Diary of a freelance writer: 27 January 2016

It’s been a bitty week with a jolly in the middle of it and getting distracted by other stuff, but it’s been okay.

Wednesday 20 January 2016
Wednesday started early as I had to run the poet to the railway station. He was off to Scotland for 2 days on business and I usually take him for his train.

Instead of going back to bed, I bumbled through the first part of the morning before warming up and writing a 538-word blog post, plus 41 words over on another blog. (Every little helps …)

Then I browsed the job boards and pitched for 7 new editing or proofreading jobs.

Thursday 21 January 2016
Thursday was a day off in the end. I did my usual morning admin/gig list work, but then it was off for a jolly with Carol, this time over in her neck of the woods (which is, actually, only 15 minutes away …). She took me to a lovely little café in a place called Hepworth, near Holmfirth. And on either side of lunch I had a lovely play with Sam the dog.

At teatime I was back at the railway station to collect the poet.

Friday 22 January 2016
On Friday I wrote a 311-word blog post for me, then a 30-word blog post and a 136-word blog post for the pro-bono project. And I did some other social media admin for the pro-bono project.

In the afternoon I updated the Pen & Sword page on this blog – you can follow the link here – adding 12 new books. I also added 14 new books to ALCS (I get a percentage on books I’ve edited) and 1 article.

On Saturday we managed a research day/day out, travelling slightly further afield to Ripon in North Yorkshire. On Sunday we had a mini-session in Wormy’s kitchen, making lime meringue pie to go with our roast chicken dinner.

Monday 25 January 2016
Monday morning started a little late and I almost forgot to post the gig list gig request for the weekend. I wrote a 770-word blog post and updated the diary for the coming week – something I usually do on the previous Thursday, but I was out jollying. 😀

In the afternoon, I cranked up Scrivener and typed in 1,257 words for Catch the Rainbow, and I chased an overdue acknowledgement.

Tuesday 26 January 2016
Tuesday looks a little empty as I refer to my diary, as I must have forgotten to fill it in. I know I didn’t write any words, though. But again, I did surf the job board and I pitched for another 7 jobs.

I registered with 5 survey sites for when I have real down time.

Homework w/c 27 January 2016
I want to do some more work with Scrivener on Catch the Rainbow, and I’m awaiting some blog posts to edit for a new client … although I’ve been waiting since before Christmas (he did send me an email yesterday evening to say they were on the way).

I want to move on with the next part of my fiction writing course and I want to look at the story that came back to see if I can get it out to fave market before the end of Friday.

I’m STILL still waiting for the new cover for the new version of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig Mystery. It’s almost there now, but we won’t be meeting the  29 January deadline.

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 20 January 2016

First of all I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to visit on Monday and welcome my first guest to the new blog, and special thanks go to all of those who also left a comment or a question. Hopefully, a guest interview will become a regular feature.

I didn’t do everything I wanted to last week – I didn’t start assignment 4 for the fiction writing course and I didn’t manage another short story. However, I did start to upload Catch the Rainbow to Scrivener, and I did finish the big editing job. So all was not lost.

Wednesday 13 January 2016
Most of Wednesday was taken up with the big edit, once the blogs were out of the way.

Thursday 14 January 2016
Ditto Thursday, although I did also do some gig list admin.

Friday 15 January 2016
Friday was much better. I wrote 670 words on one project, prepared Monday’s interview – with pictures and quotes and further information, etc – and I completed the big edit. But it did take much of the week to get that shifted.

We didn’t get out for any research trips at the weekend. The poet wasn’t feeling very well, so we just did the shopping on Saturday, then visited the parents on Sunday. It was his mother’s birthday so we went there first before carrying on down to Birmingham.

Monday 18 January 2016
Monday was a good day too. I did the gig list admin and wrote 973 words on a project. Then spent much of the day learning specifics of Scrivener to help it work much better for me. I raised an invoice for the big job finished on Friday (hurrah!), and I broke the back of Catch the Rainbow with a massive 124 words!

Tuesday 19 January 2016
A chased payment that was due on 1 January finally hit my bank account yesterday. So I was able to order some much needed toner cartridges for the printer at last, and a case for my new Kindle Fire 7″.

I wrote 417 words on one project and I did a lot of work on the pro-bono project, sorting out logos, sponsor forms, emails and the like. We’re pretty much at the stage now where this setting-up work we did for them can be handed over to one of the other volunteers to manage. Ideally, I’d just like to do any press work.

Having cracked (for now) what I needed to know about Scrivener, I then sat down and managed 1,097 words for Catch the Rainbow. This meant I could now print off the prologue and the start of the first chapter and get some feedback from the business manager. (He liked it.)

Homework w/c 20 January 2016
Today’ I’ve been pitching for jobs, so hopefully one of those will come in over the next week. I also want to do more of Catch the Rainbow and Scrivener. If I get chance, I’d also like to do that short story and fiction writing course work I didn’t manage last week.

I’m still waiting for the new cover for the new version of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig Mystery. So far he has a white-washed canvas and is in Scotland now for the next 2 days. We may not meet my 29 January deadline on that …

What are you up to this week?