It’s been almost 8 months since I’ve updated my submission stats, mostly because I’ve been waiting for some good news to share. I spent most of the second half of 2017 writing longer short fiction (a bit of an oxymoron), and hit a bit of a learning curve. The result: a lot of encouraging personal rejections and a dry spell that lasted almost six months. Thankfully, I racked up two sales at the end of December and started 2018 off with a piece in F&SF, which was incredibly exciting! Looking forward to a year full of rejections and frustration, because without those, the acceptances wouldn’t be nearly as exciting.
Days Writing: 730
Pieces Submitted: 52
Form Rejections: 187
Personal Rejections: 71
After two full years of this, and a handful of pieces published, I feel that I’m gaining quite a bit more confidence, and finally feeling genuinely unfazed by the inevitable rejections. Especially excited about the jump in personals recently, and hoping that’s a sign of maturing style, but only time will tell!