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happy freelanceversary to me!
On this day in 1998, I was no longer a salaried employee of Byron Preiss Multimedia Company. I still continued to do freelance editing for BPMC (mostly on the Marvel novels) until October, and again briefly in the spring of 1999, but I was the master of my own fate at that point.

On 1 May 1998, I had written half a dozen short stories, a novelization, and half a novel, and I was under contract to do part of a TV show guide. It wasn't long before I had three more novel contracts, plus the editorial work, and things were going great guns. Now it's eighteen years later, I've got rather an impressive writing career behind me. It hasn't always been peaches and cream -- the period from early 2009 to 2013 was pretty fallow, and I had to take on work with the U.S. Census Bureau and the Cardinal Spellman High School library in order to make ends meet, but things have picked up (as the recent irons in the fire post will attest), and I'm once again paying my own way entirely by the sweat of my own brow.

Not that it's all fiction writing. KRADitorial is still a thing, there's the twice-weekly rewatches on Tor.com, and there's the afterschool karate stuff. Nice diverse portfolio, which is the key to successful freelancing.

Oftentimes I find myself reminded of the words of Robbie Robertson in The Last Waltz. He was talking about being a working musician, but it applies to being a freelance writer/editor/teacher too: It's a goddamn impossible way of life.

But I wouldn't have it any other way, either. My life is good and I wouldn't trade it for nothin'.

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mac_arthur_park From: mac_arthur_park Date: May 2nd, 2016 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! Reading this post made me smile.
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