I’m a free agent again. In other words, I’ve been laid off my part-time newspaper job. The weirdest thing? I received an unemployment debit card from the state last week. I laughed and twittered: “Do they know something I don’t?” I guess they did. The hardest thing? Walking away from a terrific group of people I’ve come to really enjoy and count on for emotional and intellectual interaction.
The good news is the paper will give me freelance work, and I’ll meet with my writer/editor friends every once in while. This is my third layoff in publishing in the last five years, so I’m not devastated. The layoffs were all economic decisions, and I have glowing letters of recommendation from everyone. I know I’ll come out okay.
In the mean time, I’ll get caught up on my promotional list and finish the edits on novels #3, #4 and #5. Yes, I have three books being released in the next 18 months. So there should be some royalty checks coming too. Not to mention the overwhelming excitement of having so much of my work out there! And the joy of starting work on a new novel.
Life is good. I knew the job was temporary when I started, and it was great for me in many ways. I’m better known now in my community as a person, a journalist, and a novelist. I’ve met a lot of terrific people and worked on some fun stories.
I also have to mention that I’m a fine fiction editor, and I’m offering writers a great deal on copyediting: $400 flat rate for any manuscript under 100,000 words. The copyedit includes proofreading, syntax edits, and general observations. I’ll provide a written content analysis for an additional $50. I’ve been conducting freelance manuscript evaluations for a publishing house for a year and a half, so I have some experience.
I love to hear from everyone, and if you’ve had a similar experience, feel free to share it here.