I thought it might be interesting to look at my 2021 writing stats, courtesy of The Submission Grinder:
Note: this includes only those stories that were sent out and responded to during the calendar year.
Burial Detail (reprint) – Forthcoming in the anthology Strange Wars
Jizo Rides the Bus – Forthcoming in the anthology Strange Religion
The Stones of Särdal (reprint) – Little Blue Marble
Final Exam – Wyldblood Press
Interestingly enough, both reprints started as original audio productions in The Word Count Podcast.
I pulled one simultaneous submission after the story sold elsewhere.
If I assume “Never Responded” as a tacit rejection, that brings my total rejection count to 64, breaking my 2014 record of 42 rejections in a calendar year. WOOO!
About 5 percent. At that rate, I would need to make at least 100 submissions this year to beat the sales number. Or write better stories/find more compatible markets.
Let me get on that.