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Four upcoming events for rocking your freelance business

Seattle freelancers: You don’t have to travel far for fresh ideas and savvy resources to pump up your freelance business. I have a few upcoming events happening in your neck of the woods. Some details below, and more info on my Events page.

When: 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Wednesday, March 4
What: “How to Make the Media Notice Your Small Business” – Tips on writing an irresistible media pitch and tools you can use to put your business in front of hundreds of lead-hungry reporters and bloggers. More info.

When: 1:00 to 6:00 pm, Friday, March 6
What: “All-Access Pass” Journalists Conference – A great event for those trying to figure out how to survive as a freelance journalist right now. Learn how to diversify your income. Seize the opportunity to schmooze with local writing rockstars/editors in attendance. More info.

When: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday, March 28
What: “Beyond the Red Pencil” Editors Conference – I’ll be leading a “Dealing with Difficult Clients” workshop (conference registration required). More info.

And for freelancers nationwide, I haven’t forgotten about you! There are still spots in my “Dealing with Nightmare Clients” teleseminar with the Freelancers Union this Wednesday, February 25. From my ear to yours, I’ll share stories from the trenches and the resources that helped me see the light of day again. Further details and registration info here.

Add comment February 22nd, 2009

Reminder: San Francisco freelancing Q&A and book reading

Calling all Bay Area freelancers (working or aspiring): I’m headed your way for a night of freelance banter; I read to you from My So-Called Freelance Life, you ask me questions, I answer, you ask me more questions, and then I sign books. It’ll be an opportune time to learn new tips and resources, talk about freelancing in a down economy, and meet other independent pros who walk your walk. The event details:

When: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, February 10
Where: Books Inc. in the Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Info: Free admission. More info at Books Inc. or (415) 931-3633.

And if you’re a professional organizer, dream of being one, or call one your BFF, you (and possibly your organizer friend) should join me and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-SFBA), for a presentation about how to deal with difficult clients. The event details:

When: 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday, February 11
What: Seminar, Q&A, and networking for professional organizers
Where: The Doubletree Inn, 835 Airport Boulevard, Burlingame, CA
Info: NAPO-SFBA 
Registration: $20 members, $25 guests
Co-sponsor: Books Inc.

If you attend either event, be sure to say hello. Thanks and happy weekend.

2 comments February 6th, 2009

Reminder: Seattle freelancing Q&A and book reading tonight (1/15)

Happy new year, my fellow cubicle haters. I hope your year’s off to a glorious start.

Not only is January 15 tax day for freelancers, it’s the date of my first Seattle-area event of the year. At tonight’s bookstore soiree, I’ll answer questions about freelancing through this blasted recession and read a few snippets from My So-Called Freelance Life. Whether you’re indie-curious or a seasoned freelancer who hasn’t left the house in three days, tonight will be a splendid opportunity to meet other independent pros who changed their underwear today. The event particulars:

When: 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 15
Where: Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park (North Seattle)
Free, open to the public, kids welcome, etc.

If you make it, be sure to say hello. If you’re not in Seattle or can’t make it tonight, check out the other shindigs listed on my events page, including a couple of virtual talks and my upcoming San Francisco reading, which I am ever so excited about. And if you want some freelancing tips right now, try these popular posts on for size:

4 comments January 15th, 2009

My Seattle events this week + volunteer(s) wanted

This promises to an action-packed week. First the mediabistro holiday party I’m hosting on Tuesday, then the DIY-tastic Urban Craft Uprising holiday fair this weekend, where I’ll be signing books both days.

I’m looking for a volunteer or two for Tuesday’s party, to help me greet guests at the door and take a few photos. Could be a fine opportunity for a freelance or media newbie to meet some of Seattle’s most seasoned writers and editors. I’ll throw in a free copy of one of my books too (your choice!). If interested, see event details below. If still interested, email me by Tuesday afternoon. Thanks for playing.

Mediabistro holiday party – December 2
When:
6 to 8 pm
What: Holiday party for freelance, staff, and laid off media professionals. mediabistro‘s sponsoring. I’m playing hostess.
Where: Grey Gallery & Lounge, 1512 11th Avenue, Seattle
Cash bar: Happy hour prices till 7 pm
RSVP: Required. RSVP on mediabistro.com.

Book signings @ Urban Craft Uprising – December 6 & 7
When:
Saturday signing 12 to 1 pm. Sunday signing 1 to 2 pm. Craft show open from 11 to 5 pm.
What: Fourth annual Urban Craft Uprising, a rocking indie craft show with 130+ vendors
Where: Seattle Center, Exhibition Hall
Info: Free admission. More scoop at Urban Craft Uprising.

Add comment December 1st, 2008

Event mania

I have loads of events scheduled for the next couple of months. In Seattle, I’m hosting mediabistro‘s holiday party for freelance and full-time (and pink-slipped) media professionals, signing books at Urban Craft Uprising, and doing one last book reading at Third Place Books.

In the new year, I’m giving a couple of teleseminars, including one on dealing with hell clients, sponsored by the Freelancers Union. And in February, I’m heading down to San Francisco mid-month for a couple of talks and signings. (I’m open to more Bay Area events if you have something in mind. If so, email me.)

Event details follow. To stay up to date on my events, visit my Events page or subscribe to my mailing list.

