New Beginnings and 2014 Wrap-up

Happy New Year, everyone! The year begins on a positive note. My humorous essay Its Not Personal is up at Page & Spine on The Writer’s Table. 2014 had been a stellar year for me in terms of my writing. I managed a grand total of 80k words which amounts to little more than 200 words a day. The breakup is as follows:

19 short stories
16 essays
10 pieces of flash fiction/nonfiction
12 blog posts

I made a total of 165 submissions:
Accepted – 15
Rejected – 108
Withdrawn – 8
Submitted – 23

The rest were no responses, even from markets that don’t have a ‘No response means no’ policy. Those befuddle me a little, but I understand there might be reasons for this, so for me it’s just better to chalk it up as a lost cause and move on.   On the final day of the year I received 3 rejections. Ouch! Luckily I’ve grown too thick-skinned to allow this to affect me! I have renewed my commitment to the Short Story Challenge, and will continue writing one a month for 2015. Among other writerly tasks, revising the stories I’ve written and submitting them is of paramount importance. If I don’t work on that soon then I’ll land up having acquired a platoon of stories and no action taken on them.

It hasn’t been a great year for me in terms of reading as I finished only around 20 books this year, a record all-time low for me. However I’ve made up for it by reading tons of short stories and entire issues of literary journals, both to understand markets I intend to submit to as well as to analyze the components of well-written fiction and non-fiction.

Resolutions are passé, or they should be, at least for people like me who never manage to keep them. However I do plan to commit to my writing and make time for it as much as possible.

What are your plans for the New Year?


10 thoughts on “New Beginnings and 2014 Wrap-up

  1. Wow, that’s a really impressive writing record. A GIANT piece of chocolate cake for you! I am very inspired by your one-short-story-a-month resolution and have decided I want to do it too (just have to figure out a way to prod myself every month).

    As for my new year writing plans: I have a couple of unfinished manuscripts that I want to wrap up, plus I intend to do one review a week for my blog. Fingers crossed. 😉

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    1. Thank You, Payal! I can prod you for the monthly short story and we can exchange critiques if you like. I’m very strict with deadlines, I promise!
      All the best with the WIPs, and the weekly reviews too. I know you can do it!

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  2. Interesting statistics, Gargi. You’re doing pretty well with an almost 10% acceptance rate. It’s very annoying when publishers simply fail tell you to yes or no; however, I’m sure isn’t typical, but I once found out I’d won a short story competition about eighteen months after submission (and after submitting it elsewhere in the meantime).
    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you, Anne! A short story win 18 months after submission? That simply doesn’t bear thinking about. Some of those submissions haven’t yet hit the one-year mark, so maybe the rejections are on their way!

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  3. Wow! 19 short stories is impressive, Gargi ! And as for developing a thick skin, that’s the way to go. We writers won’t be able to survive without a thick skin.I plan to read a lot this year. Have you tried submitting your short stories to various publishing houses who look for writers for their anthologies?

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    1. Thanks, Rachna! That’s a good point about submitting my stories for anthologies. I haven’t don’t that yet. Last year I focussed on getting the stories written. I’d have to revise more than half of them before sending them out. Thank you for the suggestion – I’ll surely do that now!

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