Multiple submissions – the first 9 months

We offer overview feedback for multiple (>5 stories) submitters, but we hide the info away at the very bottom of our Rejectomancy page, and not many people know about it. I heard from a writer today who had submitted to us many times, but hadn’t run across this little tidbit. Out of curiosity, I took a quick and messy look at how many people do submit more than once. Out of 1,368 submissions to date, …

Payment methods survey

In light of some recent frustration with PayPal, we surveyed submitters about their preferred payment method. The short answer – PayPal, for all its difficulties, is the best answer. We asked three questions: What payment methods do you have available? What’s your preferred payment method? Do you either live in the US or have a US bank account? The results were very clear. Most people have PayPal and can take a personal check. A large …

Rewrite statistics – the first 8 months

Rewrites – up to 2 June 2016 To go along with a Patreon post on how to rewrite a story ($, patrons only), I thought I’d publish some statistics on rewrites. As of today, we’ve offered 73 submitters the opportunity to rewrite and resubmit their stories. Of those, 29 took us up on the opportunity, and a further 13 showed interest, but didn’t submit a revision. Of the 29 that submitted revisions, we bought 20 …

Submission statistics – the first 6 months

Up to 31 March 2016 Genre (as listed by author): Fantasy – 41% SF – 36% Other/mixed – 23% These rates have stayed fairly steady. Word count Stories average about 3,500 words, regardless of genre. Our responses Rejected – 70% Rejected but encouraged to submit other work – 22% Rejected but encouraged to submit a rewrite – 5% Accepted – 2% Feedback we gave Prose score Red line – where we knew it wasn’t for …

Survey of December 2015

Preliminary results The survey was too long. I grant that, and appreciate the time respondents took to fill it out. Demographic data were similar to the first survey, and broadly people preferred the current feedback style, so future surveys will likely concentrate on a few key questions. A few specifics Anonymity – while a few submitters strongly preferred anonymity, most didn’t care. We’ll drop this requirement for the following reasons: anonymizing requires more work from …

Survey of the 1st 100 submitters

Feedback on the feedback on the feedback. Thanks to all who participated. The survey’s been very useful. Some confirmations, some surprises. I generally try to dress up reader comments (my own and others’) a bit to make the more polite. There was near universal agreement that this is unnecessary, and a fair proportion of people upset that the comments weren’t as blunt as advertised. Most people find the comments helpful, but a few found them …