2018 Year in Review

Happy New Year everyone! I generally write a “Year in Review” post for my blog earlier than this but I got late this time due to vacation hangover.

You can read my past year-end reviews here:

2018

2017

2016

2015

Here are some of my stats from the year for you to gorge on:

  1. 175 submissions (including F/NF/poetry)
  2. 12 acceptances (6 NF, 5 F, 1 poem) (7.4% acceptance rate)
  3. Total Earnings: $443
  4. Further Income Expected: $165 (promised but will pay on publication)
  5. 17 personal rejections from higher-tier literary journals*
  6. 70k words written
  7. 10 short stories completed, 2 drafted
  8. 2 essays written

*Some might feel this is an odd thing to brag about but anyone who’s been submitting long enough knows how nice it feels to get a rejection that’s clearly NOT a stock form letter.

Some of my major successes:

  1. My story in Kitaab’s Best Asian Speculative Fiction
  2. 2nd place in On The Premises themed story contest
  3. My essay in The Writer magazine
  4. My humor piece in The Offing

I usually beat myself up for my stats but I’ve learned to put it in perspective. For now it’s the best I can do with a full-time job and kids. At some point I really have to pull up my socks and do something about the novels in my virtual drawer, because long fiction is where it’s at. All the same I immensely enjoy writing and publishing short fiction and essays.

In any case I hope to focus on my novels in 2019.

What are your plans and hopes for the New Year? Please share so I know I’m not alone in forging crazy plans!