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My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire Paperback – September 30, 2008
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"I love this book! I’ve never had a 9-to-5 job, but it took me years to burn through my conditioning as a woman (that taught me my work wasn’t worth much), my conditioning as a Gen Xer (that taught me I shouldn’t take my work seriously), and my general fear of organization and success. My So-Called Freelance Life would have saved me half a decade of bumbling around. A must-read for established and hopeful creative professionals.”
—Ariel Gore, author of How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights
"Michelle is a freelancing superstar, and this guide is packed with indispensable information and stories from the trenches. With advice on everything from handling missed deadlines with grace, to creating a killer portfolio, My So-Called Freelance Life will show you how to make your dream career a reality and help you feel like you’re not alone in going solo."
—Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears, authors of The Boss of You: Everything a Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business
"A witty Seattle writer who has weathered 15 years as a freelancer pens a sage and encouraging guide for others hoping to cobble together various projects for differing employers into a sustained career."
"Michelle Goodman has done what so many of us are terrified to do (and may all be forced to do in our looming recession economy): cut the strings for a completely freelance existence. Luckily, she made all the mistakes first, then compiled her wisdom a well organized how-to book about overcoming all those fears that keep us clinging desperately to our cubes.”
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Goodman covers the fun stuff like getting your online portfolio up and hobnobbing with fellow freelancers. She talks about the icky stuff--like recordkeeping and invoicing and working with a tax professional. And she keeps it real, with discussion on how to not "sell out" creatively while keeping your bills paid and maintaining the work/life balance. All the while, Goodman freely admits her mistakes as proof that it's never too late to get in shape, businesswise. Her popular 1st book, The Anti-9-to-5 Guide, website of the same name, and columns and writing gigs give her advice plenty of street cred.
I have shelves of books on the freelance writing lifestyle, many of which are dear to my heart and great references (Bowerman's "Well Fed Writer" is one example). But "My So Called Freelance Life" is now #1 with a bullet because it's a targeted blueprint to laying the foundation and building my writing business, delivered in a hip, conversational tone that spoke directly to me.
Broken into three categories:
You Fled the Cube, Now What?
Sell, Baby, Sell
Your So-Called Life
and followed by the epilogue and web resources, Goodman dishes it to her readers straight. She doesn't pretend to know it all or have been the star student in her learning process, but she does impart her knowledge in an approachable way.
She even suggests that if you can't take the rejections that come in with selling yourself and your work, for a quick pick-me-up, you should Google "famous rejections." I LOVED that piece of advice.
Goodman also breaks down game plans into do-able pieces. What would you do to write for your favorite magazine? She has suggestions on how to make this happen. She lived it and learned it, and she shares it with us here.
I'd recommend this book for new and experienced freelancers alike - in fact, I've already bought a copy for a friend.
* It will be relevant mostly just to other writers, and much less applicable to other creative freelancers as implied by the subtitle.
* If you are a new freelance writer or are exploring an escape from a corporate job, first read one of the other books about getting started as a freelance writer. This book will be more helpful to someone who has at least a little experience, in part because the practical information is less well structured than in other guides such as those from Peter Bowerman or Steve Slaunwhite.
* The author's very informal writing style and bleep-worthy language get tiresome after a while, so you'll learn to skim for the useful information.
Still, given the increasingly complex and competitive freelance market, this book is worth a look for any freelance writer.
I read Michelle Goodman's My So-Called Freelance Life as as much a motivational book as a how-to guide from freelancers (which it is). Goodman adeptly covers the nuts and bolts of freelancing (taxes, accounting, finding clients), but does so in a way that really motivates the reader to feel like each of these potentially daunting tasks is achievable--and she does so with the humor of someone who has been there, done that. Because of that, I see this book as equally valuable to newbie freelancers, old pros and folks (like me) who have popped in and out of freelancing over the years.
I very much appreciate Goodman's willingness to talk about her own mistakes as well as her successes--this is not one of those obnoxious, "I've done everything perfectly, be like me!" type of books. She's learned by doing and that's apparent--intermingled are stories from other people's real world experiences to help you understand the many ways to live the freelance life. What I also like is that it's very much written for my generation (Gen X), in a tone that is the way I speak. So many business books feel like their audience is the Baby Boomer generation (understandably so), and the tone and references don't resonate with me.Read more ›
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My So Called Freelance Life; How To Survive and Thrive As A Creative Professional For Hire by Michelle Goodman contains among the following details; Pages 36-37 cover the details... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stella Carrier
Really helping me structure my freelance design business. I've bought this book for friends as well!Published 6 months ago by erica h
Useful, honest advice and how-to's for this recent college grad looking to start writing & editing from home! Read morePublished 6 months ago by lislelstu09
Thank you for mentioning Freelance-Seattle.net. When we launched the nonprofit discussion forum and regional gig-posting site in 2000, there were no sites like ours and no... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Denis
This is a quick and easy read, but has so much useful information for creative freelancing professionals. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kristen B
This book, is absolutely amazing! It took me a long time to read it due to my schedule but Im ready to read it again. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Monet1Design
I got fired from my job. And every time I open this book it makes me feel more and more confident about the freelance life.Published on April 17, 2013 by jordan_iii
This book not only offers a great deal of good advice and encouragement for aspiring freelancers, but is written in way way that makes you feel like you are talking to your... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Holly
I would definitely recommend this book if you are researching going into the freelance editing/creative writing field. It is not boring and very well written and VERY humorous. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by jjkearb