!!!! :-D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 22, 2010, 01:55:59 PM
Well done Michelle and Rosy. Good for you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on October 17, 2010, 08:56:42 PM
I just signed a contract with Mocha Memoirs Publishing to publish LAZARUS.  I'm back from the dead, and so is Gary Drake.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Akeith (Gray) on October 17, 2010, 08:58:33 PM
Congratulations to you. Well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 17, 2010, 09:56:43 PM
Cause for celebration - well done!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on October 17, 2010, 09:58:14 PM
Great news Michael, congratulations mate.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Tempered on October 18, 2010, 07:15:57 AM
Well done Michael. :) and congrats to Gary Drake
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 18, 2010, 08:58:49 AM
That's great news, Michael. Good for you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 18, 2010, 01:37:51 PM
Good news such as this is always welcome Michael - Congratulations.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on October 18, 2010, 06:27:30 PM
Congratulations Michael and Rosysophia!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 02, 2010, 02:35:12 AM
Just when I thought the year was slowing down, I managed to sell a story to
Pill Hill Press for a 365 days of flash book their publishing.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on November 02, 2010, 02:37:51 AM
Way to go Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 02, 2010, 01:11:57 PM
Thanks Michael. Just checked again, the title of the book is 365 Daily Bites of Flesh.  :)
All scary stories. Can't wait to see what kind of cover they'll come up with.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 02, 2010, 01:30:39 PM
Joe, you clearly have the bit between your teeth ;-)

Well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 02, 2010, 01:49:16 PM
Joe, you clearly have the bit between your teeth ;-)
Well done.

 :D  Thanks.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cathy C on November 02, 2010, 07:10:23 PM
Whoo Hooo!

Couldn't feel happier for you, Joe.

You've worked so hard, you really deserve this. :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 03, 2010, 08:59:43 AM
Thanks, Cathy. Even with all the hard work and grey hair that goes into it, I can't see
myself doing anything else.  :)   And thanks for all your help, as well as other members of
MWC - you know who you are.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on November 05, 2010, 08:55:46 AM
Writing Your Novel Is The Easy Part
a free white paper from MichaelEdits.com

And you think I'm nuts for saying it, don't you?  Maybe.  Details at http://www.michaeledits.com/writing-your-novel.html (http://www.michaeledits.com/writing-your-novel.html) and I'm pretty darn proud of condensing all my years of study into a little eight-page paper that'll probably be obsolete before Christmas.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 13, 2010, 09:04:46 AM
It's good stuff, Michael.

To the rest of you.  Download and read when you've got time to think about it.  Don't just skim through saying to yourself "I know that" even if you do.  Because there's a difference between knowing and applying.  Michael has condensed a lot into eight pages.  Some free advice isn't worth the cost of printing it out.  These eight pages  are. 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: tezzy on November 17, 2010, 09:37:44 AM
Wow! My head's spinning with all these wonderful success stories! Well done to you all for your publishing triumphs!

I'm a new member here, so I hope you don't mind me jumping in so soon. I wanted to share with you my own little victory, I will be having a short story of mine published next year by Anotherealm.com. Just waiting to hear the dates. Also just starting up as a freelance, and waiting to quote for my first job - the guy will be emailing me later today with the job details!!

Very exciting times!

Tereasa.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on November 17, 2010, 09:52:09 AM
It's good stuff, Michael.

To the rest of you.  Download and read when you've got time to think about it.  Don't just skim through saying to yourself "I know that" even if you do.  Because there's a difference between knowing and applying.  Michael has condensed a lot into eight pages.  Some free advice isn't worth the cost of printing it out.  These eight pages  are. 

Mind if I quote that in every message I post for the rest of eternity?  :)

Seriously, everybody, feel free to give my white paper away at your own web sites or anywhere else.  Or link to http://www.michaeledits.com/writing-your-novel.html .  Or both.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 17, 2010, 12:10:34 PM
Well done, Michael and Tezzy.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 03, 2010, 01:34:27 AM
Pill Hill Press's 365 Daily Bites of Flesh (http://www.pillhillpress.com/books.html) is now available, with one of my stories of course.  ;D

Makes a great xmas gift for horror fans. It will also be available at Amazon in about a week.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on December 03, 2010, 01:37:13 AM
Way to go Joe.  I've had my flesh bitten, but never on a holiday.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on December 03, 2010, 01:43:58 AM
Congratulations, Joe. You must be getting close to those ten you were going for, if not exceeded. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on December 03, 2010, 04:04:43 AM
Noice Joe, very noice.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 03, 2010, 04:10:26 AM
Thanks.   :)

Congratulations, Joe. You must be getting close to those ten you were going for, if not exceeded. ;)

One more to go. But with the MWC anthology coming out soon I'll have 11 stories. Yay!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on December 03, 2010, 04:18:38 AM
I knew you'd exceed your goal when you mentioned it. ;D Way to go!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 03, 2010, 09:48:11 AM
Fantastic news to wake up to this morning Joe.

Way to Go.   8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 05, 2010, 11:21:12 AM
Thanks, Alice and Maimi. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 09, 2010, 05:11:43 AM
Well, it's now official. I've achieved my goal for the year of reaching 10 published short stories.
As of this morning I'm standing on 12. FlashesintheDark.com has published my story Higher Learning.

Next year my goal will be to get into the semi-professional markets and magazines as well
as start working on the first novel. Can't wait.

Thanks for everyone at MWC who helped me along the way. You are all very special people.  :)

Higher Learning can be read here (http://flashesinthedark.com/category/joe-mynhardt/).
Please feel free to comment on the website.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on December 09, 2010, 05:16:02 AM
Does getting Google to admit that I was right and they were wrong count as a success?   ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 09, 2010, 10:12:08 AM
Good for you on reaching your goal Joe. Liked the story too.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 09, 2010, 10:20:58 AM
Does getting Google to admit that I was right and they were wrong count as a success?   ;)

Sounds like a victory to me, Michael. Congrats.

Good for you on reaching your goal Joe. Liked the story too.  ;D

Thanks, Alice.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on January 10, 2011, 06:51:24 AM
My goal as a writer was stated a few years ago when I decided I was bored, lying in a hospital bed with nothing to do.

It is to write the perfect words when combined with the imagination of a reader that allows one to get lost in a world of the mind, to escape reality, if only for a little while. To cause them to be late to work or to bed. To maybe say at it's ending, "Well done."
Sorry, I have no grand enlightenment, nor wish to replace Stephen King or Ernest Hemingway.

These would be my so called successes:

Self-Published on Smashwords is my collection of 5 humorous western shorts done from a ranchers want-to-be-an-author point of view in 1860. The Writings of one Jeremiah Lewis is available there and Barns & Noble and the other places they use as an E-book outlet. Took this down---B&N kept listing it as a children's book. It isn't.

Out last night is SQ Magazine Vol 2 which has a different western short of mine in it called Bushwhack Mountain. Avalible through Amazon.com and .uk as well as Barns&Noble

A fantasy (Yes, dragons, elves, dwarfs, fairies, and even Orc's.  :D) is in E-book form, called Circle of Seven, the publishers web addy is http://ifwgpublishing.weebly.com/ebook-shop.html  

It is available now at Barns and Nobel : http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Circle-of-Seven/MF-Burbaugh/e/2940012166647/

Also at Amazon.com and .uk

Print version available at: http://ifwgpublishing.weebly.com/bio-mf-burbaugh.html  Soon at the rest.

To round out the group is a full SciFi/fantasy Novel, already contracted, and undergoing cover design. Due out soon and tentatively called We were Legends.

A SciFi Short called Quiet is The Night looks like it has been accepted for SQ Mag Vol 3.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on January 10, 2011, 07:01:00 AM
Way to go Skip!
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 10, 2011, 10:16:10 AM
Well done, Skip. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on January 12, 2011, 05:49:31 PM
2011 is looking good for you Skip - cracker. ;)
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Post by: kalinda001 on January 12, 2011, 07:30:32 PM
Congratulations, Skip!

I did have a book published last year, a scifi psychological thriller called, The Empire. Now, the goal is to have more than a handful of people read it...or to learn to tap dance. I know which one would be easier...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on January 12, 2011, 07:42:52 PM
Congratulations, Skip!

I did have a book published last year, a scifi psychological thriller called, The Empire. Now, the goal is to have more than a handful of people read it...or to learn to tap dance. I know which one would be easier...

Believe it or not I may have that sitting on my Kindle file waiting to be read.  ??? Not sure, it is on the other computer.

Update: I do have it, sorry been slow on my reading of it.

The foot is in the door, how far you can get it to open is on you. :) However, if it slams to hard, your tap dancing could be over.

Oh, had a change to mine as well. Circle of Seven is going to print as well as E-Book. Go figure.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on January 14, 2011, 06:58:31 AM

I don't know when I became a SENIOR member, but that's got the sticky smell of success all over it.  I win!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on January 14, 2011, 07:12:54 AM
I don't know when I became a SENIOR member, but that's got the sticky smell of success all over it.  I win!

Gratz on the SR. Member. Maybe you can get a discount at Denny's now!  ;D

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Post by: Michael Edits on January 14, 2011, 07:15:54 AM
I like that!
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 15, 2011, 01:31:39 AM
Two of my stories have been republished at Machete Moonlight Horror Fiction Magazine (http://www.machetemoonlight.com/Flash_Fiction.html).
Not yet the pro market I'm aiming for this year, but it's a start.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on January 15, 2011, 03:42:34 AM
Two of my stories have been republished at Machete Moonlight Horror Fiction Magazine (http://www.machetemoonlight.com/Flash_Fiction.html).
Not yet the pro market I'm aiming for this year, but it's a start.  ;)

Congratulations. Each rung of the ladder gets you closer to the top!
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Post by: Maimi on January 15, 2011, 09:00:27 AM
Congratulations, Joe!
Yes, I think the news is exclamation mark worthy. This doesn't go against my limit for the year, right? ;D
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 15, 2011, 09:58:35 AM
Good for you Joe. I dare say that for the short story writers around here , you hold the title for the most published last year (that we know of at least) and you're getting a good start on it for this year already.  ;D
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Post by: A.W.M on January 15, 2011, 10:05:01 AM
Congratulations, Joe.  Great news.
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Post by: ma100 on January 15, 2011, 11:37:21 AM
Well done mate. :)
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 15, 2011, 11:53:17 AM
Thanks everyone. Couldn't have done it without MWC.  :)
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Post by: 510bhan on January 15, 2011, 12:28:33 PM
Brilliant stuff Joe, I promise we won't do anything to you on The Thingy except offer you a swig of rum [Ma's best] :D
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Post by: Akeith (Gray) on January 18, 2011, 10:20:35 PM
Ta da!!  :D

Ok, ok,...at least go check it out and make a purchase. The hardback edition looks great and, all in all, has great substance.  :)

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Post by: luther.allen on January 31, 2011, 03:29:52 AM
Thats great congrats to all :)
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 31, 2011, 04:13:11 AM
It took me ten years to do it, but there is a sequel to VIGILANTE JUSTICE.  Published last week, Gary Drake returns in LAZARUS.  http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/lazarus/14685413 hypes the paperback pretty prominently, but the ebook link is off to the right if you prefer.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on January 31, 2011, 04:26:18 AM
It took me ten years to do it, but there is a sequel to VIGILANTE JUSTICE.  Published last week, Gary Drake returns in LAZARUS. 

I may just have to check it out. Way to go!
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 31, 2011, 12:39:01 PM
Congratulations Michael.  :D

It's not the time to get it done, it's the fact that you completed it that counts.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on February 01, 2011, 01:18:26 AM
I've been told by Mom that I should get over here more and let you know what's up.

This is going to be a busy year for me. I self-published at the end of 2010 a collection of my short stories and flashes, twenty five in all, that have appeared in magazines over the past five years. A small handful are making their first appearance, including one Country4Gal helped me plot out, "Justice in the Balance" (which just this weekend I've ebooked it on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Justice-in-the-Balance-ebook/dp/B004LGTM44/), Nook (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Justice-in-the-Balance/R-L-Copple/e/2940012620255/), and Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/39804))

The book is called Ethereal Worlds and is in paperback (http://www.amazon.com/Ethereal-Worlds-Anthology-Science-Fiction/dp/1456506803/), Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Ethereal-Anthology-Science-Fiction-ebook/dp/B004HILQKO/), Nook (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Ethereal-Worlds/R-L-Copple/e/2940012554222/), and Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/35077).

Then, on March 1st, my new publisher, Splashdown Books, will be coming out with an expanded version of my first book, Infinite Realities with a new title, Reality's Dawn. The original had five shorts and was a braided novella. I've added ten more short stories about Sisko's journey to fill out the story and add depth to the characters, to make it into a full braided novel. I really like the stories that popped out of my brain. I wrote nine of the stories within two months, right before diving into NaNo. I know, I'm crazy. I ended up having a three month intensive writing focus.

Then on May 1st, my publisher is going to republish Transforming Realities but re-title it Reality's Ascent. Same story, just clean up a few typos that escaped the first edition's editors.

Then sometime toward the end of the year, the third and final book in that series, nowhere published before, will come out: Reality's Glory.

On top of that, I have a goal this year to submit four new novel manuscripts. I've already submitted one. I should have another ready in short order. Getting the final two will be the challenge. But if one publisher will take the one I'm about to submit (I subbed it last year so its a resub and doesn't count toward my goal), then I'll be able to submit the sequel to them.

And somewhere in all that I want to keep writing shorts and flashes. Whew. If only I could quit my day job, I'd be in play-land. :)
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Post by: fire-fly on February 01, 2011, 01:42:10 AM
Way to go mate, good luck with all that.  :D
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Post by: ma100 on February 01, 2011, 03:19:09 AM
You're a busy little bee mate, well done. :)
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 01, 2011, 07:11:52 PM
Gotta say . . . I'm proud of Rick.

He already knows this, now everyone around here does too.  ;D


(Don't know when or how much he sleeps though.)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on February 06, 2011, 10:29:50 PM
Sleep? Hum. I knew there was something I left off my to do list. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on February 07, 2011, 12:20:19 AM

Sleep?

Sounds like a contagious disease to me, keep it away!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on February 07, 2011, 05:23:13 AM
Over half my posts in the PFT Live Super Bowl chat got past the gatekeepers.  Hey, we take success wherever we can get it.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on February 10, 2011, 08:13:13 AM
I have just had a publisher tell me that they want to publish my dark fantasy novel 'Life Eternal'. I am currently reading through it to edit it where needed before re-submitting. I already have 40,000 words of the sequel written (would have been 60,000 but 20k got lost when my pen drive re-formatted).

Before I carry on with the sequel though I have a post apocalypse novel that is 77,000 words in and plan to submit that to a publishing houses open submission window in march (I hope to have another 15k words added on by then). I then have several submissions to get through for the Black Library (Warhammer and Warhammer 40k publishers) for their open submission period (I pray they say yes this time).

A short story of mine was recently accepted for publishing by IFWG.

That brings my tally of yes's to 2 shorts, 1 poem and a novel.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on February 10, 2011, 08:16:26 AM
congrats to you on those successes :).

on a side note there are programs that can retrieve data from formated disks/sticks/drives.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on February 10, 2011, 08:39:31 AM
I have just had a publisher tell me that they want to publish my dark fantasy novel 'Life Eternal'. I am currently reading through it to edit it where needed before re-submitting. I already have 40,000 words of the sequel written (would have been 60,000 but 20k got lost when my pen drive re-formatted).

Before I carry on with the sequel though I have a post apocalypse novel that is 77,000 words in and plan to submit that to a publishing houses open submission window in march (I hope to have another 15k words added on by then). I then have several submissions to get through for the Black Library (Warhammer and Warhammer 40k publishers) for their open submission period (I pray they say yes this time).

A short story of mine was recently accepted for publishing by IFWG.

That brings my tally of yes's to 2 shorts, 1 poem and a novel.

Congrats...

I have a couple machines, a laptop and a thumbdrive. All get a copy of anything I do almost daily. I do main work on the clutter free Mint10 Linux machine with Open Office but also back it to my WinXP and Vista machines.

Seems like overkill but we been having rolling blackouts do to some local problems.
I also send stuff to my brother-in-law as a backup, in-case my house burns down.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on February 10, 2011, 08:40:48 AM
Congratulations, RL. Can't wait to hear of each success as they occur throughout the year. :)

Same to you, AJB. Nothing motivates like a yes. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on February 10, 2011, 08:50:47 AM
congrats to you on those successes :).

on a side note there are programs that can retrieve data from formated disks/sticks/drives.

Yea, I had the computer shop do that for me and they saved most of it. Not all of it though. Some files (I save each chapter as a separate document) were so badly corrupted it looked like it had been written in binary. I now save onto my hard drive, a memory pen and I send everything to myself via e-mail.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on February 10, 2011, 08:56:56 AM
there is a site called Dropbox that offers something along that line. there is a free-account (restricted probably by size or times used) and a paid account without restrictions. on the site there is a video that explains a bit what it does, but basically it allows access from your phone/lappy/homebased/internet of those files. so if you drop something in this 'dropbox' folder on your system, it will save it also in the dropbox folder on the other devices, as well as save it on the dropbox website.

sounds helpful, I use usbs and externals, but sometimes I forget them and am away from the computer with those files, so I guess this is another way to get around that limitation.

nothing worse than corrupt files, had the same happen to me, looked like a two year old slammed his toy into the keyboard when I retrieve it :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on February 10, 2011, 09:11:05 AM
'there is a site called Dropbox' ..

I use it for my kids to keep up with family photos and such. Free is 2.25G storage for anything. Whatever machine I am on it updates the folders using the website as the base file after it uploads any new items. Would work great as a backup storage as long as they don't fold.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on February 10, 2011, 09:13:31 AM
ya, that's the one worry, but then again, it the files saved would still be on your systems I believe. I am unsure how long they've been up and running, but its good to hear from someone who uses it :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: R. L. Copple on February 13, 2011, 04:50:40 PM
I use Dropbox to put all my novels into as well. Makes it handy if you want to access it from another spot, like my mobile phone. It's also handy for transferring big files, since you can assign a folder to another person to have access, and its secure transmission.

I also have Mosey backup too, the free version, as an additional backup backup. One of those places would have my stuff if my hard drive crashed or something.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Mark H on February 19, 2011, 12:04:17 PM
My third collection of poems is now available. You can purchase here: http://www.scribblers-ring.co.uk/?mnu=0&id=0

(http://www.scribblers-ring.co.uk/pics/mm.gif)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on February 19, 2011, 12:09:37 PM
Looking good Mark - congratulations! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: cmb on February 19, 2011, 12:24:18 PM
Congrats, Mark! Good job.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on February 20, 2011, 04:09:40 AM
Does filming my first movie count? It's at http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/11194626/ and it's free and it's worth every penny. But no more than that.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on February 23, 2011, 11:08:53 AM
Does filming my first movie count? It's at http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/11194626/ and it's free and it's worth every penny. But no more than that.

Yes it does - a good way to reach a larger audience. Quite a few people are 'auditory' learners so it's good they can hear your advice. Well done. ;)
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Post by: eric on February 23, 2011, 11:33:45 AM
I would take a look but I'm not into horror flicks. 

Cheers, Michael -- come on, just kidding, put down that axe.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Vienna on February 23, 2011, 11:38:14 AM
My third collection of poems is now available. You can purchase here: http://www.scribblers-ring.co.uk/?mnu=0&id=0

(http://www.scribblers-ring.co.uk/pics/mm.gif)


I am impressed Mark, great stuff.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 07, 2011, 06:36:25 AM
I woke up this morning. Success!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on March 07, 2011, 06:58:45 AM
I woke up this morning. Success!

Yes, we must register each success one day at a time.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 07, 2011, 07:06:18 AM
Skip rocks!

Actually, my successes include being interviewed by SellOutYourSoul.com and BitesizeBio.com, but I'm so busy bragging on my blog that I forget to come over here and do it.

Also, I read the latest draft of my novel-to-be, ENIGMA, and not once did I think "wow this sucks." Success!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on March 07, 2011, 07:13:41 AM
Well congrats on the rest of it then!
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Post by: Skip454 on March 07, 2011, 07:21:29 AM
This would be mine for today... Got a copy in my hot little hands finally!

You can also compare the drawing to the smiling me.  ;D
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Post by: Skip Slocum on March 07, 2011, 11:52:49 AM
Whee haw for Skip and Michael.

Nice cover art, Skip.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 07, 2011, 08:48:07 PM
LAZARUS got an excellent review at http://su.pr/6JsM5j
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Post by: 510bhan on March 07, 2011, 08:53:45 PM
It did, didn't it? Terrific Michael. :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: kk on March 09, 2011, 05:51:17 AM
Yay! I came in second in a writing contest. My first 'official' win in any writing contest so I'm very excited.
And it involves real cash money - even better!

http://www.writersweekly.com/contest/winter11winners.html (http://www.writersweekly.com/contest/winter11winners.html)

kk
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 09, 2011, 05:57:37 AM
Way to go kk!

Money for writing!  I think I can remember how that goes...   ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on March 09, 2011, 07:57:25 AM
$250 is always welcome - well done Karen. :D :D :D
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Post by: Gyppo on March 09, 2011, 09:08:17 AM
Well done, KK.

If you haven't cashed it already take the time to photocopy that cheque and then stick the copy in a safe place, or pin it to the wall above your processor.  That way you will always be able to look up and see a reminder of what you can do.  When the time comes that you get a bigger cheque, take down the small one and replace it.

Good psychology if you ever start feeling down about your writing.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on March 09, 2011, 09:23:52 AM

Excellent idea! I keep my $2.62 Copy of my first proceeds that cost me $200.00 to get all the right paperwork filed for the IRS handy as well.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: kk on March 09, 2011, 06:50:58 PM
Thanks all,

It is very exciting. Gyppo, I love your idea. I was thinking along those same lines. I have
a dream board on the wall in front of my computer. I'll put a copy of the check on that
for the good vibes. The power of positive thinking is oh so powerful!

Whoohoo!
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Post by: Skip Slocum on March 09, 2011, 07:47:15 PM
Yea-yea, kk.  ;D
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 10, 2011, 11:06:08 AM
That's excellent news, Karen. Competitions are always great exposure. Well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: kk on March 11, 2011, 04:23:46 PM
Thanks Skip and Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on March 13, 2011, 06:52:29 AM

Different, well for me.

Somebody sent me four of my books with a pre-paid return envelope in the mail. A dedication request for each. At first I thought it a relative, but no. Never heard of them.

Means, not counting the one I bought, I have sold 4 anyway.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 13, 2011, 07:39:55 AM
That also means you have groupies.  Cool!  Me, I just get stalkers...   ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on March 17, 2011, 08:46:04 AM
That also means you have groupies.  Cool!  Me, I just get stalkers...   ;D


:)

Great comeback. You ought to be a writer!

Can add another e-Book to my collection called 'Backstabbed, Earth is Dying'. (About 39,000 words) Should show up at B&N soon.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: angelicmessenger on March 17, 2011, 02:14:14 PM
I won a regional poetry contest last summer and won $100.00 for third place in the adult poetry division.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on March 17, 2011, 02:26:14 PM
I won a regional poetry contest last summer and won $100.00 for third place in the adult poetry division.

Great! Of course you are trying hard to follow it up, correct?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: angelicmessenger on March 17, 2011, 03:00:49 PM
Well I haven't actually because I've been going through a divorce this past year and didn't really feel like it, but now I'm getting back into the swing of things lol. I just submitted a poem for critique in the Poetry section that is an assignment for my creative writing class if you'd like to take a look, titled "Only Time Will Tell."

Thanks!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 17, 2011, 04:10:11 PM
Well I haven't actually because I've been going through a divorce this past year and didn't really feel like it, but now I'm getting back into the swing of things lol.

