I've just gone through my stats on my record sheet for articles and proposals I've sent out over the year and here are my end of year stats for 2009. I thought you might be interested in what I've been up to with my articles and how I've done - rejections and all! I hope you all keep records of articles and proposals you send out too so you know where you are and where you are going in 2010. It's a useful exercise to do this (no matter how painful and boring) as it can give you a clear indication of where your strengths and weaknesses lie and where you can improve. So don't be scared or shy. Brace yourselves and dive right in; your writing will thank you for it.
Internet - 16 (12 accepted for publication. 4 rejected.)
Magazines - 15 (3 accepted. 5 rejected. 7 pending.)
Free Magazines - 13 (10 accepted. 3 rejected.)
Local Newspaper features 1 (1 accepted. 0 rejected!)
Total accepted = 26
Total rejected = 12
pending = 7
Total articles sent in all categories = 45
There have been 16 other proposals that I sent out over the year of which:
3 were accepted
9 were rejected
4 not a clue!!
So I haven't had a bad year really. Any year where there is an article acceptance is a good year to me!! I have plenty to be getting on with, including two articles that I am writing where the proposal was accepted for next year and, to my surprise, there are several articles and proposals that I sent out and were rejected that I have forgotten about and (shock, horror, slap my wrists) I didn't revamp and send out again!! So I will be going through this list and sending them out again in the New Year.
Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope your writing goes well next year and you achieve your writing goals.