My dishy Mediabistro interview

May 25th, 2007

Book KeepingContrary to what you may have heard, first-time authors usually do not sip champagne from Fluevogs or travel by Learjet. I set the record straight on the business of bookselling in this dishy Mediabistro Q&A, written by the fabulous Rachel Kramer Bussel. See why I chose Seal Press as my publisher, what kind of money we’re talking about when we talk indie press book advances, and how the heck I financed writing a book in the first place. (Subscription required.)

Entry Filed under: Anti 9-to-5 media blitz,Book,This freelance life

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carrie  |  May 28th, 2007 at 5:57 am

    After finding out about you on, I rushed right out and bought your book. I can tell you how much the first few chapters sum up EXACTLY how I feel. I work in cube land and cannot get over how cult-like it is. I mean, if I have my work done by three, I’m expected to sit around until five just to show that I’m there. I have no one who needs to come see me or call me. In fact everything I do is on the computer…so why not telecommute? But the powers that be feel that they need to have watch over everything we do (hence why everyone’s computers face a direction that allow another person to look in with ease to see what you’re “working on”). And I’m in salary position as a book editor! There is just no trust of employees.

    I’ve already started freelance writing on the side, which is going quite well, but it’s time to take the next–bigger–steps. Thanks for giving me a guide on how to do so!

    Good luck with your book. When I get back to work on Tuesday, I’m telling all my friends to go out and get their own copies (’cause I’m not sharing mine!)

  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  May 28th, 2007 at 11:17 am

    wow, carrie. THANKS! glad the book struck such a nerve — and then some. at least you’re getting paid to do nothing from 3 to 5?? ok, that’s little consolation, i know. congrats on stepping up the freelance. sounds like you need OUT! and good luck with everything.

    as an aside, i’ve often wondered: when you’re in an office like that, where the managers are breathing down your neck and everyone appears to be a pod person, how many people have REALLY chugged the Kool-Aid, how many have no idea WTF is going on and are just faking it to get by, and how many are like the rest of us short timers (and just faking it to collect a paycheck)? because i’ve met all three at my temp gigs and i would love to see the actual pie-chart break down…

  • 3. Carrie  |  May 28th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    I’d love to see that, too! At my corp job, I’ve seen all three as well. I think the majoirty of us are just doing enough to get by. Then again, I think I tend to associate myself with people who think somewhat like me. Because, really, who wants to eat lunch with someone who’s kissing the director’s @$$ the whole time? I’ve been there before…it quickly ruins an appetite. =)

  • 4. kristen  |  May 29th, 2007 at 7:20 am

    How fabulous for being featured on MB!!!

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Hi, my name's Michelle Goodman and I've been freelancing since 1992. I'm author of My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide. Read my full bio here.

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