A year in the life of a ghostwriter.
First of all, I want to wish you all the best for 2022! I hope next year is filled with happiness and fantastic memories for all of you. I am so lucky to be surrounded by amazing people, and that includes family and friends, and my clients at Sarah Jules Writing Services. I count my blessings every single day.
2021 has been a funny old year for all of us. It wasn’t exactly the year we anticipated, but we muddled through and did the best we could. As I sit here now, on 30th December 2021, having just handed in my last project of the year, I thought it was a good time to sit and reflect on what 2021 has been like for me both professionally and personally.
Sarah Jules Writing Services
In terms of my writing and editing business, this year has been the best yet for me. That’s not to say it hasn’t been without its difficult moments, but overall, I feel that I’m coming into my own and finding my niche within the world of writing and editing. If I take a look at the numbers, this year has been by far my busiest yet, and as a result, I’ve been able to pick projects that resonate the most with me, something I never anticipated I’d be able to do.
In 2021 I have…
- Ghostwritten eight non-fiction manuscripts.
- Ghostwritten seven fiction manuscripts.
- Ghostwritten four short stories.
- Copy-edited eight manuscripts (fiction/non-fiction).
- Line-edited three manuscripts.
- Written countless blog posts and articles.
- Dipped my toes into the world of copywriting.
When I look back at those numbers, I still can’t believe that this is something I do as a job. Being self-employed is stressful, but it’s so worth it! My clients are the absolute best. They take a leap of faith trusting somebody from the internet who they’ve never met before with their projects, and I can’t thank them enough for choosing me. I am so appreciative of all the people I’ve been lucky enough to work with since starting Sarah Jules Writing Services almost three years ago.
My Personal Life
Feel free to skip over this, I don’t blame you if you’re only interested in the writing and editing side of things. Let’s start with the darker stuff – I’ve suffered with mental health issues for a few years now, and it’s something I speak of quite often in blog posts here. Towards the end of this year, I’ve just about got everything under control in that regard. I’m feeling better than I have in the longest time. So, if you’re in a dark place with your mental health, please know that it doesn’t last forever and if you take steps to get better, you’re on the right track. My inbox is always open for anybody who wants to talk or needs to vent, and I genuinely mean that.
Some amazing things have happened this year – two sets of our close friends got married and we were fortunate enough to be able to be a part of their special days. We’ve made lots of memories with our families, and have spent as much time with them as we can, since Boris Johnson said we were allowed to again. A close family member had some serious health complications and is, thankfully, back to normal again. We bought our own little touring caravan, Ellie the Elddis, and cannot wait to spend more time in her next year! We are so very lucky, and it is important to remember that, especially when things aren’t going your way (which is easier said than done).
We’ve been in a position to be able to donate a little money over the Christmas period too. These are the charities we’ve donated to, if you’d like to check them out, although there’s no pressure to do that.
I would love to hear about your best bits of 2021!
I love it when you share your experiences with me, so please do feel free to reach out and let me know what your favourite parts of this year were. Alternatively, if you need somewhere to vent about the worst bits, please feel free to do that too.
I think at the end of each year, it’s important to sit down and reflect on both the good and the bad in preparation for the new year.
I’m getting better at focusing on the good and putting the ‘bad’ to one side as a learning experience. I still have a way to go in this respect, but I’m getting there.
There are many exciting things coming up in the next year for us. Some of which I have to keep to myself just yet but watch this space. After making a lifestyle change this year, and deciding to get fit and healthy, my sister-in-law and I are planning to run a 10k next year. We have a few holidays booked. And my diary for Sarah Jules Writing Services is already looking pretty damn full (which is super exciting too).
Thank you to every single person who has supported Sarah Jules Writing Services this year. Every single like, comment, share, or choosing to work with me, has made me so incredibly happy and has helped my business out immensely.
“The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.”
― Maya Angelou
2 thoughts on “Summary of 2021”
Wow, that’s some great stuff for you on the writing front, Sarah. And I admire your candour when it comes to your mental health issues. Anyway, wishing you all the best for 2022, and keep on keeping on!
Thank you! All the best to you too. Happy new year.