Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gratitude, Acknowledgements and Thanks

Are these three things—gratitude, acknowledgements and thanks—all the same? Not exactly. I think of gratitude as, you guessed it, an attitude; a daily stance, if you will, or angle, a way of looking at the world. Not just thinking, "Gee, I'm so lucky to be alive" (which we should all be!) but looking around at all we have been given. I am happy, healthy, and gifted with some helpful skills. Now it's time for me to give back.
Acknowledgements are the shout-outs, the spotlight we can shine on someone else's good works, good policies, or all-around goodness. Also, acknowledgements can overlap with thanks, when they are there to acknowledge particular favors given or assistance rendered. I'd like to acknowledge Michael Steven Gregory and the entire staff of the Southern California Writers Conference. I've received so much from being a part of your multi-talented "family"—from the many friends I've made, to the myriad connections I have forged, both at the conferences and in the online Facebook SCWC "salon." I'll continue trying to return the favors.
Last but not least:
Thanks are more focused—of course you can say "thanks mom!" in your Oscars speech or your Superbowl moment—but "thank you"s are generally said, or sent (remember thank-you cards?), to a person or persons to mark a specific favor or good deed…

So, this Thanksgiving, I'd like to say a big thank you to: My wonderful husband/collaborator/partner, Russel; our business partner David McClendon; my whole wonderful, funny, and fabulous family; my great circle of long-time friends, the amazing women of my writer's group; Judy Reeves and the other gurus of SDWriters, Ink; and my newest writing friends, like Gayle Carline, Drusilla Campbell, Brian Gilb of Social Publishing House, and the always-inspiring and ever-encouraging "Pitch Witch" partner Marla Miller.
gracias y hasta pronto!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Pros and Cons of Freelancing

I am updating and re-posting this piece from a couple of years ago, since a new friend just mentioned how "fun" it must be to work for myself. The reason I'm re-posting this is I'm too busy to think, much less write, much less write a blog post--lots of manuscripts stacked up on my desk and I'm happy happy happy to be so busy--hasta!

When I tell people that I'm a freelance editor, people always say "How cool--that must be fun!" and of course, it is--but there are good and not-so-good points about working for yourself...
Most all authors are freelancers, even if they have a "day job" because they are not usually getting paid to write (not as they write, that is--hopefully, they do get paid, but usually months or even years later).
Here are just a few of the Pros and Cons of Freelancing:
Pro: You make your own schedule (plenty of time to read).
Con: You can easily feel guilty if you are not working (never enough time to read for FUN).
Pro: You're your own boss (no one to tell you what to do).
Con: You have to motivate yourself--and on some (sunny) days that is really difficult to do.
Pro: You set your own rates and can ask for what you feel your skills are truly worth.
Con: You don't get a weekly paycheck. (Sometimes more than a few weeks go by!)
Pro: You can work from home (in your pajamas, even; I don't because I feel better when I am "dressed for work")
Con: Your home is your office and your job never really stops.
Pro: Your job is your life and it's fun!
Feel free to add to the list--I'd love to hear from you.
hasta pronto!