The allure of paper

 

I have found a kinship with the written word, although I have struggled to find my perfect fit in the creative world. I knew in my sophomore year of college that my future involved publishing, and I completed my Bachelor of Arts in August if 2004.
Like many Americans, especially recent college grads, I joined the raging battle for a dwindling number of jobs as our economy started its downward spiral. I finally accepted a position with a large Hazard Insurance Processing Center, and it was an excellent place to work and I learned many applicable skills, but my heart still lusted for the smell of ink and paper.
In early 2011, I decided to take matters into my own hands and started my career as a freelance writer and editor. To date, I have ghost written 14 e-books, both fiction and non-fiction, and one e-book, “Enchanted Steps” penned under my own name. I have also written articles, SEO, copy and web content. In April 2011, I added a Professional Editing Certification to my repertoire and I have edited blogs, articles, short stories, newsletters, press releases, resumes and other web content.
This past year working freelance has provided me with a unique skill set, and a freedom that you can’t put a price on. But I missed being a part of a team, so I decided to once again go back to school.  Now, I have noticed that as I get older, I keep saying these cliché things about life that I would have rolled my eyes at if I had heard someone else say them, but that old adage, “…if I had only known then, what I know now…” seems to fall out of my mouth more and more. But it’s true, and now I am lucky enough to get that chance. I am literally back where I started, resplendent in my acquired wisdom and it helped me find that perfect spot in the creative world of publishing. I am in love with all aspects of document design, page layout design and web design. I have even been working on creating logos, editing photos and designing flyers. I still have a passion for writing and editing, but these new skills I am learning will allow me greater opportunities to collaborate with others in my field.