Lisa M. Bradley (cafenowhere) wrote,
Lisa M. Bradley
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Submission Stats 2016

I haven't compiled a stats list this elaborate...ever. I've never shared payment info before. I post this information not to brag or bemoan my fortune, but to record for myself how much I've worked on this aspect of writing. Yes, it's been a struggle, but yes, I did accomplish stuff.

Also, as writers, it's really easy to get skewed ideas of how successful (or not) our colleagues are, since most of the time we only see sales or publication announcements, not spreadsheets. So, for the sake of transparency and camaraderie, I'm willing to risk embarrassing myself by putting my numbers out there.

Short fiction submission stats for the year are easy to compile (though depressing to consider), thanks to my account with The Grinder. Short lead times meant that my stories were published in the same year I sold them.

46 47 submissions [edited 12/29/16, because apparently I'm terrible at keeping records]
2 sales
4 subs still pending
$245 earned

Poetry submission stats are harder to produce, since each submission will contain anywhere from 1-4 poems, and obviously I don't send all the same poems to each market.

9 submissions
4 poems sold (2 from single-poem subs)
3 submissions still pending
~$183

Of the 6 poems published this year, I believe 3 were accepted last year. One poem accepted this year is slated for publication next year (but I've already been paid for it!). One payment was for a poem published last year.

My 3 nonfiction "subs" were abstracts for a conference and an anthology. One was accepted, the other two rejected. No payment, just glory. ;)
Tags: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, publications
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That's super impressive, to me!
Your volunteer work is impressive to me!
The 46 story subs = two sales pretty much echoes my experience. (A couple of my stories have sold on the first or second try, but that's not my usual experience.)
I don't usually have the stamina to keep subbing fiction, but this year, since I was doing a novel revision, it was a way of feeling like I was still in the publishing game.
You've been really productive. You must be a writer.
Ha! The real productivity is in the creation-revision process, I think. But that's harder to quantify.
But I found your numbers encouraging because I know what a good writer you are and yet rejection is still the norm.
rejection is still the norm.

Boy, howdy! Truer words...