Another year come and gone, and it’s time to wrap up my writing endeavors for 2017. I set some writing goals at the end of last year, and as these things usually go, I accomplished some and fell short with others. Still, 2017 was mostly positive yardage, but I’ll get to that at the end of the post.
And now . . . STATS!
Total Submissions Sent: 75
I really improved my overall submission output this year, beating last year’s number by 21 submissions. I’m pleased with that, and it works out to about 6 submission per month. I’ll try to improve on it 2018, and I’d like to hit the 100-mark.
Even with more submissions, the number of acceptances and my overall acceptance rate dropped in 2017. I certainly don’t feel the quality of my submissions fell off; in fact, I think they improved. But, as always, acceptances are often about right time, right market, right editor.
Form Rejections: 32
With more submissions invariably comes more rejections. I received 32 garden-variety form rejections. More than last year, but again, the more you submit, the more you get rejected.
Higher-Tier Form Rejections: 13
I received more higher-tier form rejections this year than last, and most of these were from top genre markets. I only counted the ones I was fairly sure were higher-tier, using the criteria I covered about in this post.
Personal Rejections: 6
Fewer personal rejections than last year, but a number of these were the heart-breaking short-list personal rejections (two for the same story).
I didn’t write quite as much for Privateer Press in 2017, though I did finish another novel and a novella for them.
Novel – Acts of War: Aftershock
My big project in 2017 was the sequel to last year’s Acts of War: Flashpoint. I blogged about the writing process for Acts of War: Aftershock on a weekly basis, and you can see those blog posts right here.
Novella – “Shadows over Elsinberg”
My novella “Shadows over Elsinberg” was published in the collection Wicked Ways, alongside the works of many of my old pals from Privateer Press.
Short Story – “Confirmed Kill”
I wrote a story called “Confirmed Kill” based on characters from the Acts of War series. It was published in No Quarter magazine #72.
Even though I wrote fewer posts than I did in 2016, my number of visitors and views almost doubled. I wanted to hit two posts a week in 2017, but I fell a little short of that goal. I think two per week is reasonable for 2018, though. Much of the increased viewership came from blogging about writing my second novel for Privateer Press, Aftershock. I’ll likely do something like that again this year.
Here are the raw stats for the blog.
- Total Posts: 79
- Total Visitors: 13,148
- Total Views: 23,000
Here’s what my total output for 2017 looked like in general words written. Even though I published more in 2016, I wrote more in 2017. I’d like to increase both numbers in 2018. These numbers include part of a new novel I’m working on and a completed novelette that will likely be part of my initial foray into self publishing (I’ve wanted to dip my toe in that pool for a while).
- Words Written: 201,916
- Word Published: 143,840
Like last year, my goals basically amount to write and publish more. This year it’s more of the same, with a few specific goals.
- Increase short story submission total to 100.
- Finish at least two novels: one for Privateer Press and one (or more) based on my own IP.
- Self publish at least the first novelette/novella in a series of three or more. If I do this, I’ll likely blog about this whole process.
- Blog more. Two blog posts a week.
2017 Free-to-Read Published Stuff
Here are the links to the free-to-read (or listen to) short stories I published in 2017.
1) “Scare Tactics” – Published by Dunesteef (audio)
This is a quaint tale about a woman, her pet demon, and her budding parapsychology career. It’s a prequel of sorts to a series of novelettes/novellas I hope to self publish this year.
2) “An Incident on Dover Street” – Published by The Molotov Cocktail
A flash disaster story with dinosaurs!
3) “Cowtown” – Published by The Arcanist
A horror/sci-fi/comedy mashup set in my hometown of Modesto, California.
4) “Reunion” – Published by The Arcanist
A Lovecraftian horror story about a touching family reunion.
5) “Little Sister” – Published by The Molotov Cocktail
A flash horror story about a little girl and her lab-grown sibling.
Looking back over the year, I’m relatively happy with what I accomplished. There are always ups and downs and all the things you wanted to do but didn’t, but here’s my take away from the year. In 2017, I got better. I worked hard on my writing, taking to heart the good feedback I received from beta readers and editors, and I strove to improve in areas I sometimes fall short. I’m still very much a work in progress, but I feel it in my bones that I took a step forward this year. I hope that’ll pay dividends down the road.
And that, my friends, was 2017. How was yours? Tell me about it in the comments.