So, since duotrope lets me download a .csv file for Excel that tracks my subs, I thought I’d feed see how I fared in 2009. The stats won’t be exact, since some rejections came from subs I made in 2008, and there were a couple of submissions I didn’t log with duotrope, for various reasons. Anyway:
Overall I had 75 submissions (clearly not enough to get me my 100 rejections). The shortest time a story spent out before I got a response was 1 day, the longest was 501, and the average was 52 days. 43% of the responses I got were form letter rejections, 39% were personal rejections (as in, the editor took the time to personally respond, not that the editor had something against me personally. or so I tell myself). I sold 9% of my submissions and have 9% of them still pending a response. Of the stories I have sold, they went to an average of 3.7 markets before they sold.
So, what does this mean? It means it’s a numbers game, of course, that you have to get a bunch of “No”s, and maybe even some “NO!”s along the way, that you should feel good about the “Sorry but it’s a no this time but here are a couple of reasons why” responses, because that’s just the deal. It means that a “Yes!” is a lot of work, and worthy of pride and joy and maybe a little jig when you get one. It means you should never stop sending your stuff out.
Happy New Year!
Oh yeah, there’s one of my stats I shouldn’t have looked at, both because I’m no good at bragging (or humility) and because of the psychological impact it’s had on me. Of the stories that’ve actually been published so far (7), 4 have been nominated for an award. Um, yeah. 57%. The resulting performance anxiety hasn’t let me finish a story since the shortlist for the Aurealis Awards got announced… Ug. I’ll be writing when the New Year rings in, so we’ll see what happens. 🙂