THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC: Transform Your Creative Life and Career


Coming June 2019 from Snowraven Books

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THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC: Transform Your Creative Life and Career

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

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 as 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.



“Part memoir, part instructional guide, and part real-talk-of-the-caliber-you-expect-from-your-best-friend, The Freelance Academic is a refreshingly honest and practical book about what it means (and what it takes) to transition from a contingent profession in higher education. With candor and vulnerability, Katie Rose Guest 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. And best of all—she’ll show you how.” -Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning novelist and author of Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning from the Practice of Law—and Back Again

“Freelance advice books floods the marketplace, but Pryal’s THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC fills a particular niche: The academic turning freelancer. It covers not just the how-tos, but it also recognizes the emotional, social, and knowledge leaps that must be made for someone who has made years of investment in one career path to leave that path and choose another. The book is an indictment of how the academy squanders talent by embracing the gig economy through contingent labor and the devaluation of teaching. You’re not leaving a solid academic job when you go freelance, Pryal reminds us. You’re trading your gig in higher education for another one. A new, necessary book.” -Catherine J. Prendergast, author of Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World

Book Information

  • Author: Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  • Title: THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC: Transform Your Creative Life and Career
  • Imprint: Snowraven Books
  • Publication Date: June 2019
  • ISBN Paper: 978-1-947834-35-4; ISBN Ebook: 978-1-947834-36-1
  • Distributed through Ingram


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