Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Four

I finished and submitted my fourth short story of the year this morning. This time it's a 3,000-word confession I started writing October 23, 2009.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Three

I finished and submitted my third short story of the year, this time a 3,900-word Earth Day-themed confession that I started writing on January 9.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Two

I finished and submitted my second short story of the year. This one's a 3,100-word confession that I actually started writing yesterday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One

I completed and submitted my first short story of the year, a 3,000-word confession that I started writing February 12, 2010.

Published 2x

My story "Endless Love" appears in the February True Story and my story "It's No Fun at a Table for One" appears in the February True Confessions.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

1

Yesterday, I received my first acceptance of the year, this time for a St. Patrick's Day-themed confession.

Friday, January 06, 2012

2011 in review

Here's what happened in 2011:

73 acceptances (vs. 59 in 2010)

28 rejections (vs. 72 in 2010)

82 short stories published* (vs. 51 in 2010), 4 articles/essays published (vs. 2 in 2010)

I completed 52 short stories (vs. 42 in 2010).

I completed (to final draft) 180,200 words of short fiction (vs. 144,930 in 2010).

That's an average story length of 3,465 words (vs. an average of 3,451); the shortest story was 1,400 words, the longest was 6,100 words.

I completed and submitted an average of 1 short story each week (vs. an average of .81 each week in 2010).

(I only track completed short fiction word counts, not words written for incomplete projects, nor words written for other forms of writing.)

Income from
Editing: Up 2.3%
Fiction (not novels): Up 133.54%
Non-Fiction (not books): $0
Royalties (from all books and, beginning in 2010, from Kindle self-published short stories and novels): Up 663.22%
Seminars/Teaching: Up from $0
Salary: Down 3.46%
Overall gross income: Up 8.52%

Observations:

I could have and should have written more, but the past few months my productivity has declined while my attention has been elsewhere.

Even though my gross income increased, expenses also increased so I’m no better off.

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*I may update this information later; I’m confident that I’ve had additional stories published but have not yet received my contributor copies.