I have a few pieces in the hopper that I welcome help with (and I have the need for some contractors; see last paragraph). First up, I often repeat my glib productivity advice that you want to match your most important task to your most productive time. But what is that most important task? While “prep for meeting with CEO” is probably a bigger priority than editing a memo about office fridge policies, a lot of stuff is more ambiguous. So how should you figure it out? Or if you work with new hires/entry-level folks, how do you teach them how to prioritize? I welcome guidelines and suggestions (can post or email me: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com).
Second, I’m working on a piece on getting the right mix of clients. Free agents want multiple streams of revenue. But there’s also a limit to how many clients you can keep happy at once without going insane. Big anchor clients are great because you don’t have to spend too much time hustling. On the other hand, when you fail to develop new clients, you risk your big anchor client cutting the budget and leaving you in as bad a place as if you were an employee somewhere and lost your job.
So what’s the right mix? I have a general sense of how this works in a writing context (and I have good sources there) but what about other fields: design, marketing, etc?
Finally, after a lot of going back and forth and consideration and work with professional editors, I’ve decided to try releasing my novel (The Cortlandt Boys, for long time readers) as an ebook. I want to see if I can make the independent publishing process work. To that end, I am going to need 1) a cover designer, 2) a copy-editor and 3) someone who can format in proper ebook form for various markets. I welcome suggestions on these. As an alternative, I’d welcome suggestions on someone who project-manages the entire ebook publishing process, as that could be a wise approach too. As above, please email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com. Thank you!