Short Story Submissions On a Roll!
As of today, I should have sent forty-two (42) stories out in the world – the same number I actually sent out in 2021. I am excited to say, I have submitted fifty (50) short stories already in 2022. I am only ten (10) away from my goal and have a whole four (4) months to get them sent out.
New Stories in Rotation
Right at this moment, not everything that could be is out. And, gasp, I’ve got a couple stories under acceptable simultaneous submission! I find with ten stories, the turn-around is a little slower and I also consider simultaneous sub with less stress than it was.
Then a friend and champion of querying mentioned she was at 150 queries. Which sparked one of my few competitive drives. While I will not try to outcompete that, I have decided to at least get to 100 queries with my novel before setting it aside.
In June, I began querying again.
For the first ten months of querying, I made a policy to always have one dozen (12) queries out in the wild. I built up to that number within the first week or two. When a rejection came in, I sent another out. With the silence of agents in 2022, that method does not work at all. I’d never move forward with queries. I’m currently sending queries as I have the emotional and time bandwidth for it. Every rejection is still a knife in my heart (but I’d still the rejections than the silence). I’m currently at about twenty (20) queries out.
We’ll see how it goes.