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I guess i just jumped right in without really saying hi!


I guess I did that too! I subscribed last fall, but didn't participate actively until last month or so. I guess not a lot of person know about me.

I'm live in Montreal, Quebec and I've been working for 2½ years for a medium size publisher specialized in reference book (QA International). If you ever saw some kind of visual dictionnary, QA published the first one almost 25 years ago (that's us: http://visual.merriam-webster.com/ (MW is one of our partner) I don't particularly like the maps in the "Earth" section, but it wasn't me ;) ).

I have a B.A and M.A in Medieval History and a one year undergraduate certificate in GIS. I have experience mainly in the publishing business: atlases and school book.

Unfortunately, QA is going to close is Cartography Department next month and since I am the Cartography Dept., it means I'm looking for a new job (don't worry, it's not so bad). Being alone, I can't produce fast enough to follow the competition so... (I work fast, but I'm not a mapping machine ;) )

Well, enough about me! I have to finish this Atlas ;)

See ya! ;)

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I am not sure it is appropriate to say "welcome", since you have already made yourself visible and actively participating here and there... ! :)

Too bad to hear about you being laid off - do you get some kind of package or offer with that, or just the boot? I hope you can get your own business going (that was the goal, right?)
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Bienvenue François
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Thanks guys!

I'm suppose to get some kind of "departure package", but since the company is in reorganization, I guess it will not pay for my rent for long ;) I did ask to have their MAPublisher license though, to have it transfered into my name. They will not be doing any more cartography "in house" and I'll still do all updates and new map as a freelancer so it was a condition for me. Not so bad! ;) I wouldn't do any kind of job just because I have to work (they though of offering me the administration of their multilanguage database (the Visual Dictionary has been translate in more than 30 languages, so someone has to do it ;) ), but I love maps and I want to continue to build them.

I'd like to go as a "full" freelancer, and I have contacts all around the world for different publishing company, but before it allows me to live from it, I'll need a day job :rolleyes:

Wish me luck (2000 members wishing me luck can't be bad :P )

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Wish me luck (2000 members wishing me luck can't be bad :P )


Well, good luck then. Only 1999 to go :P

Don't know what your personal situation is, but if you want to go freelance, it can be difficult to properly divide up your time if you don't go all-in with it.
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Don't know what your personal situation is, but if you want to go freelance, it can be difficult to properly divide up your time if you don't go all-in with it.


That's what I'm trying to do, part-time or full-time day job (as a cartographer/gis specialist of course ;) ) and part-time freelancer, until I could live only as a freelance cartographer.

I have an interview Thursday in a cartography firm so I guess your wishes worked! ;)

Thanks!! ;)




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