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2014 beckons

Trojan horse by Ascentive
Trojan horse by Ascentive

I don’t know what 2014 is the year of. Apart from being the Year of the Green Wood Horse. And apparently the International Year of Family Farming so please think about where your food and consumer goods come from and whether they are ethically and sustainably produced.

But it is 2014 now. 2013 has gone.

I was busy in 2013 and so it flew by fast. The editing conference is over and I can breathe again. In December you all nearly decimated my server by loving the How to tell if you are an editor post so much so thanks for that. Clearly humour wins you over. If you want to see the rest of the awesome fireworks style stats for the blog for 2013 check out the link below from WordPress.

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So what will happen in 2014?

Well, I will step off the committee for the Society of Editors (WA) Inc in March at the AGM. The structures of the Society and the national body IPEd are changing and I am a bit burned out by all that so it is time for a break. I have been on the committee since 2009.

And I will be stepping up on to the Media committee for the WA Branch of the MEAA (the Australian Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance aka the union). It’s a very informal thing where I show up and talk about what I as a freelancer would like to see happen. More or less.

I am also still part of Guys Read Gals where I will still crack the whip as the geek goddess so if you want to contribute, please go check it out. I am also still non fiction editor at Australian Women Writers and I might possibly take over historical fiction and do some interviews too but that’s all up in the air at the moment.

So that’s the volunteering side of things. Yes, that’s the stuff I do that I don’t get paid for.

Work wise, what’s in store?

I am still reviewing books for the West Australian so if you are in Perth, keep your eyes peeled on Tuesdays and Saturdays for my two cents on what’s worth introducing to your bookshelf. As usual, when I get books (if you have a book, send it to PO Box 33, Fremantle, WA 6160), there will be me or a cat getting very excited about it on Twitter or Vine so keep an eye out.

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I am still writing for Science Network WA but we will have to see how often that pans out. If you have a story, email me.

I am still freelancing for other publications so again, story ideas, please send them through via email. If you want me to write for you, please remember that I charge between $0.80 and $1.00 AUD per word and the equivalent as a freelance rate and the equivalent of $60,000 AUD per year on a full time contract rate. If you need to negotiate, then please discuss the situation with me.

I am currently not contracted by Curtin University any longer, though if you want to see the work I did for them, go check out their news section.

What this means is that I have more time to help you with editing or social media. So for $300 AUD, I can chat to you about your business, your goals, your audience/market and help you create a schedule and plan for social media in 2014.

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Can you still help with editing?

Yes I can. It’s $100 AUD per hour or I can quote you a project fee. You need to email me your first chapter in PDF form and I can send you a free quote and assessment back. If you agree with the quote and assessment, then we can proceed.

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What about the blog?

Well, the blog will keep going. But first I apologise if you are waiting on more How to write a book posts. I will keep updating that on Wednesdays but possibly only once or twice a month. So stay tuned.

The current plan may change. It always does. By the time the end of the year comes around, the plan and posts have always changed. Just so you are aware. My policy is that I’d rather hold off on posting to schedule if I don’t have anything worthwhile to post or blog about.

So here is the plan so far:

Every other Monday: A random Monday musing – the sort of thing where I go exploring and ramble or talk about past adventuring and so on. You can read more Monday musings to get an idea.

Every other Wednesday: A post on writing or part of the How to write a book series. Hopefully it will be both helpful and funny.

Every other Thursday: A book review. Yes, this is where all those books that don’t end up reviewed in print end up. Well, here and Australian Women Writers and Guys Read Gals.

Every other Friday: Freelancing related posts where I gripe and grumble about freelancing and generally put young wannabe freelancers off the idea by harping on about being broke and perpetually stressed. Sort of. It’s a bit funnier than that.

Every other Saturday: Science journalism posts because apparently people are keen to know more so we will see if there is are enough things to write about to last out the year.

That doesn’t mean you get one week of nothing and then a week with five posts – they will alternate but I haven’t decided how just yet.

What about the book? And the short stories?

I am still writing Sedition. Or in the process of writing it. Keep your eye on the progress bar in the sidebar.

For those who don’t know, if you sign up to the mailing list, you get a short story each month. That’s right, I write a short story each month and you get to read it first. FOR FREE.

If you subscribe to the blog you will go on the mailing list anyway but this way you get to choose whether you just want everything in your inbox or if you want just the one email with news and a short story.

So after all that…

HAPPY 2014!

Now tell me: What have you got planned for the new year?

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is usually based in Melbourne but is currently flouncing around in Perth for a week for the Inaugural 2018 KSP - Varuna Foundation Fellowship. She will be at Melbourne's Continuum and online running a Writers' Bloc course in the coming weeks.

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