Presented with as little comment as possible.
If you look at the new Active SFWA members since July 1, 2009.*
14 joined with short fiction
66 joined with novel sales
I am interested in your theories on the difference in numbers.
*(I can’t track prior to that because the information was not gathered with any consistency. What data I have suggests that it’s fairly consistent.)
Edited to add:
Two interesting things pointed out to me.
- SFWA has 17 qualifying short story markets and 40+ qualifying novel markets.
- Total number of qualifying slots in short fiction is approximately 550-600 per year. Total number of qualifying novel slots is approximately 5000 (Amazon actually lists 9,343 SF & Fantasy new releases in 2009)