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:: Higher education has changed—and we have to change with it. The Freelance Academic will show you how. 

We’re delighted to announce that Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career is now available for pre-order.

Part memoir and part how-to, The Freelance Academic offers practical solutions for those who seek to transition away from academia and build a career based on their creative skills. Pryal offers heartfelt wisdom based on her own experiences in the dog-eat-dog world of higher education today, plus real solutions for those who yearn to turn their creative skills into streams of income.

It’s not an easy transition, but few things that truly change our lives are not a challenge: The Freelance Academic will show you how to find the balance between the creative and the practical and truly transform your life in a way that rewards your knowledge and skills.

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About the Book

Higher education has changed—and we have to change with it. The Freelance Academic will show you how.

Part of the Snowraven Books Critical Higher Education Series.

When Katie Pryal started her career in higher education, she did everything right—she thought. With a law degree, a doctorate, and a federal clerkship, how could her career go off track? But this is higher ed in the new millennium. “Off track” is the new normal. So, slowly, she made her own career, one she dubbed “the freelance academic” in a long-running column in The Chronicle of Higher Education of the same name.

Five years after leaving academia, Pryal has created a living for herself. In The Freelance Academic, she tells her story and provides accurate (and sometimes blistering) critique of how higher ed has pushed its workforce to the margins. Best of all, she gives plain, practical advice for how to make the career you want, one that uses your strengths, and your creativity, to thrive.

Advance Praise for The Freelance Academic

“With candor and vulnerability, Pryal shares her own experiences and hard-fought wisdom to make a compelling case for a rewarding professional life beyond the walls of traditional academia.” -Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning novelist and author of Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning from the Practice of Law—and Back Again

“An indictment of how the academy squanders talent by embracing the gig economy through contingent labor and the devaluation of teaching. A new, necessary book.” -Catherine J. Prendergast, author of Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World

Pre-order your copy of The Freelance Academic today in print and in eBook.