Diary of a freelance writer: 20 April 2016

Wahey! I seem to have made it on time this week! And what a busy week.

Wednesday 13 April 2016
On Wednesday I was back in the hot seat, trying to catch up with everything I’ve let slip. I wrote several blog posts, I did some band admin for Monkey Dust, and I edited a chapter of Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book 3.

Thursday 14 April 2016
On Thursday morning I pitched for a job and by the afternoon I’d won it. I wrote 1,059 words for a draft of a new short story. I did some gig list admin, and I completed the hard copy edit of a client’s book. On Thursday evening the poet had band practice, so I did the shopping then.

Friday 15 April 2016
On Friday I completed the job I’d won the day before (it was a very short children’s book) and I started the electronic edit of the client’s book.

On Saturday, I completed the electronic edit of the client’s book. I don’t often work at the weekend, but I wanted this one of the desk so I could invoice for it. The poet’s band had a gig over in Doncaster Saturday evening.

On Sunday we visited the outlaws, and we went for a very short walk.

Monday 18 April 2016
First job today was to submit the book I’d finished on Saturday and get the invoice sent off. I wrote another short blog post and spent the rest of the day doing gig list admin, band admin and admin-admin.

Tuesday 19 April 2016
Yesterday we were busy having meetings and appointments again, but I did some job searching and pegged 10 jobs for further investigation.

Homework w/c 20 April 2016
I still have a lot of work to do that I didn’t manage last week. So here is a slightly updated to-do list for the coming week:

  • think/query/write/submit Nov/Oct/Sep/Aug
  • #2 short story – THE MYSTERY OF WOOLLEY DAM (draft 2)
  • #3 short story – SHAKING THE TREE (draft 3 – 1st typed draft)
  • continue editing BAGGINS BOTTOM BEST BITS BOOK 3
  • continue transferring to Scrivener CATCH THE RAINBOW

And I still have to reinstall those word-count meters …

What have you been up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 3 February 2016

What a very busy week I had last week, publishing a new book on Tuesday and then sending another 2 paperbacks off to print. Sorry for not doing this last week. I’ll do last week’s today, then this week’s on Wednesday.

Wednesday 27 January 2016
Wednesday was an ordinary writing day, where I wrote 600 words on 2 projects and then spent much of the day doing admin or “thinking” about writing.

Thursday 28 January 2016
Thursday morning I did more admin work, for the gig list, for the diary. I wrote 294 words, and I printed off a new editing job.

A hair appointment shortened the day a little, so I didn’t do as much of the editing as I hoped I would.

Friday 23 January 2016
On Friday I did more admin but I cracked on with the editing job, as I’d like the money before the end of the month if possible.

A dental appointment mid-afternoon broke the day in 2, and I didn’t do much else when I came back, other than reading work.

On Saturday we visited my parents and on the way home we stopped off at Kingsbury Water Park for our weekly walk. On Sunday it was the poet’s mother’s birthday, so we popped over to see his parents and did our shopping on the way back. We didn’t do much else research/writing-wise.

Monday 1 February 2016
Monday consisted mostly of new month admin. I fell short of my 20,000-word writing target by more than 5,000 words, due mostly to the editing work I’ve been doing. But I set my new month’s writing target at 21,000 words and hope to do much better this time.

First job of the day was gig list admin, then I wrote 319 words for a blog post. In the afternoon I finished a short story and sent it off to market, adding another 1,400 words to the target.

Once that had gone, I did more work on the editing job and received a new job in from lovely-already-boss.

Tuesday 2 February 2016
Tuesday was a very exciting day as my first novel, Night Crawler, by Diane Parkin was repackaged and republished as Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery by Diane Wordsworth. And Tuesday was publication day. This took up most of the day, with the associated press and PR work that goes with it. I still have to update my “buy my books” pages, but both blogs, Facebook and the website were all updated with the new book.

I wrote 924 words over both blogs and the news page on the website, and I continued with the edit.

Homework w/c 3 February 2016
The new week was to begin with more publishing work, sorting out 2 more books to be republished and repackaged as paperbacks.

I had that big edit to finish and the new edit to start, plus proofreading of another client project.

I also want to do more on the fiction writing course.

What are you up to this week?