COVID-19 is hurting everybody in the world. Freelance editors like me are no exception.
Although I have been fortunate enough not to get sick thus far, my editing business has begun to feel the pain. My most faithful client, the church that my husband and I attend, has had to cancel all of its activities due to state law–activities for which I was to edit booklets and other material. The booklets and other material were never produced due to the shutdown.
I often contact the biochemistry departments of different research universities to offer my services to their graduate students who are writing their theses or dissertations. Nowadays the graduate program directors and department heads whom I contact have other things to worry about, of course.
So what do I do?
I keep in touch with the small number of clients that I do have. I write to them and ask them if they are healthy and well. They seem to appreciate it and often ask me the same thing. This is a small way of having them remember me, as well as a way of expressing my concern for their well-being.
And…I keep the faith.