Tag: rejection

The First 500 Rejections: An Analysis

Earlier this week, I collected my 500th rejection since I’ve been tracking them through Duotrope. It took me almost ten years to amass that many, and, well I’ve certainly learned a fair bit in that time. In this post, I’ll break down what 500… Continue Reading “The First 500 Rejections: An Analysis”

100 Submissions: A Quick Look

This morning, I sent my 100th submission for 2021. This is a goal I set or myself each year, and I generally fall short, but 2021 has proven productive in this area, so here we are. In this blog post, I’ll give you a… Continue Reading “100 Submissions: A Quick Look”

A Week of Writing: 11/1/21 to 11/7/21

First week of November is history. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By Another quote from one of my faves, Elmore Leonard.  I think the best advice I give is to try not to write. Try not to overwrite, try not to make… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 11/1/21 to 11/7/21”

Weeks of Writing: 9/27/21 to 10/18/21

Got a little behind on these, so here’s three-weeks of writerly doings. Words to Write By This week’s quote is comes from Carl Sandburg.  “Beware of advice–even this.”  – Carl Sandburg The writing world abounds with folks giving advice. Hell, I do it all… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 9/27/21 to 10/18/21”

Sim-Sub Stats: Response Times

Hey, let’s talk about simultaneous submissions again. Sim-subs are always a hot topic in writerly circles, but let’s start with a quick definition if you’re new to the ol’ submission game. A simultaneous submissions is simply when you send a story to two or… Continue Reading “Sim-Sub Stats: Response Times”

Submission Statement: September 2021

September is no more, but it was a good month in submission land. Let’s take a look. September 2021 Report Card Submissions Sent: 18 Rejections: 15 Acceptances: 2 Publications: 0 Further Consideration: 0 This might be the most subs I’ve ever sent in a… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: September 2021”

A Week of Writing: 9/20/21 to 9/26/21

The last full week of September was a busy one. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote is about rejection for reasons that will soon be clear. It comes from novelist James Lee Burke.  “Every rejection is incremental payment on… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/20/21 to 9/26/21”

600 Submissions: By the Numbers

Yesterday, I sent my 600th submission since I’ve been tracking them through Duotrope, a period of roughly nine and a half years. I always take a deep dive into the numbers when I hit these little milestones, so that’s what we’re doing today. Here’s… Continue Reading “600 Submissions: By the Numbers”

Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21

A couple of fairly productive weeks. Here’s the score. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Michael Crichton. “Books aren’t written- they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21”

Not Good Enough: When to Trunk a Story

Recently, I went through my WIP folder and realized it was overflowing with stories, some of which had been languishing there for decades. I took a good, long look at these derelict shorts and flashes, and, well, I then created a trunk folder, which… Continue Reading “Not Good Enough: When to Trunk a Story”

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