I sold another story a couple of weeks ago, to The People's Friend this time. Which means I've achieved my original objective of selling to three different women's magazines (the other two I've sold stories to so far are The Weekly News and Yours magazine). So I thought I'd do a stocktake of what it took to get me here. Mostly it took the support and encouragement of everyone in my womag writers' group, which of course I can't quantify. But other than that, to get these three sales took:
25 stories written
and there are 13 of my stories still out there, so I could have another sale or two to come, if I'm lucky.
I think this means I'm doing well, because it seems to me that a sale average of one in every 8.3 stories written is pretty good for a novice. And, although I've achieved my original objective, I'm not giving up just yet - I'm enjoying it too much, learning a lot, and there are more markets to crack! Oh, and of course there are the huge earnings that supplement my income...
So far, my three short story sales have earned me a total of £255. I reckon each story takes on average around half a day to write, edit and submit. Then there are the extra submissions, and time spent reading/critiquing the stories of others in my group, I'd say that adds up to another day a month, plus another half day overall for time spent on euphoric emails/texts/phone calls to tell people about my sales. That means I've spent 30 days so far on my short story writing. Which comes out at £8.50/day or just over a pound an hour!