Full-time Freelance Career

  Lisa Holton

                                  Independent Writer, Editor and Researcher    


Lisa Holton heads The Lisa Company, an Evanston, IL-based writing, editing and research consulting firm founded in 1998. She is a former Business Editor and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and a former editor with the Thomson Corporation. She is a busy author and contract writer for corporations, associations and universities nationwide.  Her new book, For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago’s Oldest Private Clubs, was published in June 2008 by Chicago’s Lake Claremont Press.  Her e-mail is Lisa@TheLisaCompany.com. 

As Lisa describes it, this is the not-terribly-brief story of why she chose a full-time career as a freelance writer and author.  It’s a great read for anyone considering a freelance career. 

When I graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School with a piping hot newspaper degree (sweet!) in 1981, I had already heard the rumblings about the death of American newspapers for some time.  You see, papers had already been dying for well over a century – at the turn of the 20th century, there were nine major dailies in Chicago. At the turn of this one, only two.

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