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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin nemesis87's Avatar
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    don't quit your day job

    Just kidding with the title. But really? What's your day job?
    I'm a preschool teacher.

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    I'm a secretary... how did you know I was planning to quit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemesis87 View Post
    Just kidding with the title. But really? What's your day job?
    I'm a preschool teacher.
    Me too! But English language for French kids.

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    I work as a freelance editor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parametric View Post
    I work as a freelance editor.
    Oooh! You're my new best friend... hehe..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parametric View Post
    I work as a freelance editor.
    sorry if this is overly personal, para, but don't you have law qualifications? What made you want to be an editor rather than a barrister/solicitor?
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    Uhhhh ... What does this have to do with YA? *bitter unemployed person*

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    Nothing. Just interested to know whaat other YA writers do... And making conversation.

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    I was a student and then I was an intern. And then I ran out of money before I could get enough experience to get the job.
    Now I'm looking for part-time anything anywhere.

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    I work in retail merchandising with teen girls & women's/misses apparel (been doing that the longest--eleven years at the same company). I also work as a direct sales consultant for a food company. I love ALL of my jobs, including "author."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms_Sassypants View Post
    Oooh! You're my new best friend... hehe..
    You like editors?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Ink_Goddess View Post
    sorry if this is overly personal, para, but don't you have law qualifications? What made you want to be an editor rather than a barrister/solicitor?
    Yep! I got a law degree, but went into publishing instead of law for a number of reasons. I wasn't willing to commit yet more time and money to the further training you need to qualify as a solicitor. It's highly competitive, and if you don't get a training contract, you don't get to even take the final exams. Law was never a passion of mine, whereas publishing is much closer to my real interests. And after three years of studying law, I was sick of it.

    edit: Why freelance editing specifically? Because it's pretty close to being a full-time writer. I get the fun of editing fiction and the freedom of setting my own schedule.
    Last edited by Parametric; 11-28-2012 at 06:38 PM.

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    I'm an editor too, but it's corporate nonfiction stuff (snooze).

    But in all honesty, it's cool. I get to fix people's writing all day.

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    Marketing at a non-fiction science publisher. The subject content can be a bit yawn, but I love the company. And being able to sneak into BEA every spring.
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    I'm a technical writer for a big software company, and a freelance magazine journalist. I'd love to trade in the tech writing job and keep the freelance journalism and fiction writing. But nothing pays the bills like tech writing!

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    I'm a test proctor at a community college. Before I applied (many years ago now) I had no idea that was a thing. It's an interesting job, though.
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    Writing *is* my day job.

    I also do office work 10-12 hours per week for my father-in-law's business (which hubby also works for, full time). But I consider office work to be the bill-paying hobby, while writing is my career and calling.

    And I have two teenage daughters. Sometimes they're more work than everything else combined. LOL
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    Web content writing is my "day job", if you could call it that . It pays the bills, as what day jobs are supposed to do. But writing fiction is where my passion lies .
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