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What’s on the iPod: The Loneliness and the Scream by Frightened Rabbit
This week’s marathon is nearly complete. I have one deadline today, another new-client call, and revisions on a project from another new client. Plus I want to get an outline started for a project due at the end of the month for yet another new client. I’m hoping for a little breathing room next week, but I don’t think it will happen.
It’s all good, though. The work keeps me earning, and the clients are paying my rate without question. That makes for a happy writer.
Because the work never really let up since May, I completely missed reporting in on July’s earnings. I’ll keep this short:
July 2015 — $329 off my target.
August 2015 — $720 off my target.
To be honest, July surprised me. It felt like I hadn’t earned much, even though I was printing invoices every week. August is decidedly busier, but the projects will bill this month (and one will bill in October).
Because July is a blur, I’m going to break down August’s activities.
One. That one got me two gigs, but one fell through as the interview subjects changed their minds. Can’t profile people who decide they don’t want to be profiled.
For the first time ever, I sent none. I hope that doesn’t bite me later, but I know I couldn’t take on one more thing this past month.
I was a bit absent on social media — work again. I was on Twitter to promote the free webinar Jake Poinier and I have going on this month (and if you’re interested in the next free one, sign up at the link above). Beyond that, just a few interactions with contacts on various LinkedIn forums.
There was one that appealed, but I didn’t apply as the requirements were way too long and my time was way too short. I don’t typically look on job boards unless it’s All Indie Writers or eByline. Even the latter has little to offer, but occasionally a good one will appear.
I picked up a new client three months ago. Since then he’s kept me busy with fun, interesting projects. He’s a great person to collaborate with, and he’s friendly. Much of my work in July was for him, and he’s filled August with plenty for me to do. Also, a failed project with another client two months ago (their client’s fault) led to not one, but three replacement projects from them. I like these people — their company owns a few of the magazines I work with. And one of those magazines has been funneling work to me quite a lot. Plus a favorite editorial team called and handed me some work based of a query of mine.
I just picked up a new client last week, and that project won’t be billed for a while. But the good news is I’m already enjoying the work. Then the company mentioned above has connected me with three of their clients, so I’m counting them as “new” clients since the work is new and the personalities are new to me.
I made five submissions. One rejected within a week. The rest are still out there.
Just $720 off the target. Not bad, especially since summers are never this good for me. I’m more than a little nervous about how much work may come in this month and next. But if I price it right and organize my hours, I should be fine.
Despite being insanely busy, I’m about to kick up the marketing again. The short hiatus is over, and it’s time to get more work in through the end of the year. When what was supposed to be a long-term, well-paid retainer dried up, it was quickly replaced with three projects, one of which goes through December. Having established good relationships with a few people in the company was a huge help to getting these jobs.
Writers, how has the summer been for you?
Are you seeing more work, less work, or the same?
When is your peak work cycle? Your slow period?