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Sales and Whatnot

if I were me
I realized I hadn't addressed my short story sales spreadsheet since I sold a book, basically; it came to me as I was working over two story contracts (reprints both).

sales and such

Basically, after a quick perusal of my website and my PayPal account, I got my sheet back in order, completed the first of the above two graphs--and remembered that one of the reasons that I've stopped writing short stories (beyond that they are not my natural length and I find them four to eight times as time-consuming as a comparable length of a novel) is that they are remuneratively poor.

Case in point, I pitted my book incomes versus short story incomes against each other in the second graph as a percentage of total income.  From 2010-2013 you can just barely make out the little shifting line of red.

A good reminder for me not to futz overmuch with short stories. It's one thing to write one if it jumps in and wants to be written in a couple of hours.  It's quite another if I have to agonize over it for three months.

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j_cheney
Aug. 1st, 2013 11:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting that. Since I've started in the the novels, I've barely had time to work on short fiction at all, and I'm terribly slow anyway. This also reminds -me- not to let that stress me out...
davisac1
Aug. 1st, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
And here I've been guilting myself for missing short-fiction deadlines for novel edits. I (sadly) think you've got the right of it.
cathshaffer
Aug. 2nd, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Good use of "remuneratively."
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