For all you statisticians out there, this is my breakdown of the last twelve months in terms of short fiction written, submitted, accepted, and actually published…
7 short stories
Total – 30,700 words (approx.)
19 no response or withdrawn
3 no placings (comps)
The 16 acceptances consisted of:
2 Semi Pro
9 Paying (2 of which were cancelled)
The 11 publications consisted of:
1 Semi Pro
3 were print, 8 web-based (incl. 2 podcasts).
And so there you have it. Generally, the numbers are down on previous years (with the exception of writing output, which is double that of 2006) but in ’07 I tried to be a little more sensible and selective with my submissions while also targeting some of the tough big markets. This year I will adopt a different strategy again, based on some of the lessons I have learned in 2007 and, hopefully, the fruits will be bigger, sweeter, and altogether more satisfying.
All the best for this New Year, folks.
And as someone whom I greatly admire recently told me…
4 hours ago