My 3-Year Anniversary as a Freelance Writer!

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Hola! I’ve returned from a week in Mexico just in time to celebrate my third year running my own freelance writing business.

After three years, I’ve decided to really focus on content for kids. I’ll still do some tech and travel writing because I enjoy it, as well as a little social media consulting and copywriting for techy startups to diversify my income. But I won’t be taking on any new clients that are out of these buckets. I’m also planning to dedicate a lot more time to personal projects — working on them and pitching them to editors and publishers — which is a big deal for me. It’s hard to work on an idea when you don’t get paid for it upfront and don’t know if you’ll ever get paid for it. However, that’s the direction I’m moving and I’m sticking to it.

Here are some highlights from my third year of freelancing (April 2013 to April 2014):

  • American Girl sent me on a summer author tour around the Midwest. Read about my travels to MinneapolisSt. LouisKansas City, and Chicago.
  • I got married. 🙂
  • I was listed as one of the 9 Must-Follow Geeks on Twitter for 2014.
  • I styled a bunch of covers for American Girl magazine.
  • I styled and wrote the book Pretty in Paper as well as writing the book Super Sitter’s Playbook which comes out in May.
  • I did my first Skype author visit with an elementary school.
  • I traveled to a lot of places around the U.S., Europe, and Asia thanks to my flexible schedule. One such place was the SCBWI Conference in NYC where I got good feedback on a book proposal during the fiction workshop I attended.
  • I finally bought a large desktop computer so I didn’t have to slave away on my tiny laptop. I’m hoping it will make me much more productive!

Here are some things I’m looking forward to in the next year:

  • New book projects with new publishers, including working on that book idea I mentioned above.
  • Writing an e-book.
  • Pitching content to kids publications, including short stories.
  • Actually pitching to a few new travel and food publications — I always say I will and never do it!
  • Using my Day Designer, a planner for creative entrepreneurs, to help me reach all of my goals.

Running your own business is not easy, but I’m still hoping to do it forever. I rewarded myself with a day off on my first year and second year freelance-a-versary, but not this year. I’m busy researching new clients and deciding which big personal projects I’m going to pursue first. This is the first year where I’ve really felt worried about whether or not this would all work out again, but the work always seems to find its way to me or me to it.

Here’s hoping for a phenomenal fourth year!

Image via Mae Noelle/Flickr