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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday's Thoughts...What Will You Do Differently to Achieve Your Writing Dreams?


---"If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting."


With so much sports saturating the airwaves these days, my mind naturally focused on an athletic analogy, for today's post.

It's October. We're in the final inning of the freelance "game" for this year.
What will you do to score more? To produce more work? Garner more clients? Pen that novel you've been promising? To get on board with guest blogging?

For each of us, the game plan will be different. As they say: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

Here are a few of my "11th hour" undertakings and short-term goals for 2013:

  • I decided to submit a few pieces to the Chicken Soup anthology. Yet again, (sigh). Keep your fingers crossed.
  • I've purchased an excellent reference guide (The Best of the Magazine Markets for Writers for 2010-2011), to identify potential leads and to broaden writing opportunities. Stay tuned for the backstory behind how this purchase also landed a new client the same day!
  • Will attempt to craft a query or two to land in some of the more prominent writers' magazines.
  • Got another subscription to Writers Digest publication, to keep up with what's going on in the industry.
  • Am focusing on landing an agent for two book ideas for publication for 2014. Note: if you are an agent reading my blog, please have your people contact my people. :-)
  • Would love to work with more new clients on creating blogs, assisting in virtual tours, and marketing strategies. On the hunt...


     Your turn.
What will you do differently by year end, for greater success in 2014? Do tell.

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8 comments:

  1. Good question! It's been a busy spring and summer, and it's time to regroup and give this some thought. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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  2. Sure thing, Karen. Keep us posted on your progress! :-) Thanks for starting the "chat" off.

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    1. Jen, If I were an agent, I wouldn't hesitate a moment before I contacted you! I've been targeting better paying markets of late. I've got some interest in one magazine article (waiting and hoping), I've sold two Chicken Soup stories and have 4 more in their hopper; one of which I submitted this week. And I need to pump up and promote sales of my first mystery so I can get the second one looked at. Lots for us busy writers to do. I'm right there with you.

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    2. Sue,
      Aww, shucks-you make me blush. :-) I do think I could make an agent proud! :-) Hope to have me some "Chicken"-winning recipe for next year too. Good luck w/your future goals.

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  3. Becomming better at writing more engaging blogposts, and - when looking at the Most Popular Posts-list on my Blog -

    Better focus mainly on practical problem solving oriented blogposts, because those seem to be appriciated the most.

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    1. I appreciate you joining the "conversation", H.P. :-)

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  4. My 11th hour short term goal is to launch a crowfunding campaign to publish my book, 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger's Block.

    And I FINALLY determined my ideal clients for The Write Design Company so I am about to get but in gear and secure at least two clients before the end of this year.

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    1. Good for you! Keep me posted, Marcie. Thanks for sharing this.

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