Someone just posted on Facebook that it’s National Freelance Writers Appreciation Week. This is a thing? Being a freelance writer, I wish someone had sent me the memo. So I could prepare to be appreciated… Now I’m caught completely off guard, with not enough time to get my hair did!
In honor of said celebration for my chosen profession, a colleague has compiled a list of where the world would be without us. It includes —
“If it wasn’t for freelancers, magazines like Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, New York, Texas Monthly, Outside, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Readers Digest, Mother Jones, Ms., and countless others would never have been as great as they were or are.
If it wasn’t for freelance writing assignments, authors like Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Michael Lewis, Seymour Hirsch, David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, Nora Ephron, Annie Proulx, Annie Lamott and Barbara Kingsolver would never have launched stellar fiction and nonfiction careers.
If it wasn’t for freelance writers, half the country’s trade magazines would have nothing to run between advertisements – I may be exaggerating, but not by much.”
Go read the rest and then find yourself a freelancer to hug. (Not me, though. I’m busy
doing laundry working on an important deadline.)