The recession has left many Americans jobless and unable to find work in their chosen industry. My Brilliant Second Career is a personal essay series we're launching on Salon about what people do next -- and we hope you'll pitch your own ideas. We want to read your stories about how you reinvented yourself -- and made it work.
And we're trying something different this time. If you post your essay on Open and want us to consider it for the series, tag it "My Brilliant Second Career." If the Salon editors want to feature it with the series, we'll contact you to pay $200 for it, and then ask you to simply modify your post on Open to link to the piece on Salon.
This isn't a new policy -- just an experiment we've long wanted to try. We're looking for interesting and inspiring stories of reinvention here -- hope we've got some out there. And if you'd rather pitch our editors directly instead of writing a piece, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We're going to start picking essays for the series immediately -- early submissions have an advantage.
UPDATE: Our first My Brilliant Second Career piece from Open Salon ran on Tuesday night. Check it out here.