Posted by: devonellington | May 1, 2009

April Wrap-Up

Momentum picked up again in April, in the best possible way. I intend to do everything I can to keep it on the upswing!

April Wrap-Up

Done:
Pitches/Queries/Submissions — 12
SDR blog post – 1 (the other got away from me)
Work for Confidential Job #1
Sole Struck Fashions Article
Follow-up on January pitches/queries – 3 (Decided not to follow up on 11 other pitches because I wasn’t interested enough to pursue them; did not follow up on the 4 pitches where there’d been some negotiation, but I was pretty sure they were a scam; decided not to follow up on pitch to one publication because they now pimp bidding sites; decided to wait one more month to follow-up on 2 pitches to give them more time).
Finished draft of FEMME FATALE.
Kept up with client projects
Proofs and submission packages for ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT

In Process:
CRAVE THE HUNT
Preparing for the launch of DIXIE DUST RUMORS
Author interviews
Research for Bedtime Louie stories
CHANELLING JIM MORRISON
HEEBIE JEEBIES
Building Jenny Storm web presence

Undone/moved:
April newsletter – never sent it out Newsletter with be March/April/May. Want to put it in new format.
Mick Feeney story – hope to get it done in May
Chronicles of Nowhere story – likewise
Brochure mailing – now that I have a good computer with great capabilities, I’m redoing all the brochures that are in re-design
Final edits on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK – don’t have them yet from my editor.
Get back to work on The Big Project
ANGEL HUNT revisions

Additions:
The Maine Book
The Nathan Book
The Sci-fi Book
The Matty book
Blood Soup (play)
Sequel to TILL DEATH DO THEY PART (play)
Four guest blog posts
Twitter


Disappointments:

I need more hours in the day!

Achievements:
Got my Mac.
“The Retriever” was accepted and contracted by Books for Monsters.

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Responses

  1. The Mac is sounding more and more enticing, Devon. I’m certainly going to consider it when this old dinosaur heaves its last.

    I like that you didn’t waste time following up on those jobs that you lost interest in. That takes a good deal of confidence and discipline – something the newbies need to learn before taking scam jobs just for the work.

  2. I made my goal of writing one poem per day last month…so I now have 30 rough drafts to work from.

  3. Well done, Serena – that’s a good result.

    Here is what I achieved in April:

    Day job
    – emailed magazine contributors
    – weekly meeting/telephone chat with deputy editor
    – weekly timesheet
    – arranged and chaired 1 video conference
    – prepared running order for magazine
    – 2 weeks holiday

    Admin
    – prepared and maintained “done” list as I went along
    – diary work (April)
    – updated giglist daily
    – diary work (May)
    – monthly correspondence
    – monthly bill payments
    – monthly budget work
    – paid road tax onlline

    Writing
    – submitted 2 short stories
    – updated writing blog on every writing day
    – started The Beast Within
    – found out about my first ever royalty payment

    Household
    – weekly supermarket shopping
    – weekly household chores

    Rest, relaxation, self development & other
    – 2 trips to Meadowhall
    – read 3 novels
    – kickstart slimming/fitness regime
    – update slimming blog monthly
    – had 1 day out
    – daily R&R
    – Easter holiday
    – monthly hair appointment
    – 6 monthly dental check up
    – started a new blog
    – started stitching and knitting again
    – 1 trip to Birmingham

  4. Serena – was that part of the PoMoWriMo or something? I knew someone else doing the 1 a day thing….

    Devon – the Mac’s the biggie, isn’t it? 😉

    Diane – What’s the bew blog (think I missed it). I’m always impressed by the atuff you get through religiously.

    My offering:

    Fiction
    ——-
    * Complete 2nd draft of Greener is the Grass – not complete, but almost done.
    * Write at least four new flash/short stories – half done
    * Re-submit any rejected/recalled short stories – not done.
    * Enter at least one writing/poetry competition – not done.
    * Consider the future of Hunting Jack – decided to place ‘on holiday’ for now.

    Poetry
    ——
    * Write at least one poem per week (7/5) – done.
    * Consider re-publishing chapbooks with new front covers for Amazon – decided not to do until stock further depleted.
    * Produce small chapbook for PSH Free-For-All on 1st May – Selektion re-released.

    Editing
    ——-
    * Stay on top of RR submissions – could have done more on this.
    * Complete RR issue 7 for June – first batch contracts out; issue 70% complete.

    Web
    —–
    * Complete amalgamation of web design and freelance writing sites – ditched; Compass to be website work only, with specialised work for existing/specialist writing clients.
    * Carry out updates for property client – done and paid.
    * Carry out transfer and updates for B&B client – Still IP.
    * Carry out updates for photography client – none came through.

    Marketing and Promotion
    —————————-
    * April newsletter – done.
    * GDRs – done.
    * Keep website(s) up to date – done
    * Keep involved in EP’s company promotion scheme – not much to involve with right now
    * Work on Stella marketing plan – did some work. Waiting to hear from EP.
    * Bring Podcast ideas to life – not done.
    * Bring YouTube ideas to life – not done.
    * Record MIS sound bites – not done.

    Reading & Learning
    ——————
    * Day by AL Kennedy – done
    * The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid – IP

    Non-Writing
    ———–
    * Keep diet going – not weighed-in lately – too scared!!

    Things That Turned Up
    ———————
    * First guest blog on Freedom: Sage Cohen interview
    * Offered gig review for News of the World.

    Submissions Made
    —————-
    None.
    1 novel on sub
    8 short stories on sub.

    Successes
    ———
    * Gig opportunity in News of the World
    * Paid off major chunk of debt
    * April SDR published

    Failures
    ——–
    * Sniplits rejected Daffodils
    * Wanted to have completed Greener is the Grass

  5. Colin: It’s a stitching/sewing blog. I’ve not been doing so well, but at least I’ve been getting the have-to stuff done. I could do with losing some of my debt, just in case we go belly up at work.

  6. Lori — the Mac is awesome. Best purchase I ever made. the time I saved by not following up pitches that no longer interested me was focused on more interesting-to-me assignments.

    Serena, what a lovely goa!

    Colin, great stuff.

    Diane, you’re inspiring me to figure out when to add in my sewing.


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