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Ending and Beginning: The State of the Resolution Address

Those of you who read this blog regularly (Thank you!) have been following my saga of submittals for the past year. Some days, we weren’t any of us sure that I could meet my goal–but I did. Over 400 submissions for 2015. At least one a day. Those submissions ranged from haikus to a novel. Some were submitted multiple times before they found a home–I never said it would be a new submission every day–but most of them did eventually find their niche.

Total Stats:

Month Rejected Accepted Subs
Jan 11 7 33
Feb 9 3 29
Mar 20 23 39
Apr 13 11 32
May 17 15 38
Jun 20 13 31
Jul 16 18 38
Aug 20 19 37
Sep 17 9 30
Oct 13 19 34
Nov 11 16 30
Dec 14 3 32
Total 181 156 403

 

It took some searching to find numbers I had missed posting to the proper columns, but this now works out correctly, with 66 subs still out and not finalized carried over to the 2016 page for follow-ups in the coming week.

I don’t know if you are impressed, but I am…lol.

 

It was exhausting. And, though i saw an uptick in the income page, not particularly profitable. My greatest income by far came from CD royalties and editing.

This year, my husband has provided me with a new goal–$5,000 income. Steep, but I am now of the opinion that if I try hard enough, i can do anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

I will be cutting my submission goal to one a week, so I can concentrate on writing more polished pieces of greater length for markets that stretch me as a writer. (I won’t neglect my favorites, but that is the official goal.)

I will consider taking on more freelance work, and doing more paid editing.

Plus, I am in the process of re-releasing my Conn-Mann Chronicles books, and finalizing guidelines for a new Steampunk anthology with Mocha Memoirs.

The year ahead should be exciting, and busy, but not as terrifying as trying to come up with that sub for the day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Looking Back…Looking Forward

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This has been an interesting year. I’ve had pieces in numerous anthologies–prose, poetry, flash…a little of everything. I’ve published a few experimental pieces on Amazon–both as Rie and as Tysche. I’ve been in magazines online and in print. Dabbled in everything from noir to absurdism.

Still extremely short of my goal, but 70 rejections and 21 acceptances (one came in this morning.)

I’ve tried my hand at various editing positions that I hadn’t pursued before…some worked for me, some didn’t, but I learned from them all. Editing my first anthology has been quite a ride, but I think we will all be pleased with the results. Continue reading Looking Back…Looking Forward

Recap and Resolutions…

I am resolved above all else to do better with blogging this year. I do not promise daily, but I will keep you in the loop when something interesting happens.

So, first, lets take a look at the numbers for last year. You remember my goal was to make three hundred rejections. Well, I didn’t even make half that…which saddens me. Final numbers wereย 233 submissions, of which 37 are still outstanding with no response as yet. 145 rejections; 43 acceptances, of which 22 have been published (that I know of…some of the webzines may have gone up when I wasn’t looking.)

Considering that I didn’t start the project until February, we have looked at all the parameters and adjusted downward a bit for the coming year.

Here are my 2014 Resolutions:

1) 200 rejections

2) 50 acceptances

3) average 25 submissions a month

4) at least one non-fiction sale

5) new poetry book

 

I have some others, but those are the relevant ones. Some of them are pretty lofty…but we’ll see what happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

Feel free to share your resolutions or question mine in the comments.

1/2/2012 Taking Care of Business

It’s always hard for me to knuckle down to the practical side of the writing business. The writing itself, I can feel fairly confident about, but the nuts and bolts business end is a trial for me.

These are the resolutions I’ve made in this area this year:

1. Clear the decks on all short pieces. If they haven’t sold by now, they aren’t going out again. This may seem counter-productive to many, but I like the idea of a clean slate. And that isn’t to say that they may not be put up on the website or offered as self-pubbed pieces in the future — it just means that they aren’t going out again now. I can think of one or two exceptions to that rule, but those are special cases and not currently in play.

2. I want to try and send out at least one NEW piece a week this year. (Of course, this means I have to actually WRITE something, so less time playing on Facebook or carousing in Skyrim…)

3. I hope to do more lyric writing this year. I really enjoyed writing the songs for Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits, and I am very proud of the results. I would like to do more along those lines…so if you write music, and want lyrics, drop me a line!

Those are already ambitious goals…and with the cleaning too…it’s going to be a busy year! ๐Ÿ™‚