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
Falling Apart Fantasia Divinity
All You Can Eat The Flash Fiction Press
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