Freelancing in the time of Covid

What does the worldwide pandemic mean for freelancers in the publishing industry? An illustrator, a typesetter, and an editor from India give personal accounts of how their lives and livelihoods are changing. I’m sure there’s overlap over here. I know that freelance work has dried up for me in three areas: journalism/reviewing (though that was well on the way before all this), writing for private enterprise (everyone is relying on staff and putting expenses on hold during the uncertainty), and teaching (I’ve been teaching online for over 10 years and there’s nothing out there right now for sessionals… The unionized and tenured folk are being made to take on our jobs, which they didn’t want before, so …. bye bye paycheques). Here’s hoping whatever new system rises up out of this mess will have room for us mercenary types.

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