Now that the endorphin euphoria of the acceptance at ANALOG has worn off, and I am pleasantly floating back to Earth, it’s time to take stock. With Jim Baen’s Universe closing, and two stories accepted within 60 days of each other, my Race score has plummeted. 2009’s high was 17, and now I am down to a paltry 2.
Still, seeing the score reduced to sales — actual, bona fide sales — is a heck of a way to “lose” the Race.
Now I need to formulate some plans, both for the inventory and for future work. I still owe a novel by this time next month, and a second novel by the time I attend the Writers of the Future gala in the summer. It also seems like I need to make sure I keep up with the short production, as breakthroughs in this arena open up — I would assume? — possibilities that didn’t necessarily exist before. It would be nice to take advantage of those, especially if it meant some additional short sales in 2010 while I am waiting to see what happens with the two novels.
(shuffles through imaginary file cabinet)
Most of the inventory is very old. Last year I pulled one or two of those and did a total re-drafting on them, with no visible difference in response from editors. I wonder if I should even bother trying to get those shored up and back out to market, or if fresh production is the answer? I do still like some of those old stories, even if I probably have to tear them down to the joists, pipe and wire to make them workable. Just like that Mike guy from Holmes on Homes. (grin)
Anyway, it’s nice to be here on this little benchmark. Two pro sales, to significant national print markets. How long did I wonder how long it would take to get here? How many times did I wonder forlornly if I would ever get here??
So glad I never quit. So glad my wife never allowed me to quit. (he he)
EDIT TO ADD: spent the afternoon flushing the birds out of their nests. 8 manuscripts back in the air. Go my lovelies, go…. Race score back to 10.