As I mentioned in my last post, last month I had an unprecedented number of stories and articles published.
I had three works of fiction published.
And I had three articles published on local history.
But that was then, this is now. Today is September 3rd, and there's nothing on the horizon for this month. I have a story in an anthology that might be out next month. And that's it.
So today, I sat down at my computer and sent out ten new submissions. (Not ten new stories, mind. I sent out four stories to a total of ten markets. That's called simultaneous submissions in the writing business.)
But getting those ten submissions out took me all day! I worked on this from 1 pm to 9:30 pm, and got nothing else accomplished. I did no new writing today!
Oh, I revised some of those stories. One had been rejected several times, and I'd already decided it needed a different opening line. One flash fiction market only accepted stories of up to 900 words, so I had to cut 25 words out of the story I wanted to send them.
But that's rewriting, not writing original material.
Why did it take so long, even using a good tool like Duotrope.com ?
Well, in addition to the rewriting, I try not to send stories out that are inappropriate for the market. So I had to actually read some of these publications online. It also takes time to read the submission guidelines. And any interviews with the editors, in which they express their preferences and peeves.
So it takes me about 45 minutes per submission. Ten submissions = 450 minutes.
Add 60 minutes for coffee, dinner, interrupting phone calls and bathroom breaks, and that comes to 510 minutes. Or 8-and-1/2 hours.
Yes, I had a productive day. I did necessary work. But it doesn't feel satisfying.