Congratulations for being able to put getting divorced up on a 'Your Successes' board.  ;D  But seriously, hope you get back in the swing of things
real fast. Best of luck.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: angelicmessenger on March 17, 2011, 04:16:12 PM
Ha ha! That brought a laugh. I guess I never really thought of it as a "success" but you may just be right! Thanks for clearing the smoke.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 22, 2011, 12:23:43 PM
I'm happy to announce that my flash fiction story 'Daddy' will be republished by Pill Hill Press in 2012.
For those who haven't read it yet, just click on the link.

http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/daddy-flash-fiction.html

Please feel free to comment.  :)
It was my first published story, and is still one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on March 22, 2011, 12:27:18 PM
Congratulations Joe. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: kk on March 22, 2011, 04:40:05 PM
Well done, Joe. That's a popular story, and with good reason :)

kk
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 23, 2011, 09:27:37 AM
Thanks, you two. A publisher said I should work on a longer version of the story
and send it to them. So hopefully that will also be published later this year.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on March 23, 2011, 12:50:37 PM
Go Joe.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 24, 2011, 01:43:43 PM
Thanks, Skip.

Just had my first review as well. So glad it went well. And it's for a story I posted here in MWC quite a while back.
The reviewer was no other than DF Lewis himself. Feel free to take a look.  :)

http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/dark-minds-including-an-original-story-by-gary-mcmahon/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on March 24, 2011, 01:49:05 PM
Bravo, Joe. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on March 24, 2011, 02:03:01 PM
Gotta feel good when you see that. Well done Joe! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 24, 2011, 02:12:39 PM
Fantastic Joe - don't forget to print it out for you CV.  Maybe two copies, one to frame.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 24, 2011, 02:54:27 PM
Thanks everyone. I was really stressing this review. Knew it was coming since Monday. Phew.
Apparently there's more coming. The best thing is I know I write better now than I did when
I wrote that story.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 24, 2011, 03:15:56 PM
Thanks everyone. I was really stressing this review. Knew it was coming since Monday. Phew.
Apparently there's more coming. The best thing is I know I write better now than I did when
I wrote that story.  :)

That feeling is so great isn't it Joe - I mean when YOU can see the improvement in your own work.

 ;D 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 25, 2011, 01:36:45 AM
CONUNDRUM is now in print. It only took me 25 or so years to write it.

http://www.editormichael.com/?p=615 (http://www.editormichael.com/?p=615)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on March 25, 2011, 04:05:23 AM

Nothing like whirlwind turnarounds is there?  ;D

The key is it is in print. Congratz.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 25, 2011, 08:36:05 AM
What really feels good is that it totally blows my other 7 published novels out of the water. THIS is what I was supposed to write.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on March 25, 2011, 09:25:33 AM
Congratulations, Michael, on CONUNDRUM and finding your groove. ;) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 25, 2011, 11:56:49 AM
Great news Michael . . . I can almost see your chest puffed up with pride. You earned the right, so go ahead and let the world know - I would.  8)


PS - I 'shared' on face book too. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on March 25, 2011, 12:08:58 PM
What a great feeling that must be - enjoy it! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 25, 2011, 12:31:57 PM
Thanks, everybody. It sure felt nice to write and publish something new in THIS century.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on March 25, 2011, 07:49:24 PM
Today, I equalled the my consecutive days of writing record. I haven't written anywhere near the same amount, I don't think I could, but this time I won't spend the next six months recovering. I'm going to spend that time writing even more.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 26, 2011, 05:10:56 AM
Congratulations, Michael.

Well done, Ollie. Keep going.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on March 26, 2011, 06:07:03 AM
Ollie, how many consecutive days? We need numerical values here.  ;D

Congratulations, Michael. You too, Joe. Well done, all of you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on March 26, 2011, 01:58:13 PM
28 so far, 29 after today's writing session.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on March 28, 2011, 03:17:33 PM
I just heard back from the publisher who is publishing my book and they expect it to be in print this summer. I am getting a tad excited, methinks.

Ollie,1 solid month of consecutive writing coming up! You have me jealous, sir! I tend to say '1k per day' then miss several days and write 4-5k in one day to make it up. I'd much rather have your discipline! How much have you been getting down each day?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on March 28, 2011, 03:20:57 PM
Congratulations, AJB. I'm so glad to see everything was sorted and you're well on your way.

Take some time to celebrate and enjoy the feeling, then get going on the next one. ;)

Well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on March 28, 2011, 03:25:13 PM
Already have 30k of the next one done, started it last year and stopped until I got anywhere with the first one. It's so hard coming back and picking up from where I left off though :/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on March 28, 2011, 03:43:09 PM
I love this board -it is so great to see how different members are experiencing successes after lots of hard work, great encouragement for the rest of us.

 Well done AJB - good for you! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 28, 2011, 05:17:22 PM
That's excellent, AJB. Keep it up.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on March 28, 2011, 05:25:33 PM
I just heard back from the publisher who is publishing my book and they expect it to be in print this summer. I am getting a tad excited, methinks.

Ollie,1 solid month of consecutive writing coming up! You have me jealous, sir! I tend to say '1k per day' then miss several days and write 4-5k in one day to make it up. I'd much rather have your discipline! How much have you been getting down each day?

Don't be, I barely broke 10K for the entire month. A lot of the sessions were less than 500 words. Oh well, I hit 31 a few moments ago.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 28, 2011, 10:06:50 PM
Way to go, AJB!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 29, 2011, 12:26:26 PM
Those of you who were here when I started might remember my short story 'The Stranger'. I used it
as my practice story, rewriting it everytime I learnt a new writing technique. After spending more hours
than I wish to recall on it (Over two years on and off), I've sold it to 'Pages of Stories'. It's my best sale
yet, so only one more like this and I can register at the Horror Writers Association. 

Thanks to all the people who helped me with this story. And there's a lot of you.  :)
I greatly appreciate this site and all the people on it.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 29, 2011, 12:44:46 PM
Go Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on March 29, 2011, 01:28:23 PM
Well that's no horror tale Joe! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 29, 2011, 07:34:54 PM
I can't remember if I helped or not . . . but just in case I did; Your Welcome Joe.  ;)

But regardless of who helped or how much, you are the one that continued to work and make it good enough to get the sell.

Congratulations on the writing and the sell.  (seems like I've been saying that a lot recently and guess what, I will be happy to keep on saying it.)

Smiles,
Alice
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cyndith on March 29, 2011, 09:21:55 PM
Yesterday I sold 7 copies of a history book, I co-authored.  A Wilderness Tamed: The History of Violet, Texas 1910-1998 was self-published by Nortex Press: Austin, TX 2000.  The book features early German immigrant families in South Texas and has over 400 pictures.  within the first two years, we sold enough copies to cover the price of publishing and now the profits are benefiting our small church.  My fellow authors include:  Loretta Boerner, Evelyn Shroeder McCumber, Marguerite Sullivan Hoelscher, Florine Hoelscher Dittlinger and Katie Bernsen Burkhardt.

We are proof that self-publishing can be both profitable and enlightening.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Michael Edits on March 29, 2011, 10:42:15 PM
Great job Cyndith!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 29, 2011, 10:50:11 PM
Way to go Cyndith.

There is German in my family background, but I think by the time any of them moved to Texas it had been diluted several times.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 30, 2011, 02:22:43 AM
Congratulations, Cyndith.

Thanks, Michael, 510bhan and Alice. Real happy about this one.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cyndith on March 30, 2011, 04:11:07 PM
Thank you Joe, Country4Gal and MichaelEdits.  Sometimes patience can be the key in self-publishing. It takes longer for self-published work to get out there, but writers should never lose faith in their work.  Each self-published book is like a long-term relationship.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on April 21, 2011, 04:01:47 PM
I just sent off an invoice for my first big freelance article project in over a year (Having a baby slowed me down!). It's a pretty fat invoice, and the publisher already has commissions for me for their magazine's next quartery issue.

I'm tired of working nights and weekends to get it all done. But it is done, the editors loved everything, and I'm on the road to "regular contributor" to a glossy mag with worldwide circulation.

Cool.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on April 21, 2011, 04:20:37 PM
Annmarie, that's terrific, congratulations.

Congrats to Joe and Cyndith too.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on April 21, 2011, 04:24:48 PM
This board is great!

Well done Cyndith and Annmarie - Phew!  :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 21, 2011, 09:30:14 PM
Great news AnnMarie - congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 21, 2011, 10:01:12 PM
Congratulations Annmarie. Way to go.

Skip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on April 21, 2011, 10:18:14 PM
Congratulations, Annmarie. You're on your way.

Congrats also to Cyndith and Joe. Late but no less heartfelt. Well done, all of you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 22, 2011, 04:37:18 AM
Congrats Annmarie. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on April 22, 2011, 09:05:24 AM
Well done to all in your achievements.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on April 22, 2011, 12:44:05 PM
Thanks everyone. And of course - even if I forgot -- congrats to everyone who's had a breakthrough lately in whatever writing they're doing.  :)

Funny thing is, no matter what kind of success I have in nonfiction, it still matters less to me than fiction ones. My first published short story tickled me more than this freelance article, though the short was for a more limited audience and earned me some very small fraction compared to the article.

I'm just crazy, I guess.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on April 22, 2011, 05:29:26 PM
Isn't that the norm for writers :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on April 25, 2011, 06:02:51 PM
The artwork for my debut novl recently came in and I am blown away with how it relates to my book. Actually taken straight from the first few pages. I love it :) If anyone fancies a looksee then you can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-J-Booth/196287983745251 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-J-Booth/196287983745251)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on April 25, 2011, 06:07:06 PM
Nice and creepy looking AJB. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on April 25, 2011, 06:07:44 PM
Nice and creepy looking AJB. ;)

That's what I told them to go for :P
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 25, 2011, 08:45:20 PM
I looked at this a day or two ago AJB, but failed to tell you . . . I like it.  ;)

Also read a bit of your writer's blog . . . great site. Really nice to be able to read a 'sample' first.

Which reminds me, if you are still looking for a reviewer, PM me.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on April 26, 2011, 01:53:22 AM
After seeing that cover, I'm too scared to read your book, AJB.

 :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 26, 2011, 02:35:42 AM
The artwork for my debut novl recently came in and I am blown away with how it relates to my book. Actually taken straight from the first few pages. I love it :) If anyone fancies a looksee then you can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-J-Booth/196287983745251 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-J-Booth/196287983745251)

Will definitely get myself a copy. Let me know when the signed copies are ready.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 26, 2011, 02:40:36 AM
Just a small step up, but one I was really looking forward to: My first interview as a writer.
Thanks to MWC's own Biola Olatunde for having me on Center Stage (http://biola-ephesus-ephesus.blogspot.com/).
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on April 26, 2011, 07:40:46 AM
I looked at this a day or two ago AJB, but failed to tell you . . . I like it.  ;)

Also read a bit of your writer's blog . . . great site. Really nice to be able to read a 'sample' first.

Which reminds me, if you are still looking for a reviewer, PM me.

I think the publishing house will be dealing with reviewers. Not certain on that myself, to be honest. Do you do reviews then? You ought to get in touch with Three Ravens and see if they need anyone for that sort of thing.

Thanks, Annmarie, I think... :P That's just from the first few pages, so once you get past that you should be fine :)

Will do, Joe. Shall be telling the world when it's released. I only hope the world likes it!

PS

Great interview, Joe! Another ghost hunter, eh? Love anything to do with the supernatural, as well and I often go hunting them :) Do you go on your own or with people?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 26, 2011, 10:07:06 AM
Great interview, Joe! Another ghost hunter, eh? Love anything to do with the supernatural, as well and I often go hunting them :) Do you go on your own or with people?

I go with a ghost hunting group. They pay the guards to get us in.  :)
Graveyards and unlocked buildings I'll visit by my own. Not too keen on that lately. Guy was butchered
a few weeks ago when he visited a graveyard at night. Used for satanic rituals. They caught the boy and girl
who did it. Only about 22 years old.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on April 27, 2011, 02:16:36 PM
I go with a ghost hunting group. They pay the guards to get us in.  :)
Graveyards and unlocked buildings I'll visit by my own. Not too keen on that lately. Guy was butchered
a few weeks ago when he visited a graveyard at night. Used for satanic rituals. They caught the boy and girl
who did it. Only about 22 years old.
s

El yuck! Weird is our world - who says it's parnormal? :-\
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 27, 2011, 02:48:04 PM
El yuck! Weird is our world - who says it's parnormal? :-\

They admitted everything after posting photos of the dead guy on facebook. Disgusting.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: MrFrankenstein on May 01, 2011, 09:05:40 AM
Hi all

In terms of current successes, there's a Harvard-based literary magazine that has one of my novellas published online. Be warned, the story is a little...dark :)
http://www.the-utopian.org/post/3459062850/pigmans-fingers

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 01, 2011, 09:15:21 AM
Congratulations, Ian. Nicely done. Glad to see fellow South Africans in this industry.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: MrFrankenstein on May 01, 2011, 09:26:25 AM
Howzit :)

Yeah, it became a lot easier to get going once I was in the US and could focus a bit on writing. That novella was my reaction to relocating, I think. You still SA based?

One of my ebooks is also in the Kindle top 100 charts - #74 I think:(The Depths of Deception)  http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-rated/digital-text/157322011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_tr_kinc_1_7_last#4
But I did a 'proper' ad for that elsewhere here on forum.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 01, 2011, 09:34:08 AM
One of my ebooks is also in the Kindle top 100 charts - #74 I think:(The Depths of Deception)  http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-rated/digital-text/157322011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_tr_kinc_1_7_last#4
But I did a 'proper' ad for that elsewhere here on forum.

Yeah, saw that one. Congrats.

Living in Bloemfontein.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: MrFrankenstein on May 01, 2011, 09:42:20 AM
re Bloem

awesome! I never managed to think globally enough when I was based in Joburg. Only got my head around doing the e-publishing once here and seeing everyone doing it.
ps. I'm jealous - although I make my own biltong - you have access to boerewors :)

But ja, nice to see another SA person also doing the writing thing and getting their work out. The SA market is so small its depressing at times...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 01, 2011, 09:47:40 AM
Sent you an invite on facebook so we can chat some more. Don't want to highjack the 'Your Successes' thread.  :)

Again, congratulations. Cover of the book looks really good.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 27, 2011, 12:40:34 PM
My extremely short flash fiction story, Love is Cruel, will be published by Weirdyear early in June.
Not a big publisher, but like I said, not a big story either.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on May 27, 2011, 12:41:50 PM
Well done, Joe :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on May 27, 2011, 12:48:36 PM
Good for you Joe ;D Congrats. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cyndith on May 27, 2011, 12:48:59 PM
Every publication is a success!  Thanks for sharing the great news!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: cmb on May 27, 2011, 12:51:32 PM
Congrats Joe.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 27, 2011, 12:55:50 PM
Thanks everyone. Still trying to reach my goal of breaking into a pro magazine this year.

Only three more short story publications and I'll break my other goal of getting 20 stories published
before the end of the year.

I think it's about time I start writing novels then.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on May 27, 2011, 01:05:45 PM
My extremely short flash fiction story, Love is Cruel, will be published by Weirdyear early in June.
Not a big publisher, but like I said, not a big story either.  ;D

Well done, Joe!  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 27, 2011, 01:36:23 PM
Thanks, Amanda.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 27, 2011, 01:50:37 PM
Nice work, Joe.  You're well on target.

On the non-fiction front...  I recently pitched an article idea to a cycling magazine.  A completely new market to me.  The Editor liked the idea but wanted 'good high res' pictures to go with it.  Without the pictures it would be a 'no go'.  He sent me a lovely detailed list of guidelines.  He asked to see sample pictures first before committing himself.

I took the pictures, sent them and waited,  and was asked to go ahead with the article.

I don't know which chuffed me the most, being asked for the article, or the fact that my 'shot to order' pictures obviously pressed the right buttons.  Probably the pictures ;-)

There was one comment in his guidelines which I want to share with you, which encapsulates the whole business of writing non-fiction for money.  Something we probably all instinctively understand, but can easily forget.

'Good journalism is simply a conversation by other means.'

Gyppo

  

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Cyndith on May 27, 2011, 02:12:13 PM
Joe, you've set good goals and the confidence you have gained in puibilshing, as well as your Vita, will help greatly in the novel writing and pitching!

Gyppo, Did you have to buy a new camera or did they accept pics from an average digital camera?

Great news, guys!
cyndie ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 27, 2011, 02:15:47 PM
Thanks, Gyppo. And congratulations on your article.

Knowing you, the editor was chuffed by the photos and the article.  :)


Joe, you've set good goals and the confidence you have gained in puibilshing, as well as your Vita, will help greatly in the novel writing and pitching!

Thanks, Cyndith.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on May 27, 2011, 02:28:09 PM
Good one Gyppo ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 27, 2011, 03:23:57 PM
Gyppo, Did you have to buy a new camera or did they accept pics from an average digital camera?

Cyndie:  My camera only takes pictures up to 4 megapixels, but I take nearly all my pictures at the biggest possible size.

I only have a 1Meg memory card, but can take a lot of pictures before I need to swap it for my smaller backup card.  The last time I needed to do this was at an airshow, where I took literally hundreds of pictures.  I generally download onto the computer as soon as I get home, and then wipe the card,so rarely have to worry about it being full.

A quite basic camera will get good results if you 'get in close and fill the frame', or use zoom and have a steady hands or a tripod.  Up to a point it's more about finding the subject to film and having a good basic technique rather than a high spec camera.

But the biggest possible picture your camera can take is a good starting point.  Big pictures can be shrunk without loss of definition.  Smaller ones lose it when enlarged.

The editor concerned said pictures of less than 2 megapixels, would be too small when printed in his magazine.  Things which look brilliant on-screen don't always live up to the promise when printed.

I'm a keen but not professional photographer ;-)  My camera cost nearly £200 ( a useful redundancy money investment) several years ago, but ones of similar spec can be bought for £50 or less these days because newer ones make them seem limited.  Like my word processor it's a tried and trusted tool rather than a way of scoring bragging points ;-)

Gyppo  
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on May 27, 2011, 04:11:46 PM
Great stuff from Joe and John. In other news, today is the 91st consecutive day that I have written.. um, consecutively.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 27, 2011, 08:00:22 PM
It's a good habit to get into, Ollie.  What's the next target  figure, 191?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on May 27, 2011, 08:09:23 PM
182, I'm trying to work in 13 week blocks (or quarters).

EDITIO: The 26th of August.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 27, 2011, 08:28:33 PM
That's a good rolling target.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 28, 2011, 03:45:46 AM
In other news, today is the 91st consecutive day that I have written.. um, consecutively.

Well done. It's amazing how much writing improves if it's practised every day.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on May 28, 2011, 08:59:31 PM
Well done. It's amazing how much writing improves if it's practised every day.

You're right, it's something I should have done years ago... among other things.
Title: A Testimonial
Post by: James H. Albert on June 08, 2011, 11:48:44 AM
In James Albert’s exciting first novel, Temujin’s Bow, a beautiful English archeologist who has been searching for dinosaur bones in Mongolia literally stumbles over the child-size bow that Genghis Khan had played with as a boy. It could be a clue to the fabulous treasure of the Great Conqueror, and the discovery prompts a desperate race between interests in America, China, and Russia to locate Khan’s tomb. Temujin’s Bow is fast-paced and full of twists, ultimately leading to a surprising conclusion worthy of the mysterious legend of Genghis Khan himself.

Gary E. Anderson, www.abciowa.com
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 08, 2011, 11:53:45 AM
Sounds quite good. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: James H. Albert on June 08, 2011, 11:55:00 AM
Thanks Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andre Farant on June 13, 2011, 06:04:18 PM
Just had a piece published on WeirdYear, a flash fiction site.

You can read it here if the fancy strikes ya:

http://www.weirdyear.com/search/label/Andre%20Farant

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on June 13, 2011, 07:08:25 PM
Well done, Andre. :)

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 13, 2011, 07:12:53 PM
Nice one, Andre.  Short and strange without being too damned weird.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andre Farant on June 13, 2011, 08:18:58 PM

Thanks Silt and Gyppo, I truly 'preciate it.


And, oddly enough, I just checked my inbox and discovered that another of my flash pieces has been accepted at MicroHorror.

It's actually a reworking of my entry in the previous flash fiction contest (#28).

For those who are interested, it can be read here:

http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/author/andre-farant/seafood/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 14, 2011, 08:13:25 AM
Well done, Andre.  :)

Looking at the two sites you've been published at, make sure you check out
FlashesintheDark as well.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 14, 2011, 08:52:08 AM
congrats Andre ;)
Title: Yay! First short story sold to a magazine!
Post by: Matt Walker on June 14, 2011, 12:44:46 PM
Finally! A magazine has accepted one of my stories for publication - they only pay $20, but at least it's a start after gazillions of rejections. I'm waiting for the editor to send the contract through, so I hope it actually happens now! But I think it will  ;D
Title: Re: Yay! First short story sold to a magazine!
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 14, 2011, 01:29:59 PM
Well done, Walkio. Magazines are great markets to get published in. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Yay! First short story sold to a magazine!
Post by: Gyppo on June 14, 2011, 01:37:22 PM
Good man.  The walking on air feeling will last far longer than the $20.

If they pay you by cheque, photocopy it before cashing and pin the copy to your wall as an incentive/reminder until you get a bigger one.  Firsts are always worth marking in some way.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Yay! First short story sold to a magazine!
Post by: 510bhan on June 14, 2011, 01:44:21 PM
Congrats . . . money! :o
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andre Farant on June 14, 2011, 06:25:01 PM
Thanks Joe and Sio. And Joe, thanks for the suggestion, I'll be sure to check it out.


And congrats, Walkio!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on June 16, 2011, 02:52:10 AM
Congratulations to everyone getting shorts published! I'm having such a sticky time with my novel, I think I need to write shorts as well just to get a feeling I'm finishing something. On the other hand, I have almost no time to write (except at night, when I like to sleep).  :)

My success is a bit strange, but it still feels cool. I wrote a small profile for a magazine about a diplomat, and his embassy approved it. It hadn't occurred to me that his embassy would have to. It's obvious, though, once you think about it. So hats off to the Australian embassy in Abu Dhabi for their great taste!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 16, 2011, 03:13:08 AM
Well done, Annmarie. And it's in a magazine as well.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 16, 2011, 09:52:16 AM
Congrats Annmarie - maybe they'll ask you for more! :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andre Farant on June 18, 2011, 12:35:39 PM
A short piece of mine was accepted for publication in The Eclectic Flash Literary Journal. It should appear in their August/September issue.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 18, 2011, 01:08:41 PM
You're on a roll.  Keep it moving.  Build some momentum.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 18, 2011, 02:34:58 PM
Good news Andre. Keep writing and, of course, submitting.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andre Farant on June 18, 2011, 03:28:44 PM
Thanks, guys.

Sent out another three today. Hope to have another two ready to submit by next weekend.

Thanks again.

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 18, 2011, 03:57:40 PM
That's how it works, Andre. Write, edit and submit. If rejections don't bother you too much, keep sending them in bulk.
I've got 13 stories sent out at the moment. As soon as they come back I spend about a week editing them
before sending them again. Just don't fall into a habit of not caring about the quality of the story.

Best of luck.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andre Farant on June 18, 2011, 07:38:19 PM
I agree, Joe. Avoided submitting for years--hell, the thought didn't even cross my mind--because I figured I wasn't good enough. I'm over that now, but a healthy amount of lingering self-doubt ensures that I don't forgo quality for quantity.

Besides, as is the case for you, I'm sure, I've got more ideas than I have time to write them up so what's a rejection here and there? If idea and story 24 doesn't pan out, idea and story 78 just might.

Anyway, thanks for the advice and good luck with your own submissions!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes-A Review
Post by: James H. Albert on June 20, 2011, 11:29:33 PM
Temujin’s Bow

By James H. Albert

 

(Review by George I. Conroy, Editor, Memphis Jewish Journal)

 

Temujin’s Bow is a well-crafted yarn that’s not easy to pigeon-hole. It’s historical fiction but beyond that it’s in a genre all its own. The names of the characters we encounter as we turn the pages are not like those we’re used to reading…No Smiths or Joneses to be sure, but rather Asian names and those of tribes and dynasties.

