Freelance Writers: Your First Quarter Check-up

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It's mid-March. And that means we're nearly through with the first quarter of 2011 already. How are your goals and resolutions for the year shaping up? Is your freelance writing business growing? Do you need to pick up the pace a bit?

So far I'm reasonably happy with my progress for the year. I've:

  • finished outlining the first book in my novel series;
  • gotten my hands on the first draft manuscript of The Query-Free Freelancer;
  • launched my indie publishing blog;
  • launched a genealogy blog;
  • started a month-long virtual blog tour;
  • come up with a plan for a new author research service / site;
  • and put together a mockup for the AFW redesign coming a little later this year (more on that later).

I'm sure I could have done even more, but I seem to be on track with most of my goals. I'm set to launch three fiction-related sites later this spring and a site for my intended fiction pen name. So we'll see how that goes. Check in with me again in June to see if I made it through all of the launches.

How about you? What are you working on? Did you use your first quarter of 2011 to start something new? It's not too late! If you're a bit behind on your business goals, give them a fresh look. You still have plenty of time to make them happen.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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9 Comments

  1. Emily Suess March 15, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for reminding me to look back on those goals! :) Time tends to get away from me. I’ve still got some work to do when it comes to my guest posting goals, but everything is on schedule–it’s a good feeling.

    • Jennifer Mattern March 16, 2011 Reply

      Oh, I know what you mean. I looked at my calendar and was like “Wait, it’s March 15th already?? No way!” :) Time flies when you’re having fun I suppose.

  2. Carol Tice March 15, 2011 Reply

    Really happy with 1Q income. Have gotten my monthly series of paid webinars rolling nicely. Next working on splitting original ebook into 3…and exploring paid-membership club models. Launching a new blog on family geocaching and revamping my writer site into WordPress, caroltice.com.

    Also landed a great new major corporate client that is allowing me to drop my small-business clients and focus on my own revenue-generating ideas with my blogs…possibly most excited about that!

    Oh yeah — and also signed up to go to SOBCon. It’s not until end of April and I’ve already gotten SO much out of it — people connecting already.

    • Jennifer Mattern March 16, 2011 Reply

      Good luck with everything Carol! :) Sounds like you have a lot on your plate in the next few months!

  3. Lori March 16, 2011 Reply

    I’m a bit off my goals, though January and February were pretty good. March is a little slower, but that’s because I’ve sunk time into a particular project (two, actually) that will be sources of ongoing revenue. I don’t mind taking the time for that.

  4. Laura Townshend March 17, 2011 Reply

    My business picked up this month. It was steady through Christmas and into February, but is really taking off now. So that’s a good thing. I need an upcoming strong quarter.

    I’m behind in my goals for my blogs. I totally stalled out – for some really silly reasons – but I’m on track now. If only I had more time in the day, or could think and type faster! ;-)

    Jenn, the new comment feature is cool!

    • Jennifer Mattern March 18, 2011 Reply

      Glad to hear the comment feature isn’t an obnoxious change.

      And congrats on how business is going! :)

  5. Jennifer L March 17, 2011 Reply

    I originally said I was going to try to send three new queries per week this year.

    Wow, that was ambitious. And maybe a little nutty.

    There were some weeks, though, that I really did manage to do that. Other weeks, I was buried with actual assignments and didn’t follow through.

    I’m hoping to be a little more methodical about sending out more queries and pitches in the future, though. I wonder if I was perhaps aiming a little too high this past quarter.
    When I wasn’t getting any takers, it was easy to get discouraged. And thus it became easy to slide the goal onto the back burner, particularly if I got busy.

    • Jennifer Mattern March 18, 2011 Reply

      Setting goals too high can definitely be encouraging. Just remind yourself that it’s okay not to meet every goal. And think about other things you might have done that weren’t originally planned for. It’s not likely that you just slacked off. Other things come up over time, and sometimes they take precedent over earlier goals we set for ourselves, and sometimes it’s for the better of our business to let goals go or scale them down a bit. Nothing wrong with that. :)

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