I’ve been freelance writing for a long time, and one thing that still surprises me, even though it shouldn’t, is how much my work changes from week to week, month to month, year to year.
I’m looking at the first?third of 2013, for example, and I haven’t written a single book under contract (meaning I have not been assigned by a publisher to write a book). I’ve had loads of good news on existing books, which is great! And I’ve even got some trade book news to share soon that I’m super excited about. But the educational publishers I usually write for have not been knocking on my door the past few months.
Instead, I’ve spent almost all of my writing time on two things: assessment writing and copyediting. I’ve done 15-20 assessment passages over the past few months, and I’m about halfway through (I think) copyediting a big project of teacher lessons and student workbook pages for a reading program in another country.
It’s all interesting work, some parts of it more challenging than other parts. But I have to admit it feels odd not to be turning in book manuscripts this spring. But that’s freelance writing. The market changes. Your relationship with particular publishers changes. And your work changes. I think it’s both a pro and a con of this writing life.
How is your writing life the same or different from what it was like 2-3 years ago?