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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.

Date: 2013-08-01 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j-cheney.livejournal.com
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...

Date: 2013-08-01 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davisac1.livejournal.com
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.

Date: 2013-08-02 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cathshaffer.livejournal.com
Good use of "remuneratively."

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