>More of the same

>Yesterday when I arrived at work I fired off an email regarding a brochure I’m supposed to be working on. I’ve not had a reply yet. I also fired off an email regarding an atrocious newsletter that was riddled with mistakes, bad spelling, poor grammar, inconsistencies, asking why they didn’t think to send it to the only C&P specialist in the entire organisation for checking before sending – globally. I’ve not had a reply yet.

Next job was checking the job pages and I applied for 3 editing jobs: one that doesn’t exist in Barnsley, but they said to send my CV anyway; a book editing job in Holmfirth; and a magazine editing job in South Yorkshire. I also re-applied for a book editing job in the East Midlands that I applied for before Christmas but on a different website. The agency had assured me they were passing my details along with a recommendation that the organisation take a look, but as I’ve not heard anything yet – not even a “no thanks” – I’m going to bug them.

Then I scrolled down the freelance job boards, I applied for a 12 month blogging job, and I sent a chasing letter to a local correspondent job I applied for on a walking magazine at the beginning of November. A friend subsequently gave me an alternative email address, and 2 friends pointed out that as the editor is often out on location, he can take up to 3 months to reply. I hope I didn’t bug him yet with my reminder.

Finally I had a look at the calls for short stories and I think I may have a go at one or two of those. They’re mostly in America, and because of the conversion rates I have to aim at the higher paying longer length ones. Otherwise they’re not worth my while other than practise and experience. One of the first lessons I learned as a writer was to set my own minimum wage and then stick to it. I might not get as much work as people that work for free or for peanuts, but at least I get to eat with what I do earn. (Peanuts are very nutritious but, alone, do not qualify as a balanced diet.)

It was a quiet day at work. I think I spoke to 2 people all day, maybe 3.

Today there may be replies to my emails; today may be more of the same.


6 thoughts on “>More of the same

  1. carolwarham 12 January 2011 / 10:41 am

    >A very interesting post. All the jobs sounded well..interesting! Let's hope something concrete comes from this. Happy job hunting.Wouldn't Holmfirth be handy, we could meet up for lunch!


  2. Diane 12 January 2011 / 10:49 am

    >Holmfirth would be lovely, it being one of my favourite places around here. We could meet at my favourite little cafe there … "Miscellany" or something like that …


  3. devonellington 12 January 2011 / 1:44 pm

    >Sounds good. Something great will come of all of this.Re: short stories. Absolutely. You've above the range of needing simply experience and exposure.Have you looked at Glimmer Train's quarterly open submissions (the no-fee ones?) They have one of the highest paid fiction rates — might be worth checking them out.


  4. Diane 12 January 2011 / 2:10 pm

    >The big list I've been checking is Duotrope, as recommended by you, but I've not seen Glimmer Train yet. I'll certainly look there too. Thanks.


  5. Melissa Marsh 12 January 2011 / 4:21 pm

    >Hope you land some of those jobs – freelance and otherwise. They recently reduced the rate for freelancers on the only freelance job I have. I wasn't happy and let them know about it. Their response? Sorry, can't do anything about it – this came from corporate.


  6. Diane 12 January 2011 / 4:35 pm

    >I'm afraid I would have asked corporate if they were taking a pay cut too, and told them to stuff their job. Wages that don't go up are already realistically going down; wages that go down mean you're paying them for hiring you.


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