Monday, August 22, 2011

I Haven't Disappeared - I'm Just Busy Writing

Been busy as a bee!
Photo: Enrico Nunziati
Hi all,

I haven't added a new post for quite some time because I've been very busy doing that thing we all do - writing.  I've been writing for money and working on a project that I hope will eventually bring in money.  I've also been working on an old project hoping that it will be revived to a whole new existance.  Busy, busy, busy.

You Just Never Know

Earlier this year when my residual income was hit hard, I really didn't think I'd earn as much income as I had hoped for this year.  Well, you just never know.  A writing door that I had opened late last year and which had sort of closed for awhile flew wide open 3 months ago and I've been very busy writing articles for up-front pay at a very good pay rate.  This has made all the difference in the world with my writing income.  I work less time writing but am paid 3-4 times more than I was before.  Although this is more like a job - they assign articles and I write them - I am okay with that.  I am, after all, a freelance writer and this is what a freelance writer does.  And since I don't have to spend all my time writing to earn more money than I did before, it leaves me time to work on other projects - so I am happy about that.  That was one of my goals - work smarter, not harder - and I have actually been able to do that this year. 

My New Project

I'm not going to go into great detail because I am still working on it, but I have been working on a big project that I hope, at some point, will begin earning residual income.  If you follow this blog, you know that I do have a few other blogs on different topics that I've been working on for over a year now.  They are all very different but yet could compliment each other so one day I had this idea about combining the blogs so they are still different blogs with different web addresses yet you can link back and forth to each one.  It would be like one big website yet seperate at the same time.  I have made some Google money so far and I hope as I continue working on them that the income grows.  The problem is trying to find time to write all the articles for each blog and keep them all updated.  So this is also what I've been doing with my spare time.

Revivinig an Old Project

My last project has been trying to revive an old project and get it back out in the open.  Ten years ago, I wrote a fun young-adult adventure novel titled Outlaw HeroesAfter sending it off to about 50 agents and the same amount of publishers but getting a rejection each time ("not what we are looking for at this time", "our catalog is full at the moment" etc.,)  I decided to self-publish it and see what would happen.  After it was published, the book did receive several excellent reviews and it even ended up on a national school library list.  Unfortunately, 10 years ago everyone was thick into the Harry Potter phenomonon and all middle-grade books since have been about wizards, witches and now vampires.  My poor little book didn't stand a chance. (Unless I added a witch and vampire to it!)  But now that the last Harry Potter movie has hit the big screen and hopefully after the last Twilight movie we can move on from vampires, I decided it was time to shop my book around again to agents.  So I've been busy doing all that footwork again, finding trustworthy agents, typing up letters and sending packets either by e-mail or snail mail.  I'm can only try and hope for the best - never give up, that should be the motto of all writers.  (By the way, if you know a great agent - or you are one - would love to hear from you. Ha Ha)

Hope your summer is going well and you are also doing what you love.

Happy Writing,

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you're real busy and the best part of it is that it sounds like you're enjoying it.

    I'm sending positive vibes to you for your book. Sounds like the timing is just right for it.

    Wishing you the best!


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