What’s on the iPod: Asimbonanga sung by Woolies and Soweto Gospel Choir
Hard to believe it’s been two years since the world lost Nelson Mandela (tomorrow is the anniversary of his passing). It’s funny how the brain works — I started humming this song about a week before I realized the anniversary of Mandela’s death was upon us. I’m including the video below. Gorgeous tribute.
Why does it feel like I’ve been running to catch up with this monthly assessment lately? Maybe the past holiday did it, I don’t know. But here I am, four days into the new month and I’ve yet to send out the last invoice. I’m counting it for November, but sheesh. I’m slow.
Also slow this month was the workflow. Not unexpected and certainly welcome after that wild October. I thought December would be the same. Nope, I’m already looking at meeting my earnings goal in three projects that just showed up (one unexpectedly).
Before I get ahead of myself, let’s look at November:
Two queries, one assignment. It’s going to pay in February too, so I’m happy to have a good start on the new year. The other query I’ll follow up on because typically, this editor likes to discuss things over the phone.
I sent 14 LOIs and followed up on just about as many previous first contacts. Also, I got back in touch with four people I’ve had conversations/meetings with in the past (one I actually did some projects for). At the moment, just one is in talks with a particular client I’d referred to his company, so some work may be coming from that.
I connected with three new people and got back in touch with two existing contacts — just wishing them well and starting the conversation.
Zero. And I’m proud of that. 🙂
I picked up a new client this past month by way of a former client. It’s a small job, but I never discount small jobs. Those people have connections, as well. My goal is to make them look good and leave a good impression. That’s my referral secret in a nutshell.
One ongoing gig and a few smaller projects made up the bulk of November earnings for me.
Just the one, but I did lay the foundation for another one, so fingers crossed…
I got a few rejections here — no surprise. I did manage to get a few more poems in front of editors (three — one for every week I worked), so I’m content with that for now.
I thought this would be a month of lower earnings. It was, but by just $1,600. I can live with that after that phenomenal October.
A slower month, and I was almost glad for it. The earnings could have been higher, but they were certainly more than I thought I’d have given the week off last week and the lower-key marketing effort.
December is already full of projects, and I do have a good solid head start going into January with that one article assignment. There will be more work as a regular client is funneling it my way shortly. Still, I’ll be getting in touch with the network of contacts, creating some quality contacts through social media and email, and trying to surpass my earnings goal this time around.
So let’s hear it. How did you do in November?