I have this nagging feeling that I've forgotten to do something. It's vague and unsettling. I keep checking my calendar and Things to Do list, and while I've certainly got plenty on my plate that needs my attention, I keep thinking I'm missing something. If any of y'all are waiting on something from me, you might want to drop me a line.
Also, Yahoo accounts keep bouncing my emails back with a "Permanent Failure: Other address status" error. That's not good. I've got several Tangent reviewers who have yahoo.com addresses. Hope they fix that soon.
After I saw jaylake's submission counts post, I became curious about my own (after I finished being slack-jawed at his numbers). Total number of submissions isn't one of the things I tracked in my various marketing spreadsheets--of which I have many--but it's a fairly easy formula to tack on to everything else. So I did a bit of fiddling in Excel and discovered that currently I've made 689 story submissions since I started writing seriously in 2000. That number includes 77 sales, 548 rejections, and 54 submissions currently out (there's a bunch of reprints in that figure), with the remainder being markets that folded before responding, a few withdrawals, and other oddball cases.
I think I'm going to throw a party when I hit 1000 submissions, and another really big party when (if) I hit 100 sales.
"54 submissions out? Phew, that's impressive."
A chunk of that number is reprint subs, and a few are novel subs via my agent, so I don't have nearly as many original works in circulation as that figure might imply. I've only got *glances at spreadsheet* 24 new works making the rounds. For a while, I was trying to keep 30 out all the time, but I realized what a poor idea that was; I was, in effect, setting penalizing writing goals for myself: i.e. "Oh, another one sold, damn." So now I'm not worrying about that number, just trying to keep my productivity up.
I never keep track of submissions via Excel but simply by emails and mental tally. I rarely have more than 5 out at any one time. I am such a slow writer. Still I was curious about sales. Since I began writing way way back (arguably serious with 1995), I have
sold 1 novel
sold 1 anthology
sold 28 short stories (of varying length including yesterday's sale)
reprinted 14 stories (or 50% of the above) a total of 21 times
sold 40 articles (including 1 interview and 2 reviews)
and this does not count the few stories original to my self-published collections.
I used to keep track of submissions but I kept forgetting and going back to the excel file and wondering what the hell I was doing... ;-)
Looks like things are progressing well though and I think it's time I joined the 100 word a day club. Tomorrow, yes, tomorrow... just you watch!