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Monday, January 1, 2007

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.


  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.


  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.)