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Working from home is the new reality for many. It’s also a privilege that I am certainly grateful for. After all, even though events have been canceled or postponed and book launches are being impacted, for a lot of us in the writing and illustrating industry, we’re likely the best equipped to work from home.

Processed with VSCO with k1 presetFor the last three years, Emma Trithart, an L.A.-based illustrator, hand letterer, and graphic designer, has been with a digital agency that is primarily “work from home”. Just before the stay-at-home orders were announced in California, she posted her illustrated guide So You’re Working From Home (Very Specific Tips From One Person’s Individual Experience] on Instagram.

“Being used to office life, it was a bit of an adjustment… but now I love it,” Emma said. “I figured I could impart this little chunk of experience from my own life on others who might be struggling to get used to working from home.”

Whether you’ve gotten used to working from home or are still adjusting to the New Normal, here is Emma’s guide:

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Do you have any helpful tips to add? Share it in the comments below or tweet us  @SCBWISOCALLA and be sure to include Emma (@etrithart) too!

Emma Trithart graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has worked with a wide variety of clients such as American Girl, Disney Hyperion, Caribou Coffee, Random House, Scholastic Books, Simon & Schuster, the Los Angeles Times, and Harper Collins. She enjoys karaoke, video games, petting other people’s dogs, and talking about herself in the third person.

You can check out more of Emma’s illustrations or connect with her on her website, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Stay safe and well!

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FarrhaKhan_headshotFarrha Khan is the Managing Editor of Kite Tales, a Los Angeles Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators board member, and a writer in the nonprofit industry. When she’s not advocating for better representation, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and entertainment, media, and tech industries, or championing everyone to tell their own stories, she writes YA and short stories. Connect with her on Twitter: @farrhak.

Images provided by Emma Trithart.