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What I wrote, revised, submitted, sold in 2010

Here is my personal fiction report for 2010:

I wrote 80,700 words of new fiction this year. This figure is a little misleading, because it doesn’t include rewrite work. Still, it’s worse than either 2009 or 2008.

I completed:

  • 10 first drafts
  • 4 second drafts
  • 4 third drafts
  • 2 fourth drafts

I made 73 separate submissions of 23 stories to 30 markets. (7 of the stories, and 5 of the markets, involved reprints.)

Greatest number of submissions for a single story: 11
Greatest number of a submissions to a single market: 9

7 sales (including one unsolicited sale).
3 rewrite requests.
23 personal rejections.
29 form rejections.

Shortest response time: About 6 hours.
Longest response time: 392 days

6 stories appeared in print or online:

  • "Liza’s Home", in GUD Magazine
  • "Conflagration", in The Newport Review
  • "Lineage", in Clockwork Phoenix 3
  • "The Whole Truth Witness", in Analog
  • "Six Drabbles of Separation", in The Drabblecast
  • "Tenure Track", in Cosmos Online

As of this moment, I have:

  • 25 first drafts currently in progress.
  • 10 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.
  • 5 second drafts currently in progress
  • 0 second drafts currently in the hands of "trusted readers."
  • 5 third drafts currently in progress.
  • 0 third drafts currently awaiting polishing.
  • 1 fourth draft in currently in progress.
  • 7 stories currently submitted to markets (not counting reprints)
  • Longest current wait without response: 299 days.

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