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First-Quarter Report

January began with a bang. As mentioned in the Fourth-Quarter Report on 5 January 2008 I heard from Writers of the Future that one of my two 2007 Finalists, "A Man in the Moon", was selected to be included in the next WOTF anthology. This is huge. And shortly thereafter, I sold "Giant Cicadas and Other Odd Indignities" to Southern Fried Weirdness Online. Sure, they only paid a buck, but how can you resist a market with that name? Besides, this was my Week 5 2004 Clarion workshop story, where it didn't get that much of a reception, so really it's a nice placement.

I've also had several nice comments on rejection letters -- always better than form No's -- which I still insist on calling a Win for statistical purposes. And I have a Hold on another story over at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, where my sold story "Machine" has been through one round of edits back-and-forth and is much improved. Yay, writing.

The Totals:

193 submissions (45 "wins" - 133 "rejects" - 6 "No Calls")
52 short stories written, 8 currently in the field
5 published: 3 in print, 2 web + 12 additional stories online

Year          2002  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008(03/31)
Submissions     8*   24    26    26    40    52    17*(17)
Returns         3    22    26    26    40    50    17 (17)
-- Wins         0     5    10     7     9    11     3 (3)
-- Rejects      2    15    15    18    30    39    14 (14)
-- No Calls     1     2     1     1     1     0     0 (0)
Number Out      5     7     7     7     7     9     9 (0)
  at year's end
New Stories     8     9    11     8     7     7     2 (2)
New Markets     6     9     8     6     9     6     3 (3)
E-submissions   2     2     2     6    19    29    10 (10)
Sales           0     0     0     1     0     2     2 (2)
Prizes          0     2     2     0     3     0     0 (0)
-- Honorables   0     1     2     0     1     2     1 (1)
Paid            0     1     0     1     2     1     1 (0)
Pending Publ.   0     1     2     2     3     5     6 (1)
Published       0     0     1     1     2     0     1 (1)
-- Print        0     0     1     1     1     0     0 (0)
-- Web          0     0     0     0     1     0     1 (1)
Other Publ.     0     0     0     0     1     7    12 (5)
dr-phil-physics                                     5 (5)
-- friday fiction     -     -     -     -     -     2 (2)
-- featured fiction   -     -     -     -     -     1 (1)
-- kids stories       -     -     -     -     -     2 (2)
_____________________________________________________ 
                                     updated 04-03-08

* - Partial year stats for 2002 and 2008. Numbers in (parens)
    are partial stats for the last quarter.
(1) Wins includes Sales, Prizes, Honorable Mentions,
WOTF Quarter/Semi/Finalists even without publication,
plus Encouraging Letters from Editors which just cannot
be considered the same as a straight rejection.
(2) No Calls include Contests canceled, Publications
gone under, Manuscripts lost by the USPS, and Manuscripts
withdrawn after Way Too Much Time (usually associated
with Publications gone under).
(3) New Stories is only for stories shipped, does not
include all 2004 Clarion workshop stories or chapbook
stories sent to friends and family or Ficlets.
(4) New Markets are those first-time submissions for
Dr. Phil, not necessarily a new market in the industry.
(5) Honorables include Honorable and Laudable Mentions
which do not win a cash prize, but may be eligible for
print or web publication.
(6) Pending includes all currently unpublished stories.
(7) Other Publ. include short stories placed on blog
http://dr-phil-physics.livejournal.com/
"A Rosebourne Christmas" for Christmas 2006,
and 7 very short stories at http://ficlets.com/dr-phil-physics.
(8) Other Publ. now includes stories posted on new website at
http://dr-phil-physics.com


BIBLIOGRAPHY of Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon
----------------------------------------
1. "The Gravediggers" in CrossTIME Anthology Vol. III. 
Santa Fe NM: CrossTIME, 2004.  pp. 44-63.  (August 2004)
ISBN 1-890109-06-1

2. "The Pulse of the Sea" in Northwest Passages: A Cascadian 
Odyssey / edited by Cris DiMarco, hosted by Cascadian Con.  
Port Orchard WA: Fandom Press, the co-operative division 
of Windstorm Creative, 2005.  pp. 179-194.  (September 2005) 
ISBN 1-59092-185-2

3. "Boxes" in CrossTIME Anthology Vol. V.  
Santa Fe NM: CrossTIME, 2006.  pp. 132-147.  (September 2006)  
ISBN-13 978-1-890109-08-0

4. "Dead Forever" at Ralan's Web Spectravaganza; 2nd Prize 
2006 Grabber Contest.  Illustration by Teresa Tunaley.  (October 2006)
http://www.spectravaganza.com/2-win-06.html

5. "Giant Cicadas and Other Odd Indignities" at 
Southern Fried Weirdness Online. (January 2008)


In no particular order, at the close of Q1 2008 I had stories out at:

-- Writers of the Future
-- Aeon Award (Ireland)
-- Analog
-- Asimov's
-- Strange Horizons
-- Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show
-- Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
-- Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet



I've gained some new online friends amongst the Writers of the Future Volume XXIV crowd, of whom I have been allowed to associate with. (grin) And with the unexpected demise of Speculations and their Rejections and Acceptances Log, a new LiveJournal log was established at ra_log. More new online friends.

However, the other big news is that I have started my own website, http://dr-phil-physics.com . While I have been including stories there, I am not yet counting them as "published", since this is pretty local -- not a lot of web traffic -- and self-publishing on my own website is not exactly the same thing as publishing. See the Other Publ. line at the end of the statistics above.

I had been thinking, what with the horrendous driving weather, long bout with a cold and just being tired all the time, that I hadn't accomplished much this quarter. And yet I managed right at the end to maintain my count of nine stories out to market at once, which is very gratifying. And 17 submissions in the first quarter is better than the 14 in Q1 2007. All in all, it was a pretty good quarter. Now, if I only had time to either write, or enter all the scraps of notes that I've worked on the last two months...

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