Dawn DeVries Sokol


Stop Means Go

I recently received some news that could put a crimp in my income. Book design was a huge part of how I started freelancing. Some of my clients have cut back their number of titles published over the last couple of years, meaning the amount of work they can give me and others like me. It’s no secret book publishers are hurting and I haven’t had blinders on. I’ve been looking at other opportunities because of increasing interests in other design areas and because of the need to survive.

I’ve been extremely fortunate that many new ventures popped up in the last year—many that I didn’t really pursue. But I have wanted to drive down other avenues. So when one of my main clients told me they’ve cut their number of titles, I first panicked. Then I thought for a while. Then I realized: could there NOT be a bigger sign overhead, blinking furiously? I should push and REALLY move forward. PURSUE. CONQUER. I’ve done it before. I can do it again. Yes, I’m 10 years older. But I’m also wiser. Motivation level: same.

Not quite the time to pursue that next career in pastry, but a change regardless. More research to do. More networking. And I’m not abandoning EVERYTHING in my arsenal. I’m still authoring, illustrating, and designing my own books. I’m still teaching and writing about art journaling. I’m still HERE. Just time to remold. Evolve. Change. Roll with it. Turn it up a notch. To like FULL BLAST!

If you’ve ever been at a crossroads in your life, you know what I mean. And I’m sure there are many of you that do get it. You know the saying: When life throws you lemons, make lemonade. Didn’t take me long to start looking ahead. To even better opportunities!