Overall, I made a total of 299 non-reprint submissions in 2013. I received 275 responses, some of which were for submissions sent in 2012. (Conversely, some of my 2013 submissions did not receive responses during the calendar year.) For those submission responses:
- Six submissions received no reply.
- Three submissions were withdrawn.
- I had 16 acceptances. (I also had a paying reprint acceptance and four non-paying reprint acceptances.)
- And I had 249 rejections.
- Six were to pro-rate SFWA/MWA-qualifying markets. (Including the EQMM story here.)
- One was to a pro-rate market not on the SFWA list.
- Five were to semi-pro markets.
- Five were to markets which pay, but either have a per-word rate below semi-pro rates or which pay a flat rate which generally falls below semi-pro, including the reprint sale.
I sold 17 different stories in 2012:
- Five of those were flash length (1,000 words or fewer)
- Eight were between 1,001 and 3,000 words.
- Four were over 3,000 words.
- Eight were fantasy stories.
- Five were science fiction stories.
- Two were mystery stories.
- Two were horror stories.
The genre breakdowns were pretty similar to 2012. Probably the most notably item in the above is that the percentage of stories which I sold at flash length decreased significantly from 50% to a bit over 25%.
So, the net is fewer sales but a higher percentage to pro-rate markets and a higher percentage of greater than flash fiction length. I'll call it a good year, yes. But I hope to have an even better one in 2014.