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Writing Progress Report – First Quarter 2020

Welcome to the first quarter of 2020, where my writing turned more into an editing palooza! I also queried short stories and retired two others, to the wilds of Wattpad.

Progress Report – First Quarter 2020

How great was first quarter 2020? So I spent first quarter 2020 finishing up my 2019 NaNoWriMo novel. In February, I started to edit that same novel. This also meant starting to outline that novel’s sequel. I will be writing it for 2020 NaNoWriMo. So how awesome was that?

Fourth Quarter 2020 Posted Works

Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Quill | First Quarter 2020
First of all, I worked on a number of new short stories. A lot of these had been drafted on paper and so I spent some time fixing and polishing them.

Then on Wattpad I posted some fan fiction as I am not posting wholly original work there these days. That is, unless it’s for the WattNaNo profile. However, I did post Dinosaurs and set up Side by Side for posting in the future.

Milestones

Also, I have written over three million words (fan fiction – 59% – and wholly original fiction – 41% – combined). The percentages are continuing to move in favor of more wholly original works.

So right now my stats on Wattpad for wholly original works are as follows:

  • Dinosaurs {this story failed 11 attempts at traditional querying}  – **25+ reads, 9+ comments
  • How to NaNoWriMo – **18,233+ reads, 231+ comments
  • My Favorite Things (like kibble) – 972 reads, 133 comments
  • Revved Up – **59,102+ reads, 530+ comments
  • Side By Side {this story failed 10 attempts at traditional querying}  – **0+ reads, 0+ comments
  • Social Media Guide for Wattpad – **13,159+ reads, 591+ comments
  • The Canadian Caper – 468 reads, 37 comments
  • The Dish – 249 reads, 24 comments
  • There is a Road – 188 reads, 28 comments
  • WattNaNo Top Picks 2018 – **1,773+ reads, 45+ comments
  • WattNaNo Top Picks 2019 – **354+ reads, 3+ comments
  • What Now? – **1,887+ reads, **48+ comments

More Published Works

Also, I am amassing quite the collection of published works!

Untrustworthy, which is my first published novel. So yay!

Almost Shipwrecked, a story in the January 2019 edition of Empyreome.

Canaries, a short story in the March 29, 2019, edition of Theme of Absence.

Complications, a story in the Queer Sci Fi Discovery anthology. So this is an anthology where the proceeds went to supporting the QSF website.

Cynthia and Wilder Bloom, stories in the Longest Night Watch II anthology.

Nothing Good Ever Happens at 3 AM, a story posted at Unfading Daydream‘s October issue (about possession) and their 2019 Anthology.

Props, a story in the Longest Night Watch I anthology. So this is an anthology where the proceeds go to Alzheimer’s research.

Surprises, a story in Book One of the 42 and Beyond Anthology set.

The Boy in the Band, a story in the Pride Park anthology. So this is an anthology where the proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

The Interview, the featured story in the December 14, 2018 edition of Theme of Absence. So they even interviewed me!

The Last Patient, a story in the Stardust, Always anthology. This was an anthology where the proceeds go to cancer research.

The Resurrection of Ditte, a story in the Unrealpolitik anthology.

This is My Child, a short story published in the April 8, 2019 edition of Asymmetry Fiction.

Three Minutes Back in Time, a short story published in the November 2019 issues of Mythic Magazine.

Killing Us Softly, a short story to be published in Corner Bar Magazine.

WIP Corner

So my current WIPs are as follows:

The Obolonk Murders Trilogy – so this one is all about a tripartite society. But who’s killing the aliens?

The Enigman Cave – can we find life on another planet and not screw it up? You know, like we do everything else?

The Real Hub of the Universe Trilogy – so the aliens who live among us in the 1870s and 1880s are at war. But why is that?

Mettle – so it’s all about how society goes to hell in a handbasket when the metals of the periodic table start to disappear. But then what?

Time Addicts – the latest designer high doesn’t make you happy or sad, and it doesn’t even make you hallucinate. Rather, you can go back in time. Welcome to the 26th century, where the very rich use yesterday as their playground, and it’s up to Josie James and the rest of the OIA Department of Temporal Narcotics to rein in the worst of the abuses and cut off a burgeoning black market.

Prep Work

So currently, I have been working on the 2019 NaNo novel and finally finished the first draft on January 11. My 2020 NaNoWriMo novel will also be set in the Obolonks universe, and will serve its a sequel. But I still need more of a plot! However, this one is going faster than last year’s.

First Quarter 2020 Queries and Submissions

So here’s how that’s been going during first quarter 2020.

Publisher Title
Baltimore Review Gentrification
Cricket Magazine The Student
Divertir Publishing A Kitten
Funicular Magazine Blue Card
Gemini Magazine The Guitarist
Johnny America Soul Rentals ‘R’ Us
Menacing Hedge Darkness into Light
Protean Justice
Short Story.me Who Do We Blame for This?
The Binge-Watching Cure None of This is Real
Whiskey Island Magazine I Used to Be Happy

In Progress as of First Quarter 2020

As of first quarter 2020, the above are still in the running for publishing. Some of those have been out for a while, so I’m not exactly hopeful. Who Do We Blame for This? is on query #9, and Blue Card is on query #8. Assuming no one picks them up, at some point, I’ll throw in the towel on those, and just post them on Wattpad. This is what happened with Dinosaurs and Side by Side.

All Other Statuses

So be sure to see the Stats section for some details on any query statuses for first quarter 2020 which were not in progress.

2018 Stats

So in 2018, my querying stats were:

  • 68 submissions of 19 stories
  • Acceptances: 4, 5.88%
  • In Progress-Under Consideration: 3, 4.41% (so these don’t seem to have panned out)
  • In Progress: 10, 14.71%
  • Rejected-Personal: 14, 20.59%
  • Rejected-Form: 24, 35.29%
  • Ghosted: 13 (so these were submissions where I never found out what happened), 19.12%

2019 Stats

So in 2019 my querying stats were:

  • 30 submissions of 13 stories (so 6 submissions carry over from 2018)
  • Acceptances: 5, 16.67%
  • In Progress-Under Consideration: 0, 0%
  • In Progress: 10 (so this includes 2 holdovers from 2018), 33.33%
  • Rejected-Personal: 10, 33.33%
  • Rejected-Form: 4, 13.33%
  • Ghosted: 1 (so these are submissions where I never found out what happened), 3.34%

2020 Stats

So in 2020 my querying stats so far are:

  • 13 submissions of 12 stories (so 9 submissions carry over from 2019)
  • Acceptances: 1, 7.69%
  • In Progress-Under Consideration: 0, 0%
  • In Progress: 11, 84.62%
  • Rejected-Personal: 1, 7.69%
  • Rejected-Form: 0, 0%
  • Ghosted: 0 (so these are submissions where I never found out what happened), 0%

It can be pretty discouraging and hard to go on when nothing new comes up which is positive. It was a huge lift when Killing Us Softly got an acceptance!

First Quarter 2020 Productivity Killers

So these days it’s work, what else? I am working on a ton of things and that includes editing last year’s NaNoWriMo project. I am also outlining this year’s NaNoWriMo project. That one is the sequel to last year’s. So, I was kind of swamped.

Because first quarter 2020 will not be the end of all that work! Furthermore, during this quarter, I had articles accepted by Entrepreneur magazine. I was a busy gal!

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