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I love (the) New York (Times)

Gray LadyJournalist and alt career author Marci Alboher made my day when she featured The Anti 9-to-5 Guide in her New York Times web column. This is my favorite part:

Even as an established freelancer, Ms. Goodman follows her own advice, taking the occasional long-term temp assignment to meet a big financial goal. We did our interview while she was stealing a few moments from what she called a “a temporary, part-time, ultra-flexible” day job that allowed for furtive cellphone use.

You can read the rest of the article here. (And yeah, I’m doing a temp gig again to give my savings account a boost. I’ll write more about that in the coming days.)

3 comments July 23rd, 2007

The (virtual) world tour rocks on

MaidenThe Anti 9-to-5 Guide has been making the online rounds again. Some recent blog coverage that blew my painted-on black leather skirt clear over my head:

Killer write-up on the Feminist Review. I think this might be my best review yet. I love that writer Heather Irvine mentions the book’s coverage of surviving as a temp, working in a male-dominated field, and negotiating your fanny off.

5 Q’s on The Urban Muse. Check out my advice on dealing with rejection as a writer and handling the financial ebbs and flows of freelancing on Susan Johnston‘s fab freelance writing blog.

Beefy freelancing Q&A on Work It, Mom! See what I have to say about the top mistakes newbie freelancers make, how I deal with the lack of steady paycheck, and how moms and non-moms alike can transition to freelance work.

1 comment July 17th, 2007

Negotiate this!

filthy lucreI had a blast yesterday doing an interview on Felicia Sullivan‘s web radio show, Writers Revealed. (Podcast here.) I loved that I was on the “cubicle edition” of the show, right after novelist Joshua Ferris, whose book on office life — with a sticky-note-riddled cover! — is now at the top of my reading list.

Felicia asked me something no one’s asked me about the book so far, to list some of my top tips for negotiating a raise or rate. Studies show that women have a harder time than men asking for what we’re worth. We don’t want to brag, and we certainly don’t want to talk cash — we’re taught that both are pushy, crass. To that I say, get over it! Do you want to make friends with the hiring manager or do you want to make rent? Besides, career coaches and HR experts say that managers respect you more when you don’t undersell yourself.

Here are the negotiation suggestions I made on Writers Revealed (some live on the show, some on the show’s blog):

  • Don’t beg, whine, or whimper. Just put on your poker face and cough up that dollar amount. Then, as painful as it might be, wait for the response. The idea is to sound confident, not desperate or unsure of yourself.
  • Do the market research. And don’t just use sites like Salary and PayScale. Talk to people doing what you do or aspire to do, and check with industry associations, which often do salary surveys. Ask people on listservs to email you off list to talk cash. (Many lists have rules against talking turkey online because it could be construed as price fixing, which is illegal.)
  • Don’t flat out ask someone’s salary. Most people find this rude. Instead, ask what salary range or fee they think someone with your level of experience in the field can command. Or ask what their company might pay someone with your background. Or call your competitors and pose as a potentially interested customer. Or check your competitors’ sites; some pros will post their rates online (though if you work as a service provider in something like writing, editing, or web design, I wouldn’t advise this — rates vary from project to project).
  • Cozy up to your calculator. Before you negotiate, figure out what amount of dinero you need to be paid for the gig to be worth your while, of course factoring in what the going rate is for someone with your experience level in that industry and geographic region. If that amount is $50K a year (or $50/hr), tell the hiring manager you want 10% more. That way if they haggle with you, you’re not starting at your “no way i am doing it for less” bare bones amount.
  • Remember, it’s not personal. This is a great tip I got from Michelann Valterra, one of the fab speakers at BizJam, a rocking indie business conference I spoke at this weekend. Your self-worth is not determined by your hourly rate, or whether you get the gig. Try to remember that. In other words, compartmentalize and grow a thicker skin.

11 comments June 11th, 2007

My Q&A with Girlistic magazine

Girlistic magazineIt’s the web tour that keeps on giving! Last week, the fabulous Jaymi Heimbuch of Girlistic magazine interviewed me for the publication’s blog, The Feminist Pulse. See what I say the top fear of leaving the cube is, what you should do before quitting your day job, how you can ensure you’re don’t join a company with 1956-era attitudes toward women in the workplace, and how many career-change web resources I can spew out before the interview’s over.

Add comment June 2nd, 2007

My dishy Mediabistro interview

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.)

4 comments May 25th, 2007

Rebel, rebel

Everything JerseyHere we go! New Jersey (my old stomping ground)represents. The daily Newark Star-Ledger ran a Q&A with me in this Sunday’s paper. I especially love how they call me “rebellious.” Here’s the intro to the piece:

Business Books: Ex-wage slave talks rebellion

It’s an all-too-common scenario that plays out in many offices: The broken-down executive assistant, overworked law clerk, bored beauty editor or cynical manager intently watches the time on her computer screen, while begrudgingly finishing up an assignment she deems mundane and unfulfilling.

