Yesterday I sent my 100th submission for the year. I’m thrilled to have achieved this goal well ahead of schedule, and in this post I’ll give you all the crunchy data that got me there. Before I get into the raw numbers, though, here are some things I learned from sending so many submissions in a single calendar year.
Okay, let’s get to the numbers. Here are the basics.
This first set of numbers gives you the basic breakdown of my submission activity. I’m happy with both my productivity (a little over 10 submissions per month) and the results. Yes, I’ve received more rejections this year than any other, but I’ve also received a lot more acceptances. I’d call that a good trade-off. I had to pull two stories this year (though it seems like more) because the market went under while my stories were under consideration.
Let’s drill down a bit and look at the actual stories I sent.
I’ve sent 33 unique stories this year so far, nearly three-quarters of them flash fiction. Eighteen of the stories I wrote this year, though many of the older stories were heavily revised. Finally, I sent a few reprints, but they made up a very small percentage of my total submissions.
Now let’s look at the markets I submitted to:
I’ve submitted to a total of 45 markets in 2018. I’ve counted markets like The Arcanist or The Molotov Cocktail as one market, even though their regular submissions and contest submissions are listed separately in Duotrope and The Submission Grinder. As you can see, most of submissions when to pro and semi-pro markets, and that’s a trend I expect to continue from here on out.
Finally, this blog is called Rejectomancy, so let’s take a closer look at all my rejections for the year.
Lots of form rejections, which is no surprise, honestly, since I submitted primarily to professional markets. Some of those form rejections might be upper-tier rejections, but where I wasn’t certain I counted them as basic form rejections. The personal rejections this year were all from pro markets, and most of them provided me with very useful feedback.
That’s the skinny on my first 100 submissions for 2018. Of course, there’s still nearly three months left in the year, so I might end 2018 with something like 130 submissions. Here are some stretch goals I’d like to hit before 2019:
Interesting! Some questions:
1. Did you submit rejected from pro markets to lower tier markets?
2. Did you write all stories this year?
3. What did you learn from rejections? Acceptions?
Hi, Donald. Thanks for the comment.
1. Yes, sometimes.
2. I did not. I’ve written 18 new stories this year, though many of the older ones were heavily revised before I sent them out in 2018.
3. To sum up, I got better at writing short stories (I think), I learned a bit about submission targeting, and I learned that rejections still don’t bother me much. 🙂
Thanks, very helpful article.
Congrats on hitting your goal, and good luck with your next set.
Congratulations on sticking with your goal! I’ve only been following you for a few months, but every time I see one of your blog post it really encourages me to send out more submissions. And it’s also good to see that a certain amount of this is just a numbers game. I’ve had a few acceptances this year, but mostly rejections. I’m nowhere near 100 submissions for the year! I think that’s a lovely goal and when I might steal from you.
Best of luck in your writing. I found you from the Arcanist.
Hi there. Thanks for the comment and for following the blog. I’m glad to hear my posts are encouraging you to submit more. Oh, and please, steal away. 🙂
Hey, and thanks for letting me know HOW you found my blog. I always wonder if people actually read my bio on the stories I publish.
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16 of a 100 is a pretty good rate, I think. I’m at around 40 out of 250, but I’ve slowed down quite a bit, working on larger projects. Keep up the struggle!
Everything I’ve ever submitted has been rejected. It’s disappointing, obviously, as the same piece then seems to get good feedback on my block. I’ll keep in plodding on. One day.