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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-10-09 05:59
Subject: [personal] Updatery of the rankest order
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Tags:conventions, personal, texas, travel, writing
:: commence transmission from Planet Jay ::

OryCon is in train, as is World Fantasy. We're looking at going to New York earlier for an event in NYC, not sure about that yet. We had considered going to LosCon, but my stepmother will be recovering from surgery then, and I have another family member in Texas who is very ill, so we're heading to the Lone Star state Thanksgiving week for visitations.

Writing at the coffee house this afternoon after work. I need to put in a little time on a couple of open projects, then I'm planning to dig into one of the stories I've promised. Got a couple of complex blog entries I want to write up as well.

Consider this another invitation to open questions in comments. Ask me anything you want.
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Rose Fox
User: rosefox
Date: 2007-10-09 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Let me know when (if) you'll be in NYC; no World Fantasy for me this year, thanks to their hotel fuckups.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-09 13:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, I very nearly missed that bus myself. What were David and John thinking?

If we do come to NYC, we'll be there a couple of days. I'll know shortly, and drop you a line accordingly.
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Kerry aka Trouble: Duck
User: controuble
Date: 2007-10-09 13:42 (UTC)
Subject: Unfinished business
When are you going to let me know your results of the commonly mis-used words quizes? Do you need me to re-send the links?
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User: cithra
Date: 2007-10-09 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: not a question--
Just wanted to thank you for the pointer to Daniel Abraham's A Shadow In Summer; great story, intricate world, and I probably wouldn't have run across it without your mention.
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Nayad Monroe
User: nayad
Date: 2007-10-09 14:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What will you be up to at World Fantasy? I'll be there, and it would be cool to get to see you in person!
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User: kehrli
Date: 2007-10-10 07:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When you wrote the story that won Writers of the Future, did you write it with WotF in mind?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-10 12:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, actually, I wrote for an anthology which rejected it...
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User: evaleastaristev
Date: 2007-10-10 08:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
With November coming up, I have to ask. What do you think about <a href="http://www.nanowrimo.org>NaNoWriMo</a>? I'm doing it this year, to try to get my muse kick started into the novel I've been wanting to write. Think this is a good idea?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-10 12:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In my opinion, anything that gets you writing is a good idea (within reason -- maybe not human sacrifice or drinking Big Red). So, yes, it's an excellent idea because it gives you a framework, support and motivation!
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2007-10-10 23:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll be at WFC a couple of days too, Jay, so will be sure to say hi. I'm in New York October 31st, too.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-11 01:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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jeffsoesbe: mountain k2
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2007-10-12 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:mountain k2
OK, here's a bit of a rambling question which I'll roughly summarize as: How much should I 'self-filter' when and where I submit stories?

I'm ready to submit stories. There are a *lot* of places to submit stories, and between Ralan and Duotrope and the Critters "woohoo" page and the VP "Alumni Sales" page it seems like I regularly find new places to submit.

Obviously I'll read the submission guidelines for formatting and "definitely NOT" instructions, but how much should I try to 'self-filter' beyond that? Should I try to read an issue or two of the publication and get my sense of "what they like" and self-filter my stories accordingly?

IE, should I say "Well, Chilling Clam Conundrums might like my 'The Mollusk Maze Mystery' story but not my 'Minimalist Marsupial Mental Meanderings' story"...

Or should I just go ahead and submit, following the dictum "It's not the writer's job to reject stories, that's the editor's job"?

On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't submit a elves-and-dwarves-high-fantasy story to ANALOG and I would think the ANALOG editor would have a "what WAS this writer thinking?!" response that might work against me wrt future submissions.

In summary: once I'm submitting to places I don't regularly read, how much more homework do I have, beyond following the submission guidelines? How much more 'self-filtering' do I do?

I'm wondering, as I'm at that point now with a couple stories.


- yeff

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