Today’s post is by Katara Patton, former Acquisitions Director for children & youth products at Tyndale.
It’s been exactly one year (July 1, 2014) since I said good-bye to my friends at Tyndale and launched on my own as a freelance writer and editor. And it has been a journey, to say the least. I’m grateful to still be in touch with such great folks at Tyndale and that they’ve invited me to share what I’ve learned over this year—particularly about the industry and about the freelance world.
1. It is a faith walk. When I resigned from my fun job as acquisitions director for children and family so I could have more flexibility and be closer to my preschooler, I had no idea what projects I would work on. I had some projects in the works and a few dollars saved up, but leaving a full-time job (and a paycheck every two weeks) takes faith. I’m glad I could rely on my faith in God and that I felt called to freelance—otherwise, some of my lean days would have been harder to take.
2. There is work out there. This past year, I’ve written two devotionals, a study guide, edited an inspirational book, taught two writing classes…and more. Publishers will send you work—especially if what you have already done for them meets or exceeds expectations and is on time. One of my editors sent me a special note thanking me for having my work in her inbox at the start of the day it was due. I don’t think she was used to people meeting their deadlines. She has sent me more work—and I am grateful.
3. It is hard work. Many publishers—and even individuals looking for editors or writers—want a lot done in a little time. It’s the nature of freelancing. So I wake up early and sometimes work after my child is asleep, but I do have the freedom to go on field trips, visit the classroom in the middle of the day, and do my morning Zumba class (and occasionally have a mid-day nap).
4. It all matters. In this past year, I’ve used the experience I gained from Tyndale and other companies. I’ve received referrals from former co-workers and I’ve even gotten work on a project from another former employer.
I look forward to sharing more when some of these projects see the light of day and staying connected to the Tyndale Family. I thank God for the work experience and the ability to inspire through words. I also thank my husband and family for being supportive. For more information on some of the work I’ve done, visit www.esteempub.com.
Katara Patton, Founder and Executive Editor, Esteem Publishing