Accountability for Productivity

The best thing about self publishing is that you are accountable to no one.
The worst thing about self publishing is that you are accountable to no one.

First time at Camp Nanowrimo. Second Nanowrimo.

This year I made it my goal to branch out and submit my work to other places. Having the ability to publish on a whim is gratifying, but it has pitfalls. For one, self publishing can create a stagnant bubble with no fresh circulation from new exposure.

For another, there is no accountability. My publishing schedule has gone very loose now that I do this as a full time gig. It needs to be opposite. If I don’t sell writing, I don’t get paid. You’d think I’d be working at a feverish pace more. The truth is that I need to produce more.

A few week’s ago I was having a chat to a friend about submitting more work. We both agreed we needed to make goals and stick with them. I suggested checking back in with each other so we had some accountability. He agreed, and then I regretted it. Drat! Now I have a deadline, was my thought. We agreed Accountability Doomsday would be June 26.

That week I did normal writery stuff: I had a book signing, released an audio edition of Space and Time #133 (you should check it out here!), had a Skype meeting about virtual magazines, had a phone meeting about advertising on the magazine’s website, wrote some stuff, organized some stuff I wrote… and then suddenly it was Doomsday Eve.

Google Calendar reminded me of my impending humiliation. The week was just about up, and I hadn’t submitted one thing. I got busy, opened up my folders of finished poems and created a spreadsheet to keep track of submissions. With hours to go, I managed to submit ten poems and a drabble to new markets.

The next day, Accountability Doomsday wasn’t so ominous. I felt chuffed at my last minute  efforts. Imagine what I could do if I was regular? We both agreed having to report to someone was a productivity boost. My next thought was how good would this be as a regular blog feature?

So here’s the deal. At the end of every month I’ll post my productivity—how many things I’ve submitted, how many were rejected, successes/failures and maybe even word count. This is really just for me. Knowing my failures will be posted for anyone to see helps me not fail. You are free to berate and/or boost me.

I invite anyone else to do the same and reap the benefits of accountability.

For now, leave a comment telling the world how your last month was. So here’s me to start:

June 2019 | 10 submissions | 5 rejections
Year to date | 19 submissions | 5 rejections
| I signed up for Camp Nanowrimo to finish the third part of Bitter Suites.

That’s me, how about you? Don’t worry if you didn’t keep records, how could you know this was going to be a thing? Just post a comment with what you’ve been working on and where you hope to go with it and we will check back in next month.

P.S. Anyone else doing Camp Nanowrimo?
P.S.S. The blog is going back to being scheduled posts four times a week on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays. Daily is too much with all the deadlines I have piling up.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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4 Responses to Accountability for Productivity

  1. Marge Simon says:

    I have never, ever been tempted by that Na No Wri Mo. One Name author friend said, at the time of the deadline, “number of words I’ve written for NaNoWriMo = 0. Well, that’s me, too. It works for a lot of my writer friends, but I just can’t imagine writing words and words and words just for a word goal. That said, I’m not into writing novels, novelettes, or novellas. I’ll bet that makes a difference!
    So go for camp NNWM!
    I’ve got work out. I never keep a spread sheet. I suppose I’m a disorganized mess but that’s moi! :)

  2. Laura k Duerrwaechter says:

    Accountability? Ha Ha Ha. Never even occurred to me. I live when inspired to do so.
    My writing follows the same pattern.

    It’s a different beast when you don’t have to feed it to survive.

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