The Writing Life- Home Binders

I have an abbreviated home binder.  I use it for a lot of things like finances, major house projects and school information.
But behind all that is my writing binder.  I keep it in the same binder for the sake of brevity, but it’s this last part I’m going to share with you today.
As you start getting serious about your writing and treating it as a business, there are things you’re going to have to keep track of.  Here’s a list of the things I keep in my writing binder, and how I use them.
Contractual agreements
For the stories I’ve published, I’ve got agreements about when I can use those stories again.  For instance, a magazine that bought two of my flash fiction pieces has first e-book publishing rights for eighteen months.  I’m planning on writing an e-book this year (spoiler!) and I need to keep track of what I don’t currently own the rights to.
I keep track of how much money I make and spend with my writing.  Just like any other small business, I do quarterly audits, then a big year end audit, because I totally add writing on my taxes. (As practice, mostly, but also so it says ‘writer’ on my returns.)
Blog schedule and stats
I write out my whole plan for the month at the start of the month.  What I intend to write for each column, and what’s my monthly plan.  Sometimes I make changes, but that’s what white out’s for.  I also track likes and new readers on this page.
Blog plans
I keep plans for the blog here, too.  I have a whole year’s worth of themes all planned out, because I’m a crazy person.
Submission logs
This is a big one.  I keep a list of all the magazines I’ve sent short stories to, so I don’t resend them.  I also keep magazine pages, so I know what pieces I’ve sent to that magazine and what they have and haven’t taken.  This helps me gauge their tastes.
There’s a lot of just plain paper that comes along with writing.  This binder is in addition to my world binder, which I showed you how to make here.  Get in the habit of keeping track of your papers now, and it will be a lot easier for you once you hit the big leagues.

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