Professional subjects from a personal perspective

Stop the presses: marketing works!

Wow, it’s been a while since I last blogged! I would love to say that I’ve been on a tropical island somewhere for the past few weeks, or even “putting the ‘free’ back in freelancing” like Céline on the Naked Translations blog but, actually, I’ve been run off my feet with work of all descriptions.

Returning readers (hi there!) will know that I have been pursuing a part-time Master’s degree in Translation, and the workload has been slowly building up over the past few months. In addition, I’m delighted to say that my continued marketing efforts are starting to pay off big time. This has all been a recipe for tiredness, but also a great sense of satisfaction. After my quiet start to the year, I’ve been so busy that blogging has slipped right down my priority list, but I still have a few 1 Linguist, 3 Questions posts to share with you before starting my new series of interviews on the subject of specialising (keep your eyes peeled!).

So what have I been up to?
*Contacting agencies
*Approaching direct clients
*Admin – hey, it’s got to be done!
*Getting professional photos done for my website and online profiles – they’re on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for now
*Getting new business cards, special mini cards and stickers, in preparation for the ITI Conference in May

What about actual translation?
*Fashion retailer’s website – German to English (38,000 words)
*Website copy for a hotel – French to English
*Website copy for an advertising agency – German to English
*Collection of short stories – German to English

I hope you have all been having such a productive time of it lately. Now, I’m off to spend a weekend away from my desk. Hopefully the sun will come out…