I have thirty stories out for submission right now. Now, I can vaguely recall, right after writing, having a very high number of stories out. And I’ve not infrequently been in the twenties, but thirty is the highest I’ve ever had, I’m pretty sure.
I attribute this to two things. First, I’ve been aggressively trunking stories that would embarass me if they were ever printed. This means that I don’t have to worry about whether any story I am actively submitting is going to embarass me in front of editors, so I can send my stories to better markets. Secondly, I’ve been clearing up my revision backlog. I’m now down to only four stories in the revision pile, which is the lowest it’s been since I came back from the Clarion workshop (i.e. since I actually started revising stories).
I find it pretty difficult to write anything new when I have too many old stories that are unrevised / need submission. It seems like kind of a pointless endeavor, since if I write anything new it’ll just add to a pile that I am already too busy to deal with. So this is pretty good for me.