When I first started looking for a job, I never considered freelancing. When I think of “freelancers,” I think of people with experience who spent years in the X industry and eventually broke up to do their own thing. Naive 22 year old not a freelancer. We are interns and assistants, working for scrap metal.
But I found that for economic reasons, many large publishers outsource. Just because of layoffs does not mean that the demand for labor decreases. According to Publishing Trends, there are more and more jobs for book publishers (outside of large companies). Public relations have been cut, so lesser-known authors have moved elsewhere for publicity. My impression is that all aspects of publishing are like this: sales, editing, marketing (especially digital)…
The idea for my first foray into freelance came from a website called The Snooze Blog. An old boss ran this website and asked me to edit posts before publishing them. I pay by mail and it is a very sweet show. My boss trusts my ideas and my writing and pays me according to the position (and always on time), while I do so in the comfort of my hometown. When my Facebook ad was launched, Debbie Stier of HarperStudio contacted me, hoping to create a hyper-targeted ad for the book’s upcoming release.
Then I really started to think about it. I mean, why not? After those ads came out, more than one person emailed me that I should consider attacking myself. In the words of one such advisor:
“Typography, cover design, editing, public relations, marketing – these are all things authors can buy for themselves, and they’re getting cheaper. This is something authors can’t do, and the less important things become in the digital age. you’re looking for become irrelevant But, as your Harper friend said, authors will still be writing books (maybe you’ll be one of them someday!), and they still need editors and typesetting staff, PR staff, book marketers , etc. These are features that are great for freelancers…”
According to Publishing Trends, their list of book promoters has grown by 50% since 2004, and smaller companies have only grown after the recession, not the other way around.
But is freelancing a wise move for the average 22-year-old? I’m not sure… I don’t know anyone who has done this before. I’ve met some independent young people here and there, but they’re still very young, so it’s hard to measure how successful they are. By the way, when I write a book, I prefer people who have worked in a large company and have many years of experience. Some young floggers won’t cut it.
My suggestion is to engage in freelancing if possible. This money will help you get through the storm until you find something permanent and add it to your resume. I can’t tell you how useful it is to include HarperStudio on my resume. Although I am not a regular employee or a regular employee, I think if such a big house needs my services, it shows that I have great potential.
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