Writing as a business: Measuring results

Every successful organization I’ve been involved with was committed to benchmarking and measurement — and had the kind of leadership that wasn’t afraid to make numbers a key factor in deciding which projects to continue and which projects to revamp or scrap.

Hugo Award-winning science fiction writer David Levine shows how a professional writer can take a fearless look at his or her year-end numbers.

I don’t know if I have the courage to make my numbers public, but, following David’s lead, I’ll be tallying up my 2006 results for fiction, client blogging and websites, and personal blogs.

2 responses to “Writing as a business: Measuring results

  1. And here I thought you meant the number of dollars he earned as a writer, not the number of words he wrote. I track the former, not the latter.

    And, yes, it was a good year.

    Nice blog.

    Ron

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  2. Good point, Ron. While hours translate into dollars fairly straightforwardly for tech and marketing writers and other freelancers, it’s a whole other ballgame for fiction writers like David. There the span between writing the words and getting paid for them can be a few calendar years. I applaud David’s approach to tracking words written, and also submissions and rejections. It’s not uncommon for fiction to be rejected half a dozen times before a sale is made. (I write web content *and* fiction, so am interested in good practices for both businesses models.)

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