Presented without comment:
The Clarkesworld slush pile has been extremely active lately. In the last thirty days, we’ve processed 1240 submissions.
This is how they break down by genre:
The short story author survey is now closed. In the end, I received 944 usable responses. I’m not ready to talk about the theory that inspired the survey, but it looks like I’ll have enough time to write it all up for my editorial June issue of Clarkesworld Magazine (to be released June 1). In the meantime, I can share some of the demographic information:
Published in Clarkesworld: 7.2%
Traditionally Published: 80.7%
Self Published: 30.1%
Under 18: 0.2%
I’m testing a theory and need your help. Can you answer the questions on this survey? It should take you less than two minutes and it’s completely anonymous.
[survey closes Wednesday night]
I posted both sets of data because I found them interesting, nothing more. Some people (here and elsewhere) have opinions about the use of those titles and the people who use them. They do not speak for me.
Here are some facts:
I have never rejected a story because it had a common title
I don’t even pay attention to the title until I’ve decided to purchase a story
Changing a title is EASY, so if I don’t like it, I’ll discuss that with the author
There are plenty of good and bad stories with those titles, but the title is not what made them good or bad