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June Tally

Here’s my monthly tally for June:

  • 12,300 new words of fiction written this month. 1
  • 12 first drafts currently in progress. 2
  • 3 first drafts currently “ripening” before second draft. 3
  • 0 second drafts currently in progress
  • 1 second draft currently in the hands of “trusted readers.”
  • 0 third drafts currently in progress.
  • 0 third drafts currently awaiting polishing.
  • 0 fourth drafts in currently in progress.
  • 14 stories currently submitted to markets
  • 60 words in shortest story currently submitted. 4
  • 14,000 words in longest story currently submitted.
  • 0.75 offers of publication received this month. 5

1 About the same as May. I didn’t do much new writing during the week I was at the Wesleyan Writers Conference.

2 I always have a lot of first drafts “in progress,” until one of them really grabs me and I work on it obsessively.

3 I employ a six-week “ripening” period for first drafts.

4 The 60-word stories were submitted by invitation to an anthology (see fn. 5 and accompanying text).

5 Making the Short List in one online competition meant that my story appeared on their Web site (although not in their anthology); another competition invited me to submit additional stories to their anthology, although none of those submissions have actually been accepted yet. 

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