Three Cheers for Hitting Forty

I wanted to get serious about my writing this year, so I set writing goals back in January (I’m a goal-oriented person).  I developed four goals and what I thought were realistic targets for each:

  1. Write and/or edit at least 500 words per day
  2. Finish the novel I started last year
  3. Finish at least ten short stories
  4. Make at least forty story submissions or four sales

This week, I officially met one of my goals: on Wednesday, I mailed out my fortieth story submission.  In fact, I’m now sitting at  forty-two submissions for 2011.  While I’d much rather have reached my goal of four story sales—I’m holding steady at three sales so far this year—getting forty submissions is a nice accomplishment and good start.  After all, you can’t sell a piece if you don’t submit it.

I’ve still got time to make that fourth (and fifth and sixth…) sale.  At my current pace I should hit about sixty submissions this year.  Not bad.  Assuming I keep my current sales-rate (~7.5%), I should make about five sales this year.  That’s a bit of a sobering number (to say the least) for someone with aspirations to be a professional writer, but five sales would actually be the best publishing year of my life.  It will also give me something solid to build on for next year.

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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