The start of the new year is the time to look back and see how I did in 2020 (like every other writer, am I right?). But first I want to review how the fourth quarter went.
- Words written = 9263
- Submissions = 29
- Rejections = 27
- Acceptances = 0
- Holds = 0
- Publications = 0
- Awards = 0
- Withdrawals = 1
The word count is almost exactly my quarterly average for 2019, which is much lower than my 2018 average. The submissions and rejections were slightly down from my 2Q19 and 3Q19 numbers but in line with 1Q19. The lone withdrawal was an odd one. The market withdrew my submission stating it was closing its doors. It’s the second time I’ve had a submission turned away because the market went belly up. That’s more disheartening than a straight up rejection.
Once gain I didn’t have any acceptances, which is starting to weigh on me. I’ll get to whether I achieved my acceptances goal in the next post, but (spoiler alert) I didn’t.
Most of the words this quarter went to the work-in-progress novel and were written during NaNoWriMo. Actually, all but 50 words went to that. The last 50 went to a dribble I wrote and submitted to a contest on a whim. It was fun and may look to do more of those. I already had the idea for a longer story and simply reduced it to 50 words. I’m not a fan of writing anything lengthy on my phone, but there I was one night in bed furiously tapping with my thumbs and counting words over and over. I still hope to expand the story to a longer form.
Next week, I’ll recap how all of 2019 went and set those goals for 2020. How’d you finish off 2019?