What I’m listening to: Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots
After a month of nonstop work, it’s a bit hard to come to an abrupt halt. I finished every project in the queue and had time to breathe. I’m sure it won’t last long — I have revisions due back next week and two more projects about to start up. For now, I’m relishing the free time.
I’m enjoying also the shape of my bank account. For the first time in ages, I’m heading into tax season with one healthy bottom line. If I owe anything on the tax returns, it’s there plus some. But as we know in freelancing, today’s success doesn’t guarantee a thing. Marketing will ramp up again.
For those of you following along and sharing your own monthly review, get your numbers together. Here we go:
I sent one. It resulted in an immediate assignment (again) and a $2K+ invoice.
I sent none. Zero. Not for lack of wanting to, but for lack of time. Because I research every company before I approach them, it just wasn’t possible with the workload I had.
I did get a few inquiries through Twitter. Nothing solid yet, but interest is there. My account had been hijacked, but the results were actually good. I was getting a ton of retweets from posts I hadn’t made, and even some comments from people I’d been wanting to market to. Whoever had hijacked it was sending out some good tweets — I almost hated to take back control!
Zero. I find much more work by sourcing it myself. Better than competing with scores of writers for pay that isn’t quite what I’m after.
I just completed work with my newest client, and I’m awaiting their revisions/feedback. This was a referral client from last month.
Another slam-dunk month thanks to my favorite clients. They made up the bulk of my invoices this month, and the projects were coming in steadily (and at the same time, but I managed to work the schedule out).
I got two rejections this month, but I’m not surprised. Both publications are highly coveted by many poets. I’m going to keep at it. That’s how they get to know your name — repetition (or pestering, depending on your perspective). I didn’t submit this month, but the day is young. I’ve been too busy with revising poems to send out just anything.
Boom! I surpassed my monthly goal yet again, this time by nearly $1K. That makes me happy. Had two projects finalized, I’d be looking at closer to $4K over the target. Oh well, seed for next month.
I’m enjoying a spate of name recognition — all clients came to me this month without my having to market. I don’t expect that to last, and I think any freelance writer would be foolish to think there’s ever a time you don’t have to remind people you’re there.
For now, I’m looking ahead to June. The more work I line up now, the better those lean summer months will be, especially since we have trips planned.
Writers, how did you do in March?
Were your earnings what you expected/hoped for? More? Less?
What do you think was your most successful marketing method? Least successful?