2018: The Year in Review

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I hope you’re not sick of 2018 in review posts because I thought it’d be good to evaluate my efforts this year and share my goals for 2019 before I go.

2018 has been a year of growth. I had a lot of different goals including finding new clients, doing more content marketing (blogging FTW!), and engaging in more online writing and editing groups. I did better on some things than others, but overall I’m pretty proud of what I accomplished.

Work

While I’m still working on my client list, one success has been working with Common Deer Press. This work has included editing online content, coordinating with authors, running social media, and helping with the day-to-day operations. I even got the opportunity to copy edit a few middle-grade novels.

I also wrapped up a memoir project that I started last year. The author sent me a lovely thank you letter once she self-published and it was just so amazing to see all of her hard work come to fruition hear how happy she was! It was a real reminder of why I do what I do.

I had a few smaller jobs and a few leads I’m still following up on, so here’s to continued growth in the new year!

Writing was a big part of this year too, but I’ll talk about that in another post.

Marketing

Running my own business and trying to balance paid work and the unpaid work that gets me paid work has definitely come with a learning curve.

I’ve started blogging more and interacting with more writers and editors on social media. I’m a bit of an introvert, so I’m still figuring this out, but it’s been a fun adventure so far.

In 2019, I hope to get ahead in my blog schedule, develop an improved social media plan to reach more people and have more genuine interactions.

Professional Development

I’m getting so close to the end of my Ryerson publishing certificate! This year I took Trade Books: Fiction, Editing Books for Children and Teens, and Practical Grammar and Punctuation. These classes reiterated some things I already knew and taught me a few new things, making me feel even more confident that I can help others develop and polish their stories. I will likely finish my certificate in 2019, which is awesome but a bit surreal.

I also took several webinars and online courses this year. The topics included web editing, editing dialogue, branding for business growth, and manuscript evaluation. Because I’ve already done a lot of editing courses through Ryerson, webinars don’t always delve into new information, but I still enjoy seeing how other editors work and getting refreshers. I enjoy webinars so much that I just bought three more pre-recorded webinars from Editors Canada to launch my 2019 professional development!

One of my favourite professional development opportunities this year was attending the Editors Canada conference in Saskatoon. I got to network with other editors; attend a bunch of presentations, panels, and worships; and enjoy a new city.

In fact, Editors Canada has been a big part of my 2018 professional development. I managed a calendar project for national and took on planning speaker nights for my local branch. It’s been so fun working with and learning from the other members.

My 2019 Goals

  • Finish my Ryerson Publishing Certificate
  • Develop a blog schedule and build a buffer of posts
  • Start a dedicated business social channel so I can share and interact more
  • Rewrite my web copy to implement my new brand values
  • Continue to grow my client list

I still have things to work on as I continue to build this business, but I’m enjoying the process. 2019 already looks like it will have more excitement in store. I hope I’ll get the chance to work with more of you in 2019!

What did you accomplish in 2018? What do you want to work on in 2019? I’d love to hear from you!

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