Original Plans Change
I also had been incredibly impressed with some writers who were at 150 submissions for 2021 – and found out they’d been doing this for five years. And so I adjusted my goal. I now have a goal that at year five (2025) I will aim for 150 submissions. But one does not just hit 150 submissions. No, I must work up to it.
I made that adjustment and went to being ahead of submission goals by one to being behind by one.
Where am I now?
I find simultaneous submissions high anxiety producing. I tried it early on. It made me too anxious. So, simultaneous is out until I get to the point that I do not care (or will miss my goal if I do not).
I decided to get my stories that are near ready, polished and ready to send. Unfortunately, I just didn’t get things edited as fast as I wanted. It was the typical issue that sometimes editing is slow despite putting the hours in. And then, in March and April, I lost a large chunk of writing and editing time to a completely different project.
And so, dear reader, where does that leave me? As of today, I have 15-16 submissions for the year. (It depends on how I count them.) Which is 4 less than where I should be for my new-and-improved 60-subs in 2022 goal but higher than my initial goal would require. With less stories to submt now than I started with.
That left me five stories in my submission rotation. Five of which currently look like this:
Ah, but I have added a story in 2022 and my current stories under submission should be six. Which reminds me that I have a story that I’ve forgotten to send out because the markets I wanted to send it to were not open when it was ready to send on. So I will be one closer to my submission goals shortly.
And I need to find my writing time again. I have found some – I spent it writing scenes for a novella that was done. Why? Because this set of characters doesn’t leave me alone. But if I get this one out on submissions, they will have to. Won’t they? I guess we’ll see. But this one shouldn’t even need a last read-through at this point. It should be going out.
And I will get the others edited and started submitting. I have a list. I will persevere!
What am I waiting for?
Original Plans Continue to Change
Who knows? Maybe at the end of the next update, I’ll have gone back to querying.