Goal Getter – Blogging + Freelance

 
 

Last week's goal never happened. Sigh. But I need to switch focus this week. Normally I'd just continue with the goal till I achieve it, but I have some pressing blogging and freelance maintenance that I need to take care of. A little bit here, but most of it over at LV Book Design. So this week, in addition to my normal tasks, I'll be focusing on getting my February blog posts (LV Book Design) and some new pre-made covers to put up for sale in the shop.

My daily tasks are:

  • Make the bed EVERY DAY. 
  • Put away the clean dishes in the morning.
  • Spend 10 minutes a day on dishes.
  • Do something laundry related every day.
  • 10 minute pick up before bed OR Getting Ready for Baby.

For my weekly task:

  • Clean the bathroom (which consists of: putting away products, wiping down surfaces, checking shower for empty bottles–Mr. LL is notorious for doing leaving empty bottles in the shower)

Goal Getter /// April 2016

APRIL 2016

FAMILY (100%)

  • Get Bigby a new harness (0%)
  • Spend time with Mr. LL's Family (200%)
  • Spend time with my family (100%)

NOTES: More time spent with Mr. LL's family this past week.

SOCIAL LIFE (50%)

  • Book club (100%)
  • D&D with friends (0%)
  • Try to hang out with friends (100%)
  • Talk to folks about doing another Blogger Brunch (0%)

NOTES: I've been multi-tasking! When I'm working on my freelance or blogs in the evenings, I've been hopping on Vent and getting some virtual hang time with my friends. Mr. LL is on Skype with his friends almost every night playing ESO.

HEALTH (22.5%)

  • Meal plan every week (50%)
  • Stick to said meal plan every week (40%)
  • Try to work out at least once this month (0%)
  • Count cigarettes (0%)

NOTES: Our meal plan last week was "cereal" so it was SUPER easy to stick to. :/

 FINANCIAL (0%)

  • Come up with a new financial goal (0%)

NOTES: Every week I look at the two goals I have and I just kinda go "what...?" So, yeah, I'm starting over mid-month.

CLEANLINESS  (33%)

  • Set up "chores" (100%)
  • Make a trip to GoodWill (0%)
  • Clean out electrical products (0%)

NOTES: Ugh.

BLOGGING/FREELANCE  (68.5%)

  • Get posts ready for the month (86%)
  • Write at least one post for LV Book Design (200%)
  • Work on more planner printables (0%)
  • Work on new designs for shop in May (0%)
  • Work on book covers for clients (25%)
  • Guest post for GamerWife (100%)

NOTES: 

LV Book Design - what's been going on

Last year, I realized that I really wanted to focus my design expertise on book design. I decided to start by opening up LV Book Design. I created this design business with the hopes of provided self-publishing and indie authors with professional designs that they may not be able to get since they are not going through a publishing company that has designers either on contract or in-house to work on their books.

I'll be honest, it's been a slow process. I worked for a long time on developing and designing my brand, then designing and building my website. I had to write base contracts for each design package I offered, set up an email account, develop a newsletter and figure out how to reach the self-publishing/indie authors. I've been working on blog content over there, in addition to my more regular blog content over here. I also did some "cold calling" by scouring the internet forums and groups for authors and writers, and would just send the ones who seemed to be looking for design help emails offering my services. At the same time, I decided to design and offer pre-made covers to help authors with even tighter budgets (because self-publishing can be quite expensive).

I was hesitant to put up pre-made covers at first. A lot of the ones out there on the internet are, to be honest, horrible. They are amateur at best and completely illegible most of the time. I did not want my work and expertise to be lumped in with this group. Then I had to just step out of my designer-snob moment and ask myself "why, if these are so bad, do they sell?" The answer was because sometimes that's the best a self-publishing author can afford. If you are trying to go the indie route, it's a real struggle–not only for money, but for other resources as well, like time, energy and courage. I created LV Book Design to help these writers, and it would be a disservice to them if I just left them with these options in this price range to choose from when I could just as easily spend time developing some products to help their chances once they publish.

So far, I've sold one of my pre-made covers with that leading to possibly more work from that author. It's a small victory, but I definitely celebrated it. It also made me feel like I really made the right choice offering pre-made designs on my site. 

I'm still learning how to run an online design business. Mainly, I'm trying my best to figure out how to get it to those who need it. But I do what I know best. I blog, and over there I try to write posts that writers will find helpful. I want to encourage authors to keep going with their craft as I try to push forward with my own.

So, that's just an update on my adventures in opening a business. I'm still the senior designer at my day job (well, I'm the Assistant Production Director now, but most people who don't have any clue about publication design don't know what that means and it basically boils down to "Senior Designer"), but I dream of doing LV Book Design full time, some day.