As a writer, I submit my writing just about everywhere in the hopes of seeing it in print or on a screen other than my own. But that means rejection is inevitable. Because it’s the end of the year, I wanted to look at my writing rejection stats for 2019. Sometimes counting writing rejection is the best way to show you’re moving forward.
I use Duotrope to research opportunities and track my submissions. The website has loads of information about what each outlet is looking for, when they want it and how long it will take them to respond. Although I haven’t changed my goal in a number of years, I usually try to average at least one submission per month.
I know this is pretty low compared to some writers. I know some writers who submit tons more than I do and who even strive for 10 times as many rejections. By aiming for rejections it takes the sting out of them and ensures they are doing a lot of submitting in a given year.
Last year I managed to submit 17 times. This doesn’t include submissions to Medium.com publications or queries to agents which would increase both my submission count and the number of rejections I received.
Writing Rejection Statistics for 2019
Of those 17 rejections, I received two acceptances and seven rejections. I have not heard about the other six submissions yet. Other than being turned down, waiting is the hardest part of submitting for publication.
It takes a long time for publications to decide on which pieces will be included. Luckily Duotrope gives the average length of time it takes for each of the publications in its database to get back to writers. Of those I’m waiting to hear from, response time varies from 54 days to more than a year. The longest outstanding submission was sent in April. I sent the most recent this week.
No matter what I hear on those and the others that are still pending keeping track does tell me that I’ve tried this year. And trying is the most important part of writing.
How do you keep track of your goals? What numbers do you use to quantify your actions? What surprises you most about the numbers?