>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.