Chief cook and bottle washer.
When you’re a NY Times bestselling author, and you’re raking in cabillions, you can afford an assistant and a professional editor. When you’re self-publishing your own magazine online, freelancing articles for Yahoo, journaling, and conducting your own research, you simply change hats…every single day of the week.
One of the shinier bits of gold from fore running pioneers:
One of the most useful wisdom nuggets shared by successful writers during the decades I’ve pursued my own career has to be “Designate an Editor’s Day,” for all the writing business, proofreading, and loose ends from the week.
Plan on Editor’s Day being busy.
I have an ongoing Editor Do list with plenty of highlighted items that I jump to first. Yahoo articles are proofread and submitted the same day. Depending on the length of fiction stories, sometimes I don’t manage to squeeze in the proofreading, so it falls on Editor’s Day.
With a lot of projects going at once, ED usually turns out to be the busiest day of my week.
My basic Editor Do List:
- Banking chores (transfers from PayPal to checking, recording my payments into my ledger, checking balances, etc.).
- Content follow-up on Yahoo Contributors Network. (Accept offers, edit articles if declined and resubmit, switch out ‘featured’ articles on profile page).
- Assign articles/notes/research materials to daily folders within the Write Now Folder, and return research materials from previous week to the main research file.
- Make sure completed articles are moved from the Write Now Folder into the Submitted folder.
- Check Submitted folder and move any published articles to the Published folder.
- Edit/proofread any articles/stories not finished on assigned day.
- Write Life’s a Hoot column for Owl’s Eye View.
- Edit the completed issue of Owl’s Eye View and copy onto external hard drive.
- Compose OEV and YCN social page blurbs to post multiple times per day through the month/week.
- Update fiction character lists/completion charts.
- Update back-up files on external hard drive.
- Read/study articles, texts, and other educational materials.
- Query publishers or editors about stories and assignments. (Compose queries, update records of submissions.)
- Work on OEV eBook project.
- Key in any hand-written notes or text.
- Order office supplies.
- Load paper into printer.
- Program reminders for week into phone.
- Update editing checklists / tutorials
- Browse through the YCN forum to keep up with current topics and events of professional interest to me.
Told you, lots to do on Editor’s Day, especially since I’ve started freelancing for Yahoo. But having a day every week set aside for strictly the nuts and bolts of writing business, keeps the distractions down to a dull roar during the week when I’m trying to actually create.