 

The tale begins with the birth and upbringing of Temujin, to whom we are introduced as a small boy at a time when his father has just been murdered. As one would expect his death has a profound effect on the child A few years later motivated by the theft of the family’s food and their survival, Temujin is forced to kill his brother. This is his first violent act among countless others en route to becoming a thirteenth century Mongol leader. City after city soon resulted in nation after nation falling subject to this conqueror.

The spoils of his wars were immense and accumulating. Temujin knew that if he distributed the wealth his army was accumulating among his warriors that it would eventually make them soft, and weaken their resolve to fight. Instead the Mongol treasure would be hidden. The gold, silver, diamonds, jewels, silks, and furs had taken weeks to transport to a secret place, but he was determined not to allow riches and luxury to destroy his empire.
When Temujin died, his body was laid to rest in a tomb near where our readers first encountered him, the place where the child-warrior had buried his first hunting bow. His vast treasure was entombed with him. Temujin the boy had become Genghis Khan, the ruler of an empire. Thus the Khan’s life ends and our story begins.
The book’s pages are populated with historical characters and fictional personalities arising from real events reinterpreted by the clever author, who creates this epic narrative by presenting important and plausible alternative motives for the historical events of the era.
Some of the historical characters encountered in the story include:
Colonel Seishiro Itagaki was military attaché assigned to the Japanese embassy in China.
General Baron Shigeru Honjo was Chief Aide-de-Camp to the Emperor of Japan who was arrested as a suspected war criminal in 1945 and later committed suicide.
General Yoshitsugu Tatekawa was Japan’s ambassador to the Soviet Union who played a crucial role in negotiating the neutrality pact with Mongolia.
Joseph Stalin was the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union. He led his country alongside America and England through World War II in their fight against Germany, Italy and Japan. As ruler of Russia, Stalin was the leader of world communism for almost thirty years.
Georgy Zhukov was commander the First Soviet Mongolian Army Group, tasked in 1938 with stopping Japanese aggression along the Mongolian-Manchurian border.


Zhou Enlai was the first Premier of the People's Republic of China.
and
Adolph Hitler was the Austrian-born leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
The quest brings us from the past into the present where we are introduced to Kate Barrows, a fictional but beautiful English paleontologist whose research into ancient dinosaur fossils leads her to the discovery of Temujin’s childhood bow.
Enter Andrew “Drew” Moss a handsome former Navy SEAL and self made billionaire who agreed to finance Barrows’ project on the condition that he be kept informed about her progress. Drew soon learns the significance of the childhood bow and how far people and governments would go to get to the treasure. Aware of the bow’s discovery, both Russia and China prepare to go to war over the Khan’s treasure. America can not sit idly by while the world’s balance of power is shifted. 
Complicating the situation is the aged and powerful Mongol shaman, Achir Boo. Gifted in the arts of healing and magic he is determined to protect his people and the tomb from invaders.
All of this comes to a dramatic and shocking conclusion at Kate Barrow’s project’s site on the bank of the Onon River in Mongolia. You will enjoy this entertaining and uniquely original e book.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 20, 2011, 11:38:45 PM
Always neat when someone calls you a clever author - nice. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on June 21, 2011, 05:23:47 AM
Started getting a few personalised rejections, which are nice amongst all the 'Thanks, but it's not right for us.' I've noticed a trend - they often say 'your writing is good, but the story ended too abruptly' - three different short stories I've had with comments along those lines! Something to think about!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 23, 2011, 06:03:09 AM
Just had two flash fiction stories accepted by The Fringe Magazine.

Daddy's Little Boy (http://thefringemagazine.blogspot.com/2011/06/fiction-daddys-little-boy-by-joe.html) (Bit violent and upsetting)

and

Higher Learning (http://thefringemagazine.blogspot.com/2011/06/fiction-higher-learning-by-joe-mynhardt.html) (Sci-fi horror)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 23, 2011, 09:33:20 AM
Keep this up and you'll be passing that goal you set for yourself before the year is out Joe.  ;)

Congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 23, 2011, 09:34:19 AM
Fantastic Joe :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on June 23, 2011, 10:17:52 AM

Well, my full novel is out now in E-Book on Amazon.com

The printed version should be available in a week or so.


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=burbaugh&x=0&y=0
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 23, 2011, 10:22:16 AM
Congratulations to you. It must be a real thrill -- enjoy it and keep going. :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on June 23, 2011, 01:38:02 PM
Hi Joe
Just read both stories - not a lot of laughs in the first one but compulsive and very good. I liked the second as well!
Excellent stuff!
Chrissie
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 23, 2011, 02:28:22 PM
Started getting a few personalised rejections,

That's a good sign, Walkio. Keep it up.

Keep this up and you'll be passing that goal you set for yourself before the year is out Joe.  ;)

Thanks, Alice. Looks like the twenty stories is in the bag. Only one more. Still looking for that pro-market magazine.
Waiting time is so long with them.

Thanks Sio and Chrissie.  :)
 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on June 23, 2011, 02:54:05 PM
Well done Joe you're really notching up the credits! Good work!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on June 25, 2011, 07:33:34 AM
Well done, Joe!  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 25, 2011, 01:24:21 PM
Yay. Just heard another flash story has been accepted by Flashshot. One of those 100 word stories I used for a flash
fiction challenge a while back. The one about Omaha beach.  

And there's my goal of 20 short stories published by the end of 2011. :)

And thanks, Walkio and Amanda
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 25, 2011, 01:53:55 PM
Success breeds success.  Our Joe believes in himself[1] so other people believe in him,  which in turn reinforces his self belief.  

Talent and skill play a part too.

[1]  Joe believes in himself enough to keep putting his work out there for strangers to see.  That is where the success 'feedback loop' starts.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: James H. Albert on June 25, 2011, 01:55:43 PM
Congrats Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 25, 2011, 02:06:42 PM
Success breeds success.  Our Joe believes in himself[1] so other people believe in him,  which in turn reinforces his self belief. 

Talent and skill play a part too.

[1]  Joe believes in himself enough to keep putting his work out there for strangers to see.  That is where the success 'feedback loop' starts.
Gyppo

Thanks Gyppo. And if you remember, that's the story you helped me to figure out which rifle they used.   :)

Thanks James.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 25, 2011, 02:11:49 PM
That's fantastic Joe -- what a great 2011 for you so far, and there's still a heap of it left! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on June 25, 2011, 07:41:23 PM
Great stuff, Joe.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 26, 2011, 09:16:25 AM
Thanks, Ollie and Sio.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on June 26, 2011, 09:19:02 AM
You don't need to thank us, it's your hard work.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on July 04, 2011, 10:44:05 AM
My short story Reaper has just been accepted by Dark Fire Fiction for issue 53 in September. No pay, but still - publication!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on July 04, 2011, 11:38:33 AM
Hey Walkio, getting your name out there counts, pay will come when more people/place recognize you and what you can do.

Congratulations!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 04, 2011, 02:35:03 PM
Well done Walkio. Good for you. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 04, 2011, 03:39:00 PM
Well done Walkio!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on July 05, 2011, 12:34:27 PM
Thanks! It's funny how a story can get rejected half a dozen times and yet then an editor can pop along and say they 'loved it'. Just shows you have to keep going!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 07, 2011, 09:59:19 AM
One of the stories I posted on the Prose board has been accepted by Bewildering Stories.  :)

The title is Forgive me Now?. The editor asked for a rewrite to make everything a bit more
clear, and then he accepted. Goes to show, clarity is very important.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 07, 2011, 10:00:13 AM
Terrific Joe -- you're on a roll. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Timbo2 on July 07, 2011, 10:34:22 AM
A seriously fantastic WELL DONE! to both Walkio and Joe! It's people like you that keep all the rest of us going!

Kind regards,

Tim
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 07, 2011, 11:07:33 AM
Well done, Joe!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on July 07, 2011, 11:10:32 AM
Way to go, Matt and Joe. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 07, 2011, 01:00:20 PM
Thanks. This one really had me stressing. After the editor sent the story back for a rewrite, he said
he wasn't sure if it was possible to make the story clearer without giving away the ending or stilting the
atmosphere. If not, they would've had to say no. 40 words later he said yes.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on July 07, 2011, 01:26:09 PM
Great job both Walkio & Joe!  I love hearing success stories - they are inspirational   :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on July 07, 2011, 06:08:46 PM
Well done  Matt and Joe.

:)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 12, 2011, 01:31:00 PM
Thanks, Powerball and Silt.

Just got another acceptance from Twisted Dreams Magazine. The story's name is Come All to the River of Death, and I didn't
evendare to put it up here in MWC. Too gross. :D  The story will be in their February issue, as the August one is already filled.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 12, 2011, 01:38:02 PM
That's great Joe. Do you count that as one of next year's successes or one of this year's? ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 12, 2011, 01:49:58 PM
That's great Joe. Do you count that as one of next year's successes or one of this year's? ;D

 :D No idea. And this is the one you read a while ago. Remember the river?  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on July 12, 2011, 01:54:22 PM
 ;D Go-Joe.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on July 12, 2011, 02:05:02 PM
Congratulations Joe and Walkio.  Great news .   Wishing you both continued success.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 12, 2011, 02:06:17 PM
Thanks, A.W.M and Skip.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 12, 2011, 02:07:50 PM
 ;D ;D ;D How could I forget it . . .  and by the way it's not 'gross', perhaps a touch ghoulish and gruesome -- certainly gripping! :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on July 12, 2011, 03:57:41 PM
Well done again, Joe! Do you have any novels written?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 13, 2011, 04:04:44 AM
Well done again, Joe! Do you have any novels written?

I'm about three weeks away from finishing the step sheet for my 1st novel. I really have to start
writing less short stories, but I can't help it. I think as soon as I actually start writing the novel,
the short story ideas will cool off a bit.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on July 13, 2011, 04:07:06 AM
I'm about three weeks away from finishing the step sheet for my 1st novel. I really have to start
writing less short stories, but I can't help it. I think as soon as I actually start writing the novel,
the short story ideas will cool off a bit.  :)

No way, man. You get even more.

Nice work on the latest piece whether it's this year's success or next year's.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on July 13, 2011, 05:01:19 PM
Thanks, Powerball and Silt.

Just got another acceptance from Twisted Dreams Magazine. The story's name is Come All to the River of Death, and I didn't
evendare to put it up here in MWC. Too gross. :D  The story will be in their February issue, as the August one is already filled.

Good golly, Joe. Another one??  I'm taking you to Vegas!  Ooh, and you get to pick the numbers for my next lotto ticket. 

Who am I kidding - your success has nothing to do with luck  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 14, 2011, 10:53:46 AM
I'm taking you to Vegas!

Vegas! Woohoo!

Thanks.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: pamelamary on July 17, 2011, 07:47:49 AM
Hi to Writer's Circle.

Hi again to Joe, who just gave me a welcome.

To make things fast and easy, I'm going to post my novels here.  If you go to the link, you can see them.

Thanks for anyone who takes a look.

Nook 
The Necromancer http://tiny.cc/syklx
The Living Image  http://tiny.cc/biey4
Midnight Reflections http://tiny.cc/nd51t
 
Kindle
The Necromancer    http://tiny.cc/fgzzk
The Living Image     http://tiny.cc/fbmlq
Midnight Reflections  http://tiny.cc/lhn8r

UK
The Living Image http://tiny.cc/49xph
Midnight Reflections http://tiny.cc/onk6f
The Necromancer http://tiny.cc/gurcd

Smashwords has two of my novels
profile page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/thelivingimage

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 17, 2011, 10:31:03 AM
Well done. I hope this is only a sign of more to come.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 17, 2011, 10:33:05 AM
That's great pamela mary - congratulations to you! ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on July 17, 2011, 05:54:15 PM
Congrats, Pamelamary!  Keep em coming  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ChalkDust on July 20, 2011, 05:27:02 PM
Well done pamelamary, that's awesome!  I can only dream of getting my novel published at the minute  ::)

Although, not too long ago I contacted an editor of a magazine with an idea for a column, which she liked so she asked me to submit a sample piece, which I did, and she loved it.  Now I've got a regular column and I write an article for each issue!  It's so amazing to finally get to write something that other people will actually read.   ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 20, 2011, 07:08:00 PM
Nice one, Chalkdust.

There's a lesson for everyone in your post.  If you have a good idea, write and ask.  Don't sit on it.  I'm sure most regular columns start with a writer having the nerve to just ask.  Editors aren't going to pick a list of unknowns,  or even 'knowns', stick a pin in it, and then provide that person with a subject and ask them to write about it.

The mere act of asking tells an editor you think you can do it.  And that's half the battle won before you even get started ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 20, 2011, 10:39:34 PM
Well done you Chalkdust ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 21, 2011, 09:23:42 AM
That's excellent, Chalkdust. Best of luck with it.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 22, 2011, 05:58:14 AM
I'm feeling really proud of myself this morning... not only have I edited Toni down to exactly 20k but I've also sent the first three chapters to Ransom but I also heard back from Mythmaker and sent my first 3 chapters and synopsis to them too!  Now I've just got to sit on my hands and not do anything else to Toni but concentrate on Speckles until that's finished too!

I'm hoping that Ransom will want Toni and Mythmaker will want Speckles!  I'm so happy right now!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 22, 2011, 07:09:41 AM
Well done and best of luck to you, Amanda.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 22, 2011, 07:27:39 AM
Thank you Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 22, 2011, 09:55:24 AM
Good luck with everything Amanda. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on July 22, 2011, 11:21:38 AM
Way to go Amanda. No matter what the results, you can be proud that you've reached this point . . . something that not everyone manages.

Good for you!  8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 22, 2011, 11:38:26 AM
Thank you 510 and Alice!  I'm so close to reaching a teenage dream now I would never have believed it!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on July 22, 2011, 12:21:54 PM
Way to go, Amanda.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 22, 2011, 12:29:07 PM
Way to go, Amanda.

Thank you Ollie!  Only 11k to go with Speckles now then I'll edit it and send it off - I can't believe this is actually happening!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on July 25, 2011, 08:05:01 AM
I've just heard that one of my entries to the Words with Jam Flash500 competition has been long-listed. It's early days and may not make it to the shortlist but it doesn't half feel good to know that it's made it through the initial stage!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 25, 2011, 09:41:46 AM
I've just heard that one of my entries to the Words with Jam Flash500 competition has been long-listed. It's early days and may not make it to the shortlist but it doesn't half feel good to know that it's made it through the initial stage!  :)

That's always good news. Sometimes it's tough just to get noticed in a competition.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 25, 2011, 09:45:08 AM
Oh, and by the way (not really a success), but I'm featured on WeeklyArtist.com (http://www.weeklyartist.com/) this week.
Please feel free to comment on their page. Don't want my words to be the only ones there.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 25, 2011, 10:38:46 AM
I've just heard that one of my entries to the Words with Jam Flash500 competition has been long-listed. It's early days and may not make it to the shortlist but it doesn't half feel good to know that it's made it through the initial stage!  :)

Well done, Chrissie!  Have more confidence in yourself and your writing abilities girl!  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 25, 2011, 10:42:50 AM
Oh, and by the way (not really a success), but I'm featured on WeeklyArtist.com (http://www.weeklyartist.com/) this week.
Please feel free to comment on their page. Don't want my words to be the only ones there.  :D

Where do I leave my comments please, Joe?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 25, 2011, 11:40:30 AM
Where do I leave my comments please, Joe?

Just click on 'Read User's Comments' to go to a comment box. Thanks.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 25, 2011, 11:55:54 AM
Just click on 'Read User's Comments' to go to a comment box. Thanks.

D'oh!  lol  I've just left a comment  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 25, 2011, 12:21:47 PM
D'oh!  lol  I've just left a comment  :)

Thanks, Amanda. Those were some very kind words. Considering your fear of scary stories, I'll
email you one of my romantic stories. Yip, I actually wrote one on a dare.  :-[
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 25, 2011, 12:29:08 PM
Thanks, Amanda. Those were some very kind words. Considering your fear of scary stories, I'll
email you one of my romantic stories. Yip, I actually wrote one on a dare.  :-[

Nowt wrong with dares if you are happy to do them!  :)  One of the assignments on the course I'm doing was to write a horror story for children and even that gave me nightmares even though it was written for children and was, according to my tutor, very tame... yep, totally serious!   :-[
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 25, 2011, 02:15:59 PM
Well done Chrissie -- good luck for the short list. ;)

Shall pop in now Joe. :)

EDIT: waiting for blog owner approval/moderation ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 26, 2011, 10:49:58 AM
Nowt wrong with dares if you are happy to do them!  :)  One of the assignments on the course I'm doing was to write a horror story for children and even that gave me nightmares even though it was written for children and was, according to my tutor, very tame... yep, totally serious!   :-[

Best example I can think of is Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Wish it was around when I was a kid.

Shall pop in now Joe. :)

Thanks for the kinds words, Sio.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 26, 2011, 12:43:15 PM
Best example I can think of is Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Wish it was around when I was a kid.

Thanks for the kinds words, Sio.  :)

Just the title of the book is enough to give me goosebumps!   :o
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 27, 2011, 09:36:37 AM
Just got word of my 23rd short story publication. It's already up on the website at The New Flesh. (http://newfleshmagazine.blogspot.com/)
I was going for a 70's Dr. Who type feel to the story. It's always about global warming and the end of the world etc.

Hope you like it.  ;)  And please feel free to comment on their page. The best stories at the end of the year tend to be put in an anthology.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 27, 2011, 09:46:32 AM
Hi Joe - nice read. Couldn't find anywhere to comment :-\ -- I'm not a facebook person or goolgywooglymail
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 27, 2011, 09:49:55 AM
 :D  It says 'howls' instead of comments, right below my bio at the end of the story.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 27, 2011, 09:54:20 AM
I looked at the howls but all that does is email it to a friend :-\

DUH . .  . that'd be because I hit the envelope icon instead. Howling now!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 27, 2011, 10:00:02 AM
Don't know if the howl was succesful or not, can't see it on the refreshed page. :-\

EDIT: tried a second time . . . still nothing to say it's been accepted or is waiting moderation :-[
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 27, 2011, 10:50:35 AM
Don't know if the howl was succesful or not, can't see it on the refreshed page. :-\
EDIT: tried a second time . . . still nothing to say it's been accepted or is waiting moderation :-[

Thanks for trying. Will try myself later just to promote my facebook page. Already have 63 likes.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 27, 2011, 10:52:46 AM
Good for you Joe. I'll see if I can persuade my Facebook-y offspring to read and like. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on July 30, 2011, 09:32:52 PM
Great story, Joe. Congratulations.

I just had an article printed in Gridlock Magazine. You can read it here:
http://www.gridlockmagazine.com/passing-the-bar-exam.html

Don -
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 31, 2011, 03:24:09 AM
Thanks, Don. And congratulations on the article. All I need now is a blender.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on July 31, 2011, 06:04:08 AM
My debut novel (a dark fantasy vampire novel) has been released on the Kindle by Three Ravens Books. The paperback will be available sometime later this coming week.

The book can be found on:

US Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Eternal-ebook/dp/B005F5IGPQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312045249&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Life-Eternal-ebook/dp/B005F5IGPQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312045249&sr=8-1)
UK Kindle  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Eternal-ebook/dp/B005F5IGPQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312105223&sr=8-1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Eternal-ebook/dp/B005F5IGPQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312105223&sr=8-1)

Shall post when it is released in paperback.

PS

If I am not allowed to post links then can a mod please remove them...just a tad excited is all :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on July 31, 2011, 06:37:08 AM
Congratulations AJB!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 31, 2011, 11:31:04 AM
Congrats Don and AJB -- you too Matt, saw the other thread about the Washington Post story. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on July 31, 2011, 11:31:54 AM
Congrats Don and AJB -- you too Matt, saw the other thread about the Washington Post story. ;) ;) ;)

 ;D Thanks!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on July 31, 2011, 11:59:17 AM
Congratulimifications, A J B!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.J.B on July 31, 2011, 12:08:15 PM
Thanks, everyone :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 01, 2011, 09:19:28 AM
 :)
Just seen my entry for a flash fiction comp has made it on to the shortlist - seriously nervous now!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 01, 2011, 09:27:41 AM
Don't be nervous, be excited.  They're close cousins at the best of times ;-)
 
Being shortlisted is an achievement in itself, but there's nothing else you can do now to influence the final result, so just enjoy the sensation of being wanted.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 01, 2011, 09:32:03 AM
Thanks Gyppo - and it does feel good that it's made it this far - even further would be better!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 01, 2011, 09:51:08 AM
Congrats Chrissie and Aaron. Well done to both of you.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on August 01, 2011, 10:24:43 AM
:)
Just seen my entry for a flash fiction comp has made it on to the shortlist - seriously nervous now!

It's understandable that you're nervous but try to enjoy the feeling while it lasts  :)  Well done so far, Chrissie!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 01, 2011, 11:32:26 AM
 :)
I will, I promise and thanks for the encouragement!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 01, 2011, 11:52:41 AM
Joe - just read your story on The New Flesh  and enjoyed it. Hit Howls and left a comment! Didn't know you got Dr Who in SA?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 01, 2011, 02:11:58 PM
Joe - just read your story on The New Flesh  and enjoyed it. Hit Howls and left a comment! Didn't know you got Dr Who in SA?

Thanks. Not sure if the comments work on that site. I've tried myself and so have a few others. I've watched some of the original
Dr Who episodes way back when. Haven't seen any of the new ones yet.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 01, 2011, 04:01:32 PM
Try to watch the new stuff - it's much better than the old, though not sure how far back you've seen.Best Doctor for me, by far, is David Tennant!
Title: My new children's book is out!
Post by: concon62 on August 01, 2011, 05:37:04 PM
I'm excited to share that my new children's book, "Calvin Coyote and the Chicken Coop Caper" is out! My new web address is   www.imaginethat-connieramsey.com   for all who would like to visit and learn more about the book.

Thanks,
Connie
Title: Re: My new children's book is out!
Post by: Skip Slocum on August 01, 2011, 05:43:28 PM
Good for you. Did you do the art work as well?

Skip
Title: Re: My new children's book is out!
Post by: concon62 on August 01, 2011, 05:45:34 PM
Oh, no. I can't draw a straight line! lol!  The publisher, Tate Publishing, has very good illustrators. She did an amazing job with the pics.
Title: Re: My new children's book is out!
Post by: Amanda George on August 02, 2011, 04:54:41 AM
I'm excited to share that my new children's book, "Calvin Coyote and the Chicken Coop Caper" is out! My new web address is   www.imaginethat-connieramsey.com   for all who would like to visit and learn more about the book.

Thanks,
Connie

Looking good, Connie!  Well done  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 02, 2011, 04:58:09 AM
 :)
Cute, Connie!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 02, 2011, 09:18:08 AM
Congratulations, Connie. Well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 02, 2011, 09:22:05 AM
Sorry Connie - I merged your post because I thought it would be more approproate here . . . and I forgot to congratulate you :-[ :-[ :-[

Congratulations! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on August 02, 2011, 10:13:14 AM
Congrats Chrissie and Connie!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 06, 2011, 02:28:49 PM
 ;D
I've just heard that I 've been placed 2nd in the Flash500 competition. Needless to say, I'm over the moon!!!! And it comes after receiving a rejection today from a magazine for a short story that had left me feeling despondent! ( the rejection, not the short story)There is a God!!!! Hey, that could be the title of my next story!!!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 06, 2011, 02:46:19 PM
The rollercoaster of a writer's life, encapsulated in one day ;-)

Well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 06, 2011, 04:11:02 PM
That's great news, Chrissie. Congratulations. Competitions are a lot more worthy than just a short story acceptance. Well done.


The rollercoaster of a writer's life, encapsulated in one day ;-)


Definitely.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 07, 2011, 06:49:13 AM
Not much of a publication, but Postcard Shorts have published my weird little
story 'Food Fights' (http://www.postcardshorts.com/read-747.html), which I once used for a flash fiction challenge here on MWC.
Story still makes me laugh.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 07, 2011, 06:55:19 AM
 ;D
Very good, Joe, if just a tad gruesome! Am now about to while away a happy hour or so reading more on the site!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 07, 2011, 06:56:49 AM
;D
Very good, Joe, if just a tad gruesome!

