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Freelancer Summary January 2014

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

Ever wonder what a freelance author/editor does? Each month, I’m going to list my daily notes on what I do. As I always say, being your own boss means you choose with 70 hours of the week you work. None of this talks about the random pub IMs, time doing research, time reading books for blurbs, introductions, and reviews, or short author questions. “Answered pub industry email” can be anything from a request for an interview, to contract queries, to reading anthology invites, to answering questions about dates… and the list goes on.





January



 



2014.01.01



Emailed 3 authors about final edits for BYMH. Set up in-person meeting with Intern for 2014.01.10.



2014.01.02



Wrote 2000 words on “Kelpie Storm” for Origins “monsters” anthology. Finished rough draft.



2014.01.03



Answered 2 BYMH emails. Consulted on KEYSTONES cover art. Answered email on BYMH cover art. Wrote 1000 words on “Janera” for Athena’s Daughters anthology.



2014.01.04



Interview for Reading Recommendations. Editor meeting with AIP author Dylan about The Shadow Chaser. Answered email for BYMH.



2014.01.05



Answered email for BYMH and for Norwescon and for AIP.



 



 



Sunday 2014.01.06


 



Posted Tell Me, email about THE NELLUS ACADEMY INCIDENT, email about an unsolicited novel editorial review request. TOC of BYMH to publisher. Phone call about Gen Con. Edited “Kelpie Storm” and sent it to editor. Edited 3 stories for BYMH.



2014.01.07



Submitted a story. Edited 3 BYMH stories. Blog post about THE NELLUS ACADEMY INCIDENT. Wrote 101 words on “Janera.”



2014.01.08



Dealt with artwork for BYMH. Answered AIP call for submissions questions. Passed on the editorial novel review to Lily. Task list for PA. Edited 7 BYMH stories. Wrote 252 words on “Janera.”



2014.01.09



Edited 4 BYMH stories. Wrote 227 words on “Janera.” Eligible awards blog post. Post to FB about AIP being open for query subs. Answered questions about AIP’s call.



2014.01.10



In person meeting with Intern. Interviewed for new PR person. Wrote 616 words on “Janera.”



2014.01.11



Hosted a SFWA meet-and-greet at the house.



2014.01.12



Reviewed cover art for a novel. Answered pub industry email.



 



 



Sunday 2014.01.13


 



Answered pub industry email. Created contracts for Shattered Shields anthology – Mailed 15/17. Posted a “Tell Me” blog post. Contract negotiations for a novella. Wrote 124 words on “Janera.”



2014.01.14



Blog post. Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts. Hired a new PA/PR person for me and AIP. Wrote 11 words on “Janera.”



2014.01.15



Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts. Approved 3 “Tell Me” posts. Answered pub industry email. Bookkeeping / bio collecting on BYMH. Wrote 2004 words on “Janera.”



2014.01.16



Wrote 875 words on “Janera.” Answered pub industry email. Finished contract negotiations for a novella. Checked on novella and book release dates.



2014.01.17



Answered pub industry email. Contract modifications for one anthology contract. Wrote 1630 words on “Janera,” finishing the rough draft. Poked a cover artist to sign his contract. Sent out Shattered Shields for blurbs.



2014.01.18



Polish and edit on “Janera” and turned it in. Signed and returned Athena’s Daughters contract. Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts.



 



 



Sunday 2014.01.19


 



Answered pub industry email. Pinged a cover artist on an ETA on a cover modification. Pinged straggling BYMH authors for bios, addresses, photos.



2014.01.20



Answered pub industry email. SEGA-16 interview. Collected blubs for THE NELLUS ACADEMY INCIDENT. Posted a “Tell Me” blog post. Mailed first round of payments for Shattered Shields authors. Created and emailed all of the BYMH contracts. Publisher call on new tie-in contract.



2014.01.21



Blog post. Bookkeeping on BYMH contracts. Invoice for payment. Answered pub industry email. Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts.



2014.01.22



Answered pub industry email. Skype call with PA, planning out PR events. Bookkeeping on BYMH contracts. Wrote 555 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony.



2014.01.23



Bookkeeping on BYMH contracts. Answered pub industry email. Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts. Wrote 1007 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony. Sent in information on a sold short story.



2014.01.24



Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts. Discussion with/task list for new PA. Wrote 579 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony. Rough draft on a long blog. Updated task list for next week. Edits/revisions on “Kelpie Storm” and turned it in.



2014.01.25



Successful search for new artist on AIP book series. Wrote 542 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony. Book review written. Answered pub industry email.



 



 



Sunday 2014.01.26


 



Answered pub industry email. AIP interview answered. Filled out HWA Library Committee form.



2014.01.27



Happy book release day to me, THE NELLUS ACADEMY INCIDENT is live. Lots of social media and email about it. Posted a “Tell Me” blog post. Consulted on novel cover art. Wrote 1708 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony. Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts.



2014.01.28



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1202 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony. Made a blog post. Booked hotel room for Gen Con.



2014.01.29



Answered pub industry email. Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts. Bookkeeping on BYMH contracts. Posted a book review. Wrote 1310 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony. PR discussion with publisher. Contract discussion with publisher.



2014.01.30



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1047 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony. Booked room for Origins. Blog posts for AIP. Bookkeeping on Shattered Shields contracts. Bookkeeping on BYMH contracts.



2014.01.31



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 755 words on Colonial Gothic: Roanoke Colony. Half-day meeting with publisher. Contract negotiations. New book contract signed.




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