The first month of the 2022 is in the books, and it was a good one.
January was an all-around good month, and a great way to kick off the year. I sent ten submissions, which gives me a head start on my goal of 100 submission per year. I received eight rejections, which is about average against the number of submissions I sent. I had two story acceptances, and that’s fantastic for a number of reasons. One, it gets me on the board early and relieves some pressure, the kind of pressure I felt last year when my first acceptance didn’t come until April. Two, one of the stories accepted had been rejected FIFTEEN times previously, so it was extra sweet to finally find it a home. Finally, one of the stories accepted was a shortlist/hold, and since I haven’t been converting those much lately, it really feels like a win.
Eight rejections in November.
All form rejections last month. Most were pretty quick, but one of them took long enough I thought I might have a good shot at publication. Alas, it was not to be. All of January’s rejected stories were sent back out again, some multiple times. It’s one of the ways I keep my submission numbers up. Rejections feed new submissions, which feeds new rejections, which feeds new submissions, and so on, and so on. 🙂
I actually had a lot of work published in January, the bulk of which were media tie-in stories for Privateer Press’s WARCASTER game setting. The last publication is for my new column over at Dark Matter Magazine. More info on that below.
Each of those short tales (about 1,500 words) is set in the Thousand Worlds, the sci-fi campaign setting for Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika. Each story focuses on a wildcard, a mercenary or freelancer in the Thousand Worlds. These characters range from honorable bounty hunters and inscrutable mechanikal beings to sword-wielding nobles and ancient artificial intelligences. You can read the stories for free by clicking the links below.
I have a new question and answer column over at Dark Matter Magazine called THE REJECTONOMICON. The first article went up yesterday, and I offered my opinions on questions ranging from short story contracts to editorial feedback. You can check out the first article right here. As much I would dearly love for you to read last month’s article, I also need your help. Well, more specifically, I need your questions. So, if you have a question about submissions, rejections, or writing in general, send it to me and I might publish question and answer in an upcoming installment of the THE REJECTONOMICON. How do you send me questions? Here’s how.
Send your question as an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put REJECTONOMICON in the subject line. In the body of the email, write your question and include at least your first name. Let me know if you’d like your name published with your question or if you’d rather remain anonymous. Please restrict your questions to the subjects of submissions, rejections, and writing. I’m not much good for anything else. 🙂
And that was January. How was your month?