Duotrope says I sent out 24 submissions in the past 12 months, out of a stable of about 15 new works. I got two acceptances (90MTL!) and one check at semi-pro rates.
This author’s count for 2011 was 152 submissions (out of 49 new works), 30 still in the queue, and one pro rate acceptance. Arguably, he has more cash in the bank than I do, so he ‘won’. He appears to embody a ‘throw everything against the wall and see what sticks’ methodology. Here’s a quote: “As the writer of the story, you can’t tell if your story is any good or not. So mail it and trust the editors to pick out the gems for you.”
I wonder. His editorial advocates writing the story, throwing it in an envelope, and sending it off to some market where the editor is supposed to determine if the story is a gem or not. Now, he doesn’t say it, but I would assume that he does some line editting and such, but at fifty pieces a year, I don’t quite see how he can possibly do much with each tale. And he’s amping up the rate to one hundred for this year. Even if every piece is flash, that’s two pieces a week. His stories may be gems, but if so, they may be too rough to tell.
Here’s the question before the group: Do you think his method works in the long run? Does he risk getting a bad reputation amongst editors? Would he have a better acceptance rate if he just slowed the pace and polished the tales more?