 :) That's exactly what I was going for.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 07, 2011, 08:31:53 AM
Yay! Chrissie - terrific ;D ;D ;D

Good one Joe! ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 15, 2011, 10:18:56 AM
Good one Joe! ;)

Thanks, Sio.

Here's the link to my newest story. They published it this morning at Bewildering Stories (http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue443/forgive.html). Thanks to everyone here who helped with the editing bits.   :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 15, 2011, 10:37:32 AM
 :)
Hi Joe - just read it and loved it. well done!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on August 15, 2011, 11:15:15 AM
Concise and good Joe. Some of us may have helped, but you did the work.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on August 15, 2011, 11:58:31 AM
Congratulations, Joe.
I like the changes you made to the story. Good job. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on August 15, 2011, 01:48:20 PM
Congratulations Chrissie, Joe and everyone else I've missed lately!

I'm happy dancing right now because a big airline contacted me to write bits for their newsletter. I have no idea if I'll take the job yet, I'm just excited that such a big name came to me. If it's a step towards the inflight magazine, I'm in!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 15, 2011, 01:50:34 PM
Thanks, Chrissie, Alice, Maimi and Annmarie. Still pushing for that big one, though.  ;)

Congratulations, Annmarie. That's brilliant. If it doesn't take too much time away from your writing, I'd say go for it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on August 15, 2011, 02:09:00 PM
Congratulations, Annmarie. That's brilliant. If it doesn't take too much time away from your writing, I'd say go for it.

Thanks, Joe, and yes, it will take time from my fiction. I'm a sucker for getting paid, though, so I may let myself be seduced for enough €s.  :) This is my day job again starting in September, I just didn't expect such good freelance projects to pop up without me having to troll for them. My website is so outdated, I want to hide my head in the sand when I look at it. But it seems to still do the job. I'll be redoing it as soon as the summer holiday is over and the kids are situated. That is, if I have the time between freelance projects and fiction.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on August 15, 2011, 05:09:45 PM
 :)
Annmarie, that's really great news and from little acorns and all that! Good luck!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 17, 2011, 03:23:35 AM
A nice opening, Annemarie.  Grab it while it's there ;-)

You never know, maybe your 'outdated' website suggests someone who is a writer rather than a website 'faffer', and therefore makes you seem more appealing to some publishers.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on August 17, 2011, 07:05:44 AM
Thanks, Gyppo. I'm not interested in making my site too slick. It presents me and my work, and that's it. I can't figure out how people can maintain all these complicated blogs and sites and still get any *real* writing done. I imagine they live on 2 hours sleep a night, or have no family, friends or offline interests.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on August 18, 2011, 03:40:00 AM
Jut had my flash fiction piece NUMBERS UP accepted by The Brooklyner for publication on their website when it's relaunched next week.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 18, 2011, 04:28:35 AM
You're on a roll, Matt ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 18, 2011, 08:54:14 AM
Well done, Matt. Congrats.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on August 18, 2011, 09:06:20 AM
Thanks! The one that I was really hoping for, however, was from an agent for my latest novel. But it was a rejection. Boo. Only the first for that novel, so still got a few more tries yet!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on August 18, 2011, 10:06:28 AM
Congrats on the story, Matt!

Rejections stink, but you're out there. Keep trying.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on August 22, 2011, 08:36:38 AM
My flash fiction LOVE CAN BE MURDER published in Writes For All Issue II (it's right at the very end)

http://www.writesforall.com/index.html
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 22, 2011, 09:40:09 AM
Saving the best for last, hey? Well done.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on August 22, 2011, 10:35:09 AM
Saving the best for last, hey? Well done.  :)

Yes, that's what they must have though  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on August 22, 2011, 04:33:50 PM
Great stuff, Matt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on August 23, 2011, 04:39:12 AM
And another flash fiction piece, NUMBERS UP is now up http://brooklyner.org/2011/numbers-up/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 23, 2011, 06:36:52 AM
Nice characterisation, Matt.  I won't say too much because I don't want to spoil it for others, but I liked the final twist.  And the 'Lamb Bikini' told us so much about the character in just two words.

Read it, People.  You won't be disappointed.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on August 23, 2011, 08:58:54 AM
Yeah one of the editors who turned it down said they'd liked the Lamb Bikini! I'm glad you liked it Gyppo, thanks!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 26, 2011, 06:34:52 AM
Well, I wanted to get into a decent print magazine before the end of the year, so I'm quite happy to
announce that Morpheus Tales will be publishing my story 'Covetous'. Only problem is it will only be
available late 2012. Can't wait to get my copy. They always have great artwork in their magazines.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 26, 2011, 07:13:55 AM
Yay! Good one Joe :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 26, 2011, 07:37:34 AM
Thanks, Sio. Looks like all my goals for 2011 have been reached. Now I can just concentrate on getting the novel finished.
One more goal perhaps: 100 facebook fans. I'm on 81 at the moment.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 26, 2011, 08:27:36 AM
And 2011 still has a few months left to it -- sounds like you're over-achieving to me :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 26, 2011, 01:34:31 PM
I've never understood the concept of over-achieving.  Its like saying someone's over-educated, or 'too smart for their own good'.

Go for it Joe.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 26, 2011, 02:41:36 PM
Thanks, Gyppo. Can't wait to sit on my porch as an old man and think back to my over-achieving days.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 26, 2011, 07:41:47 PM
Thanks, Gyppo. Can't wait to sit on my porch as an old man and think back to my over-achieving days.  :D

That's  one of the few things you'll have to be patient about.  Age comes to those who wait, but it probably comes quicker to those who don't grasp the nettle, seize the day, or whatever metaphor you prefer.

After all, this lady, at a mere 98, doesn't believe she's old yet ;-)

http://thedailywh.at/2011/08/09/we-should-all-be-so-amazing-of-the-day/

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: WoodridgeNZ on August 27, 2011, 07:32:29 AM
Thanks, Sio. Looks like all my goals for 2011 have been reached. Now I can just concentrate on getting the novel finished.
One more goal perhaps: 100 facebook fans. I'm on 81 at the moment.

I just "liked" you, Joe, to help you on your way! 82 now, LOL.  :D Good luck.
Kathleen
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 27, 2011, 12:21:09 PM
I just "liked" you, Joe, to help you on your way! 82 now, LOL.  :D Good luck.
Kathleen

Thanks, Kathleen. Greatly appreciated.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on August 27, 2011, 12:33:31 PM
Thanks, Kathleen. Greatly appreciated.  :)

83 now  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on August 27, 2011, 03:10:02 PM
Just a minor achievement but it's a big deal to me so I'm planning on shouting it from the rooftops as I've wantedto do this for half my life!

*ahem*

I'VE JUST FINISHED WRITING TONI'S FLIBBLE WIBBLE!!!!!!!!!!!

I've still got to read through it and correct any errors etc but I've finished writing it at last!  I'm going to find myself some form of chocolate then I'm heading to bed with a huge grin plastered across my face!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on August 27, 2011, 03:14:20 PM
The first draft of something isn't a minor achievement, Amanda.  It's a  huge leap following many smaller steps.  Enjoy your chocolate ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on August 27, 2011, 04:10:14 PM
Thank you Gyppo!  You watch me forget I've finished it now!  lol  I still can't believe that it's finished... it's been going on for ages and it feels like my firstborn has gone off to boarding school now... silly or what!  lol
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 27, 2011, 04:39:27 PM
Good for you Amanda and best of luck! ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on August 27, 2011, 04:41:40 PM
Thank you 510!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Ivana on August 27, 2011, 05:52:10 PM
It's not a small achievement, Amanda, you have all the reason to be proud of yourself! Congrats :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Ivana on August 27, 2011, 06:15:03 PM
One more goal perhaps: 100 facebook fans. I'm on 81 at the moment.

I will "like" it if you post the link :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 28, 2011, 04:22:36 AM
Well done, Amanda. And thanks for the 'like'.

I will "like" it if you post the link :)

Thanks, Ivana. There's a link in my signature just below this post. Just click on the 'Joe Mynhardt's short stories' part to go there.
Title: Delicious Cakes, Cookies and Desserts. My new book!
Post by: megansara on August 28, 2011, 05:52:21 AM
My new book just came out! Very excited! Thanks to everyone who contributed. Happy baking!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JI6V24
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 28, 2011, 09:44:42 AM
Congratulations -- must be a wonderful feeling  ;) ;) ;)

The photography looks great.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 28, 2011, 10:25:53 AM
Congratulations, Megan. Looks real good.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on August 30, 2011, 08:00:19 AM
It's not a small achievement, Amanda, you have all the reason to be proud of yourself! Congrats :)

Thank you Ivana!

Well done, Amanda. And thanks for the 'like'.

Thank you Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on August 31, 2011, 01:57:22 PM
Well, I wanted to get into a decent print magazine before the end of the year, so I'm quite happy to
announce that Morpheus Tales will be publishing my story 'Covetous'. Only problem is it will only be
available late 2012. Can't wait to get my copy. They always have great artwork in their magazines.

You're having a great year, Joe!  Congrats!

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on August 31, 2011, 01:57:53 PM
Just a minor achievement but it's a big deal to me so I'm planning on shouting it from the rooftops as I've wantedto do this for half my life!

*ahem*

I'VE JUST FINISHED WRITING TONI'S FLIBBLE WIBBLE!!!!!!!!!!!

I've still got to read through it and correct any errors etc but I've finished writing it at last!  I'm going to find myself some form of chocolate then I'm heading to bed with a huge grin plastered across my face!

Yay for you, Amanda!  That is a true ACHIEVEMENT!
Title: Re: Delicious Cakes, Cookies and Desserts. My new book!
Post by: Laura H on August 31, 2011, 01:58:53 PM
My new book just came out! Very excited! Thanks to everyone who contributed. Happy baking!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JI6V24


Congratulations, Megansara!  It must be a thrill to see your book up for sale on Amazon  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 31, 2011, 02:05:05 PM
You're having a great year, Joe!  Congrats!

Thanks, Powerball.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Kowboy on August 31, 2011, 10:38:47 PM
I recently entered Creative Nonfiction's True Crime essay contest. I won't know the results until 2012 according to a recent email:

http://www.creativenonfiction.org/thejournal/submittocnf.htm

I took fourth place (out of 100 entries) in the 2009-10 Oakland Community College essay contest:

http://www.oaklandcc.edu/Essay/Docs/essays_10/Joseph%20Corlett%20-%20Edited%20Essay.pdf

Kowboy
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 31, 2011, 10:45:39 PM
Yay - good result Kowboy. Congrats. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on September 01, 2011, 03:15:33 AM
Well done, Kowboy!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 01, 2011, 04:22:47 AM
I remember when you first introduced us to that lady, and your musings about her personality.

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on September 01, 2011, 04:26:02 AM
Rock the house, Kowboy.  ;D

Skip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on September 01, 2011, 07:14:20 AM
Yay for you, Amanda!  That is a true ACHIEVEMENT!

Thank you!  I sent the first 3 chapters and the synopsis to an agent last night after being told by 2 others that they aren't taking on any new authors right now and the one I emailed last night could take up to 6 weeks to get back to me so I can concentrate on Speckles until NaNo then I'll do the editing of my NaNo MS ready to send off after Christmas to the same/other agents!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Amanda George on September 01, 2011, 07:16:41 AM
WTG, Kowboy!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on September 01, 2011, 08:57:28 AM
Good work, Kowboy!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 05, 2011, 09:40:35 AM
Way to go Cowboy.

Well, I made it onto the short list for Blood Bound Books Nighterrors 2 anthology, but I didn't make the cut.
They said the writing was strong and the story interesting, but there were just too many great stories. Oh, well,
now comes the nice part of choosing who to send it to next.  :)
 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on September 05, 2011, 09:43:02 AM
Never mind - you did brilliantly to get to the shortlist. And with such a positive outlook, you'll find a place for it somewhere else, I bet. Good luck with that!
 :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 05, 2011, 01:47:48 PM
Never mind - you did brilliantly to get to the shortlist. And with such a positive outlook, you'll find a place for it somewhere else, I bet. Good luck with that!
 :)

Thanks, Chrissie.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 06, 2011, 12:09:02 PM
Got an old flash fiction piece into Pill Hill Press's Daily Frights 2012 Anthology.
Can't wait to see the cover. They always come up with great stuff.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on September 06, 2011, 12:21:35 PM
More congrats you hard-working man. I cannot tell you how much I am in awe of your creative productivity, being a teacher is hard work and takes up a hell of a lot of time outside the classroom, despite what people say about the office hours and the holidays. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 06, 2011, 12:33:25 PM
Thanks, Sio. I really think most people have no idea how much work goes into teaching. I know there are teachers who slack,
you'll get that in every job. It's almost like being a secretary for a tough boss while babysitting 40 kids. Then add about five
hyperactive kids who don't want to drink their medicine.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 12, 2011, 02:38:39 PM
I've been appointed as a submissions manager/editor for the South African Literary Magazine, at least until they catch up on the backlog.
Luckily I'm not the only one helping out.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 12, 2011, 02:50:17 PM
I've been appointed as a submissions manager/editor for the South African Literary Magazine, at least until they catch up on the backlog.
Luckily I'm not the only one helping out.  :)

That sounds cool, dude.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on September 12, 2011, 02:50:30 PM
Wow!  ;) ;) ;) ;) That should give you some good insight. Pass on any tips , won't you?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 12, 2011, 02:54:40 PM
That sounds cool, dude.

Thanks, Ollie

Wow!  ;) ;) ;) ;) That should give you some good insight. Pass on any tips , won't you?

Will do.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on September 12, 2011, 05:09:49 PM
 :)
excellent news -you're well on the way to huge success! Well done and good luck!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on September 13, 2011, 03:16:35 AM
Well done, Joe, that's great!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnight candle on September 13, 2011, 04:11:12 AM
I've been appointed as a submissions manager/editor for the South African Literary Magazine, at least until they catch up on the backlog.
Luckily I'm not the only one helping out.  :)

Well done Joe. All the best with it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 13, 2011, 09:59:48 AM
Thanks, Blue Moon, Matt and Chrissie. So far they haven't overwhelmed me with work . . . yet.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 19, 2011, 12:56:58 PM
With the help of good old Gyppo I've managed to write an essay/semi-fictional piece on Bloemfontein South Africa.
If anyone is interested in reading some of it's history or looking at some of the nice old photos (including the British
troops marching into the city), then click away. Hope it's informative or at least interesting.  :)

http://www.bwasp.co.za/shorts/memoirs.html
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on September 19, 2011, 01:59:26 PM
Clever approach that makes an historical article very interesting. Liked it a lot. Good on you Joe. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 19, 2011, 02:05:22 PM
Thanks, Sio. That's exactly why I did it that way.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: DGSquared on September 19, 2011, 05:16:10 PM
Good job, Joe! We've gotta stop meeting like this. Lol. Hoping to send some fans your way.  Hugs
~Deb
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 19, 2011, 05:27:46 PM
Joe did all the real work.  I just did a little nip and tuck on a few - very few - rough corners.

Good to see it reached the website, Joe.  A nice selection of pictures too.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: DGSquared on September 19, 2011, 05:31:25 PM
Gyppo. You are such a handy-man. Literally and figuratively, I might add. ;) :-*

~Deb
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt on September 19, 2011, 05:33:01 PM
Well done Joe, and Gyppo. I have to page mark the link because my internet is all wobbly.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 20, 2011, 08:54:03 AM
Good job, Joe! We've gotta stop meeting like this. Lol. Hoping to send some fans your way.  Hugs
~Deb

Thanks, Deb. Appreciate that.

Gyppo. You are such a handy-man. Literally and figuratively, I might add. ;) :-*

~Deb

I totally agree. And that's one thing I'll never be.  :)

Well done Joe, and Gyppo. I have to page mark the link because my internet is all wobbly.

Thanks, Silt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 22, 2011, 03:22:34 PM
The guys at B-Wasp, the website focussing on local literature and writers here in my hometown, asked me to donate another story, seeing how
the article I wrote about the history of the city has been so successful. So my story 'A Simple Certainty' has been republished in case
someone hasn't read it yet: http://www.bwasp.co.za/shorts/simplecertainty.html

I also wrote another blog about my trip through a haunted observatory turned theatre:
http://www.joemynhardt.com/blog/naval-hill-observatory-theatre-sterrewag-teater-
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on September 22, 2011, 03:58:25 PM
You're busy now, man. ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 23, 2011, 08:22:46 AM
You're busy now, man. ;D

 :D  I can rest when I'm dead. Or when I go fishing for a few days next Friday. No laptop, no tv. Only fishing and reading with
a couple of friends and my boss.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 23, 2011, 09:39:11 AM
Or when I go fishing for a few days next Friday.

Ha...  Now we know Joe's secret.  Time expansion.  He can manage to fit a few days into one Friday.

The only way I can do that is by visiting Ringwood, in the The New Forest.  I spent a week there one day ;-)

Happy fishing, Joe.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 23, 2011, 12:03:50 PM
 :D

Thanks, Gyppo. Can't wait. Hope I get a big one this year so I can post a photo.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on September 24, 2011, 06:40:40 AM
With the help of good old Gyppo I've managed to write an essay/semi-fictional piece on Bloemfontein South Africa.
If anyone is interested in reading some of it's history or looking at some of the nice old photos (including the British
troops marching into the city), then click away. Hope it's informative or at least interesting.  :)

http://www.bwasp.co.za/shorts/memoirs.html

Just read this - great work to get so much history across in an entertaining way!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 24, 2011, 12:39:31 PM
Thanks, Chrissie. I've had a lot of good feedback about this so far. So glad I was able to put my own
touch to it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 24, 2011, 12:40:38 PM
Jeez, the rest of us are going to have to get in gear because this is becoming The Joe Thread.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 24, 2011, 12:43:20 PM
Jeez, the rest of us are going to have to get in gear because this is becoming The Joe Thread.

Sorry.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 24, 2011, 12:45:37 PM
 ;D

Can't believe I forgot the smiley, I know some people don't get irony . . . damn, did I say that out loud?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Ally on September 24, 2011, 12:48:22 PM
LOL... found you both here.... hope you catch a whopper Joe...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 24, 2011, 12:50:20 PM
To Ollie and Ally:  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 05, 2011, 02:52:57 PM
I've been away for a few days on a 'get away from work and stop stressing fishing trip', and was pleased to
find only one story rejection and three acceptances waiting for me.  :)

The one is at fictin365, the other one will be in the South African literary journal
(a magazine which accepts stories from international writers), and the biggest
one will be published in Dark Moon Books's Frightmares Anthology.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 05, 2011, 02:56:19 PM
You should go away more often Joe! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Congrats. :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 05, 2011, 03:00:55 PM
Good idea, Sio.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on October 05, 2011, 03:21:10 PM
 ;D
wow - you are really inspirational - well done!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on October 05, 2011, 03:22:48 PM
Way to go Joe, great news.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 05, 2011, 03:27:34 PM
Thanks, Chrissie and Linda.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 05, 2011, 03:39:14 PM
Joe, to hell with the stories - well, briefly - how was the fishing?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 06, 2011, 01:33:08 AM
Joe, to hell with the stories - well, briefly - how was the fishing?

It took me three fishing trips to finally catch one. A small bronze shark. Between the five of
us we caught three bronze sharks, one ragged tooth shark just over a metre long, and one
rock cod. Good times.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 06, 2011, 01:55:15 AM
Sounds like fun ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: DGSquared on October 07, 2011, 12:33:16 AM
Yeah! Way to go Joe! On the fishing and the getting more work with your writing. Now, follow Yamrus's example and do the facebook posting. I understand he's doing quite well promoting there and around the net.

I'm curious, how many leads do you think you get from FB?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 07, 2011, 02:49:42 AM
I'm curious, how many leads do you think you get from FB?

Lots. I've chatted with editors, agents and some great writers, including a couple of my idols.
If you like or befriend the facebook pages of different markets you always get up to the minute
updates on anthologies or other opportunities. Facebook also gets a lot of traffic onto my website.
Friends recommending to friends etc.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: DGSquared on October 07, 2011, 02:53:14 AM
That's great Joe! Did you start out self published or are you earning respect the hard way?


I know which FB friend I'm going to when I decide to put myself out there. ;D ;) That is, if you think me worthy.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 07, 2011, 02:56:58 AM
That's great Joe! Did you start out self published or are you earning respect the hard way?

I know which FB friend I'm going to when I decide to put myself out there. ;D ;) That is, if you think me worthy.

Hard way. I'm still young, so I'm in no hurry.  :)

Let me know when you join. I love getting to know more people, especially writers.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: DGSquared on October 07, 2011, 03:03:23 AM


Hard way. I'm still young, so I'm in no hurry.  :)

Kudos, that is awesome! You're off to a good start.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 08, 2011, 02:37:34 AM
Thanks, DG.

Just got another acceptance this morning from Black Petals Magazine for my flash fiction story Forever Nevermore.
Another story I wrote for an MWC Flash Fiction challenge.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 08, 2011, 03:34:59 AM
Keep the good news coming Joe. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 08, 2011, 03:42:43 AM
Go-Joe
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 08, 2011, 11:51:59 AM
Keep the good news coming Joe. ;)

Hopefully.  :)

Go-Joe

Thanks, Skip. Couldn't help but think of GI Joe when I read that.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 08, 2011, 11:54:45 AM
Man, you're on a roll, a long roll.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on October 08, 2011, 09:01:32 PM
Full speed ahead, Joe.  Your production is amazing.  Just keep doing what you're doing.  The best.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 09, 2011, 03:48:59 AM
Thanks A.W.M and Ollie. These are mostly stories I sent out early in the year that are finally being replied to.
Still a few big one's left that I'm hoping for. Fingers crossed.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on October 10, 2011, 08:54:33 AM
Congrats, Joe!  I love that you expand your MWC flash stories for submission.  You're an inspiration  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 10, 2011, 01:29:55 PM
Congrats, Joe!  I love that you expand your MWC flash stories for submission.  You're an inspiration  ;)

Thanks. And congrats on your performance in the Olymp-inks. Well done.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on October 12, 2011, 05:25:15 AM
Congrats again, Joe!

My horror short story SEND HIM BACK has now been published in Strange, Weird & Wonderful Magazine's Fall Issue. Read it here: http://www.strangeweirdandwonderful.com/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 12, 2011, 11:41:12 AM
Thanks, Matt. And well done to you.

Looks like a great market. Will give the issue the read and try them out.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 12, 2011, 12:10:17 PM
Brilliant news Matt. Congratulations. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on October 12, 2011, 02:31:30 PM
Thanks both. I was most excited to see the piece of art work they got done especially for my story! There are a couple of formatting issues with paragraph indents and italics, and I won't get paid until 90 days after publication date, but hey, it's not about the money  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 12, 2011, 07:37:58 PM
See if you can get a signed copy of it -- be a nice souvenir. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on October 14, 2011, 06:21:24 AM
A few weeks ago I posted the beginning of a sci-fi short story, MAISY. Thanks for all your suggestions; the re-write has just been published online by Orion's Child in their October Issue: http://www.orionschild.net/OC_Fiction1011Walker.html
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 14, 2011, 09:15:25 AM
Congrats.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on October 14, 2011, 09:44:50 AM
Today's been a good day! Also just had my short story AT NIGHT SHE LIVES accepted by Dark Fire Fiction (the guys who published REAPER) for their Halloween issue.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 14, 2011, 12:13:28 PM
Today's been a good day! Also just had my short story AT NIGHT SHE LIVES accepted by Dark Fire Fiction (the guys who published REAPER) for their Halloween issue.

Days like these that make up for those big rejections.  :)
Congrats.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 16, 2011, 03:43:49 AM
Here's one of the big ones I was hoping for: My very first epic fantasy short story (The Battle in Osroth) has been accepted
by Silver Blade Magazine. I'm very excited about this one, because according to Duotrope, submitters have
only had a 9% success rate with them so far.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 16, 2011, 04:23:20 AM
You're on a roll, Sir Joe.  ;D A lot of hard work in these isn't there? Good for you.

