I’ve got three pieces out on submission right now, which is more than I’ve had out at the same time in at least a year (so, yay me!) but at the same time, it’s not nearly enough. Partly because I need to finish and submit more if I want to have the kind of career I look forward to, and also because I’m trying to get out of the habit of writing/submitting one piece, waiting to hear if it’s accepted, and then submitting the next piece. I’ve done astoundingly well at selling the fiction I submit because I am very careful about where I submit it to (my acceptance rate is over 80% for the last three years) and I’ll keep targeting my work to the right markets instead of going the “throw spaghetti at the wall and see if it sticks” route, but I think I can do a lot more than I am.
Goals. Gotta have goals.
Meanwhile, I’m waiting on:
“Alone, In Dust, You Are Yet My Pharaoh, So I Wait” – this is an epic SF pantoum currently sitting at Mythic Delirium. It’s a market on my target list, it’s a long poem that’d be difficult to place other places, and it’s written in a very structured, repetitive form (which also makes it harder to sell). But the editor heard me read it aloud at this past Readercon, I’ve worked with him on other projects, and according to Duotrope, rejections have been going out for more than a week and my piece is still under consideration. I’m nervous but hopeful, so we’ll see. The market’s currently closed to new subs. Waiting: 87 days.
“One Way Out” – a 460 word flash story at Every Day Fiction. According to their tracker, it’s still in “slush”, which means it hasn’t been read yet. Tomorrow I’ll have hit their target reply date, and it’ll be another month before I expire out of their usual response time. Another market I’d like to crack. Waiting: 59 days.
“The Things We Do For Love” – at 100 word story.
According to their Submittable tracker, it’s “In-Progress”, which I think means it’s been read but not yet decided on. I wrote this piece for the challenge of writing a story in exactly 100 words. I’ve been waiting a little longer than normal for this market, and the last response listed on Duotrope was from August, but according to their Twitter feed, the editors are reading new work and the market is still active. Waiting: 48 days. UPDATE: Rejected.
These are all markets with high rejection rates, and that specialize in the thing I sent them (poetry, microfiction) so I don’t mind waiting this long. Looking at the list, though, it’s also obvious that I haven’t submitted something new in almost seven weeks. Hey, that’s when I started my new dayjob and lost all of my free time! Oh… yeah.