The Body Count: Writing Statistics

Writers are funny creatures. We're a lot like baseball players in some ways. Oh sure, we're not particularly athletic, most of us, and professional writers make a lot less money than professional ballplayers, on average. But we're a fairly superstitious lot (rejectomancy is a very popular activity), and we're also concerned with statistics. Hits, misses, that sort of thing. Or in this case, how many words did we write? Stories did we finish? Rejections (and sales) we received? Far be it from me to buck the trend, so here's my current card. Can't give you any of my rookie numbers, 'cause I didn't track 'em. Sorry 'bout that, you completists out there.

Jon Hansen
Height 5'11", Freehands Right, Types Touch
Born 12-10, Athens, GA
Home Metro Atlanta, GA
Writing Statistics
Year
Sales
Rejections
Withdrawals
Total Subs
Sales Average
2010 (so far)
0
17
0
0
0 for 17
2009 (Rehab)
0
0
0
0
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2008 (Rehab)
0
6
0
2
0 for 6
2007
3
9
0
12
.250
2006
7
37
0
44
.159
2005
10
62
1
73
.137
2004
2
54
0
56
.036
2003
11
85
0
96
.115
2002
4
95
2
101
.040
2001
6
54
1
61
.098
2000
5
47
1
53
.094
1999
6
100
1
107
.056
1998 (partial)
0
34
2
36
.000
Totals
54
599
8
661
.082

Still well below the Mendoza line. If this was baseball, I'd've been busted down to equipment grunt long ago. Oh well. I'm still young, for a writer. If I was a catcher, my knees would've probably given out by now. One advantage for writers: we've got a lot more years to do our best work.