I am way behind on posting my quarterly update. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people faced with boredom as life moved completely online. If anything, it’s been the opposite. Really, that is an excuse applicable only to March, but let’s see how I did for the entire quarter.
- Words written = 2230
- Submissions = 11
- Rejections = 12
- Acceptances = 3
- Holds = 0
- Publications = 2
- Awards = 0
- Withdrawals = 0
That word amount is the lowest I’ve written in a quarter since I started seriously writing in 2017. I took on a third volunteer position at the start of the year that has eaten even more into my free time. Still, that’s not a great excuse. I will be the first to admit I have not made writing a priority. I’ll discuss that more below.
The submissions, and by extension the rejections, are down by about half. At this rate, I will not make my goal of 100 submissions in 2020. I need to pick that up. I have plenty of unpublished stories. I just haven’t spent the time needed to research markets and submit to them. I don’t have an excuse for that either. The Authors Publish Magazine sends an email every month listing numerous markets open to submissions that month. I recommend signing up for their emails. It’s a valuable (and free!) resource.
The best part of my quarterly numbers is the three acceptances and two publications! I set as a goal only four acceptances for all of 2020, and I’m already almost there. That’s incredible, and I am grateful for each of those markets. I’ve listed them on my Publications page.
Of the three, the one that has not yet been published is my first pro sale! For those who have followed me from the beginning, my overarching goal is to become a full member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. For short story writers, such as myself, that requires three pro-sales. Now, I’m 1/3 of the way there! Hey, I’ll take it.
For 2Q20, I’d like to write more, you know, actually make writing a priority. I expect my volunteer positions to quiet down over the summer months, though that may be more true in 3Q20. Regardless, it’s time for my annual pivot back to the WIP novel anyway. I’d really like to finish a first draft of that by the end of the year and not rely on this year’s NaNoWriMo to do so.
I’d also like to get submissions up. I don’t know if I can make up for lost time to reach 100 on the year, but I’ll give it the ole college try.
That was my first quarter. How was yours, especially during this strange time in which we live?