The TL;DR version of this post is that I accepted a book publishing deal back in October 2015 and have been working on it in my spare time. But since the 6-month deadline is approaching at the end of April 2016, I’ll be taking some time off to finish the book.
During the month of April and May, I’ll only be responding to emails and comments from members of the Club or Client Connection, and I won’t be participating in many interviews or speaking engagements. I’ll still be publishing articles here on the blog, but not as frequently.
Now, onto the longer version. 🙂
I Got a Book Deal
After winning an award for Best Entrepreneurship Blog in 2015, I was contacted by Coventry House Publishing, and they wanted the talk to me about publishing a book!
Yeah, I was shocked and surprised too.
I never really wanted to be a published author, since I felt like I was turning into my parents. My dad’s a published author of many books and my mom was an English Lit professor. But I guess I can’t deny my nature anymore!
— Coventry Books (@CoventryBooksUS) February 29, 2016
Coventry House Publishing works with both fiction and non-fiction books and they’ve published a book from a friend of mine, Stefanie O’Connell, who wrote The Broke and Beautiful Life. So I know they are good.
Journey to Freelance Details
After getting some more details, and thinking it over for about a month. I decided to accept and have been working on the book ever since. We’ve finalized the title, Journey to Freelance, but I’m still working on the complete table of contents and a subtitle.
The book will be around 200 pages which works out to be 40,000-50,000 words and I’ve only written about a third of it so far. With the deadline coming soon and a good chunk of stuff still to write, I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from my blog and community duties.
I’ll still be active inside the Facebook group, offering monthly workshops to paying members and publishing content on the blog, but other than that you likely won’t hear from me much.
To give myself more time to finish my book, responses to emails and requests (outside of the community members) will go unanswered. I receive 40-60 emails a day, and it gets extremely time-consuming. And I won’t be participating in any interviews, podcasts or summits until later in May.
If You Want to Contact Me
Even though I’m going a bit off grid, there are a few ways you can contact me.
Join the Careful Cents Club – This free, private Facebook group is for anyone who wants to connect with other freelancers, ask questions, find support and share any business-related accomplishments. I interact with this group daily and send out a weekly email.
Become a Client Connection Member – This membership library houses all of the past workshop videos, checklists, worksheets and templates that I’ve created for freelancers. I talk about landing well-paying clients, crafting the perfect pitch email, getting published on The Huffington Post and a tech training of how to use FreshBooks. Members get access to me via email.
Pay for a Coaching Session – If you need more in-depth help, schedule a 30-minute coaching call with me and we’ll discuss anything you like. I can help you problem-solve, come up with solutions or simply answer freelance questions. Coaching clients get unlimited access to me via email.
I’m also on Twitter and Instagram (@carefulcents) if you want to follow my daily happenings and get regular updates of how the book is coming along.
Otherwise, I’ll see you around but will be a bit of hermit until I turn my manuscript in at the end of April. Thanks for understanding and