Dear Miss Snark,
I'm interested in finding out how many submissions various publishers and agents receive versus how many titles or authors they actually publish or accept. I believe market guides used to offer this sort of information, but I'm coming up empty handed. Any suggestions on where I can find this sort of thing? I want to let others know how stiff the competition is, and be able to quote real statistics.
There is no reliable way to measure the acceptance ratio at a publisher because there is no reliable measure of what's pitched. Do you count manuscripts received? Do you count each version? Do you count pitches that fell so flat the editor said "ix-nay on the rap-cay". Do you count things as published if they are bought but not accepted? bought, accepted and not published?
And that's just publishers.
I can give you an idea of how many written queries I get: 100 a week. I can tell you how many (roughly) fulls (1) and partials (3-maybe)I look at. I've only taken on two new projects since last October. That's a pretty fierce rejection rate..and that doesn't even count the nitwits who e-query me.
And none of it counts the clue free who e=query this blog.
Sufficient unto the day is this: we ARE looking for good work. Write really really well and you won't need to worry about who else is there cause you'll rise to the top of the heap. The fact that there is a lot of other stuff out there is no indication of the quality of that work. Most of it is dreck.