The stats for Jan:
Write 1 Sub : 2 new short stories written, 2 new flash pieces written, 12 submissions (including poetry!) √
Publish e-collection: have selected 8 short stories and 8 flash pieces all award winning or shortlisted pieces. Next step is to collate and assess format.
Re-start the novel: no progress
Crack the Weekly News: sent polite (very very polite) chasing email to Fiction Editor, as nothing heard on story submitted back in September. Waiting on a response....
Crack Woman's Weekly: story submitted...
Write and sell a serial: initial pitch received a positive response, now finalising synopsis. Next week to write first few pages of part 1 and SUBMIT...
Application for MA in Creative Writing: POSTED. √
OK, not a bad start.
Other submissions: 1 feature commissioned and delivered, 1 feature pitched.
Successes: Longlisted in Flash 500 (waiting for shortlist to be released), confirmed final 10 for Hysteria competition (story to be published in anthology due out April 2013), Runner-up in Chamber's Best Word competition (won a Chambers mini dictionary) and winner of West Sussex Writers Short Play competition (won a Hilary Mantell novel).
And now for the bad news... Income = zilch.
Payment for the feature will most likely arrive on publication (est March). So it's a good job we don't rely on this writing malarkey to pay the bills or feed us... This is sometimes the tough part of writing, putting a lot of work up front without any guarantee of success, but oh what joy when that success starts trickling in. I'm ready for the trickles!
Hi Tracy. What a great January you've had. You missed out one goal: to meet up with Wendy's Writing Now for writing gossip...tick!It was great to meet you. Wonder who will have the first response from Weekly News (9 months and counting).ReplyDelete
Good point Wendy. That was a very pleasant TICK too - reallly enjoyed our chat. Hmm, perhaps who ever gets the first sale (or would it be safer to say response) from TWN gets to eat cake next time we meet!Delete
Well done! You've been so busy it makes me feel tired reading about it... Keep up the good work :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks Hayley - well to be honest I don't have the excuse of a real job so I probably looking busier than reality...Delete
Well done, a fantastic start. 'Accentuate the positive *sings*'ReplyDelete
Definitely Julia - always focus on the positives :)Delete
Glad to see those big fat ticks - hopefully they'll lead to income later on.ReplyDelete
Trotters crossed Patsy! Confess I'm an obsessive ticker too...Delete
12 submissions in one month - I'm impressed!ReplyDelete
Well Sally, I have to own up to this including 4 separate poems, but then I always count submissions by individual pieces of work. Jan did feel a good month though :)Delete
I signed up to W1S1 and got 2 subs off in January. Thought that was brilliant a until I saw your impressive tally.ReplyDelete
So you did even better than planned Lindsay and submitted 2 pieces - that's brilliant. Remember I didn't write 12 new pieces - my motto is recycle, recycle, recycle! Good luck with Feb's target!Delete
Well done on those achievements and successes, Tracy - but you're absolutely right, the payment doesn't always add up!ReplyDelete
Thank you Rosemary for lovely comment. Guess we write for other reasons other than money!Delete
Well done Tracy - you're inspiring me! (and I've given you a mention on my blog, so others can be inspired too!)ReplyDelete
Blimey Helen don't think you need inspiring with all your womag successes, but thank you! And thanks for the blog mention too :)Delete
That's a great start Tracy, I've got to pull my socks up and get on with it. It's easy to slip into a relaxed way of thinking about our writing isn't it, and whenever I take it more seriously, I do better. Well done, and thanks for the inspiration.ReplyDelete
Thanks Susan - agree being serious does help. Sadly, I treat it a bit like a job, if I didn't I'd ALWAYS find something else to do... But don't be too hard on yourself while you are winding up the business, as that must take up your time right now.Delete