I submitted 29 times this year, and I won’t be submitting again. I don’t have anything that’s ready to go, and I’ve decided to dedicate what time I have in December to comic scripts. Anything that gets rejected this month will very likely be put aside for the first of the year unless I really get an urge to look up markets.
This is what it looks like to be a writer, specifically a writer dealing in short fiction, narrative essays, and poetry. I’m sure there are more prolific writers whose Duotrope lists are much longer, but I bet they all basically have this ratio. Four acceptances out of 29. The chances on hearing back from those six “pending” submissions before the New Year is pretty slim. The one that’s been out for 91 days is at a market that averages 120 and is currently averaging more than that. The list at the bottom are at markets that promise a 60-day turnaround. I’m gonna be waiting awhile still.
If there is a motto I follow as a writer that isn’t “drink until I can’t feel feelings,” it’s “time to hurry up and wait.” I don’t mean that to be discouragement, simply a statement of fact. If you’re a writer, you’re perpetually waiting. Sometimes, that wait leads to an acceptance. Sometimes, it leads to an acceptance and some form of payment. Sometimes, it leads to rejection. And very, very occasionally, it leads to a rejection that is more a glowing recommendation of your work than a true rejection (as happened last week and was awesome).
Twenty-nine is the number to beat in 2013. Four is the number to beat in 2013. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do.