I finished and edited four short fiction stories last year, and I felt like they were finally ready for submission today. I submitted three of the four to different magazines, earlier tonight. The fourth I am still researching an appropriate place to submit to.
I am super happy (here is a picture of me being super happy at a Ellie Goulding concert, which is basically how I feel right now) that I am trying to find a market for my work. I am also ready for probable rejection. Does this make me a pessimist or a realist? I read somewhere that most published stories have an average of 27 rejections before publication. So, I am basically prepared to spend the next year getting rejected and resubmitting work. And if it gets accepted the first or second time? Frigging sweet! I beat the bell curve.
I have also almost completed 2 more longer short stories/ short novellas. I am not sure what the final word count will be when these respective stories are complete. I try not to worry about word count or market while the story remains incomplete. I do like to keep tabs on how many words I write a week. I calculate on a weekly basis, because I don’t write every day, but I try to get at a minimum 10,000 words a month. I do a lot of writing on the weekends, since I have a 9-5 at the moment. I always meet or exceed that 10,000 word goal, since I got serious about writing again in 2013.
Happy writing, and wish me luck! How cool would it be to finally see one of my fiction works in print?!?!?