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Second San Francisco Bay Area event

Marin CountyDid I mention that sometimes I really do think I left my heart in San Francisco? I lived there for almost a decade and am wondering if I’m ever going to stop missing it. That’s why I just had to sign on for a second reading down there. This one’s in Marin County, where I lived for a few years. Sighhhhhhh.

Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Habitat Books
205 Second Street, Sausalito
(415) 331-3344
Co-sponsored by Media Alliance

For the entire world domination tour, see my Events page.

Add comment March 19th, 2007

Media magic

Seattle Times reviewIt’s been quite the week for big press. First the interview I did with journalist Lynn Thorne for the Washington Post (from the airport! on a payphone because my cell died!) came out. In it, I talk about why I wrote this book specifically for women, what I wished I had known as a budding young freelancer, how disgruntled wage slaves can make their workweek a bit less onerous, and more.

The Post was also lovely enough to call my book “a witty-yet-practical look at what to do if you hit the snooze button repeatedly every workday morning or want to dump a boss who acts like ‘The Office’s’ big kahuna.” (You can read the entire Q&A here.)

Then the Seattle Times ran a review by Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett of three “chick-lit self-help” books (their words) written by local authors, including yours truly and Deborah Reber, author of a kickass-sounding career book for girls, In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers.

If you don’t want to read the whole review, here are the juicy bits about my book from the article:

Michelle Goodman’s “The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube” is a must-read for anyone who daydreams about smashing the time clock and feeding her soul. Goodman, who escaped her own cubicle hell 15 years ago, knows of what she speaks:

“My first year as a newbie freelancer, I spent half the day freelancing, the other half doing God knows what, and many an evening canceling social plans so I could cram to make the next morning’s deadline.”

When her procrastinating forced her to proofread an 800-page self-help book over two sleepless days in order to make a deadline, Goodman wised up.

“Honestly, it doesn’t take long to realize the more soap-opera marathons and three-hour lunches with unemployed friends you indulge in, the less rent money you have.”

Goodman interviews other women who have found satisfaction outside the cubicle, and the end result is a realistic, yet still inspiring handbook.

Whee! Thank you, Seattle Times. And finally, if you can’t get enough of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide promo-fest, Seattle’s AM 1090 “Progressive Talk” will be running a radio interview with me (taped in February) this Sunday morning at 7 a.m. PST. Interviewer Tami Kosch was so great, she even asked about my office manager on the air. If, like me, you’ll be sleeping at that time, you can listen to the podcast later in the week. I’ll letcha know when it’s online.

One more thing: I finally updated my Media page, so if you want to see who else has been buzzing about the book, have a look-see.

Add comment March 17th, 2007

California, here I come…

Golden GateOr as Joni Mitchell said, “California, I’m coming home…”

I’ll be reading in San Francisco in early April. Yay!

The details:

Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Borders – Union Square
400 Post Street, San Francisco
(415) 399-1633

More Seattle, New York, and Vancouver, BC, events listed here. I’ve also signed on to do a few panels, classes, and workshops in the Seattle area this summer. I’ll list those as soon as details firm up.

2 comments March 12th, 2007

O Canada!

CanadaYay, I have upcoming Vancouver, BC event dates. Behold:

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 PM
Sophia Books
450 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
(604) 684-0484

Friday, April 27, 7:30 PM
Vancouver Public Library
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
(604) 331-3603
Sponsored by Banyen Books

I also have New York dates for mid-May, here. And the Washington, DC dates should be squared away very soon. More on California and Oregon after that.

4 comments March 7th, 2007

The media onslaught continues

KUOWHere’s a 20-minute radio interview I did yesterday (March 6th) with superstar NPR interviewer Megan Sukys on “The Beat,” an afternoon Puget Sound show on 94.9 KUOW that has a bit of an artsy, entrepreneurial bent. Hear what practical steps I recommend taking before fleeing the cube — and how you can avoid the same mistakes I made when I first set out on my own. Have yourself a grand old listen.

Add comment March 7th, 2007

March (reading) madness

University Bookstore (Seattle)In case I haven’t mentioned it in the last five minutes, I have a reading Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the University Book Store in Seattle. Here’s the info. Hell, here’s the info for all my March/April readings in Puget Sound area.

SEATTLE – Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m.
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle
(800) 335-7323

BELLINGHAM – Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Village Books
1200 Eleventh Street, Bellingham, WA
(360) 671-2626

KIRKLAND – Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Parkplace Books
348 Parkplace Center (at Third Street South), Kirkland, WA
(425) 828-6546

NORTH SEATTLE – Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park (North Seattle)
(206) 366-3333

More event info — including my first two New York dates! — here. Thanks for playing. We will resume our normal newsy, tipster, and anti 9-to-5 profile programming any minute now, just as soon as I get these two copywriting projects off my plate and out of my hair.

5 comments February 28th, 2007

Welcome to my world (wide web) tour

world tour, baby!Dudes, it’s my big fat Anti 9-to-5 World Cybertour, only without the stadiums or rocking concert jerseys. (Though if anyone would like to help design and/or coordinate the latter, I’m all over it. Email me.)

First stop up on the Anti 9-to-5 World Cybertour, one of my top 5 desert island blogs, The Renegade Writer — virtual home of Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell, authors of The Renegade Writer and Query Letters That Rock (two books every freelance writer should have). In my Q&A with The Renegade Writer, I talk about why I wrote a career guide for women, what it takes to work for yourself, and how freelance writers can continuously strive for bigger and better gigs. See for yourself.

There is no official schedule for my Anti 9-to-5 World Cybertour. From time to time, I’ll do Q&As or guest posts on other people’s blogs. And I’ll of course link to them here so you can raise your lighters and revel in all the anti 9-to-5 glory.

Add comment February 28th, 2007

Radio, radio–part 2

JACKfmEvidently I do know JACK. You can now listen to the podcast of my interview with Kimi Kline of Seattle’s 96.5 JACKfm, which aired this past weekend. Kimi and I dish on the dreaded Sunday Slump before the workweek begins, ways to break into self-employment, and what not to do as a newbie fempreneur. Check it out.

Add comment February 20th, 2007

Radio, radio

Jim Blasingame's Small Biz radio showWhat does an author doing a live radio interview at 4 a.m. in her bathrobe sound like? And how does she respond when her interviewer asks if her “practical career advice for women who think outside the cube” applies to guys, too?

Listen to the replay of Jim Blasingame’s Small Business Advocate radio show from earlier this morning to find out. I’m the first of the four interviews on the show.

Add comment February 20th, 2007

Launch party photos

Michelle signs on the dotted lineThe fabulous Ariel Meadow Stallings — author, blogger, and friend extraordinaire — took some great shots of my book launch shindig at Elliott Bay Book Company this weekend. Here are her top shots. And here’s the whole series, for those of you who don’t want to miss a morsel.

Anti 9-to-5 merchThanks to those of you who came to hear me read and crack jokes indoors on the nicest day we’ve had in Seattle in about eight months. If you missed the launch shindig, there are plenty more author events where that one came from.

And if you’d like to meet Ariel, she’s reading from her new book, Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides, this Tuesday, February 20th, at University Bookstore in Bellevue. (Details here.) I will be there. Will you?

5 comments February 19th, 2007

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