Skip
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 16, 2011, 05:30:08 AM
Hi Joe -- congratulations once again. Love the idea of an epic short story ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on October 16, 2011, 05:53:00 AM
Congrats again, Joe! I'm guessing another big one you're waiting for is MOD2? We're supposed to hear sometime this month I think.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 16, 2011, 06:11:24 AM
Let's drive a point home here.  I realise this is mostly preaching to the already converted, but it's worth saying again because we all forget at times.  And there's a bunch of well worn but still useful clichés ;-)

Joe' success rate reminds me of the story about a musician who mention to a friend, a 'struggling' musician,  that he would be playing at The Albert Hall next week.

"You're lucky." Said his friend.

"True.  Tell you something else I've noticed.  The more I practice the luckier I get."

Joe has talent, but he works at it too  He clearly understands that manuscripts sat in cupboards or languishing on hard drives aren't being seen.  He keeps on putting stuff out there in front of the people who buy.

One of the biggest mistakes any writer who wants to sell can make is to put a single item out there and wait until it's accepted before submitting another.

I've just had a look in my 'subs' book and currently have 20 items outstanding, receipt mostly  acknowledged but neither accepted or refused.  It's not really enough, there should be more floating around to entice buyers.  I need to get my finger out ;-)  There'll be at least a couple more today now I've looked in the book and realised.  A couple of things on the 'back boiler' will get bought forwards before the day is out.

It can be difficult, even soul destroying to keep submitting in the face of apparent indifference.  especially when you don't even get an acknowledgement of receipt.  There will always be that little niggle at the back of your mind, wondering if it even got there.  But the boost to your enthusiasm and productivity when something you've given up on gets accepted a couple of years after you've virtually forgotten it, will set you up for a few weeks.

Researching potential markets is nowhere near as much fun as writing, but it has to be done.  Rewriting something which was 'quite good' into something which is 'much better' can feel like damned hard work, which comes as a nasty shock to those who feel creativity and spontaneity should top everything else, but it almost inevitably improves the finished item.

So...  If you seriously think your work's good enough...  Get it out there.  Give it a chance to shine.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 16, 2011, 06:57:15 AM
Well said, Gyppo. And thanks Skip, Sio and Matt.

Yip, Machine of Death 2 and Cutting Block Press is some of the very big ones I'm still waiting for.

I'm concentrating so much on my novel now that I'm not writing new short stories, but whenever
I get a rejection I use the editors advice to improve it before sending it off. It's really a drag, like Gyppo said,
but in the end well worth it. If I receive a standard rejection, it means I most likely slipped up in my market
research or I'm just not ready for that market yet. YET!  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 16, 2011, 10:01:47 AM
Gyppo, one thing you failed to mention (directly) that I'm sure you, Joe, Matt and all others who have their submissions accepted is that you checked, double checked your grammar and punctuation before sending them on their way rather than expecting some unknown and unseen editor to do it for you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 16, 2011, 11:41:27 AM
True.  Every little helps.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 16, 2011, 01:56:39 PM
Gyppo, one thing you failed to mention (directly) that I'm sure you, Joe, Matt and all others who have their submissions accepted is that you checked, double checked your grammar and punctuation before sending them on their way rather than expecting some unknown and unseen editor to do it for you.

I sometimes get sick of rereading the same story over and over again. But someone has to do it.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Hugh on October 16, 2011, 02:23:07 PM
Great news, Joe. You are obviously doing it right, to get all those acceptances. You are an inspiration to all the budding writers out there, especially as you are also a teacher, so can only write part time.

Let's hope your novel gets accepted first time out, to put the cherry in the Martini.

Hugh
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 16, 2011, 03:52:44 PM
Great news, Joe. You are obviously doing it right, to get all those acceptances. You are an inspiration to all the budding writers out there, especially as you are also a teacher, so can only write part time.

Let's hope your novel gets accepted first time out, to put the cherry in the Martini.

Hugh

Thanks, Hugh. I'd love to write full time, but for now I'm only dreaming of my own office. I don't really have
a writing space to call my own. The goal now is to keep those short stories out there, finish the novel and get an
agent. I'm not going to do all that stuff myself if I don't have to.  :) 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on October 18, 2011, 06:42:28 AM

Joe' success rate reminds me of the story about a musician who mention to a friend, a 'struggling' musician,  that he would be playing at The Albert Hall next week.

"You're lucky." Said his friend.

"True.  Tell you something else I've noticed.  The more I practice the luckier I get."



Gyppo

Very eloquently put and also very true. Joe works hard at his art and is getting it out there to the market. It isn't luck, it isn't about being in the right place at the right time, it's about being passionate, creative and productive.
Now you've managed to get me all fired up and I too have looked at my list of current submisions and it's not long enough. So, I'm going back to some stuff I've had rejected and will edit and improve them and get them out there!
One thing that does frustrate me is the length of time it takes to get a 'no' because if it's going to be 'no' I want to be able to do the rewrite sooner rather than later and get it back out there hopefully, this time, for an acceptance. But I guess that's all part of the process.

Congratulations Joe - you are an inspiration and you deserve it.
 ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on October 18, 2011, 06:56:20 AM
Congrats again, Joe!

My horror short story SEND HIM BACK has now been published in Strange, Weird & Wonderful Magazine's Fall Issue. Read it here: http://www.strangeweirdandwonderful.com/

 ;D ;D
Just read it Matt -loved it! But why did the dog have to die and it was  spaniel!  :(
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on October 18, 2011, 07:09:02 AM
 :D I realised when I read it back that there's a dead dog in another of my short stories too - maybe it's my subconscious telling me that I don't like the two dogs we have at home! Glad you enjoyed it - I think I'd probably cut some of the profanity out if I was editing it again; it started to grate on me!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on October 18, 2011, 07:18:57 AM
:D I realised when I read it back that there's a dead dog in another of my short stories too - maybe it's my subconscious telling me that I don't like the two dogs we have at home! Glad you enjoyed it - I think I'd probably cut some of the profanity out if I was editing it again; it started to grate on me!

I didn't find the language a distraction at all - it wasn't gratuitous - I'd swear if I were in that position! with regard to the dogs, you're just gonna have to write a story where the dog is the hero now! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 18, 2011, 09:52:22 AM
Congratulations Joe - you are an inspiration and you deserve it.
 ;D

Thanks, Chrissie. Because the waiting time is often so long, I rather double check what type of stories that market likes, before I send
them the wrong stuff. And then I squeeze in another edit. Always be on the lookout for markets that accept simultaneous submission as well.
I actually find it easier to look for a market first and then write a suitable story for them. Doesn't always work, but it helps.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on October 18, 2011, 09:56:45 AM

I actually find it easier to look for a market first and then write a suitable story for them. Doesn't always work, but it helps.
;D
I know that's the way you're supposed to do it but I find mostly that I get an idea, write it, and then look for the market. That's no doubt where I'm going wrong!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on October 18, 2011, 10:06:59 AM
Gee, there is a market out there?

Kidding.

I tried it Joe's way. He can tell you from some challenges we do, my twisted stories seldom fit what mag's are looking for.  :D

Oh, Grats on that latest sale too.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on October 20, 2011, 04:09:27 PM
Just had a very nice letter from the editor of the SciFi magazine,Jupiter.

He wants to publish my story, "Origin Story, A Day in the Life".   


I am beaming and doing the happy dance  ;D

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 20, 2011, 04:12:57 PM
And it looks like you've been practising it too! ;D ;D ;D

Congratulations Andrew -- keep on your toes, many more dances to come, I'm sure. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on October 20, 2011, 04:15:05 PM
Been waiting to use that for years...  ;D   So glad I finally got the chance :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip454 on October 20, 2011, 04:17:31 PM
Grats! One more down and a million more to write.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on October 20, 2011, 04:43:52 PM
Good news indeed, Andrew.  Congratulations.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 20, 2011, 04:47:16 PM
Just had a very nice letter from the editor of the SciFi magazine,Jupiter.

He wants to publish my story, "Origin Story, A Day in the Life".  


I am beaming and doing the happy dance  ;D



I'll look out for it next time I'm reading Jupiter.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on October 20, 2011, 04:50:09 PM
Congratulations, Andrew  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on October 20, 2011, 04:52:15 PM
I'll look out for it next time I'm reading Jupiter.

They told me December's issue, #35,  unless they have to postpone to April's issue  ;D


Congratulations, Andrew  ;D

Thanks :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 20, 2011, 04:53:02 PM
And another thing, that's great dancing.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on October 20, 2011, 05:02:32 PM
Well done, Andrew! Great news!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on October 20, 2011, 05:04:04 PM
 ;D ;D
Well done - love the dance! Here's to many more occasions to get him out!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on October 20, 2011, 05:20:14 PM
Well done, Andrew.  You chaps are on a roll just recently.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on October 21, 2011, 06:13:32 AM
;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 21, 2011, 08:13:37 AM
Congratulations, Andrew. Well deserved. Can't wait to read it.

I tried it Joe's way. He can tell you from some challenges we do, my twisted stories seldom fit what mag's are looking for.  :D
Oh, Grats on that latest sale too.

Thanks Skip. I love your stories, but it's like you say, sometimes a story just doesn't fit into most markets. Even great stories.
I've found a couple of markets that always ask for those weird stories that just can't be squeezed into a genre.
Wish I could remember their names.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 21, 2011, 11:35:45 AM
Good for you Andrew.  8)

So, what are you working on now?  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on October 21, 2011, 12:24:08 PM
Good for you Andrew.  8)

So, what are you working on now?  ;)

I guess you could call it a fantasy detective story...   ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 21, 2011, 02:01:18 PM
I guess you could call it a fantasy detective story...   ;D

Looking forward to seeing it - sounds interesting.  8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: celtic_dancer on October 26, 2011, 07:36:14 PM
Congrats Andrew! New story sounds wicked too
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 29, 2011, 12:01:21 PM
Just had another big acceptance by Tales of the Zombie War. It's my longest story published so far, and after only
a few hours online, it's already receiving great comments. They really have a good readership at this market.
My story The Dead Don't Sleep Here Anymore (http://www.talesofworldwarz.com/stories/2011/10/28/the-dead-dont-sleep-here-anymore-by-joe-mynhardt/) seems to be a good fit.

I hope you enjoy it. It's not just a zombie story, has good characterization and a plot I'm really proud of.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 29, 2011, 12:03:33 PM
Awesome work, Joe.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 29, 2011, 12:08:14 PM
Thanks, Ollie.  :)  So happy today.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 29, 2011, 12:26:40 PM
Good one Joe! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 29, 2011, 01:26:03 PM
Thanks, Sio. And don't think I forgot how much you helped on this one. If there was a emoticon with a flower or
a gift, I would've put it right here.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on October 29, 2011, 01:42:57 PM
Just finished reading the story, Joe.  Great job, good read.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 29, 2011, 03:29:55 PM
Just finished reading the story, Joe.  Great job, good read.

Glad you liked it. Actually thinking about turning it into a comic book, seeing as I still own the rights to it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on October 29, 2011, 04:53:45 PM
Well, good luck with the comic book.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 30, 2011, 02:58:38 AM
Well, good luck with the comic book.

 :) Thanks. For now it's just a dream to slowly work towards.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on October 30, 2011, 03:20:30 AM
Joe, do you have any ideas about how the comic would work?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 30, 2011, 05:34:49 AM
Joe, do you have any ideas about how the comic would work?

Four part issue with a lot more subplots and characters. Perhaps he first has to escape the compound and return later
to save his family. Something along that line.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on October 31, 2011, 11:52:12 AM
Nothing to do with Machine of Death (dagnabbit!) but my Haloween short story about a trick or treat gone wrong is up now at Dark Fire Fiction: http://usersites.horrorfind.com/home/horror/darkfire/fiction_4.html

# bad language warning #
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on October 31, 2011, 12:37:51 PM
Who cares? It's a credit -- well done you! Congratulations Matt. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 31, 2011, 01:22:27 PM
Well done, Matt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on October 31, 2011, 02:42:10 PM
That's great, Matt!  I think I'll  read your story tonight while I sit by the door waiting for trick-or-treaters.  Between that and the vampire haiku flash contest entries I should be in the proper spooky mood  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 01, 2011, 04:10:36 AM
I have written 3,000 words this morning.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 01, 2011, 04:58:16 AM
Good man.  I , having played the 'old man card' and gone to bed, now have some catching up to do.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on November 01, 2011, 08:52:53 AM
I have written 3,000 words this morning.

That's GREAT, Ollie :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 01, 2011, 12:50:49 PM
I have written 3,000 words this morning.

That's impressive. If you can keep it up you'll finish Nano early.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 01, 2011, 12:51:42 PM
I'm closer to 4,000 now. One novel chapter, half of a short story and three pieces of flash fiction.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on November 01, 2011, 01:17:09 PM
Dang, you're quick. 4k is a weeks work for me.  :-[  Good for you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 01, 2011, 01:23:03 PM
Make that four pieces of flash fiction.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 01, 2011, 03:33:42 PM
I think next year I'll try and join in and also write flash stories instead of a novel. Only problem is November is exam month
at school, so I'm up to my ears in marking for at least a week or two.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 01, 2011, 03:47:58 PM
You could always try earning enough from your writing to quit teaching.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 02, 2011, 04:55:30 AM
You could always try earning enough from your writing to quit teaching.

 :D Apparently the average professional author earns about £10,000 a year. Not exactly a teacher's salary. The thing with short stories is you're never going to make enough money at them to earn a living (unless you can get published in Glimmertrain or The New Yorker every week, which isn't going to happen). But writing a novel is so time consuming, and at the end of the day the odds are it'll never make you any money or even get published anyway. But still we try!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 02, 2011, 09:43:44 AM
But I'm lucky, I live in a very poor African country. So when I sell a story, I get about 7 to 8 times more than you guys.
So I only have to be 1/8th as successful to make enough money to write full time. Man, I wish it was that easy.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on November 02, 2011, 09:47:37 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on November 02, 2011, 10:39:04 AM
Nothing to do with Machine of Death (dagnabbit!) but my Haloween short story about a trick or treat gone wrong is up now at Dark Fire Fiction: http://usersites.horrorfind.com/home/horror/darkfire/fiction_4.html

# bad language warning #
;D
Nice one Matt, and no animals died! Seriously, I enjoyed it, well done!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 02, 2011, 10:40:46 AM
;D
Nice one Matt, and no animals died! Seriously, I enjoyed it, well done!

Thanks, Chrissie!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 02, 2011, 01:53:01 PM
Matt, I honestly believe that Joe can earn enough if he also writes non-fiction.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 02, 2011, 01:59:04 PM
Matt, I honestly believe that Joe can earn enough if he also writes non-fiction.

That's a good point!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 02, 2011, 02:14:43 PM
In other successes, I have now written seven pieces of flash fiction in the last two days and I'm going to write at least another two tonight.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 03, 2011, 08:24:24 AM
Well done, Ollie.

And thanks for the vote of confidence. I've always thought about the non-fiction route, but for now I'm happy to
have a set income and pension. Oh, well. I'm still young.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 07, 2011, 05:52:28 PM
24 thousand words this week.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 07, 2011, 07:09:21 PM
Fantastic Ollie! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 08, 2011, 10:54:56 AM
24 thousand words this week.

Well done. I could only wish for that.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 08, 2011, 11:56:17 AM
24 thousand words this week.

I hope you're getting all these stories out there!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 08, 2011, 02:29:08 PM
I hope you're getting all these stories out there!

I'll get around to it next month. I need to write some more now.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 09, 2011, 09:26:30 AM
Got another acceptance at a small market called Danse Macabre. My story 'The other side of the river' will be
out beginning of December. The guy was really excited about me being the first South African published by them.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 09, 2011, 09:28:28 AM
Brilliant Joe -- we are all feeding vicariously off your success, well okay, I am  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 09, 2011, 09:30:28 AM
 :) And I'm feeding off your advice every day.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on November 09, 2011, 09:30:33 AM
Good for you, when you're hot . . .  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 09, 2011, 09:31:25 AM
Good for you, when you're hot . . .  ;D

How's this for something new: . . . just don't stop!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on November 09, 2011, 09:37:35 AM
Your new credo, 'J-D-S'  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 09, 2011, 11:14:12 AM
Your new credo, 'J-D-S'  ;D

Luckily I don't need a lot of motivation to keep writing. It's my day job that's a drag.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 09, 2011, 11:45:44 AM
Got another acceptance at a small market called Danse Macabre. My story 'The other side of the river' will be
out beginning of December. The guy was really excited about me being the first South African published by them.  ;D

My mistake. Looks they are not such a small market as I originally thought. I happened to check out their Facebook page and saw
they had over 5000 fans, more than any of the previous short story publishers I've worked with.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: celtic_dancer on November 10, 2011, 09:08:00 PM
Woo! Brilliant Joe
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 11, 2011, 08:19:41 AM
Thanks Celtic_Dancer.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 13, 2011, 03:28:37 AM
Just heard back from an agent today. I sent them the first three chapters of my novel, LORNA, and they've asked to see the complete manuscript. Ahhhh!!!

 :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 13, 2011, 03:30:33 AM
Way to go Matt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 13, 2011, 03:47:06 AM
And wait - it might not be as good as it first sounded. URGH! The agent is fairly new and there are mixed reviews. Although she has just sold books to Bloomsbury and Quercus. So I'll see what happens...
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 13, 2011, 03:53:45 AM
It's still a success, and a damn good one. You've been working really hard this year and doing great.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 13, 2011, 04:23:42 AM
Well done, Matt. Will keep my fingers crossed.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 13, 2011, 04:47:29 AM
Thanks both! My fingers are crossed even as I type!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnight candle on November 13, 2011, 05:30:22 AM
Well done Matt
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 13, 2011, 01:30:32 PM
Best of luck Matt. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on November 13, 2011, 07:44:36 PM
"Just heard back from an agent today. I sent them the first three chapters of my novel, LORNA, and they've asked to see the complete manuscript. Ahhhh!!!


Wow - now that's something to get excited about  :D

Woops - I originally quoted your 2nd post by mistake - the one where you sound uncertain of the agent's credentials which made my post snarky, indeed. 
I have rectified it and hopefully its clear that I think this is awesome news - there are new agents out there as well as new writers and this could be a great thing  for you, Matt :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: heidi52 on November 14, 2011, 06:55:50 AM
Good news! At the very least you have someone who is interested in reading the whole thing.

Stay positive, and good luck!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 14, 2011, 10:50:08 AM
Thanks all!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 14, 2011, 11:17:18 AM
Congratulations to MWC members for filling up a hundred pages of successes.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 14, 2011, 01:17:34 PM
Congratulations to MWC members for filling up a hundred pages of successes.  :)

And to you for taking up most of them  :D  :D    :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on November 14, 2011, 01:43:45 PM
Congratulations for making it over another hurdle in publishing world, Matt. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on November 14, 2011, 01:59:14 PM
Here's to a hundred more.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 14, 2011, 04:42:52 PM
Thanks Miami!

Here's to a hundred more.

I'll drink to that!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on November 15, 2011, 04:08:34 AM
Great news, Matt. I hope you get your agent, and she sells the book fast.

And Joe, your exotic location is a plus, eh? Congratulations.

I'm really happy today because I got 3 -- THREE - III -- assignments from an American travel and culture magazine. Now that was a pleasant surprise in my inbox this morning. I just sent the queries yesterday! The editor said it was perfect timing; my ideas fit right into the editorial schedule he was working on. Cool!

That goes to show, get the ideas out there. You never know when you're handing an editor exactly what he needs when he needs it.

 :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 15, 2011, 08:35:56 AM
And to you for taking up most of them  :D  :D    :D

 :D My success will always be a reflection of the great help I received at MWC. So hopefully there'll be many more times
I'll get to share it with you.

Here's to a hundred more.

And in record time.  ;)

And Joe, your exotic location is a plus, eh? Congratulations.

And here I'm longing to move closer to you lot. Congrats on your writing assignments. Business is booming.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on November 15, 2011, 08:38:45 AM
Congrats, Annmarie!  Best get writing :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on November 15, 2011, 06:55:58 PM
Okay, I'm hyperventilating.  I received an email that did not begin with Dear Laura, Unfortunately . . .

I won third place in the Story Quest short story contest! :) :) :)

This will be my first story in print!

http://ifwgpublishing.weebly.com/story-quest-contest.html

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on November 16, 2011, 02:25:55 AM
Wow, great, powerball!  :D

Thanks for your congrats, all. It keeps getting better. I had another email yesterday beginning with "we're desperately looking for someone to write..." a big feature. We'll see if I get it. When it rains it pours.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 16, 2011, 03:51:37 AM
Congrats Laura! Prize money too!  :D

And well done Ann-marie; better get writing!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 16, 2011, 09:03:04 AM
What a boost Laura -- keep submitting. Congratulations girl. ;) ;) ;)

Good on you, Annmarie. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: heidi52 on November 16, 2011, 09:08:43 AM
Great news all around. Congratulations Laura and Annemarie!!
You give us all hope  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 16, 2011, 09:43:19 AM
Congratulations, Laura. Excellent work. Just wait till you hold that book in your hand. What a feeling.
Title: a brand new review
Post by: John Yamrus on November 16, 2011, 10:16:43 PM
here's a link to a brand new review of my latest book, CAN'T STOP NOW.  here's the link: 

http://zack-wilson.suite101.com/dont-try-too-hard--a-review-of-cant-stop-now-by-john-yamrus-a352327

the review of the book was published in "Suite 101".
the book is available on amazon.
john yamrus
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 17, 2011, 11:22:32 AM
Well done, John.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 17, 2011, 11:32:24 AM
Always nice to get a good review -- well done. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: John Yamrus on November 17, 2011, 11:39:02 AM
Always nice to get a good review -- well done. ;)

the book's been getting excellent reviews.  (knock on wood!)  the general concensus is that it's my best book yet. 
just so people don;'t have to search for the review in question, here's the link again:

http://zack-wilson.suite101.com/dont-try-too-hard--a-review-of-cant-stop-now-by-john-yamrus-a352327

and as always, this book and all my most recent publications are on amazon.  books make great gifts...doesn't matter if it's one of mine or anyone else's...just books!
john
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 17, 2011, 12:49:41 PM
Well done John! Keep it up!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 26, 2011, 06:37:43 PM
Had a lovely little letter today from Best of British magazine, telling me that one of my articles is in the December issue..  It also tells me when I will be paid, and invites me to send more.  Plus offering a contributors discount on copies..

It's a standard letter apart from my name and address at the top, but it does show an appreciation of any contributor's worth.  Two way communication rather than the modern 'black hole' approach.

A small victory, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on November 26, 2011, 06:41:31 PM
Here-here.  ;D Good goin' Sir Gyp.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 26, 2011, 07:04:52 PM
Be good if you got a steady little stream of income there, Gyppo. Congrats! ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 27, 2011, 01:40:28 AM
Well done, Gyppo. Now I know why they call it the Best of British.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 27, 2011, 03:34:47 AM
Congrats Gyppo!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 28, 2011, 07:07:34 AM
Here's the link (http://www.fiction365.com.php5-12.dfw1-1.websitetestlink.com/?m=20111128&cat=1&order=ASC) to my very first non horror story. Someone dared me to write a romantic flash fiction story, so I did. You good folks can be the judge on how it turned out.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 28, 2011, 07:16:55 AM
Hi Joe . . . romantic slant, I'd say ;D ;D ;D Tidy little tale. ;) Well done you -- again. :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 28, 2011, 09:54:52 AM
Hi Joe . . . romantic slant, I'd say ;D ;D ;D Tidy little tale. ;) Well done you -- again. :D

Thanks, Sio.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 28, 2011, 10:00:59 AM
A poignant little piece, Joe.

Gyppo
Title: an interesting interview...
Post by: John Yamrus on November 28, 2011, 01:19:36 PM
here's a link to the latest interview given by wolfgang carstens (who happens to be my publisher under his Epic Rites Press imprint).  beyond the fact that it's a very interesting and informative interview, it's also a gold mine of ideas for anyone who is looking for the perfect gift for the adventurous reader in your life (or even for yourself).  books by practically any of the many writers he mentions would make excellent and unusual gift choices.  here's the link:

http://georgedanderson.blogspot.com/2011/11/tree-killer-ink-florescent-slits-for.html
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 28, 2011, 03:47:59 PM
I had a nice note from the editor of Cycle magazine, asking me to submit and invoice so they could pay me for my article about being a bicycle postie.  Detailed instructions about what they needed, what they were paying, etc.

