I've been writing seriously (as in, every day or close to it) since 2000. In that time, I've churned out two novels, five short stories and half a dozen essays. I've taken three college classes and attended five writers' conferences. I have 20 rejection slips in a folder in my file drawer.
Here are some broader numbers I've picked up from my studies:
A writer with a finished manuscript has a 1 in 10,000 chance of publication.
The average writer gets somewhere between his second and his sixth manuscript published.
80% of all titles published are non-fiction, 20% fiction. (per http://parapublishing.com)
The average fiction writer in America earns $5000/year.
About 200 writers in the U.S. actually make a living writing fiction.
So why am I working on novel #3?
Yeah, I ask myself that all the time.
Last Week's Winner:
Only two entries again last week, Jeff and Steven G. Jeff's was actually an essay, rather than a story, but it was a good one.
Much can be discerned about a woman named Elizabeth from the nickname she goes by.
There is sure to be a coy exhibitionist bursting to come out when meeting Betty.
The quiet little church mouse in the corner of the library is often introduced as Betsy.
A bit of flair and stardust in her eyes comes with an introduction to Liz or Liza.
The dependable hard worker will answer when Beth is called out.
If you are in need of a champion, call out to Libby.
But if you ever run across a Lizzie, never axe her a question.
“Much can be discerned about a woman named Elizabeth from the nickname she goes by.”
NO SHIT, muthafucka!
In 07 Johnny Scarlett picked ME to work a job with Mama Lizzie. Now Johnny’s a bad dude, but Mama Lizzie is fuckin’ SUPERBAD! Mama Lizzie can snap her finger and you a dead muthafucka! I was uptight, alright.
I was in position that day. I reported on cue, “Mama Lizzie’s here.”
That afternoon, Sir John Scarlett, Director General of the British Secret Service, told my commander, “Tell that kid to never call Queen Elizabeth ‘Mama Lizzie’ again.”
Next week's prompt:
Given the lack of participation in recent weeks, it's time to rethink this. I'll probably bring it back after Labor Day, possibly in a new format.