Like a lot of writers that I follow on Twitter and Facebook, I’ve decided to take a look back on 2012 in regards to my writing career. This means examining the numbers as well as a brief moment to recount how much I learned and experienced over the course of the year.
First, the numbers…
In 2010, I received three acceptances.
In 2011, I received roughly fourteen acceptances.
And in 2012, I sold nineteen stories. Three stories were picked up by professional paying publications, at least two went to semi-pro markets and I sold my first story to a market that offers royalties.
But writing is more than just numbers. Numbers are a good way to note success, but there are other ways.
This year, I once again participated in Story-a-Day May. Once again, I beat the challenge soundly, ending the month with 34 stories written. I still haven’t fully processed all of them, though I do believe I’ve dug out the best of them. I have sold 7 of those 34 stories, and still have a few I haven’t given up on that are currently pending responses. I fully intend to take part in Story-a-Day May again in 2013, as it has thus far proven to be a great tool to keep my mind churning and active as well as producing a host of stories — some good, some bad — to offer up to the world.
In September, I had the wonderful opportunity of attending my first writing convention — Context 25 in Columbus, OH. Between the workshops, the panels, the interacting with other writers and the flash fiction contest, I feel I learned so much. Not to mention it was a heck of a lot of fun! I’m hoping to be able to go back again this year, but we’ll see how that turns out.
Additionally, I’ve developed some even stronger, more helpful critiquing relationships with a few buddies over at Scribophile. It’s sometimes easy to let yourself listen to the people who only have good things to say. It’s sometimes hard to find people who not only are willing to tear your story apart when it needs it, but also have the knowledge and talent to be able to see when your story is missing something.
All in all, as the year draws to a close, I feel like I’m standing on the edge and just about ready to step up again. I’ve made three pro sales and I’m delighted with that. But two of those were fledgling markets. I’m looking higher and striving for more this year. By this time next year, I want to have a pro sale to a strong, well-known market. And I believe I can do it. I look at my writing, and I feel what I need to work on the most this year is slowing down. Focusing on really absolutely writing the best I can. On editing the living crap out of these stories and not just shrugging after a few passes.
Before I duck out for the year, I would like to say a huge thanks to every person who has offered encouragement, support, advice and critiquing help as I progress through this journey. Writing can be a very difficult path, but each one of you makes it a bit easier and I’m grateful for that. So I wish you all the happiest of New Year’s!