It’s a far cry from the visions she had for herself ages ago in her early 20s.

Whether an office gofer or a first-time manager on the rise, women with a creative edge ponder the same question: Is this it?

Newark-born, Livingston-raised and former Manhattan “wage slave” Michelle Goodman took matters into her own hands in the early ’90s and set out on a journey west to mold her career to fit her personality.

With a few cuts and bruises along the way, Goodman, a successful freelancer whose articles have appeared in Salon and the Seattle Times, has survived to tell her story and the stories of other women who have made the transition from work drones to “homepreneurs” and “fempreneurs.”

Goodman’s book, “The Anti 9 to 5 Guide” is an action plan lined with inspiration and humor for women ready to get a side gig or take the permanent leap “outside the cube.”

The Seattle-based author, who interned at The Star-Ledger in the summer of 1989, talked to the newspaper about women’s quest to feed their hunger for creativity, while making money.

You can read the whole (HTML tag-challenged) interview here.

1 comment May 21st, 2007

How DC went down

GeoDespite harboring a nasty flu and being in such close proximity to our nation’s so-called leader, I had a great time in the District. I visited my sis and bro-in-law and their crazy mutts, all recently relocated to DC from Seattle. And once I came down from my Jewish deli high, I was all about the fresh tacos at the pupuserias in Mt. Pleasant.

In bookland, I finally got to meet the dynamic (roommate) duo Julie Yoder, who set up my kickass Warehouse event,* and Kimberly Burge, who wrote this great piece about The Anti 9-to-5 Guide in Baltimore’s CityPaper. I broke fortune cookies with fellow anti-nine-to-fiver Lynn Thorne, who interviewed me for the Washington Post’s Express earlier this year. And I did a reading-slash-Q&A in John Waters’ hometown, at the ultracool Atomic Pop. There I met the fabulous Abigail Grotke and the women of Fell’s Point Ghost Tours, featured in the book. I also realized that even if just a handful of people show up to a reading, the world won’t slip off its axis and I won’t implode.

*Special thanks to Danomi for selling books. And for providing the tissues and Ibuprofin.

Add comment May 19th, 2007

My Q&A with BusinessWeek

businessbleepingweek.gifBusinessWeek is running a Q&A with me on their Small Business web channel. Yeah, you read that right. Freaking BusinessWeek. It’s called “Goodbye, Cubicle. Hello, Startup!”

Want to know what I bought too much of my first couple years working solo? What I think are the top mistakes the newly self-employed make? What invaluable advice my mom gave me when I struck out on my own? It’s all here.

OK, I’m off to hone my ability to speak in 100-word sound bytes should the New York Times call (she says, only partly joking).

Add comment May 4th, 2007

British Columbia recap

Totem ParkEvidently you can come home from Vancouver, BC, so replenished and relaxed that you forget to blog. Now that I’m plugged in again, I’d like to report on the trip. Two things made this jaunt oh so much easier than my Cally trip: I had my badass new laptop and zippy Internet access at my hotel, and I stayed downtown, where I could walk to every meeting, event, and media spot. So much better than driving all over creation.

I love a city where you can get your ocean, mountain, and sushi fix at almost every dang turn. While there, I took in the swans at Stanley Park, the conveyer belt sushi at Tsunami, and the shimmering English Bay. Some other highlights:

  • Chowing down with fellow Seal Press authors Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears of Boss Lady. (Their book is due out in 2008.)
  • Watching the Vancouver Canucks (yeah, people — hockey) win in double-overtime in a sports bar with reader and blogger Laura. (Hi, Laura’s mom.)
  • Soaking up the one day of sun with life coach Candice Bowles, on the swings in Stanley Park.
  • Meeting the fabulous, hilarious owners of Sophia Books (they carry this highly entertaining book, which I had to buy), where I had my first Canadian reading, and where fellow Seal Press author Ariel Meadow Stallings has a reading-slash-offbeat-bridal-fashion-show this Friday night (May 4).
  • Speaking to a crowd of 75 or more hopeful cubicle expats at the Vancouver Public Library, thanks to co-sponsor Banyen Books.

Then there was the media blitz. I did these four live shows in 48 hours. Web clip for the CBC spot.

Happy to be home, but not for long. DC, Baltimore, and NY beckon.

2 comments May 3rd, 2007

My live Q&A with Seattle Times readers

NWJobsHow many questions about career change can a cubicle expat whose new computer is already acting up answer in one hour? What will she say? Will she make any typos? And what’s the number one business idea people in the Pacific Northwest are looking to get into? (Hint: Woof.) All that and more here, in the transcript from my live chat yesterday with Seattle Times readers.

Add comment April 24th, 2007

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