My Publishing Journey: Becoming a Starving Artist – by Judy Penz Sheluk…

In 2003, after 20+ years in the corporate world, I walked away from my well-paying day job with a plan to become a freelance writer.

I did so on the merit of one article, sold to a Canadian antiques publication, for which I was paid $75, and a recent correspondence school diploma in Creative Writing.

The timing was good; print media was still thriving and there were plenty of paying markets. But I also worked a lot of hours, promoted myself tirelessly to magazines, newspapers, and trade publishers, and as a result, the transition from manager with benefits to freelancer without went pretty well.

So well, in fact, that I was offered the Editor’s job at that same Canadian antiques publication in 2005.

Suddenly I was juggling freelance writing with editing, but I loved every moment.

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