Being a published writer is a great achievement and no matter what some people say, to me there is no difference to being published online and offline than perhaps the money you can earn. Published is published, regardless of the time and place.
Many offline writers lift their noses to us online folk. For some reason they consider their writing to be somewhat aloof to ours and while I don’t agree with that for one second, I do accept that some just agree to disagree with me.
Either way, once you are published and paid for your work, you are officially a writer. Congratulations!
Well, for starters you’ll have to keep track on all the places that are graced by your pen’s (keyboard’s) wisdom. Naturally this can become quite arduous, as the longer you write, the harder it gets to track all your public pieces.
An easy solution to tracking your publishing career
The best way to get on top of this is doing it from the very start. Once you got your first publication live, create a simple spreadsheet like the one I created for your perusal if you so wish.
You can download it for free if it is of any help to you.
On this spreadsheet you can record information that will help you to keep track of your activities online. This has two major functions:
- You will always be up to date with all your published stuff
- You can point a potential client in an instance to your goodies without spending hours searching for it.
I used various headers for the document and you can change them as you feel fit. Let me explain what I insert under each of these to make it easy to understand:
Article/Post Link: this is self explanatory I guess. Insert the direct link to your published posts and articles.
Date Gone Live: again, this doesn’t need explanation. It does help to keep track of this since you’ll have a great overview on your activities and growth.
Notes: I keep this for anything noteworthy, related to the actual piece I have written. Information that could help me in the future.
Contact Person: it helps to keep contact details handy. One never knows whether you need them again in the future.
Contact Email: same here. If you ever lose your address book details, you will still have a backup of your past clients and contacts.
Contact Notes: some clients have special needs. Things that are discussed during email conversations. Instead of keeping all the dozens of emails, use this section to note the most relevant points to remember.
$$$ Earned: If you get paid, keep track. If it is a guest post, just write “guestpost”. If it is a submitted article on an article directory just write “articledirectory”. I think you get the drift by now.
Reference Received: Like I mentioned in an earlier post, it is essential to ask your clients for testimonials every now and then. You can use them on your portfolio site. Marking this down will help you keep track on who to ask and who not.
Naturally all these pointers are merely a stimulation to get you into action with your own track keeping system.
Maybe you have something to add or to subtract. I look forward to getting your feedback.