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04 September 2010 @ 11:15 am
August report  

Here (a little late) are my monthly statistics for August:

  • 7,800 new words of fiction written this month. 1
  • 24 first drafts currently in progress. 2
  • 9 first draft currently "ripening" before second draft. 3
  • 4 second drafts currently in progress
  • 1 second draft currently in the hands of "trusted readers."
  • 5 third drafts currently in progress.4
  • 0 third drafts currently awaiting polishing.
  • 0 fourth draft in currently in progress.
  • 1 rewrite in progress of stories previously sent out, based on comments from friends.
  • 2 rewrites (at request of editors) currently in progress.
  • 10 stories currently submitted to markets5
  • 980 words in shortest story currently submitted.
  • 8,700 words in longest story currently submitted.
  • 0 offers of publication received this month.
  • Longest current wait without response: 229 days.

1 Not bad, considering that I was on vacation for two weeks and preparing for classes the last week.
2 I always have a lot of first drafts "in progress," until one of them really grabs me and I work on it obsessively. Right now there are two stories that are really "active."
3 I employ a six-week "ripening" period for first drafts.
Still need to whittle down this list.
5Two of these are stories that have already been published, but I'm now submitting to audio and/or non-English markets.

I'm going to turn my attention to revisions for a while. I want to finalize one or two of my 3rd or 4th drafts, and create a 2nd draft I can show to friends. So probably September will be a weak month for new "words written."

But I still have two first drafts from my Kickstarter project to complete, and those will definitely get done. Possibly not in September, though.
Current Location: Behind Earl
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Tom Lehrer, "That's Mathematics!"
Jon Gibbsjongibbs on September 5th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
That's an impressive number of WiPs :)
Kenken_schneyer on September 6th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jon. Most of them languish for a long time before I finish them.
shaunaroberts on September 5th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
You are awesome. Totally awesome.
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on September 6th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
So are you.
shaunaroberts on September 6th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Check with me in a year—maybe I'll be half as awesome as you then. Certainly I'm quite lacking in awesomeness at the moment.
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on September 5th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
I enjoy your stats, and I really like the emails regarding your Kickstart project. There are so many things that writers don't talk about. It's nice to know that hey, I'm not alone in getting so many form rejections, or that getting a personalized rejection from certain places is a major thing.
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on September 6th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
Beth, it'd be my pleasure to share such things back-and-forth with you all the time. It helps me too, knowing that other people are banging their heads against the same walls I am.

(...and by the way, another form rejection came in today. :P)
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on September 7th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Boo on getting another form rejection!

Sure, I'd love to share the whole rejection/acceptance cycle. Right now my inbox is being suspiciously quiet on my fiction subs. It makes me think it'll all hit at once. Joy.