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January recap

By the numbers:
Stories out at the beginning of the month: 4
Acceptances received: 0
Rejections received: 7
Resubmissions: 6
New Submissions: 1
Stories out at the end of the month: 4

So yeah, January was a busy busy month! I had a lot of stories that were still out at the end of December come back to me, so I turned them around to try to find new homes. I also finished a story that I had started writing in December, got that polished up, and sent it off to an anthology.

Though the rejection numbers are high for January, some of them have been very promising rejections–lots of personal rejections with some suggestions for improvement and the like. So that’s always encouraging. And I’m also feeling really good about the fit of a couple of markets to a couple of stories I have out now.

I’ve got one story that I’m sitting on at the moment, because the most recent rejection suggested some quite viable changes, so I’m going to take the time to work on that. I’m also about 75% done with the first draft of a short story that I had worked on a while ago, then set aside. My goal is to get the revisions on the former and the final draft on the latter done by the end of February, which will put two more stories into rotation.

Still thinking about novels vs. short stories, and not coming to any solid conclusions yet. I’ve still got a middle reader steampunk novella (on a second draft at this point) on the back burner, plus my unfinished NaNo and the other story (barely started) that wants to be a book.

The group that I went on a writers’ retreat with last January has booked another one for April, so I’m looking forward to that. In the shorter term, I’m headed to the combined Foolscap/Potlatch event on Saturday, for at least a small portion of the day. Jeremy will be there most of Saturday (and maybe Sunday), but I’ve got too much to work on to spend a lot of time there. Luckily, one of our other friends is going out later on Saturday and can give me a ride!

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