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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.
http://sqmag.com/submissions/

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.