Posted by: devonellington | June 2, 2009

May Wrap-Up

It’s a couple of days later, but here’s the wrap up for May:

Done:
Covered Kentucky Derby
Covered Preakness
Taught workshop on International Promo day
SDR blogs: 1
Pitches: 6
Submissions: 3
Follow-ups: 19
Re-Read Helena Francis mystery and started series plan
FEMME FATALE finished, revised, accepted.
Final Edits for DIXIE DUST RUMORS
Media Kit for DIXIE DUST RUMORS
ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT out the door on submission
Kept up with client work

In Process:
Jenny Storm web presence
Blog Tour for DIXIE DUST RUMORS
Fearless Ink brochure
DIXIE DUST RUMORS postcard
OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK postcard
Jain Lazarus brochure
BLOOD SOUP
Continue work on CRAVE THE HUNT
Work on the Matty book
Work on the Matt-Vera book
Work on The Big Project
Backing up floppies and transferring them

Undone/dropped/moved:
Sequel to TILL DEATH WE DO PART (moved)
CHANNELLING JIM MORRISON (moved)
HEEBIES JEEBIES (moved)
ANGEL HUNT revisions (moved to June)
Bedtime Louie
Mick Feeney
The Nowhere Chronicles

Additional:
2 guest blog posts for Procrastinating Writers
2 guest blog posts for Book Blues
OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK media kit
Started developing new serial
Started developing YA sci-fi
Started work on DEAD MAN’S STALL
Started DIXIE DUST RUMORS blog tour
Started developing Charlotte Crocker series
New clients

Achievements:
Release of DIXIE DUST RUMORS

Disappointments:
Still no new release date for OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK

I wasn’t as active with pitches as I should have been, sticking mostly to the job boards and passing on quite a few of those. I was good about follow-up, which didn’t net me immediate work, but a few people worth keeping in touch with.

The fiction continues to outpace the non-fiction, and the Macbook has made a huge, positive difference in productivity levels.

How about you? Are you finding it easier or harder to get into gear as we move towards summer?

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Responses

  1. I just do better as the year, as a whole, progresses. I might make a mental note in future not to schedule in big or extra creative jobs for the first 2 – 3 months or so.

    Anyway, here (and also on the blog) is what I achieved in May:

    Day job
    -summer 2009 magazine in production
    -weekly timesheet
    -weekly meeting/telephone chat with deputy editor
    -chatted with managing editor at least once a week
    -chased late articles

    Admin
    -prepared and maintained May “done” list as I went along
    -diary work (Jun)
    -update gig list daily
    -car MOT
    -monthly bill payments
    -monthly finance/budget work

    Writing
    -updated writing blog on every writing day
    -wrote and submitted 3 fillers
    -submitted 1 query letter/email
    -pitched 2 full length non fiction verbal proposals

    Household
    -weekly supermarket shopping
    -weekly household chores
    -fortnightly baking
    -fortnightly batch cooking

    Rest, relaxation, self development and other
    -read 2 novels
    -GP appointment
    -1 day out at seaside
    -monthly hair appointment
    -dental treatment (shudder)

  2. Great list, Diane.

    I think you bring up a really good point –we always feel like we have to leap out of the starting gate in January, but sometimes it makes more sense to structure our year a little differently.

  3. I’ve just been so depressed from Jan – Mar these past 3 years. I know I never experienced it before leaving my husband and suddenly finding myself on my own, but I feel as though it may be more regular so I don’t want to plan anything big for that time of the year. I’ll only beat myself up if I fail – yet Mondays, the start of the week, are always my most productive. Wonder why the start of the year can’t be too.


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