It's time to look back on my submissions record for the previous year once again. Those of you who have followed these submissions over the years know I try for the Buckell 150 and each subsequent year I've submitted less and less. This is my lowest submission year since I started tracking my submissions in 2003. Am I discouraged? Not so much because I've managed to finish the first draft of a new novel (my third) this year while pouring a majority of my time and energy into a brand new position at work.
That being said, I'm hoping the submissions for 2010 are the ones which take my writing career to the next level. I guess we'll have to wait a whole year to find out.
2009 SUBMISSIONS AND RESPONSES:
12 total submissions
*The total is 56 less than 2008.
*These are from various sources for a variety of projects, some agented, some freelance (mags, agents, online media, editors).
*This isn't as cut and dry as it would seem because either my agent or me are still in direct contact, negotiations, etc. with 3 of these sources.
*Not bad. I broke pretty even.
2009 RESPONSES FROM 2008 SUBMISSIONS:
1 acceptance - 29 days
1 withdrawal - 285 days
*As usual, the withdrawal was due to questionable circumstances regarding the editor/publisher.
2 rejections - 314 days; 111 days
2009 RESPONSES FROM 2007 SUBMISSIONS:
1 rejection - 547 days
*So the longer they have it doesn't necessarily mean the better your chances! Didn't I say that last year, too? But, at least they got back to me, right?