In light of our current situation in this great commonwealth, I now have the unique opportunity to be available, at home, for all the hours of the day every day.

Oh, to be free from under the thumb of the oppressive employer/employee relationship. To wake up and know that today I can do anything, obtain any goal, and not have a strong arm and upturned nose peeking over my shoulder. Wait, is that freelance work? Is it true? Can it happen? Yes, yes it can. Freelance work requires a lot of dedication, energy, maneuverability, and planning. But, it can be extremely rewarding. Maybe it’s time to consider a career move.

Now I get to learn my best times for writing, my most creative times, my most determined times, and exactly my least productive time.

If I go freelance, I plan on having two major parts of my work besides personal writing. Both will be equally important to me, one for the possibility of more money and the other for the sheer joy of seeing a new author grow. I plan on working as a freelance content and developmental editor, the big picture type edits, as well as a writing coach. The editing extension will be open to a more numerous and varied group of clients while the coaching job will land on just two or three individual writers that I plan on working alongside very closely as an experienced and schooled storyteller.

Both areas have strengths and weaknesses which, hopefully, will sort of cancel each other out in the long run. There’s a whole plethora of editors available for work online, as in thousands of them. It may be tough to stand out in the crowd, especially since I don’t yet have a lot of credits to my name. But, by the end of the program, I’ll have an MFA which will help define me as an expert and may help me rise above the group. Also, there is a trend of undercharging happening on job posting sites that makes it tough to find a gig that pays a living wage, especially for someone just starting out. Again, I’ll have to use my MFA as the first buffer, a shield against that sort of issue. On the other hand, people are always looking for an editor. Sometimes they don’t see the kind of editor they need, since there’s so many that focus on different aspects of writing, sometimes they do. Either way, people are asking for others to come and check their writing. It’s a major advantage, the sheer number of possible assignments and gigs, which also mitigates some of the downfalls of freelance developmental editing.

My possible work as a writing coach has it’s own set of disadvantages. I’ll have to find someone that needs or wants a coach and is willing to pay for the service. It doesn’t seem like there are quite as many opportunities openly posted for this route. When I do find someone, hopefully we’ll be compatible personality-wise in order to carry out a long lived relationship, or at least as long as it would take them to write their first great novel. Then there’s always the matter of actually getting paid. When the funds are coming from a great big corporation, it might take a while, but one can be pretty sure that the moola actually available. When the money is coming from a person, an individual, well it could go either way. Saying one can pay for a service, even signing a contract stating that one promises to do so, isn’t the same as me knowing, for sure, that I will eventually get paid. On the flip side, working as a freelance writing coach seems like it would be more personally rewarding for me. I’ll get to see the evolution of a work, if I’m lucky, from start to finish. I’ll get to experience all the ups and downs that the author works through. At the end of the journey, I’ll have someone that I know I can count on as a resource to the literary community. That’s probably the biggest reward for me, to see, to know, that I’ve helped someone become as awesome as they can and taught them how to tell their own best story.     

See you all soon stay safe.

~Sarah

Image credits:

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/creative-writing/start-writing-fiction/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab,

https://wallup.net/science-fiction-sword-women-warrior-trees-blue

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