November Writer’s Life: Finally hit my financial goals! [#yearofwriting]

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Last month, I wrote about a serious lack of motivation after a very crazy and busy September (due to Hurricane Irma and a 2-week vacation). I had recently updated my writing goals for 2017 and was hoping that November would go much better… And guess what, it did!

One of my BIG goals for the end of the year was to finish my memoir book proposal, which I did with one month to spare! That’s right, the Moscow Chica: How Growing Up in Russia and Cuba Made Me an American book proposal has been written and is now safely in the hands of some trusted editor friends. It feels absolutely incredible to have gotten this far with the book, even though I know there is still a ways to go. Right now, my big goal is to get the proposal back from friends and edit it again, before I can get it ready to actually seek agents and a publisher. So stay tuned!

What was published: 

HipLatina, specifically: 

The other big goal I had for the end of 2017 was to make $2,000 in freelance income a month. Although I didn’t quite get there in October (which I figured I wouldn’t due to the previously mentioned motivation issues), I was pleasantly surprised that I just made it in November. I honestly had no idea I was so close! So to see me back to my earning potential felt GREAT.

How much I wrote: 32,603 words

How much I made: $2025

In terms of my writing, I not only made my financial goals but I also wrote quite a bit. Most of that was for work, of course, but I also spent time working on the memoir. In fact, for my memoir, I wrote 10,341 words. That’s basically 1/3 of my writing productivity for the month of November and that feels SO good. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I can’t even begin to describe how good it feels to get this far on something I have been dreaming about for over six years.

Pitches sent out in November: 6
Pitch rejections: 2
Pitch non-replies: 4
Pitch acceptances: 0
Pitch reply with question: 0

Follow-ups with previous pitches: 3
Pitch rejections: 3

When it came time for pitches for November, I didn’t get very far. But then again, I didn’t really intend to. I basically took a “meh, if I have something really good” approach. Since I was confident that I would fulfill my financial goals just on my current regular work at HipLatina and  MamásLatinas , I only pitched when I *really* wanted to. It’s a strategy that served me well, in term of the time I spent, but I didn’t actually get any acceptances (yet) so I may changed my thinking for the last month of the year.

All in all, I think this has been a great month. I am truly excited to see what the last month of the year will bring. Having my writing goals for the year, along with writing these blog posts, has really taken my career to the next level. That’s not the only thing that’s done it, of course, but I  feel like I am slowly figuring out more and more about my work style, preferences, talents, etc. There’s a long road to go (I hope!) but, well… so far, so good!

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60 Halloween treats to make ASAP

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For anyone that knows me, I am a HUGE fan of Halloween. Ever since my family came to this country, when I was just 8 years old, I have loved this holiday. I love dressing up, I love candy, and I especially love the decorations.

But beyond the fun colors of Halloween, these days I am all about celebrating it with a group of friends and some fun costumes. Unfortunately, due to some travel, it looks like this year I won’t get to dress up. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t do SOMETHING to celebrate this amazing holiday – and that something is ALL ABOUT making some Halloween treats!

In fact, I gathered together 60 of the best sweet and savory treats that I could find on the internet for a really fun Halloween story for Brit.co. Wouldn’t you like to try some too?

Check out 60 Sweet + Savory Halloween Treats to *WOW* Your Inner Kidult on Brit.co!

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My new job at Brit+Co!

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I have BIG news!

As of today, I have joined Brit+Co as their new freelance lifestyle community editor.

My new job is pretty great, to be honest. The company is based in San Francisco, but I will continue to work from my home in New York City. Mostly, I am thrilled to join the lifestyle team at a company that is committed to inspiring women and girls to be more creative. As the lifestyle editor, I will be overseeing food (duh!), pets and weddings content.

I’m really excited to get started, and I can’t wait to see what the end of 2015 brings and – even better – all of my adventures in 2016.

P.S. If you’re a publicist friend looking to reconnect or pitch me in any of these areas, you can email me here.

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