So that's two civilised magazines in less than a week.

My faith in human nature is restored for now.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on November 28, 2011, 06:04:18 PM
I must visit here more often.  I can't keep up with all the recent successes.  Congratulations to each of you, Joe, John, Matt, and  Gyppo.  Way to go!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on November 28, 2011, 06:25:50 PM
Good going all of you. That sounds like a repeater Gyp. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 28, 2011, 09:06:09 PM
This thread is such an encouragement. Well done successful people. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on November 29, 2011, 01:03:52 AM
A poignant little piece, Joe.
Gyppo

Thanks, Gyppo. And congrats on your second magazine opportunity this week.


Way to go, John.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on November 29, 2011, 03:26:45 PM
Yahoo, gyppo  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on November 30, 2011, 04:02:25 AM
Congrats!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 30, 2011, 09:38:33 AM
I've just received my 'authors copy' of the issue of Cycle magazine containing my article about being a bicycle Postie.  I'll scan it later and put up a small picture.

I was particularly pleased with this acceptance this because it was the whole package, where I provided words and pictures.  Pictures I took specifically to support the words.  There are a few small editorial changes, to make it fit on a single page, but nothing which changes any of the meaning or context.    It's good to know you got it almost perfect.

I love the pull-quote, where an editor captures a sentence, or parts from two sentences, to encapsulate the spirit of an article.   "My memories are of glorious mornings in the country.  And I was paid to be there!"

NOTE:  A lot of magazines these days want pictures as well as words, so if you can provide the whole package your chances of acceptance are greatly improved.  If you've taken the pictures yourself there's no copyright hassle.

And yes, even for someone who has had two regular columns in the past, there is still something special about seeing your work in a 'proper' paper magazine.

Gyppo - Sat here grinning like an idiot ;-)  
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 30, 2011, 10:25:30 AM
Keep grinning Gyppo, you've earned it.  ;)

I look forward to seeing the scanned piece and picture.

Congratulations on the publication and great out-come of the editor.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: heidi52 on November 30, 2011, 01:48:53 PM
Congratulations Gyppo! That's super. Can't wait to see it.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on November 30, 2011, 06:48:17 PM
As promised.  

This is also a good example of what you can leave out and still have a saleable article.  Seven years squeezed into 600 words.  As you can imagine there's scads of other stories connected with my time with Royal Mail.  Stuff more suited to a nostalgia magazine.  This article, aimed specifically at a cycling magazine,  concentrated almost exclusively on the bicycles as working tools..

The picture is of a colleague I felt ideally captured the open-necked, untucked shirt school of 'Real Posties, as opposed to RM's 'poster boys'.  Plus the simple fact he was outside having a smoke break  when I went to my old delivery office to take the pictures.  Photographers have to work with what is to hand, and be ready to seize any opportunity.

Left click to enlarge.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on November 30, 2011, 06:57:16 PM
Yay! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 30, 2011, 07:02:53 PM
Good read Gyppo and the pictures are the perfect compliment.   ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: celtic_dancer on November 30, 2011, 09:06:51 PM
Looks great Gyppo, congrats!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on November 30, 2011, 09:23:29 PM
Well done, Gyppo. You can almost hear the hum of the tires on the wet asphalt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 01, 2011, 07:30:10 AM
One of the big replies I've been waiting for finally came. Although my story was not accepted by Allegory Magazine, it will get an
honorable mention. Sucks not getting in and having to find a new market for the story now, but I'll take it over a rejection any day.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on December 01, 2011, 09:20:59 AM
Sorry to hear, Joe, but I agree,  an honorable mention is nothing to sneeze at.  I'm  Sure you will find a home for your story in no time.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on December 01, 2011, 09:41:40 AM
It'll find a slot somewhere else. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on December 01, 2011, 10:13:09 AM
Great looking article, Gyppo! I know what you mean about loving to see your work in a magazine spread. It's just classy. Congrats.

Congrats to everyone else, too.

And Joe, who said each rejection is one step closer to an acceptance? Plus you've gotten tons of yeses. I'm not worried a bit about your stories.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Hugh on December 01, 2011, 11:17:41 AM
Super article, Gyppo. You’ve packed a lot into 600 words, while making it read like a story. And the pics complement it perfectly. Great job.

It has been said that seeing your work in a real magazine beats sex, in that the euphoria lasts longer. I bet you are still walking on air after several days of looking at the article at every opportunity. Go on, admit it.

Our regular postie still rides the trusty red bike, and grumbles like hell at Christmas time with all the packages, many of which he has to cart round and take back to the depot, because people are out and he can’t deliver them.

He’s okay with us, though, as he knows where he can leave a package somewhere safe and dry.

Hugh
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 01, 2011, 12:24:35 PM
Thanks, you lot.  :)  Already gave it a read-through and sent it off to the next publisher. I really believe this is a good story,
so I don't want to send it to a small publisher. This one deserves print and a lot of readers.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on December 01, 2011, 03:41:59 PM
I really believe this is a good story,
so I don't want to send it to a small publisher. This one deserves print and a lot of readers.

Never be afraid to aim high if you think a story had real potential.  The 'lesser' markets will still be there if your target market says "No thanks."

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 02, 2011, 01:52:44 AM
Never be afraid to aim high if you think a story had real potential.  The 'lesser' markets will still be there if your target market says "No thanks."
Gyppo

Exactly. The bigger markets just take so long. This story has been going from desk to desk for over a year now. But I won't settle for less on this one. Everytime I've settled for less I felt cheated when they accepted it.
Title: updated press release
Post by: John Yamrus on December 04, 2011, 12:48:03 PM
here's a link to the press release for my book CAN'T STOP NOW!

http://www.epicrites.org/uploads/4/7/9/8/4798714/press_release_-_cant_stop_now_-_mla_version.pdf
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 05, 2011, 01:28:05 AM
Well done, John.


My very first fantasy story, The Battle in Osroth (http://www.silverblade.net/content/?p=785), is now available in Silver Blade Magazine's issue 12.
They even added some artwork for my story.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on December 05, 2011, 04:38:51 AM
Nice one, Joe.  I added a comment.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 05, 2011, 06:48:57 AM
Nice one, Joe.  I added a comment.
Gyppo

Thank, Gyppo. Will check it out.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 07, 2011, 10:49:07 AM
Thanks to everyone who commented. Appreciate it.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on December 07, 2011, 10:55:30 AM
 ;) ;) ;)

My comment's awaiting moderation.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 07, 2011, 10:58:36 AM
Thanks, Sio.  :)
Title: tv appearance from last night
Post by: John Yamrus on December 08, 2011, 01:36:14 PM
here's a link to my interview on the tv program New Arts Alive.  i was the only guest for the entire hour, and got to talk about my books, my writing and surviving for more than 40 years of successfully publishing poetry.

http://www.bctv.org/special_reports/arts/new-arts-alive/vmix_f6540ffa-21ba-11e1-a895-001871e3ce6c.html

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on December 08, 2011, 11:32:04 PM
You've got  a bunch of positive comments, Joe  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 09, 2011, 05:24:33 AM
You've got  a bunch of positive comments, Joe  ;)

 ;) And thanks for yours as well.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 11, 2011, 01:46:33 AM
Just got word that my flash fiction story By Any Means Necessary will be published in the next issue of The South African Literary Journal.
Hopefully it has nothing to do with the fact that I am one of the submissions editors.   :-\
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on December 11, 2011, 01:51:10 AM
no-no, do the whee-haw dance and add it to your list. A win is a win.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on December 11, 2011, 02:02:38 AM
Ta da! Great news again Joe! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 11, 2011, 12:32:17 PM
Thanks, Skip and Sio. I have to add, they only gave me the job after they read the story. Not sure why it took them
so long to send me an acceptance email.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on December 11, 2011, 12:38:52 PM
Thanks, Skip and Sio. I have to add, they only gave me the job after they read the story. Not sure why it took them
so long to send me an acceptance email.  :)

They probably thought they'd already done it ;-)  Once something slips away from the first page or two of emails it's easy to think you've dealt with it.  Or sometimes you deal with a batch of mails and intend to send them later, especially if you have a slow or 'flaky' connection.  With that scenario it's quite easy to lose one or two.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 11, 2011, 02:11:45 PM
They probably thought they'd already done it ;-)  Once something slips away from the first page or two of emails it's easy to think you've dealt with it.  Or sometimes you deal with a batch of mails and intend to send them later, especially if you have a slow or 'flaky' connection.  With that scenario it's quite easy to lose one or two.
Gyppo

Lucky for me it all came through, then.  :D This is also a print and electronic magazine for those who want to submit. New Contrast publishes international writers as well.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 18, 2011, 12:24:41 PM
Just when I thought the year was coming to an end, I got a great acceptance today from Short-Story.Me. Yay.

According to Duotrope they only have a 5 to 6% acceptance ratio. I've been trying to get a story published with
them since 2009. Like walking on air over here.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 18, 2011, 12:40:08 PM
Fantastic Joe . . . just goes to show, persistence, plus lots of writing practice pays off.  :)

Mega Congratulations.  ;D 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on December 18, 2011, 12:41:46 PM
Super! You must be really stoked. Congratulations Joe. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 18, 2011, 12:44:06 PM
Thanks, Alice and Sio. This specific publisher has given me quite a lot of inspiration. I just had to get in eventually.
When I read those words I almost bumped my head against the ceiling. He opened with, "Congratulations on writing
an excellent story.". I almost fainted.

I don't think these kind of acceptances can ever become less exciting. Hope not.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on December 18, 2011, 01:00:21 PM
Wow! That'll keep you on a high for a while and will give you the belief to continue -- so good when someone else [real live editor-y types, especially] gives you credit. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 18, 2011, 01:56:38 PM
Thanks, Sio. Guess it's on with the next one now. And thanks to everyone here who helped.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on December 19, 2011, 09:23:39 AM
Congratulations, Joe.  A good year for you,  and I'm sure the new year will prove to be very exciting also.  Wishing you the best.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 19, 2011, 10:46:31 AM
Thanks A.W.M.  I almost doubled my goal for the year, which was getting 20 short stories published. Next year I'll write two novels
and keep publishing shorts. The year after that one will be the big one.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on December 19, 2011, 11:07:06 AM
Alright!  Congrats, Joe  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 19, 2011, 01:40:40 PM
 ;D Thank you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: oliver on December 20, 2011, 03:10:12 AM
Hi Joe,

Just picked up the thread today. Belated but sincere congrats on your achievements. Next year will be just as good if not better.

Keep going

Oliver
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 20, 2011, 07:04:07 AM
Thanks a lot, Oliver. Good to see you on the boards again.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on December 22, 2011, 08:22:27 AM
Oh man, what a year. Congrats everybody.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on December 22, 2011, 08:27:50 AM
I'll second that.  There's been quite a few successes on the circle this year. 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 22, 2011, 08:35:03 AM
Yip, including our very own charity anthologies.

Best of luck to everyone for next year.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: millsja on December 26, 2011, 04:53:53 PM
I've posted the first three panels of my new comic strip at:

http://www.funnyflashfiction.com/blog/cartoons/ (http://www.funnyflashfiction.com/blog/cartoons/)

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks,

... Jim Maxwell
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: millsja on December 27, 2011, 11:34:53 AM
OOPS!

Yesterday, I posted a link to my new comic strip, but I made a boo-boo and the link was broken.
Here is the corrected link:

http://www.funnyflashfiction.com/blog/cartoons/
 (http://www.funnyflashfiction.com/blog/cartoons/)

Any feedback would be appreciated.

yours,

... Jim Maxwell
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on December 29, 2011, 09:41:04 AM
Such simplicity. The witty ideas/observations are conveyed within very few words -- I like your style! ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: millsja on December 29, 2011, 09:48:26 AM
Thank you.
I appreciate the kind words.

... Jim
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sjhunt2005 on December 29, 2011, 09:44:48 PM

I was almost on Dr. Phil.

I was emailed by a Dr. Phil intern asking for more information about my memoir. I called the phone number on the email and sure enough, I was patched in to Dr. Phil's extension. Nina, the intern wanted pictures and everything.

I spent over two days writing and pasting and not sleeping until I finally finished Nina's request. I included pictures and everything, just like she asked. After saving and closing the doc, I caught a few hours sleep,

Now, here's where I intervene on my attempt at success.

Before this encounter with Nina, I wrote a really rude commentary about Dr. Phil. He endorsed, on the Web, a rehab center called the Recovery Ranch. It sits in the middle of a 4000 acre cattle farm in Tennessee.

After becoming famous by defending Oprah regarding her beef boycott in Texas, I thought it was rather cheeky of him to support both a commercial cattle ranch/rehab center and Oprah/(don't eat beef and kill the cattle industry).
 
I woke up cross-eyed, but I was eager send the doc to Nina. Not remembering where I saved it, I did a simple search for Dr. Phil, forgetting about the long-ago-written beef diatribe.

You can probably guess the rest. Had I sent the 'right' document, I could've been on Dr. Phil!

I'm pretty sure he hates me now.

Do 'almost success-turned blunder' things count?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on December 29, 2011, 09:49:32 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Sorry, I had to laugh.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on December 30, 2011, 07:13:41 AM
SJ,

You should have sent the proper one as well.  It shows versatility.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: heidi52 on December 30, 2011, 11:16:29 AM
SJ
There's a great story there!  ;D ;D ;D

Maybe you traded your 15 minutes for lasting notoriety.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on December 30, 2011, 11:20:40 AM
I shall count today as a success if the loaf in the oven comes out alright.

Not to be confused with 'buns in the oven'.  I don't believe I have any of them pending ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 30, 2011, 11:48:43 AM
I don't believe I have any of them pending ;-)

I sure hope not.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 30, 2011, 05:16:53 PM
Here's the link to my newest horror story publication: http://www.short-story.me/flash-fiction/393-the-great-wall-of-rubin.html

It's a freaky one. No idea why they put it under flash fiction, though. They have more traffic with their normal horror short stories.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: millsja on January 03, 2012, 05:56:45 PM
I am pleased to announce the launching of a new daily joke panel.

The panel will accompany, In the Dark, a daily comic I launched on December 27, 2011.

While In the Dark is a metaphor of an inability to see visual cues from others in my autistic world, the new panel is on a much lighter note. The new panel, Penny-a-Joke, is all about jokes told in dialogue format -- without narration.

Ironically, Penny-a-Joke is presented with no illustration and without specified context, as though the joke existed without an environment.

I'm hoping it works (I've attached a file containing the first panel)

Meanwhile, In the Dark can be found here:

www.funnyflashfiction.com/blog/Cartoons

Yours,

... Jim
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 04, 2012, 01:50:33 AM
Good for you, Jim.

Best of luck with it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: millsja on January 04, 2012, 08:58:12 AM
Thanks, Joe.

... Jim
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on January 04, 2012, 10:36:40 AM
The agent I've been waiting on has got back to me and said they'd like to offer representation for my novel, LORNA. She said she'll phone me tomorrow morning for a chat and then send a representation agreement. I think I might actually have a literary agent this time tomorrow... here's hoping!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on January 04, 2012, 10:38:56 AM
Wow Matt!  :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on January 04, 2012, 10:41:39 AM
Brilliant Matt! Here's hoping. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on January 04, 2012, 11:27:03 AM
Wonderful news, Matt.

Don't let fretting over tomorrow's call overshadow the accomplishment and reason to celebrate today.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on January 04, 2012, 11:43:30 AM
Awesome, Matt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: millsja on January 04, 2012, 01:13:20 PM
That's really exciting news, Matt.
yours,
... Jim
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 04, 2012, 03:04:17 PM
Way to go, Matt. Exciting times.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Sam Cooper on January 04, 2012, 03:08:09 PM
Congratulations Matt. I know a lot of hard work so it's great that success is here for you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 05, 2012, 06:08:09 AM
Nice one, Matt.  You've earned it.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on January 05, 2012, 08:54:01 AM
Matt!  That's really great - you must be walking on air  :D
Title: here's a link...
Post by: John Yamrus on January 05, 2012, 11:01:39 AM
here's a link to the most recent review of one of my books...

http://lastknownnest.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-of-john-yamrus-doing-cartwheels.html
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on January 05, 2012, 03:04:55 PM
Great news, Matt.  Good for you. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: fire-fly on January 05, 2012, 03:15:49 PM
The agent I've been waiting on has got back to me and said they'd like to offer representation for my novel, LORNA. She said she'll phone me tomorrow morning for a chat and then send a representation agreement. I think I might actually have a literary agent this time tomorrow... here's hoping!

Woo hoo matey, way to go, good on you.

My fingers are crossed for you.  :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on January 05, 2012, 03:58:09 PM
Wonderful news Matt. expect to see you in the bar , buying, when you sign on the dotted line. ::) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on January 11, 2012, 09:11:11 AM
I have just signed a representation agreement with a literary agent. Here's hoping this year a publisher will actually buy one of my novels!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on January 11, 2012, 09:14:02 AM
Way to go Matt. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on January 11, 2012, 09:16:42 AM
Brilliant, Matt! Best of luck, write long and prosper ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on January 11, 2012, 09:23:26 AM
Great, Matt!  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on January 11, 2012, 09:41:13 AM
A step closer, Matt. Wonderful news. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 11, 2012, 10:16:41 AM
Great news Matt. May the trail ahead be free of boulders and other speed traps.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 12, 2012, 02:28:48 AM
Well done, Matt. Congrats.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on January 12, 2012, 03:57:07 AM
Matt, that's awesome news.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 12, 2012, 06:54:26 AM
My first short story acceptance goes to the Darker Minds anthology. My story Rise, Dead Man will be published amongst the work of horror writers such as Gary McMahon, Stephen Bacon and Gary Fry. The cover is also being done by the talented Ben Baldwin. Can't wait to see who else will make it in, and what the cover will look like.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on January 12, 2012, 06:59:30 AM
Well done again, Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on January 12, 2012, 09:13:35 AM
Brilliant Joe! :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on January 12, 2012, 09:23:32 AM
Way to start the new year, Joe. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 12, 2012, 10:47:30 AM
Thank you.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on January 13, 2012, 09:57:35 AM
You're setting a great example for us all to keep at it, Joe! 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: heidi52 on January 13, 2012, 10:54:30 AM
Congratulations Joe! Keep up the good work!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: sjhunt2005 on January 13, 2012, 10:16:56 PM
way to go, dude!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 14, 2012, 12:42:27 AM
Thanks, SJ, Heidi and Laura.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: trev on January 14, 2012, 08:39:33 AM

Congrats Joe, I wish I was clever like you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 14, 2012, 09:00:21 AM
Congrats Joe, I wish I was clever like you.

 :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 14, 2012, 10:34:30 AM
Joe is clearly a long way from stupid, but...

Having seen Joe develop over his time on here I would say a huge chunk of his success is down to persistence  and a willingness to learn.  He doesn't just rely on whatever natural gifts he may have, he works at it. 

Plus he understands that you need to submit to succeed.  The best story in the world dies unread if you leave it in a filing cabinet or under your bed.  Then, when you're dead it probably just goes to landfill.  Does anyone really want that for their work?

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 14, 2012, 02:38:13 PM
Joe is clearly a long way from stupid, but...

Having seen Joe develop over his time on here I would say a huge chunk of his success is down to persistence  and a willingness to learn.  He doesn't just rely on whatever natural gifts he may have, he works at it. 

Plus he understands that you need to submit to succeed.  The best story in the world dies unread if you leave it in a filing cabinet or under your bed.  Then, when you're dead it probably just goes to landfill.  Does anyone really want that for their work?

Gyppo

Thanks, Gyppo. You've always been a great inspiration and reliable source.  ;)  And to think I really did start right here on MWC. The very first day I decided to write was the day I joined up. Didn't even read enough back then.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on January 14, 2012, 03:00:26 PM
Way to go, Joe. Hope we can all follow you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 14, 2012, 03:45:11 PM
The very first day I decided to write was the day I joined up.

That I didn't know.  So let's add 'lucky' to your list of attributes.  Because you didn't fall into one of the more destructive 'circles' out there.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 15, 2012, 01:59:02 AM
Thanks, Don.

That I didn't know.  So let's add 'lucky' to your list of attributes.  Because you didn't fall into one of the more destructive 'circles' out there.
Gyppo

Definitely. The very first story I published was with Pearl Luke advertising here on MWC. Pays to hang around.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on January 17, 2012, 09:46:46 AM
Double benefit; -)

One of the backhanded 'benefits' of writing for magazines is the delay between acceptance and payment.  Today I got the cheque for the cycling article I was bragging about some time ago.

So first you get the I've been accepted feel good factor, and then, when you've almost forgotten, you get another boost from the more tangible benefit of a cheque.

Very timely too ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on January 17, 2012, 09:48:09 AM
Enjoy it all Gyppo -- the payment and the reminder of success. :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on January 17, 2012, 10:52:13 AM
Don't forget the feel-good ego boost of seeing your article with layout, Gyppo.

Enjoy that check. Seems old-fashioned to me. I usually get paid direct deposit.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 17, 2012, 10:58:39 AM
Double benefit; -)

One of the backhanded 'benefits' of writing for magazines is the delay between acceptance and payment.  Today I got the cheque for the cycling article I was bragging about some time ago.

So first you get the I've been accepted feel good factor, and then, when you've almost forgotten, you get another boost from the more tangible benefit of a cheque.

Very timely too ;-)

Gyppo

Really does feel like two wins. I once submitted a story to a Canadian publisher who decided to hang onto the story for a while, which was already a great thing because I was just starting out. About six months later I got the acceptance letter. To my surprise, somewhere in that six month period, that non-paying market became a pro market, and I got 150 dollars for the story. I was over the moon.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 21, 2012, 01:28:09 AM
Here's my latest publication: http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/blackpetalsissue58/id11.html

It was actually written and accepted quite a while back, but it's now finally available. Let's just say it was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on January 21, 2012, 01:34:48 AM
There you go.

What's the count now, Joe?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 21, 2012, 01:36:27 AM
What's the count now, Joe?

Thirty seven. I already counted this one when I got the acceptance.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on January 21, 2012, 01:39:46 AM
Congratulations, Joe.

Interestingly enough, yesterday was Poe's birthday. For the third year in a row, the 'Poe Toaster' failed to make an appearance. It appears yet another tradition has come to an end, but you have started your own with all these stories being published. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 21, 2012, 01:42:54 AM
Congratulations, Joe.

Interestingly enough, yesterday was Poe's birthday. For the third year in a row, the 'Poe Toaster' failed to make an appearance. It appears yet another tradition has come to an end, but you have started your own with all these stories being published. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Don. I recall seeing a lot of Poe links, pictures and quotes on Facebook yesterday and this morning. Now I know why. Thanks.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on January 21, 2012, 09:04:14 PM
Congrats Joe!!! My first short was published in SQ magazine 3rd edition. My first and only, up to date. And Scary and exciting and everything else that comes with being "out there".  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 22, 2012, 12:57:41 AM
Thank you and congrats as well, Chandara. I know the editors at SQ magazine, and they uphold a very high standard. So I'm certain you'll have more stories published real soon.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on January 22, 2012, 06:08:39 AM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: trev on January 22, 2012, 07:30:50 AM
Say Joe, roughly how many words in your short stories? Congratulations by the way.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: RJLester on January 22, 2012, 08:49:04 AM
These successes are a great motivation for us Newbies; hopes spring eternally?
Congrats to all.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 22, 2012, 09:55:03 AM
Say Joe, roughly how many words in your short stories? Congratulations by the way.

