By Lorna W, Founder of Ideal Type and the Embark Editorial Agency
If you've joined the Agency, you're probably embarking on a new career as a writer or editor. Whether it's your first career or your tenth, welcome aboard! When we're starting something new, it's always good to know that others are in the same boat, so here's my story.
Twenty years it's taken me to figure out what to do with my life. I left university with an English Literature degree but no clue what to do with it. I got lucky and found a career in the nonprofit world, a vocation that made me happy for the next 15 years . . . until the inevitable mid-life crisis. Having written short stories for many years, I wanted to try being a full-time writer, so at age 35 I left the rat race to crank out a novel and several more stories. But two years later, I was restless again. Having always loved editing, I decided to get some formal training through UC Berkeley Extension. The Sequence in Professional Editing classes introduced me to a bunch of like-minded word nerds, most of whom hoped to change or supplement their existing careers. However, it quickly became apparent that many of my fellow copyeditor wannabes weren't sure how to transition from student to professional, and BOOM -- the idea for the Embark Editorial Agency was born. The Agency is the first service from my new company, Ideal Type, a mission-driven LLC that aims to facilitate collaboration between the three communities I'm most passionate about: writers, editors, and nonprofits. I've never run a company before, and it's both terrifying and exhilarating. This particular venture may go the distance or it may sink without trace, but fortune favors the brave, so here we go: "I christen this ship the Embark Editorial Agency. Bless her and all who sail in her."