Anyone who has written freelance knows that wonderful writing isn’t the only thing our piece needs to get accepted. It also needs to be timely. Write and submit an article about C. S. Lewis in 2014 and chances are editors will reject it, whereas they may well have accepted it in 2013. Why? Because 2013 was the 50-year anniversary of Mr. Lewis’s death (in November of 1963). You may have noticed the large number of articles about C. S. Lewis floating around in 2013, and the anniversary is why!
In order to write timely articles like that we need to be alert to what’s coming up in the birthday and anniversary department as well as the annual holidays that repeat year after year. Of course it’s also feels good to be in-the-know about fun facts like when it’s National Pie Day or Poem In Your Pocket Day.
I’ve been planning for a while to prepare a list of upcoming dates for myself. One day it hit me. If I could use such a list, probably other freelancers could as well. And so I’ve decided to start a new blog feature.
On or around the first day of each month, I’ll be posting a Freelance Writer’s Almanac piece, listing the holidays and special days of the month we’re entering. This will be eclectic and include information about history, the arts, faith, science, food, Canadiana, and anything else I find interesting. (This post will replace the monthly writing prompt of 2013).
So if you need timely ideas of things to write about in blog posts, articles, even books, come back January 1st for the first installment of Freelance Writer’s Almanac.
6 thoughts on “Freelance Writer’s Almanac – coming soon!”
Thanks Tracy! The January edition is scheduled and ready to go. Hope readers have as much fun with it as I had putting it together. Happy New Year!
Wonderful idea, Violet. Good reminder about the need for being in tune with time in our writing.
GREAT IDEA, VIOLET — I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET!
Great idea! Thanks for sharing your research. I wonder if we need to know more than a month ahead in order to query, write and submit.
Thanks Bonnie! And yes, a month ahead isn’t really enough lead time especially for a print project. But as we go through the year, ideas may come up for projects you might begin working on now that could be timely a year or more from now. For example, it’s good to submit Christmas projects a year ahead. Of course ideas for blog posts can be much more last-minute.