Thanks, Trev. My shortest published story is about 250 words, the longest just over 7000.
I prefer stories just over 4000 words.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Vienna on January 23, 2012, 02:58:44 AM
Open mic session.............there were no prizes to win just a chance to get up and read your stuff. So somewhat nervous I did.......and it was great. Smokey and boozey but well worth it, I thought the 5-10 minutes would be much too long but in fact I found I was just warming up, read some stuff, made up some stuff as I went along.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on January 23, 2012, 03:23:26 AM
Takes guts to get up in front of folks and read your own works.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Vienna on January 23, 2012, 03:56:58 AM
certainly does Skip and/or a skinful of beer  ;D

I used to do it more often, open mics/Poetry Slams. This was the  first time for a couple of years I reckon. It is another way of seeing various reactions to what one writes.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on January 23, 2012, 04:18:02 AM
Still, some wouldn't dare. Good for you.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: trev on January 23, 2012, 07:59:36 AM

Thanks Joe, interesting.

Vienna me old duck, when the writing is good people usually enjoy listening to it, if it's bad they will let you know.

Years ago I wrote a couple of short plays for our amateur dramatic soc, the first one  called B&B got loads of laughs, mainly because all the props were in place and some great acting.

The second one was for young children called The Trevini Twins--ONE OF
Unfortunately it was never shown, so I'm not sure how that one would have been received.
 

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 23, 2012, 09:49:13 AM
Open mic session.............there were no prizes to win just a chance to get up and read your stuff. So somewhat nervous I did.......and it was great. Smokey and boozey but well worth it, I thought the 5-10 minutes would be much too long but in fact I found I was just warming up, read some stuff, made up some stuff as I went along.

Well done. Lots of writers never take that vital step.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on January 23, 2012, 10:53:44 AM
Well done you, Richard -- takes some nuts! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Vienna on January 23, 2012, 12:12:16 PM
I reckon (at least speaking for myself) one has to do it. I like to see myself as a performer, and if anybody heckles I just take the piss..........seem to soon shut up ;D ;D

thanks folks.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on January 23, 2012, 12:34:17 PM
I agree it takes guts. I haven't gone to a writer's conference because sitting across from an agent terrifies me.  :o  Though I'm working on it.  On a side note, I won a pitch contest and got to send my query and first five to an agent who's usually closed to queries.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 25, 2012, 09:56:57 AM
I won a pitch contest and got to send my query and first five to an agent who's usually closed to queries.  ;D

That's brilliant. Congrats and best of luck.


Mine is not an acceptance, but a Twisted Dreams Magazine is now available with one of my stories at http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/twisted-dreams-magazine---the-magazine-for-those-whose-blood-runs-a-darker-shade-of-red/18800211. A Kindle version will be released soon.

And the cover for the Darker Minds anthology is now available. It will be available in March.

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on January 25, 2012, 12:23:21 PM
I like that. Who designed it?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 25, 2012, 12:38:56 PM
I like that. Who designed it?

Ben Baldwin. Apparently he's been nominated a few times for fantasy type book covers etc.

Can't wait to get my contributor's copy.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 26, 2012, 08:17:12 AM
Got an acceptance from Indigo Rising Magazine. The story has been published online, but the editor mentioned something about
it making it into their print version later this year.  :)

http://www.indigorisingmagazine.com/2012/01/final-request-by-joe-mynhardt-phone.html
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on January 26, 2012, 09:54:38 AM
Good, good, good, good ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 26, 2012, 10:22:21 AM
Good, good, good, good ;D ;D

And thanks for your help with the story.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on January 26, 2012, 10:27:49 AM
Two more  ??? or just counting this once  ;D (they are after all two different publications yes?)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 26, 2012, 02:20:34 PM
Two more  ??? or just counting this once  ;D (they are after all two different publications yes?)

Good question. For now I'll just let it count as one.   :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on January 26, 2012, 09:59:20 PM
You just keep hitting them out of the ball park, Joe.  Congratulations!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 26, 2012, 11:27:15 PM
Thanks, A.W.M.

When I saw the email I tried to look away while it loaded, but my eye caught the first few words in the subject line and I knew I was in. Started with "Very powerful story". Acceptances are great, but words like that really make it worthwhile.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 27, 2012, 11:53:39 AM
Mine is not an acceptance, but a Twisted Dreams Magazine is now available with one of my stories at http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/twisted-dreams-magazine---the-magazine-for-those-whose-blood-runs-a-darker-shade-of-red/18800211. A Kindle version will be released soon.

Here's the link to the Kindle version of the magazine. Only three dollars.
http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Dreams-Magazine-Darker-ebook/dp/B0071B07N6/ref=sr_1_1?_encoding=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1327591701&sr=1-1&al_rs=#al_rp
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on January 30, 2012, 04:23:02 PM
Congrats Joe! I have to go back and check out all the ones you mentioned. =) I'm still grappling with the short story structure. Drives me nuts.  :o

On a side note...I won another pitch contest and submitted my full manuscript to an editor today! Keeping fingers and toes crossed. Have to celebrate...for real.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: trev on January 31, 2012, 05:32:14 AM

Well done Joe, keep it up, as the art mistres said to the gardener.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 31, 2012, 10:41:19 AM
Thanks, Trev and Chandara.


On a side note...I won another pitch contest and submitted my full manuscript to an editor today! Keeping fingers and toes crossed. Have to celebrate...for real.  ;D

Congrats. Now I know who to contact when I have to write my first pitch.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on January 31, 2012, 11:00:40 AM
Well done, all!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on January 31, 2012, 05:09:04 PM
Congrats. Now I know who to contact when I have to write my first pitch.  ;)

 ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: RJLester on February 01, 2012, 07:31:01 AM
More great success news!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on February 01, 2012, 07:34:35 AM
It's getting so exciting around here.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: RJLester on February 01, 2012, 07:37:31 AM
Excitement is a great motivator.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on February 02, 2012, 12:48:30 PM
My agent has now sent my manuscript to an editor, who will begin working on it around the end of Feb.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on February 02, 2012, 01:00:13 PM
Good Luck
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on February 02, 2012, 02:02:08 PM
That's great, Matt!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on February 02, 2012, 03:06:29 PM
That's fantastic news Matt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on February 02, 2012, 04:21:54 PM
Awesome!!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on February 03, 2012, 02:33:38 PM
Yay!!  :D :D :D

Issue 35 of Jupiter SciFi magazine is out, with my submission in it.  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on February 03, 2012, 02:37:46 PM
That's exciting, Andrewf!  I'm gonna check it out  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 03, 2012, 04:47:24 PM
Great new Andrew.  ;D  Congratulations!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on February 03, 2012, 06:43:12 PM
Go Andrew.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 04, 2012, 12:54:17 AM
Well done, Andrew. Get yourself a copy and frame it.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on February 04, 2012, 04:32:19 AM
Well done, Andrew, I concur with Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on February 04, 2012, 02:06:45 PM
I think I might do that.   ;D


I also think I could get used to this. :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on February 04, 2012, 08:13:34 PM
Yeah Man, that's awesome.

Jupiter's funded by an Arts Council grant, you're a legitimate artist.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: hedinsen on February 05, 2012, 12:04:10 PM
I am not sure if anyone recalls that I've been working on: now three parts, to an historical sci-fi fiction novel -- lots and lots of research.  My hero is a displaced 20th century Special Forces Major when he winds up in the 19th century.  I am now up to the Russo-Japanese War and President Roosevelt (Theodore) by Executive Order has recalled him from retirement to lead American forces to "assist" the Russians in defense of Port Arthur.  Both ways - real work and fiction, the war was a mess.  I've spent half my time writing, scouring the internet on details and info on the war. 

Anyone considering an historical novel be prepared to do a lot of research on your subject, whether the main characters are fictional or real.  Guaranteed you'll do more reading than writing.  :) ;D  # # #
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on February 05, 2012, 12:11:12 PM
Congratulations, Andrew.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 05, 2012, 01:31:10 PM
Best of luck then, Hedinsen.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: hedinsen on February 05, 2012, 02:48:34 PM
Thank you.  Just checking e-mail, but forging ahead. Finally on a roll on the story. # # #
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on February 05, 2012, 02:51:31 PM
Congrats Andrew and best of luck hedinsen. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on February 05, 2012, 04:27:56 PM
Good for you, Hedison.  I'll bet all your research makes a big difference in the quality of your story  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: hedinsen on February 05, 2012, 05:04:45 PM
Thank you for the encouragement.  Finally got the Americans ashore, now the American General and his staff get the full picture of the problems at Port Arthur.  My research showed up the problem:  The Russian generals, one out ranked the other.  In other words, the one Stessel originally in charge was a Major General; his successor whom he never relinquished command to was a Lieutenant General.  Nice way to run a war.  This was only part of what I was finding on line.  Anyway, back to work and thank you all again. :D ;D # # #
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: trev on February 06, 2012, 06:52:35 AM

Good show Andrew and Matt. congratulations
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 06, 2012, 12:04:58 PM
Triple good news.

1st: Got an acceptance at Fear And Trembling Magazine for my ghost story Storm of the Departed.

2nd: An old friend of mine is setting me up with a couple of illustrators looking for stories. They want compile a graphic novel but need stories.
No idea what exactly they're looking for, but positive none the less.

3rd: Had an influx of people swarming my website and Facebook page lately. 5 new blog followers and about 22 new fans on my Facebook page         within one week. One of my stories must've reached traffic somewhere.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on February 06, 2012, 12:33:50 PM
Congratulations on the acceptance, Joe.  Looks as if things are coming your way.  That's great.  Continued success.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 06, 2012, 12:39:20 PM
Thanks, A.W.M. Exciting times lately.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Andrewf on February 06, 2012, 02:58:41 PM
Oooo   Cool news Joe  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 06, 2012, 11:20:58 PM
Thanks, Andrew.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: trev on February 07, 2012, 05:14:17 AM
Go-Joe-Go, fantastic news. We all wish your acquaintances were our acquaintances too. great show.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 07, 2012, 10:24:46 AM
Thanks, Trev. I must say, networking for half an hour a day goes a long way.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on February 07, 2012, 12:04:56 PM
Good on yer Joe. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 07, 2012, 01:24:13 PM
Good on yer Joe. ;) ;) ;)

 :) Thank you.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on February 08, 2012, 07:32:01 AM
2nd: An old friend of mine is setting me up with a couple of illustrators looking for stories. They want compile a graphic novel but need stories.
No idea what exactly they're looking for, but positive none the less.

If you need any help figuring out what they want, I'm here now.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 08, 2012, 07:44:14 AM
If you need any help figuring out what they want, I'm here now.

 :) I just hope it's more towards the stuff I normally write.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnight candle on February 11, 2012, 06:27:37 AM
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/theshortstoryclub/louiseatmyt/94/94/

My short story TERMINUS was shortlisted in The telegraph short story competition. It came in the top six. I'm ecstatic at the moment and in need of a few ciders.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on February 11, 2012, 06:36:15 AM
Good for you. Bet you're doing the smurf-shuffle.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnight candle on February 11, 2012, 06:39:36 AM
Good for you. Bet you're doing the smurf-shuffle.  ;D

How did you guess? :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on February 11, 2012, 07:35:52 AM
Whoa - that's great, Blue Moon!  Congrats  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on February 11, 2012, 08:00:48 AM
Definitely congrats, blue moon. Wow!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on February 11, 2012, 08:21:27 AM
Nice one.  Nothing quite like a success to spur you on towards the next one.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on February 11, 2012, 09:38:15 AM
Congratulations, Blue Moon.  And, enjoy the cider. ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on February 11, 2012, 09:44:42 AM
Whoo-hoo! Fabulous. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Vienna on February 11, 2012, 09:49:20 AM
Fantastic mate!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on February 11, 2012, 09:52:52 AM
Great stuff Darryl. :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 11, 2012, 10:27:32 AM
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/theshortstoryclub/louiseatmyt/94/94/

My short story TERMINUS was shortlisted in The telegraph short story competition. It came in the top six. I'm ecstatic at the moment and in need of a few ciders.  ;D

Well done, mate. Great news.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnight candle on February 11, 2012, 10:28:46 AM
Still can't get over it - but at least I know what I'm submitting to the MWC anthology.  8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnight candle on February 11, 2012, 10:29:40 AM
Great stuff Darryl. :-*

Guess that let's my name out of the bag :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on February 11, 2012, 10:31:30 AM
Well done, Darryl. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on February 12, 2012, 05:40:37 AM
Nice one, mate.

You totally had me fooled with your awesome disguise.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on February 12, 2012, 01:35:11 PM
Well, not my most heart-warming piece, but apparently Postcard Shorts ran my submission last week and I've just found out

http://www.postcardshorts.com/read-851.html

 :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on February 12, 2012, 01:36:39 PM
Neat little twist Laura -- I didn't see it coming. Well done you. ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on February 12, 2012, 02:21:55 PM
There you go.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 12, 2012, 02:34:47 PM
Way to go Laura, I love it.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: midnight candle on February 12, 2012, 02:39:23 PM
Nice one Laura  8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on February 13, 2012, 11:35:58 AM
very well done, Laura.  Surprised me at the end.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 13, 2012, 12:30:15 PM
Congrats, Laura. Nice one.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: hedinsen on February 13, 2012, 06:48:39 PM
That piece would have been good for the latest challenge.  Good conflict between the characters, no verbage clutter -- all around good piece.  Like the story.  Thank you for sharing it. # # #
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on February 15, 2012, 08:05:10 PM
Wow, thanks guys :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 28, 2012, 08:35:32 AM
Got a very nice acceptance from Rymfire books for my zombie short story The Dead Don't Sleep Here Anymore. They specialize mostly in Kindle books, but they might release this in print as well.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on February 28, 2012, 08:58:52 AM
Great news, Joe!  Congrats  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Sam Cooper on February 28, 2012, 10:52:12 AM
Excellent to hear, Joe. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 28, 2012, 01:00:46 PM
Thanks, Laura and Sam.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on February 28, 2012, 01:04:26 PM
Terrific Joe. :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 28, 2012, 01:07:54 PM
Terrific Joe. :) :) :)

 :)  Thanks, Sio.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on February 28, 2012, 04:31:10 PM
Hey, Joe, since it appears I am sending congratulations to you so often because of another acceptance, I was thinking maybe I should just make up a form with the words "Congratulations Joe" and have it ready at all times.  Maybe even have it sent automatically every few days. ;D

Only kidding.  Great to hear of your acceptance.  You must be thrilled.  Continued success.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 29, 2012, 09:04:57 AM
Hey, Joe, since it appears I am sending congratulations to you so often because of another acceptance, I was thinking maybe I should just make up a form with the words "Congratulations Joe" and have it ready at all times.  Maybe even have it sent automatically every few days. ;D

Only kidding.  Great to hear of your acceptance.  You must be thrilled.  Continued success.

 :D  Thanks for the laugh, and the good wishes.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on February 29, 2012, 12:30:36 PM
Nice work, man.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 29, 2012, 01:14:00 PM
Thanks, Ollie.

Just realized now when they sent me the contract that it pay royalties. That's another first. Not much, but it's ongoing.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on February 29, 2012, 06:07:16 PM
Hey, guys - the new SQ Mag is up and I'm in it  :)

http://www.sqmag.com/001-20120301-the-witness-laura-haddock.html

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 29, 2012, 06:38:00 PM
Congratulations Laura . . .

Very good story to boot.  One of those stories that make you wonder where the writer's mind was when this popped into her head.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: hedinsen on February 29, 2012, 07:07:29 PM
I know you guys are not that in to model railroading like I am, but I got
a real suprise the other night:  A guy who is moderator of a model railroad
web site that is within a major site called: Trainlife wants me to do a piece
with photos on my layout for his site called: Private Roadnames -- in other
words, fictional layouts.  No fee of course.  This is the second invite I've had
in the last year on model railroad sites like this.  # # # 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on February 29, 2012, 07:08:43 PM
I know you guys are not that in to model railroading like I am, but I got
a real suprise the other night:  A guy who is moderator of a model railroad
web site that is within a major site called: Trainlife wants me to do a piece
with photos on my layout for his site called: Private Roadnames -- in other
words, fictional layouts.  No fee of course.  This is the second invite I've had
in the last year on model railroad sites like this.  # # # 

That put a real big smile on my face.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on February 29, 2012, 09:08:50 PM
Congratulations, Laura. 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on February 29, 2012, 09:11:43 PM
Great news, hedinsen.  Are you going to write it up?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: hedinsen on March 01, 2012, 06:10:54 AM
Yes, on the write up.  I'll do a brief background of the
railroad, operations, and certain changes I've made in
the layout over the years.  Trying to include certain photographs
will be hard -- I've over two hundred photos of the layout. # # #
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 01, 2012, 08:49:09 AM
Well done, Laura and Hedinsen.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on March 01, 2012, 09:47:01 AM
Thanks, guys  :)

Hedison - that sounds like a fun project.  Congrats!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on March 01, 2012, 01:57:28 PM
Well done Joe, Laura and Hedinsen!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: hedinsen on March 01, 2012, 07:55:04 PM
Thanks, so you know how I'll be spending my weekend.  LOL  :D ;D # # #
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 02, 2012, 08:24:18 AM
Thanks, Matt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: boydie9 on March 11, 2012, 11:54:37 AM
First poetry book out very soon, the material is with York Publishers just now, wrote 3 poems which have been accepted for a charity book out this year however I've run into difficulty over copyright with the person publishing the book.

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: hedinsen on March 11, 2012, 12:35:00 PM
Update on the sci-fi, alternate history manuscript:  Now I am editing and proof reading  the story -- a more tedious affair than writing it in the first place.  # # #
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 12, 2012, 10:22:42 AM
Best of luck, Boydie and Hedinsen.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on March 13, 2012, 01:24:02 PM
Good work guys -- best of luck with your projects. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Conanthedoylarian on March 22, 2012, 08:37:53 AM
This is quite trivial in terms of successes but has had quite an impact on me.

For years now, I have been selling articles to an editor who virtually rewrites them every time.  No amount of discussing or clarifying briefs has made any difference.  They are so different on publication, I have frequently wondered why he doesn't just write them himself and save a lot of messing around.

This week, he took two items and only changed 12 words.  I could almost dance on a cloud.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on March 22, 2012, 08:55:43 AM
You've won him over!  Congrats, Conan  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on March 22, 2012, 09:04:14 AM
Sounds great, Conan.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Vienna on March 22, 2012, 09:05:05 AM
First poetry book out very soon, the material is with York Publishers just now, wrote 3 poems which have been accepted for a charity book out this year however I've run into difficulty over copyright with the person publishing the book.




http://www.yps-publishing.co.uk/index.php?self-costs


You mean THIS York "publishers"
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on March 22, 2012, 09:08:59 AM
Well done Conan.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on March 22, 2012, 12:28:19 PM
Well done, Conan!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on March 25, 2012, 04:42:48 AM
Seems like I only get nonfiction successes these days, but what the hey.

I've just finished a pretty big magazine feature, and I interviewed a senior research fellow at Cambridge and author, etc. etc., so one of the biggies on the topic. She and another biggie in the topic (linguistics related to bilingualism) have been talking about the article, read through it - it's not in print yet, I let them see it -- and have really complimented it. This is great, considering their stature in the field. I have the warm fuzzy journalist feeling. I got it right!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on March 25, 2012, 04:57:52 AM
A success is a sucess mate. Well done. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on March 25, 2012, 07:08:04 AM
My story SEND HIM BACK appears in Strange, Weird & Wonderful's first anthology: http://www.strangeweirdandwonderful.com/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on March 25, 2012, 07:53:08 AM
Congratulations, Matt!!  You must be excited about this one  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 25, 2012, 10:44:22 AM
Congrats, Annmarie and Matt.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on March 25, 2012, 10:45:20 AM
I love this thread. Congratulations folks. ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on March 25, 2012, 10:51:56 AM
Seems like I only get nonfiction successes these days, but what the hey.

I've just finished a pretty big magazine feature, and I interviewed a senior research fellow at Cambridge and author, etc. etc., so one of the biggies on the topic. She and another biggie in the topic (linguistics related to bilingualism) have been talking about the article, read through it - it's not in print yet, I let them see it -- and have really complimented it. This is great, considering their stature in the field. I have the warm fuzzy journalist feeling. I got it right!  :)

That's great, Annmarie!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on March 25, 2012, 11:50:17 AM
Nothing wrong with celebrating a non-fiction success.

Well done.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on March 26, 2012, 03:11:27 AM
Thanks everyone.

And congrats Matt!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on March 26, 2012, 09:23:07 AM
Congratulations,  Annmarie and Matt.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 02, 2012, 11:19:59 AM
My old zombie story The Rolling of the Hearse will be republished in the February 2013 issue of Twisted Dreams Magazine.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on April 02, 2012, 11:26:36 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 02, 2012, 11:37:00 AM
Is that what they call a two-fer?  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on April 02, 2012, 12:32:58 PM
Is that what they call a two-fer?  ;D

maybe it should be a two-fear ;-)

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on April 02, 2012, 12:38:00 PM
Congrats!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on April 02, 2012, 01:37:33 PM
Yay Joe!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 02, 2012, 03:23:24 PM
Thanks, you lot. With all the work I'm putting into novel writing, I've really been neglecting my short stories, so I'm glad to hear something about the ones I sent out beginning of the year.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 14, 2012, 11:17:52 AM
Undead Tales 2 from Rymfire Books is now on sale in print and eBook at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Undead-Tales-2-ebook/dp/B007TW4XBO), Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/151714) and  Createspace (https://www.createspace.com/3848674). Barnes & Noble will join in soon.

This is the very first book I'm getting royalties for, so it's one more step forward in my eye. Any support, even just liking it on Amazon, would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on April 14, 2012, 11:45:53 AM
Like!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on April 14, 2012, 11:56:06 AM
Yay! ;D ;D ;D

"The authors in no particular order (and they’ll each be listed on the cover as well, just like on the first release):

Matt Moore… Larry C. Kerr… Kris Ashton… David Dunwoody… Robert Essig… Joe Mynhardt… Natasha Hanova… William R.D. Wood… Keith Adam Luethke… Jonathan W. Lambert… Rob Rosen… David Boop… Brent Abell… Jonathan D. Stiffy… Lynda McKnight… Jonathan Templar…"
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 14, 2012, 01:00:51 PM
Thanks, Laura and Sio.

Yay! ;D ;D ;D

"The authors in no particular order (and they’ll each be listed on the cover as well, just like on the first release):

Matt Moore… Larry C. Kerr… Kris Ashton… David Dunwoody… Robert Essig… Joe Mynhardt… Natasha Hanova… William R.D. Wood… Keith Adam Luethke… Jonathan W. Lambert… Rob Rosen… David Boop… Brent Abell… Jonathan D. Stiffy… Lynda McKnight… Jonathan Templar…"

And best of all, my name is finally on Amazon (Although I have been in a couple of books on Amazon), so now I can make my own amazon author page before I launch my short story collection.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: magicunicorn on April 26, 2012, 08:57:36 AM
 HI everyone,

 i  just wanted to say thank you  to everyone who has  given me so much inspiration and help with my work on this site.


 i have not been on here much at all lately as i have been concentrating on my photography  work but i have missed reading everyone elses work.

I have had a story published by Green Gecko Publishing company and have been paid as well.
Heidi was especially helpfull  and encouraging for me and i wish to thank   her and everyone else who  helped in any way.


Thank you   Thank you   Thank you

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on April 26, 2012, 08:59:16 AM
Congrats on publication, Magicunicorn  ;D 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: magicunicorn on April 26, 2012, 09:15:21 AM
Thank you, its my first  its a story inside a book of stories but it was pretty big for me and i got paid.



Well done to everyone who has stuff published
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on April 26, 2012, 09:22:58 AM
What's the name of the anthology ?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: magicunicorn on April 26, 2012, 09:28:10 AM
Its Called Passion For horses with  green Gecko publishing  its being sold through Amazon. There will be a paprerback adition published  shortly but is alread out as an ebook.

 Its by Kellie Troy

(sorry hope this is the imfo you wanted i am very new to this and not certain of all   terms used
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on April 26, 2012, 09:51:34 AM
Congratulations, that's brilliant!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 30, 2012, 03:15:05 AM
Well done, Magicunicorn.

