January has been a long month, as it usually is. But, at the very least, it has got off to a positive start with my writing.
Earlier this month I had my first short story acceptance since 2015. I’m not greedy, but that’s an extremely long drought for me. I don’t really know why either. Sure, I’ve written less in the last few years, but I’ve still been putting my work out there. Either my standards were getting too high or my writing just wasn’t hitting the spot anymore. Maybe it was a little of both.
Either way – to keep the metaphor going – I’m glad I’ve finally found some water. The story should be going live online in March, and I’ll talk about it more closer to the time.
In the meantime I’ll just keep on writing…
I delved a little deeper this week into the dialogue of Talking in the Fourth. I’m looking forward to grabbing some time and getting through it because I already have a good springboard for the plot and how it ends, and about half of my projected word count committed. It’s (hopefully) a clever twist on a familiar set-up.
I’m also going to make a concerted effort to fire off a bunch of stories in the next few days. I’ve sat on a lot of good pieces for a long time, and I miss those days when I’d have upwards of fifty active submissions… where I genuinely did look forward to the response, even though nine times out of ten it was a rejection.
I have been keeping a record of my writing, (seriously) since 2004. I sent off pieces several times before then via land-based mail – in the dim and distant days before the internet made these things so much easier – which I have not tracked, but that aside, I have now made over one thousand submissions. Short stories, poems, novel extracts, a song, and a script!
Within that number are 105 acceptances, which, by my low-level arithmetical capabilities, is a success rate of just over ten percent. That may not sound like much, but if you’re targeting the right markets, you are, oddly, looking for a high rejection rate. If you’re hitting too often, it’s probably because you’re aiming too low, and – to be honest – I am as guilty of that as every other serious write out there.
So, here’s to the next thousand, and to many more rejections!