By Stephanie Dickison

Exploring the downfalls of being a contract author, this cautionary story explains what occurs while one turns into self-employed, celebrating cubicle-free residing via an excellent comedian narrative at the real-life ups and downs of a full-time author. For greater than a decade Stephanie Dickison were effectively publishing gains and articles whereas operating a full-time activity. yet in December 2005 she left the safe global of “9 to 5,” opting to put in writing freelance so one can pay the accounts and hoping to complete a manuscript that was once with reference to 5 years previous. With precious insights approximately time administration, networking with magazines and newspapers, in addition to engaging in famous person interviews and writing function articles, this invaluable source will encourage many industrious dreamers to take that long-delayed jump and turn into their very own boss.

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Holy #@%! the taste of ink Everyone thinks that they can be a writer. And everyone wants my job. Cate Blanchett once said, “Ultimately, people are just interested in your performance. ” With writing, it is the complete opposite — strangers will come up to you and ask you about craft, process, your muse, everything they can think of because they are hoping, praying, for that little nugget of wisdom that will change the way they write and lead magically to their writing “The End” on the screenplay that has been lying beneath their single bed for the last twenty-two years.

A fantastic writer for the New Yorker and author of The Orchid Thief and The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup (to name just a few of many), she wrote a wonderful essay about going to a taxidermy convention. I was scared to even read it, but this was one of those small steps toward facing my fears, like going in the ocean at night in the Dominican Republic, eating fish eyes, and watching documentaries about genocide and other inhumanities. She spoke about the people behind the grizzly bears, deer, and geese and how many of them actually care deeply for the animals that they work with — that this is their way of preserving their beauty.

I am after all ceo, owner, pr manager, and full-time employee. And you’d think 32 the 30-second commute | 33 See, at least I look busy. weekends would be better, but unlike most office folk, I’m at my desk working. I have deadlines on Saturdays and Sundays, and if I don’t, I’m using the weekend to either catch up or get ahead on something. It’s work time, whether it’s the weekend or not. m. comes, I feel a huge rush of relief. Scott and I usually go for dinner, a walk, or to an event. It is really the one time during the week that I don’t feel guilty for not working.

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