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01 January 2010 @ 12:31 pm
December and 2009 Stats  

I have my monthly writing/submission stats for both December and all of 2009.

First, December:

  • 8,400 new words of fiction written this month. 1
  • 21 first drafts currently in progress. 2
  • 5 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. 3
  • 3 second drafts currently in progress
  • 0 second drafts currently in the hands of "trusted readers."
  • 3 third drafts currently in progress.
  • 0 third drafts currently awaiting polishing.
  • 1 fourth draft in currently in progress.
  • 2 rewrite in progress of stories previously sent out, based on comments from friends.
  • 2 rewrites (at request of editors) currently in progress.
  • 8 stories currently submitted to markets4
  • 1,000 words in shortest story currently submitted.
  • 8,700 words in longest story currently submitted.
  • 1 offer of publication received this month.
  • Longest current wait without response: 139 days.

1 More than usual, if far from a record. I turned out a new first draft and did about 1,500 words of arguing with myself on paper about a new story I'd like to write.
2 I always have a lot of first drafts "in progress," until one of them really grabs me and I work on it obsessively.
3 I employ a six-week "ripening" period for first drafts. The one in the incubator now is the aforementioned fantasy-horror story.
4Actually I have two more in the queue, but I'm waiting for a couple of markets to open up for submissions.

Now for the annual stats for 2009:

  • 101,000 words of new fiction written.*
  • 25 first drafts completed.
  • 20 final drafts completed.
  • Longest story written: 7,700 words.
  • Shortest story written: 20 words.**
  • 33 different stories submitted to magazines.
  • 77 total submissions overall.
  • 6 offers of publication.
  • 4 stories appearing in print or online.

* Not nearly as much as I'd like, but I’m still proud of myself. I've written the equivalent of a draft of a novel in one year, same as last year. This figure excludes the 30,000 words of critique I wrote while at Clarion.

** Some of my stories (including two of the sales) were twitterfics, 140 characters long.

All in all, not a bad year, and I think I see some slow improvement.
Current Location: Bathrobe
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Daughter singing "Yerevan"
girlspell: flipgirlspell on January 1st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you!

You have plenty to be proud of. Four stories appearing in print. Think how you were the before all of this. You decided to write and you did it. This year will be even better. We'll all see more of your stories in print.
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on January 2nd, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
You are very sweet, Rachel. As always.
amamama: Hald lommedyr grønnamamama on January 1st, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed. And, what she said. *points up*

So it is. *nods*

Happy Now and Happy Writing to you. *hugs*
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on January 2nd, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
Hugs back, you sweetheart. And hugs to Peder and all the little godlings.
madderbradmadderbrad on January 2nd, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
What they both said. :-)

Happy new year!
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 2nd, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! Same to you!
tina connolly: mugtinaconnolly on January 2nd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
well done! Your year looks pretty substantial to me.
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 2nd, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tina. I have good role models.
mmerriam on January 2nd, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
That looks like a really good year to me!
Ken: Happyken_schneyer on January 2nd, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jon Gibbsjongibbs on January 2nd, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
That's an impressive list. Congrats :)
ex_camillea on January 5th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Much wordage. Yea, verily, yea.