So far, a really productive week. I'm writing this Wednesday afternoon as we wait for our "first significant snowfall" of the season, as they call it on the Weather Channel. I'm staring out at snow, which has been the case since what feels like January, so I'm not sure what they're talking about.
But I guess 5-8 inches is significant enough to talk about.
It's also why I'm writing this overdue monthly assessment a day ahead of when it's scheduled. See, we had an all-day ice storm on Tuesday. Now snow formed from what would otherwise be a really big rainstorm. Last time that happened, we were sitting in the dark for four days.
So I'm planning ahead. To do the post that's late in coming. My life is that kind of ironic.
For those of you new to the blog, feel free to share your own monthly progress on this blog every month. It's a great way to push yourself to reach those goals you've been talking about.
Let's get to it.
I sent out three. The result: two assignments that came in this month. The other one has me concerned. This is an editor I've worked with quite often. In the last eight months, she's not responded to any of my queries or follow-up notes. Must follow up by phone or at the conference. I hope she's okay.
Not as many as I'd liked to have sent, but I did send out 18 letters of introduction. I got three conversations out of the effort.
I sent out a few invitations for conversations, but nothing yet.
Having found a more vetted source of job listings, I applied to one job that fit perfectly. And of course they immediately turned me down. That's why I hate job listings -- you're competing with way too many writers. Even a perfect fit gets lost in the crowd. Do I think they hired someone with less experience? Not necessarily, but in a traditional setting, I'd have been interviewed. It was that good a fit.
I finished a larger project for a favorite client, started on a project for an existing client,, and wrote an article for an editor I like working with. The existing clients made up 80 percent of my earnings.
Then there's the new client. I'm enjoying working with this one as he's very communicative and gives positive feedback. Most people are great at giving negative feedback, but forget the good stuff. Not that I'm craving it, but it's nice to have once in a while.
I set a goal to send out one poem a week and write at least three a week. I'm a little off the writing part as I've been spending a lot more time editing, but I'm on target with the weekly submission. Until I get a larger body of work, I don't want to overdo it with the simultaneous submissions. No acceptances yet, but I do have one coming out in published form this month.
I started February surpassing my earnings goal based on the projects sitting in my in box. I ended the month with all but one project (and naturally, the one that pays most) finished and invoiced. Since I count my invoiced totals, I just missed my earnings goal by $1K. It sucks that it's not done, but if I can get it completed by the end of this month, that will be a great boost to March's total.
I've put a lot more energy into diversifying the projects I'm trying to win. It's worked. I'm going to continue doing so, and I'm continuing with a new letter of introduction approach. Also, I'm pushing hard this month to reach as many conference exhibitors as I can since I did manage to book my room and my flight for the show in April.
My goal is to continue marketing every day and increasing the number of people I market to.
Writers, how did you do in February?
Where did things go awry?
How do you plan for work a few months out?