We’ve all been back to work this week in our house, after the wonderful relaxation of the holidays—all kinds of work, in various places. My daughter’s at work now; my son has returned on the train from the city, where he worked till the end of the week. I’ve done editing work, writing work, and theatre work, plus household chores, and my husband did some painting and coaching. There will be more hanging out and chatting, game playing and puzzle doing, and plenty more eating, but for now I have been counting up my rejections for the ongoing 100 Rejections project.
I failed. Again! To get 100 rejections. Evidently I failed even to send out 100 packets. I sent out 94. I got 51 rejections this year, which is pretty darn good. Fifty-four percent failure rate! I got 26 acceptances. I think that’s about 28% success rate. Plus 20 packets pending. It doesn’t all add up, thanks to 1) math challenge and 2) weird situations.
Compared to the last full-year tally, from September 1, 2011 to September 1, 2012, I am down on packets out—got 120 out in that accounting—and pretty similar in the Acceptance/Rejection ratio. I had 64 rejections, 34 acceptances, and 25 packets pending the last time I did this. And I think that’s enough for me.
It takes a lot of work, patience, and relentless faith to get one’s work out there in the world. Sigh…. But it’s also fun, and feels good when someone likes your work, benefits from it, and lets you know. Here’s a sweet bit of news. My chapbook Nocturnes turned up on this list: 2012: Best Chapbooks of the Year. Many thanks to The Scrapper Poet, Karen J. Weyant.
I will keep writing and sending work out, but I may not do any more counting and reporting here. Forgive me, my brain hurts. And my fingers are glued together, from poetry collages as Christmas gifts, so it’s hard to count.