I've been keeping this quiet until the project started rolling, which it is now: a bunch of local horror fans and ghost hunters are turning one of my stories into an independent film. I've met the actors and make up artists and so forth, and I'm impressed so far. Will give me lots of local attention, as these guys are quite connected. They'll be selling the dvd's on tours as well as over the internet. Will keep you guys posted.

The story they're using will also be in my short story collection coming out in August. It will also be the longest and scariest story in the book.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on April 30, 2012, 03:24:21 AM
Wow! Many congrats! Great when your work inspires people, Joe!

Great news, Kellie.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on April 30, 2012, 06:07:16 AM
Congrats Kellie and Joe -- grreat news. ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: magicunicorn on April 30, 2012, 09:32:11 AM
Wow Jo that is brillant very well done you should be so very proud.

Thank you so much to everyone its a  big thing for me  and i am sure for Jo as well.

Please JO keep us posted well done
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on April 30, 2012, 09:53:54 AM
Yay, Joe!  Will you have a cameo??
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 30, 2012, 10:31:47 AM
You sure know how to keep things under your hat don't you Joe.  ;)

Congratulations on a big step forward.  8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Maimi on April 30, 2012, 11:01:58 AM
Congratulations on your first, Kellie. :)


Wonderful news, Joe. Glad to hear your hard work is paying off in such a way. Here's to hoping word keeps spreading. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 30, 2012, 12:33:54 PM
Thanks, everyone.  ;)  The producer also agreed to release the movie on the same day as my short story collection, that way we can cross promote as well.

Yay, Joe!  Will you have a cameo??

No thank you. I like to keep a low profile.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on April 30, 2012, 02:47:38 PM
Aw, c'mon!  Alfred H did it  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on April 30, 2012, 03:22:53 PM
Congrats everyone. You must all be thrilled!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 01, 2012, 06:01:26 AM
Aw, c'mon!  Alfred H did it  ;)

And Stephen King. The only three rolls available is a dead guy pointing towards the next victim, a dead guy struggling to get out of his own noose, and another dead guy rummaging through drawers, trying to find the key to his freedom. Which one do you think fits me?  :D  Oh, and these are not zombies. They're ghosts that are only visible through the eyes of a possessed girl.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on May 01, 2012, 07:06:27 AM
You could be the one buttering the rolls  ;)

Might be fun, Joe.  You can point, can't you?  And how wild would that be to portray a character you made up in your own mind?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 01, 2012, 11:45:33 AM
 :D  I'll think about it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on May 01, 2012, 12:32:07 PM
Well done, that's really exciting!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on May 02, 2012, 12:28:59 AM
Congrats!! ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 02, 2012, 09:59:51 AM
Thanks. It's drawing quite a lot of attraction locally, as we hoped. Already have two newspaper lined up and looking into a local tv program that likes to stay in touch with the thing's people do.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 02, 2012, 10:11:04 AM
 ;D  All those Baby Steps have turned into something more like speed-walking. Before we know it, you'll be doing the hundred yard dash.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on May 02, 2012, 12:59:18 PM
Wowzers. Late to the party again. Whee haw Joe.  ;D

Be the pointing ghost  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 03, 2012, 08:48:09 AM
Just had my very first telephone interview with a national newspaper. They'll be at filming this weekend to take photos as well. Now I just need to write the ending.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 03, 2012, 09:46:17 AM
I dare say they would appreciate an ending before they get to that point in filming.  ;)

Better get busy.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 03, 2012, 09:51:51 AM
I dare say they would appreciate an ending before they get to that point in filming.  ;)

Better get busy.

 ;)  Don't worry, Alice. You taught me well. The stories always come first.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 03, 2012, 10:20:40 AM
Didn't know I was such a good teacher Joe. Thanks.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Don on May 05, 2012, 06:43:34 AM
Congratulations, Joe. No one deserves it more.

Maybe you could convince the director to make you a character who is not in the story. Just a guy holding a sign with one of those pointing finger icons that says, "Danger this way."  :D

Okay, I'll stop. Well done. :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 06, 2012, 02:14:37 AM

Maybe you could convince the director to make you a character who is not in the story. Just a guy holding a sign with one of those pointing finger icons that says, "Danger this way."  :D


Thanks, Don. That's what I had in mind. But I'd rather not. I'll give someone else the opportunity. I'm happy being the writer.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on May 06, 2012, 09:26:28 PM
Hey, I just found out one of my shorts made the cut for the QW Publishing's upcoming anthology of "weird Southern stories".  This will be my first time in a real - life, actual, hold it in your hands,  printed book.  They must have heard that I'm a weird southerner ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 07, 2012, 12:40:44 AM
Great Going Laura. Proud of you.

Smiles,
Alice
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on May 07, 2012, 03:20:24 AM
Congratulations weird southerner!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on May 07, 2012, 03:47:01 AM
Oh wow congrats Laura. Yipppeeee
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: ma100 on May 07, 2012, 04:32:51 AM
Trust you to be weird. ;D Well done mate.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 07, 2012, 05:49:18 AM
Hey, I just found out one of my shorts made the cut for the QW Publishing's upcoming anthology of "weird Southern stories".  This will be my first time in a real - life, actual, hold it in your hands,  printed book.  They must have heard that I'm a weird southerner ;D

Relish the moment.  Both now in anticipation and again when you do hold the book in your hand.  There'll be other times, I'm sure, all special in their own way, but 'firsts' are special special.

Well done, Weird One ;-)

Gyppo  (Who never thought he'd put three 'specials' into one sentence. But sometimes it's called for.)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on May 07, 2012, 07:07:57 AM
Congrats, Laura!

Why is the South so good for weirdness? Nobody wants a collection of Northern Gothic or Northern Weird stories, do they? Or have I just stumbled on a new market...

Anyway, live it up. You deserve it.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on May 07, 2012, 07:16:49 AM
Super news -- congratulations Laura! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 07, 2012, 12:52:52 PM
So happy for you, Laura. Once you hold that book you'll be hooked for life.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on May 07, 2012, 05:21:19 PM
Thanks very much, guys.  Yes - I am extremely excited at the thought of holding the book!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on May 14, 2012, 09:22:48 PM
Congrats!  It's so great to be among talented folks.

I just got a positive response from a small publisher on a full submission. Here's what she wrote.
 It had been my intention to read a small portion yesterday and ended up reading it start to finish because I couldn't put it down.

Even if nothing comes out of it, I feel good.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 14, 2012, 10:01:41 PM
Congrats!  It's so great to be among talented folks.

I just got a positive response from a small publisher on a full submission. Here's what she wrote.
 It had been my intention to read a small portion yesterday and ended up reading it start to finish because I couldn't put it down.

Even if nothing comes out of it, I feel good.  ;D ;D

I don't see how it can get more positive than that  Chandara . . . until they say Yes that is. Congratulations.  8)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on May 14, 2012, 10:48:14 PM
Congrats, Chandra!  I think that's what we all really want - to write a page turner.  You ought to be dancing around for a few days at least  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on May 14, 2012, 11:15:21 PM
Wow! Make a poster of it! ;D ;D ;D ;D Congratulations. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 15, 2012, 04:44:18 AM
That's music to any writer's ears.  Or eyes seeing as you were reading the letter.

Fingers crossed that they'll take it up.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on May 15, 2012, 08:26:21 AM
Thanks everyone.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 15, 2012, 12:16:18 PM
That really is the biggest compliment, Chandara. Well done.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on May 15, 2012, 12:25:31 PM
That really is the biggest compliment, Chandara. Well done.  ;)

Thanks Joe. I just got the contract and have to remember to think with my head and not my heart.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 15, 2012, 02:56:58 PM
Good thinking. Congrats.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on May 15, 2012, 03:04:01 PM
Congratulations again ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on May 16, 2012, 12:42:53 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Catska on May 16, 2012, 12:58:44 AM
Congratulations to all of you guys!  It's so nice to hear such great news.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on May 28, 2012, 09:20:29 PM
Thanks.

My novel The Second Sign is going to be published with Sapphire Star Publishing Feb. 2013!  I'm still in shock.  ;D  Check out my blog for the big reveal. http://chandarawrites.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-book-is-getting-published.html (http://chandarawrites.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-book-is-getting-published.html)

 ::)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on May 28, 2012, 09:28:55 PM
Wow!  That's great - congratulations :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on May 29, 2012, 02:54:02 AM
Congratulations Elizabeth! That's really great news, I love YA fantasy as well, will have to get myself a copy!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on May 29, 2012, 03:25:17 AM
Whee Haw Liz
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 29, 2012, 01:08:14 PM
Well done, Liz. So happy for you.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on May 30, 2012, 12:05:04 AM
Thanks guys. This community is awesome!!  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 04, 2012, 01:23:53 PM
One of my older stories, Storm of the Departed, has finally gone up on Fear And Trembling. I was just about to contact them to ask about it.  :)

http://www.fearandtremblingmag.com/2012/06/storm-of-the-departed/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 04, 2012, 01:24:52 PM
Yay -- you're become a fixture in here, Joe -- brilliant! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 04, 2012, 01:27:26 PM
Thanks, Sio. It's been a while since I wrote short stories, but I'm really getting back into it. Hopefully in a month or two I'll get back in the swing of things and visit the 'Your Successes' board more often.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 04, 2012, 01:30:07 PM
It's funny how things go in phases . . . I'm churning out poems at the moment, and some of them are quite good too. ::) When my mind's ready it'll return to the latest novel.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 04, 2012, 01:35:16 PM
Best of luck to the both us then.  :D  And every other MWC member for that matter.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on June 05, 2012, 07:07:07 AM
Congrats, Joe :)  How long was it between your acceptance and publication?

Happy writing, Sio.  You are wise to go with what's working for you this moment  ;)  When inner Sio is ready, the novel will move back to the forefront.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 05, 2012, 10:13:42 AM
Congrats, Joe :)  How long was it between your acceptance and publication?

Thanks, Laura. I think about five months. But the editor was very apologetic and even said I should look him up on Facebook. Very nice guy.
Alice's son Rick Copple says he also met the guy once at a convention.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 15, 2012, 12:08:45 PM
Whoo-hoo! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

We are so thrilled to inform you that your story has been chosen to be published in the Body Gossip Book!
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
 
And thank you so much. Without you, we wouldn't have a book.
 
Our Book Launch is being held on Thursday 6th September in central London.  Invites will be going out soon, and of course you are invited!
 
Some info about the book: it is an anthology of real body stories, written by the general public and celebrities alike.  The wonderful Rickshaw Publishing are our publishers, and gorgeous Gok Wan has written the foreword. 

We are so excited that your story will be included in the first ever Body Gossip Book.  We will be in touch soon with further information about the launch.
 
Love,
 
Ruth and Natasha x
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on June 15, 2012, 12:11:18 PM
Fantastic, Sio!  Congrats to you :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on June 15, 2012, 12:29:52 PM
Congratulations, Sio, that's brill!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 15, 2012, 12:48:27 PM
I think I wrote it way back at the beginning of the year and I'd given up hope, so it was a nice surprise . . . it's a piece of creative non-fiction, so I'm pleased. :D

Thank you Laura and Matt. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on June 15, 2012, 02:29:44 PM
Wooohoo Buddy. Why was I not informed first Mrs? ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 15, 2012, 02:31:18 PM
Too excited! Just checked back -- nearly a year ago [could have done with some editing now that I look back on it -- but hey!] ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on June 15, 2012, 03:19:52 PM
Too excited! Just checked back -- nearly a year ago [could have done with some editing now that I look back on it -- but hey!] ;D

A year is a long time in writing.  Our thoughts, attitude, and style can change a lot in twelve months.

Well done ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 15, 2012, 03:24:55 PM
Thanks, Gyppo. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on June 15, 2012, 03:28:29 PM
I have read it and it's bloody brilliant.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 15, 2012, 03:52:02 PM
Thanks for you enthusiasm Dawn -- you're on the cheerleading team ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on June 15, 2012, 04:14:46 PM
Give me a S, S. Give me a I.

 ;) I should have been a comedien me.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 16, 2012, 05:49:08 AM
Congratulations, Sio. Well done.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Silt-2 on June 16, 2012, 09:15:28 AM
Sioooooooooooooo :)

Congrats and a big HUGS too :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 16, 2012, 01:37:23 PM
Good going Sio. Congratulations!

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on June 18, 2012, 10:32:06 PM
Congrats!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on June 18, 2012, 10:34:26 PM
Thank you very much everyone. :-*
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 23, 2012, 10:43:02 AM
Just got invited by the This Is Horror website for an interview. This is perfect timing, considering my book coming out in just over a month.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 23, 2012, 11:43:04 AM
Great timing Joe and I know you'll do a good interview.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 23, 2012, 01:37:41 PM
Thanks, Alice. Busy with it right now. Some interesting questions.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on June 23, 2012, 06:05:24 PM
Very cool, Joe :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 24, 2012, 03:30:10 AM
Thanks, Laura.

I was stoked to see who some of the writers are that they've interviewed so far:
Adam Neville, Gary McMahon, Jack Ketchum, Steven Volk.

Wow, and now me.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on June 24, 2012, 03:53:14 AM
Wonderful Sio and Joe!  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 24, 2012, 12:30:38 PM
Thanks, Annmarie.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Taylor on July 05, 2012, 08:58:47 PM
Great, Joe. It's good to hear another horror writer is well and truly coming into fruition. You are indeed in esteemed company for this interview. I look forward to reading it and your upcoming collection.

Congrats to you as well, sio.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: dziomek on July 06, 2012, 12:44:57 AM
I would like to say to those who have considered giving up their writing careers...DON'T. I started mine in January 2010 and have submitted countless articles to sites such as Helium, HubPages and more, as well as self-published two books. In June I finally started seeing some real results of all of my hard work - and have been approached by site and forum owners after they have read my work on the above mentioned sites. For over two years I worked for literally pennies a day; it is all coming together now and I am making more for one short article than I did most months.

It may take some time to get where you want to be, but don't give up. There were times when I wondered why I even bothered, but kept writing anyhow. It is the perseverance that has brought me to where I am now; I encourage you to do the same.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on July 06, 2012, 07:16:12 AM
Good for you dziomek for hanging in there - as I suspect you know, not everyone does. We all need to remember . . . Baby Steps may be slow, but they move us forward.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on July 06, 2012, 08:32:22 AM
Congrats to you, dziomek.  It's good to know that hard work can pay off  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jewell on July 08, 2012, 01:25:43 AM
See? This Coffee Shop proves it! There is success--and money--in writing. And to think I've believed the naysayers all these years. Well, folks, if you can do it, I can too. Watch for my successes right here in the Coffee Shop. I'll bring the sugar-free, French Vanilla Creamer if you all would like some. Keep the coffee pot on.

To OUR successes,
Jewell
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chandara5 on July 12, 2012, 01:45:03 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 12, 2012, 02:46:50 AM
Great, Joe. It's good to hear another horror writer is well and truly coming into fruition. You are indeed in esteemed company for this interview. I look forward to reading it and your upcoming collection.

Congrats to you as well, sio.  ;)

Thanks, Taylor.


Well done, Dziomek.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on July 29, 2012, 01:18:52 PM
 ;D ;D

I've just heard I've got 2nd prize in a sports writing comp- although it's fiction! This was the first story I wrote a good few years ago and I've always loved it - like a first baby! I've updated it several times and now it's done me proud!

http://www.sportswriter.org.uk/writing-competition
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jewell on July 29, 2012, 01:25:44 PM
Congratulations!  Wow! Enjoy your success! 
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on July 29, 2012, 01:34:00 PM
Good for you Chrissie for having faith in "your baby" and Congratulations for making second place.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on July 29, 2012, 04:25:27 PM
Shoot yeah. Good for you, Chrissie.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on July 29, 2012, 04:26:49 PM
Congratulations, Chrissie. :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on July 29, 2012, 04:41:59 PM
Chrissie.  Just checked it out.  A damned good little yarn ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on July 29, 2012, 04:51:45 PM
Congrats everyone.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Chrissie on July 29, 2012, 05:41:44 PM
Chrissie.  Just checked it out.  A damned good little yarn ;-)
Glad you liked it Gyppo. It came to me when a friend and I were discussing England's chances for the 2010 World Cup (how deluded were we in the event) and I said I'd sell my soul to see us win. Ping - the story wrote itself!
Thanks for the comments everyone!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on July 30, 2012, 11:34:48 AM
Well done, Chrissie.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 01, 2012, 03:12:12 AM
My very first collection of horror stories is now available through Amazon. The print version will follow in a few weeks.
Thanks for everyone here who helped out, especially Siobhan and Ken100.

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-in-the-Dark-ebook/dp/B008R1FDME/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1343805145&sr=1-2&keywords=lost+in+the+dark
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 01, 2012, 03:15:53 AM
Yay! Congrats Joe. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Jo Bannister on August 03, 2012, 04:33:59 AM
The success that's made me happiest this month has been getting a copy-editor who actually seems to like my new book!  The usual form, I think, is to ask around for someone who doesn't like crime, doesn't like a bit of humour, hates any sign of originality, and thinks my book would be much better if they'd written it.  So finding myself on the same wavelength this time came as a bit of a shock, and a real pleasure.

I don't mean to be too critical.  Copy-editing is a vital part of the process, and a good editor will improve even a good book. I've been saved from some embarrassing mistakes, one time or another, and I expect most other people have too.  But it's a stressful time if you find yourself working with someone who doesn't share, or sometimes doesn't even understand, your objectives.

Proofs next.  That's easier on the nerves - takes concentration, but no having to fight for your semi-colons!

Best wishes all.

Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 03, 2012, 10:09:45 AM
Yay! Congrats Joe. :D :D :D

Thanks, Sio.


Best of luck, Jo.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on August 03, 2012, 11:17:46 AM
Cool stuff, Joe. What stories are in there?
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on August 03, 2012, 11:28:22 AM
congrats to Jo & Joe  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 03, 2012, 11:31:50 AM
Thanks, Ollie and Laura.

Cool stuff, Joe. What stories are in there?

In order:
The Great Wall of Rubin, Beyond the Ornate Tree, Portico (which is being filmed in South Africa), The Way Back, Always Come Back, Fashionably Undead, Come All to the River of Death, Forgive Me Now, Lost in the Dark, Rise, Dead Man, Zombie Mischief and The Nature of the Beast.

I think four of the stories are reprint, but most of them haven't been on MWC yet.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on August 27, 2012, 02:36:16 PM
Whoooooohooooo chuffed as mint balls. I'm finally having a little something published under my name. I say this as I have been ghost writing articles. ::)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 27, 2012, 02:40:33 PM
Congratulations, Dawn. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D



Buy your shares in Lambrini now, folks! :o :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on August 27, 2012, 02:43:02 PM
lol. I'm that excited I might post on the full board.  ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on August 27, 2012, 10:02:04 PM
Congratulations, Dawn!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Skip Slocum on August 27, 2012, 10:43:16 PM
Is this ,The break for Dawn'  ;D ;D whee haw.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 28, 2012, 09:44:30 AM
Well done, Dawn. Congrats.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 31, 2012, 08:44:22 AM
Here's my long awaited interview with This Is Horror. I must say, I look quite scary on the photo:
http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/read-horror/meet-the-writer/joe-mynhardt/
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on August 31, 2012, 10:46:37 AM
Wonderful interview Joe and I think I learned a little more about you while reading - that's always a good thing.  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 31, 2012, 01:43:58 PM
Thanks, Alice. That's exactly the result I had in mind writing it.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on August 31, 2012, 01:52:38 PM
Good news from you again, Joe -- fantastic! ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 31, 2012, 01:55:37 PM
Good news from you again, Joe -- fantastic! ;) ;) ;)

Thanks, Sio. And you know how much I owe you. Don't worry, your name is mentioned in both the print and Ebook.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 02, 2012, 03:36:09 AM
Received to great reviews for my Lost in the Dark book, as well as a couple of emails from people who enjoyed it. Can't ask for much more than that.  :)
http://www.amazon.com/Lost-in-the-Dark-ebook/dp/B008R1FDME/ref=la_B0080R9GJ6_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346571293&sr=1-2
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on September 09, 2012, 08:23:58 AM
Fantastic news Joe.

My publisher has asked me to enter the story she is publishing in for another book. They seem to like duplicates. Who am I to argue!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 10, 2012, 09:57:33 AM
Looks like it's a really awesome story then, Dawn. They tend to do that when a story is suitable for two different markets. I have a couple of stories republished like that in different places. Well done.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 12, 2012, 09:41:54 AM
Print version of Lost in the Dark if finally available. Now I just have to get my hands on it. It's in Kindle format as well for those who have one.

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Dark-Joe-Mynhardt/dp/0992170745/ref=la_B0080R9GJ6_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347456146&sr=1-1
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 17, 2012, 11:53:16 AM
Got some great reviews so far. And I got my banner today. I should really get off this high and continue with the next project.

"I love horror stories. I was not disappointed with this collection. There is an undercurrent of malevolent evil that stalks the well rounded characters in each story. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading as the relentless action takes you into a current of dred and you find yourself pulling for the characters and hoping they will find the strength to survive. These stories are not for the reader who is afraid of the dark and you may have trouble sleeping after reading this tour de force of horror from a fresh author. Watch out Stephen King."

"I must admit, I do not have high expectations when I read a new author, but Joe Mynhardt's 'Lost in The Dark' exceeded my expectations. I was suprised with the diversity of his stories. The book itself was a nice balance of intriguing stories which is kind of rare in short story compilations nowadays. I look forward to following Joe's career and patiently waiting for new stories."
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on September 17, 2012, 12:21:11 PM
Great reviews, Joe! Congratulations.

Yes, you need to shift gears to your next great project (the novel?). Think of the experience you can pour into it. Go for it!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on September 17, 2012, 12:23:56 PM
Whoooooooooooohooooooo well done Joe. Now get to work!!!! ;) ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 17, 2012, 12:25:51 PM
Thanks, Annmarie and Dawn.

I've actually decided to stick with short stories till I can afford to move out of the school hostel. I just can't write enough while I'm still working and living among all these kids. I'm also putting a lot of time into Crystal Lake Publishing, so hopefully it'll help financially. Got a few big projects lined up for next year with big horror writers.

Wish me luck.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on September 17, 2012, 12:27:30 PM
Good luck Joe. I KNOW you will be fine though. ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 17, 2012, 12:29:13 PM
Thanks, Dawn.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on September 17, 2012, 01:01:06 PM
I just can't write enough while I'm still working and living among all these kids.

I feel the same way. Unfortunately, I can't move out on my kids.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on September 25, 2012, 08:22:35 AM
FINALLY. Another short story accepted for publication, one I've been shopping around for ages! No money, but all the glory.  :D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 25, 2012, 08:24:00 AM
Congrats, Annmarie.  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Matt Walker on September 25, 2012, 09:47:45 AM
Great news!
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: thatollie on September 25, 2012, 09:54:28 AM
Congratulations
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Gyppo on September 25, 2012, 10:48:20 AM
Excellent.  Even a drip feed is enough to keep ther flame burning ;-)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: A.W.M on September 25, 2012, 07:25:11 PM
Congratulations, Annmarie.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Laura H on September 25, 2012, 10:24:52 PM
Good for you Anmarie  ;)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Annmarie on September 26, 2012, 04:30:16 AM
Thanks, guys.

I don't consider myself much of a short story writer, so I'm happy to get positive feedback on the few little nuggets I actually finish.

Now back to the novel!  :)
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Dawn on September 27, 2012, 07:50:50 AM
Congrats Anika, can't wait to see it.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on September 27, 2012, 07:53:35 AM
Congratulations -- great news. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 27, 2012, 03:06:32 PM
Finally got my Lost in the Dark books here in South Africa today. Got a batch of 80 books and sold about 15 on the first day. Orders are coming still coming through, so my wife/personal assistant will be running to the post office for the next few days. Feels great to finally hold my very own book. Bit different than sharing it with other writers.
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: 510bhan on September 27, 2012, 03:11:51 PM
You'll be knackered after you've finished all your 'happy dancing'. ;D
Title: Re: Sticky: Your Successes
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on September 27, 2012, 03:18:10 PM