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Writing Wins and Woes: The Stats and Here’s to Starting the Year off Right

Yes, here I am again for my second blog of this year. Because this is a new year, I thought about blogging my writing resolutions for the new year but due to many things, I haven’t made any yet. Last year’s resolutions were abysmal. So, I want to do better this year. Hopefully, my next blog will be about my writing goals for the year.

So, instead of resolutions, I am posting stats for 2015. My stats were definitely lower last year. This was due to wanting to move forward on getting my children’s book published. However, I did not achieve that goal. I remember blogging in the beginning of the year about submitting less and focusing on the book  and saying something to the effect of “I hope I don’t find that I end up earning a lot less writing money and not publishing the book either” and that is pretty much exactly what happened. Why? A lot of my problem is that I am a Charlie Brown writer. I’m wishy washy. I couldn’t make up my mind where to submit my book. I did try a few places. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to get an agent. I did try one. (Boy, that’s a big effort.) I couldn’t decide if I wanted to self-publish. I bounced back and forth on that and finally decided to continue agent-less and not self-publish. So far, that’s not gotten me anywhere. I don’t know what this year will hold in that area. Now, for my stats:

Stories Submitted for the year: 24

Stories accepted: 7

Stories published: 8 (That discrepancy is due to one story that was accepted in 2014 but not published until 2015)

Stories Rejected: 13

Stories still in limbo: 4

Being the terrible mathematician that I am, I think that this means that I have a 29 percent acceptance ratio, which is pretty good for writers. Of course, some of that is because I tend to submit most to where I think I have the best chance of being accepted. It is good anyway, and I’m happy with it, even If I didn’t submit as much last year.

For other good news, I was accepted again in Guardian Angel Kids for January. Find my article on fudge here.

I’m looking forward to seeing what this year holds for me. I am keeping on. Keep on with me.422

Writing Wins and Woes: Don’t let clouds stop you from writing

Writer Wins and Woes: Don't let clouds stop you from writing

A cloudy day often stops many things. A picnic. A cook-out. A hike. Swimming. A walk with the dog. Clouds can burst into rain and so it deters us; but clouds can also break into bright sunshine. It’s all perspective. As a writer, I can’t let a few clouds in my way stop me from continuing on in my writer’s journey.

Shari’s Stats for May:
Submissions: 7
Rejections: 8
Acceptances: 2
Publications: 6 (this includes my author story and interview)

This week I’ve had two rejections. One from Youth Imagination and one from Enchanted Conversation. That was just a matter of not winning a contest. I also had a very nice email from Guardian Angel Kids, telling me they “love my work.” This is a reminder of why I’m in this for the long haul. There’s going to be some lovers and there’s going to be some haters. I submitted to two places this week. Guardian Angel Kids and SQ magazine. Check them out here if you’d like to submit to them as well.

Guardian Angel Kids is on my sidebar if you enjoy writing poems, stories or articles for kids.

Thought for the Day: Set a goal of writing for so many minutes each day. Even if it’s only 30 minutes per day. You can get a lot accomplished in 30 minutes if you are focused.