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Submissions: The Long Road

I've heard many expressions of disappointment, frustration, and sometimes despair about story rejections. As a veteran of many story rejections myself, I totally get it. But sometimes I think new writers (or maybe I should say newer writers, since I'm relatively new myself) have an unrealistic notion of how long […]

September report

Here (very late) are my monthly statistics for September 8,500 new words of fiction written this month. 1   23 first drafts currently in progress. 2   10 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   4 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in the […]

August report

Here (a little late) are my monthly statistics for August: 7,800 new words of fiction written this month. 1   24 first drafts currently in progress. 2   9 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   4 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in […]

Monthly report for July

Here are my monthly statistics for July: 14,600 new words of fiction written this month. 1   25 first drafts currently in progress. 2   7 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   4 second drafts currently in progress   0 second drafts currently in the hands of […]

June Report, and, er, Other Reports

Yeah, I know, I haven’t done a monthly progress report since February. I’d like to claim that I didn’t have time because of All the Writing I was doing, but actually I was ashamed that I was getting so little done. (I actually predicted this in my  report for February, […]

Analog buys “The Whole Truth Witness”

My combined mail and e-mail contained six writing-related documents today: The contract and check from   for "Lineage";  One form rejection;   One personal rejection;   One e-mail from a slush reader saying, "I like it, but the editor won’t, but I’ll send it along anyway";   One submission acknowledgement […]

December and 2009 Stats

I have my monthly writing/submission stats for both December and all of 2009. First, December: 8,400 new words of fiction written this month. 1   21 first drafts currently in progress. 2   5 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   3 second drafts currently in progress   […]

Tally for November

Monthly stats for November: 4,800 new words of fiction written this month. 1 21 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time) 4 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. 2 3 second drafts currently in progress 1 second draft currently in the hands of "trusted readers." […]

Monthly Tally for October

Monthly stats for October: 10,182 new words of fiction written this month. 1   20 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   3 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. 2   4 second drafts currently in progress   2 second drafts currently in the […]

Editorial Down-Talking?

I was considering submitting a story to a new anthology, but wasn’t 100% sure about whether the story suited the theme or word limit. Also, it had already been submitted elsewhere, and I wasn’t sure on the new anthology’s policy on simsubs. So I sent an e-mail inquiring. Very soon […]

Monthly Tally for August

Here are my monthly stats for August: 7,600 new words of fiction written this month. 1   19 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   4 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.   3 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently […]

Report for May

Here are my monthly stats for May: 6,200 new words of fiction written this month. 1   19 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   2 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.   2 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in […]

Report for April

Here are my monthly stats for April: 9,100 new words of fiction written this month. 1   17 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)   2 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.   2 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently […]

March Statistics

Here are my monthly stats for March: 6,500 new words of fiction written this month. 1   15 first drafts currently in progress. 2   1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   1 second draft currently in progress   0 second draft currently in the hands of […]

Nice WotF News

Joni Labaqui just phoned to say that I’m a semi-finalist  in the Writers of the Future Competition for the First Quarter. It isn’t on the WotF blog yet, but I presume she’s waiting until she’s notified everyone. Very pleased, especially as it’s only my second submission, and the third submission is already […]

January Statistics

Here are my statistics for January: 6,200 new words of fiction written this month. 1 13 first drafts currently in progress. 2 1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3 0 second drafts currently in progress 1 second draft currently in the hands of "trusted readers." 3 third drafts […]

December and Annual Statistics

Neither December nor 2008 is over yet, but I don’t realistically expect to get anything done in the next 36 hours, so I’m posting my report now.   I’ve got the regular monthly report first, followed by some year-long figures. First, December: 3,400 new words of fiction written this month. 1 […]

Response Times

In a previous post we had a discussion of simultaneous submissions. One issue that came up was the relationship between simultaneous submissions and long review periods. Recently I took a look at my own submission-review history.

October Stats

Here are my monthly stats for October 4,400 new words of fiction written this month. 1   15 first drafts currently in progress. 2   1 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3   0 second drafts currently in progress   1 second draft currently in the hands of […]

Drabbles on Flashshot; August Report

I was happy to learn, today, that three of my drabbles will appear on Flashshot. The titles are: "Before Playing"   "Imagination’s Curse"   "Too Much Sense" I’ll let you know when I learn the exact dates. Meanwhile, here’s the montly update for August: 4,300 new words of fiction written […]

Monthly Tally for March

As I’ve seen others do here, I’m going to begin posting a monthly tally of words written, submissions made, etc., just to keep me honest. Here’s the tally for March: 3,300 words of fiction written this month.* 10 stories currently submitted to markets 60 words in shortest story currently submitted.** […]