What I’m reading: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
What I’m listening to: Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
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I sent no queries in May. Instead, the assignments came to me. That’s a nice situation to be in, let me tell you. I can’t really count the assignments as queries, so I won’t.
I sent one or two, but no great push for them. The conference season is winding down, so now would be an ideal time (and it will be part of my summer marketing). I let the workload on my desk get in the way. It could be a mistake later on, but for now, I’m doing well with project flow. However, anyone who’s done this a while knows today’s client could be tomorrow’s memory. Time to get moving.
Despite having some great conversations about possible projects back in March/April, nothing has come of it. One or two of the contacts went silent, an indication we weren’t a match either due to price or focus. Follow-ups weren’t answered, so I’ve put them on my calendar for future notes.
I don’t apply to job postings as a general rule. I’d much rather be dictating my own rate than accepting something that doesn’t quite fit. That said, I’m part of two groups that send regular vetted listings. So far, none have met my price requirement, so I don’t bother.
I have one new client as of last week, and I’m excited. This one was a referral from a friend, and the work is interesting. The pay? Perfect. So I’m hoping the first project leads to several more.
A newer client has me busy with projects here and there, as does a regular client who just sent a large project a few weeks into May. That one will wrap up in two weeks, so June is promising to be lucrative. Also, three other favorite clients handed over some smaller projects, so I was busy. Also, I reached out to about seven previous clients, and I’m hopeful with two of them that work will be coming soon.
I submitted to two journals in May, and I received a personal note from another journal. This one included the feedback from not just the editor, but the entire editorial team. While they didn’t publish the poem, I found the feedback to be the real gift. I’m also working on a few more poems, so I’ll be submitting this month.
Now is the time for me to start marketing to the conference crowd while the conference is still fresh on their minds. I’m hoping to pick up some media kit work, thought leadership stuff, or possibly some ongoing ghostwriting. Also, I’m looking to reconnect with past clients in hopes of getting back on their radar. Plus, I’m planning ways to gain a bit more impact through social media connections.How did you do last month? Were the results what you expected?
What are you thinking to change?