Book Announcement: I’m Going to Be a Published Author

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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 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.

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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 Are you a published author? Got a tip for writing a book? I’d love to hear it!


  1. Congratulations on your book deal, Carrie!

    I know you mentioned you have until the end of April to finish it — but do you know when it will be published?

    And I know you may not have time to respond to this comment. And no, I don’t have any publishing tips for you. But I do want to wish you well!

    Also, I have interviewed a few published authors. I can direct you to those interviews, or I can put you in touch with those authors directly if it helps.

    Good luck,


  2. Krystal says:

    Congrats Carrie! It is inspiring to see you make adjustments and do what is necessary to get the book done. I’m taking notes about maintaining balance and control as a freelancer from your actions. Kudos to you for that.

  3. Denise says:

    Carrie I wish you the very best of luck with your book. It’s a huge achievement, but a very well deserved one. I look forward to reading your when it is published. There will be no stopping you Carrie!!! ????

  4. Madeline says:


    A published author! Congratulations on this wonderful achievement. You have the heart and spirit of a writer – so proud of you. I agree with Denise, “There will be no stopping you Carrie”!!

    I had to smile when I read that you can’t deny your nature anymore. Cake decorating and ballroom dancing are on my “can’t deny my nature anymore” bucket list.

    P.S. Please let us know when you will be hosting your Internet book signing party.

    • Carrie says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Madeline! I’m glad we can relate to the “can’t deny our natures anymore” position. It’s a funny thing to finally embrace who are. 🙂

      I will definitely be hosting an internet book signing party. Great idea!

  5. Chiereme says:

    Hi Carrie!

    I am so excited for you! I am in the process of working on my book proposal now and would love to hear your about your experience from the perspective of being contacted by a publisher and the process for getting your manuscript completed. Looking forward to the great read!



    • Carrie says:

      Hey Chiereme, I’d be happy to share my experiences with working with a publisher directly. Once I finalize my manuscript and start working on the design of the cover, I’ll write up another blog post about my entire experience. Will keep you posted!

  6. Shelly says:

    I’m not sure if I congratulated you on Twitter or not. So, congratulations!! You must so excited. I’d love to purchase an autographed copy when it comes out.

    Shelly Seward
    Twitter @scseward

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