It’s been an excellent week in the writing department. I’ve sold two short stories: one to Daily Science Fiction and the second to The Colored Lens. The dual sale has provided yet more evidence that being a writer requires a certain sense of irony. I’m reasonably decent at math in general and statistics in particular. That said, my writing career obviously operates under different rules than the rest of the known universe.
In spite of submitting stories at fairly regular intervals (I average around four a month) to widely varying markets, I never seem to sell one at a time. I have been writing for a little over two years and have sold six short stories and a novella. All together, they have gone to six different markets. The first year, I sold two stories within two week of each other. I didn’t sell anything else until more than a year later…at which point I sold three within a month.
It’s possible that there is an underlying pattern that I’ve missed here. So far I have ruled out time of year, pay rates, story genre, story length, number of times a piece has been submitted, and theme of the story or magazine. The good news is that there is nothing (mathematically speaking) to stop me from continuing to write what I want and submit it where I want.
The bad news is that I am no closer to finding the magical formula for success in writing. Nothing for it, I suppose, but to continue writing as much as I can and submitting it as often as possible. 🙂