2017 in Review

How should an author judge if the year has been successful? Words written, stories published, money, and reviews are all valid options for evaluating success. Which criteria should be used depends on the author’s personal and professional goals. So, I have to ask myself, what are my goals?

It is a good thing that my goal is not retirement. If typing words into my computer and sipping blackberry wine while the ocean waves sang me songs of inspiration were my goal, I’d clearly grade the year’s success by my earnings. I crunched the numbers, and if every year was like this one and I saved every penny, I could be on that beach with drink in hand in three thousand years. Lucky for me, the beach is my dream not my goal.

In my opinion, reviews are a horrible way for an author to grade their progress. Very few people bother to leave a review or comment on a story unless they were unsatisfied. If you read a story and even half enjoyed it, do the author a favor and leave a positive comment. They need the encouragement; trust me.

Every author shares one common goal and that is to read some version of these words, “We’d like to publish your story.” I submitted my first story on 12/31/2014, and got my first acceptance on my birthday, 5/23/2015. That acceptance was the best birthday present I could have asked for. The token payment that came with that acceptance was appreciated, but it was the recognition, the fact that someone else enjoyed my work, that brightened my day.

I received 10 acceptances in 2015, totaling 9448 words. In 2016 there were 27 acceptances, totaling 40919 words.  Drum roll please… In 2017 there were 28 acceptances, totaling 37008 words. (I had a publisher or two cancel anthologies this year, but I’m still counting the acceptances.)

I’d like to offer my heartfelt appreciation to those who have suffered through reading my unpolished work and helping me edit it. Without your help, the numbers reported above would be greatly diminished. Those numbers are your accomplishment as well!

Acceptances for 2017

Title

Falling Apart                                     Fantasia Divinity
All You Can Eat                                 The Flash Fiction Press
Forethought                                      Kzine
Then I Knew                                     Speculative 66
Demon’s Path                                   Aurora Wolf
The Royal Forest                              Centum Press V4
Finally Some Spirit                         50-Word Story
The Family Secret                           Theme of Absence
Vivian’s Tree                                    Fantasia Divinity Magazine
Lunch Gone Wrong                        The Martian Wave
The People’s Assassin                    Fantasia Divinity
Murder Investigation                    121 Words
Nine and a Half Fingers               Aurora Wolf
Old World Problems                     Alien Dimensions
A Wizard’s Bramble                     Heart of a Devil Anthology
The Initiate’s Folly                        Autumn’s Harvest Anthology
Office Fling                                    Cuento Magazine
The Fledgling                                Menagerie de Mythique Anthology
Lab Rats                                         Theme of Absence
Life and its Alternatives             Jouth Webzine
A Piece of You                               Fantasia Divinity
Hand of Tyr                                  Aurora Wolf
God’s Right Hand                        Cuento Magazine
Simply Unrenowned                  Fantasia Divinity Magazine
Sea Bound 1                                 Jouth Webzine

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Published by: Eddie D. Moore

Eddie D. Moore travels extensively for work, and he spends much of that time listening to audio books. The rest of the time is spent dreaming of stories to write and he spends the weekends writing them. His stories have been published by Jouth Webzine, Saturday Night Reader, Every Day Fiction, Theme of Absence, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Adventure Worlds. He can be followed on Twitter @EddieMoore27

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