- SEATTLE -

Mediabistro holiday party – December 2
When:
6 to 8 pm
What: Holiday party for freelance, staff, and laid off media professionals. mediabistro’s sponsoring. I’m playing hostess.
Where: Grey Gallery & Lounge, 1512 11th Avenue, Seattle
Cash bar: Happy hour prices till 7 pm
RSVP: Required. RSVP on mediabistro.com.

Book signings @ Urban Craft Uprising – December 6 & 7
When:
Saturday signing 12 to 1 pm. Sunday signing 1 to 2 pm. Craft show open from 11 to 5 pm.
What: Fourth annual Urban Craft Uprising, a rocking indie craft show with 100+ vendors
Where: Seattle Center, Exhibition Hall
Info: Free admission. More scoop at Urban Craft Uprising.

Reading, Q&A and book signing – January 15
When:
7 pm
What: New year, new president, new job for you? Come ask me all your burning questions about freelancing.
Where: Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park (North Seattle)

- SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA -

Reading, Q&A and book signing – February 10
When: 7:30 pm
What: Go ahead — try to stump me. Bring your toughest questions on freelancing during a recession.
Where: Books Inc. in the Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Info: Books Inc. or (415) 931-3633

Business tips for professional organizers - February 11
When: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
What: Seminar, Q&A, and networking for professional organizers
Where: The Doubletree Inn, 835 Airport Boulevard, Burlingame, CA
Info: National Association of Professional Organizers, San Francisco Bay Area chapter
Registration: $20 members, $25 guests
Co-sponsor: Books Inc.

- ONLINE / VIRTUAL -

Freelancing teleseminar – January 21
When:
Time pending
What: Lecture and Q&A for new and seasoned freelancers of all industries
Where: Your telephone
Sponsor: Downtown Women’s Club
Registration: Details to come

“Dealing with the Client from Hell” teleseminar – February 25
When:
7:00 to 8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
What: Lecture and Q&A for new and seasoned freelancers of all industries
Where: Your telephone
Sponsor: Freelancers Union
Registration: Details to come

Add comment November 14th, 2008

Me, you, Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co — this Saturday, 10/25

If you’re in the Seattle area and missed my big fat book launch shindig last week, don’t fret. We’ll have the opportunity to meet this weekend at my Elliott Bay Book Company reading and Q&A.

The agenda:

  • Elbow-rubbing with like-minded indie professionals and creative types
  • Your best attempts to stump me with “freelancing during a recession” questions
  • Talking shop about the freelance life in the Pioneer Square pub of our choosing after the reading

The details:

When: Saturday, October 25, 2 p.m.
Where: Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 South Main Street, Seattle
Co-sponsor: Hedgebrook

Can’t make this event? Check my events page for others. Or join my mailing list to get notified about future events and classes.

7 comments October 23rd, 2008

Did I mention I’m having a party?

life10a.jpgIn case I haven’t said as much in the last 24 hours, here are the deets on my book launch party in Seattle. Tonight!

Book launch party – Thursday, October 16
When: 6 to 10 p.m.
What: Reading and Q&A at 7 p.m. Plus: Schmoozing/boozing before and after. As well as: Prizes! Snacks! Book signing! And of course, meeting of like-minded freelance minds!
Where: Office Nomads, a fabulous coworking space @ 1617 Boylston Ave, Second Floor, Seattle [map]
Co-sponsors: University Book Store and Office Nomads. This event is held in conjunction with Office Nomads’ Fall Open House.

“Local author 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 in My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire (Seal Press, $15.95). It’s a well organized how-to book about overcoming all those fears that keep us clinging desperately to our cubes. Turns out, getting a business license isn’t as hard as it sounds. And health insurance doesn’t have to be something you’ll just learn to live without. How much are your services worth? Goodman helps you evaluate your rates, along with advice on pitching, contracts, and learning when and how to say no. Freelancing isn’t easy, As Goodman readily admits. But at tonight’s book launch she’ll answer questions and possibly allay anxieties about your bedroom-to-living room commute. At the very least, it’ll be a great opportunity to network your ass off.”
Seattle Weekly

2 comments October 16th, 2008

Freelancing in a down economy: A BlogTalkRadio interview, Wednesday at 10 am PST

Business networking site Biznik has just launched Biznik Live, a web radio show for indie professionals, and I have the honor of being their first guest. The topic? How the self-employed can ride out the recession without winding up on food stamps. The show airs this Wednesday at 10 am PST. Feel free to call in and ask me a question.

6 comments October 7th, 2008

“Company Picnic” for the self-employed — tonight in Seattle

One of the downsides of working for yourself is that, unless you have clients that like to throw parties for their freelancers or vendors, you usually don’t get invited to holiday soirees and company picnics. That’s why I’m excited for Company Picnic, an event being billed as “Seattle’s largest entrepreneur bash” and thown by the folks behind all those Crave Party events held around town.

The deets for those interested in going:

When: Tonight from 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: The Armory at Lake Union Park (indoors!)
What: Yummy-sounding BBQ dinner, a DJ spinning 80s classics, carnival-style games, awards for Seattle’s entrepreneurial elite, and networking aplenty
Cost: $49 at the door
More info: Company Picnic

If you’re going, let me know. I’d love to meet you. And if you’re busy tonight or short on cash, not to worry: I’m planning some cool free events for freelancers this fall. I’ll list any new dates I book as soon as I have the deets. San Francisco and Portland events are also in the works, possibly after the holidays.

And finally, if you’ve just been laid off and are wondering what your first steps should be, you might like my ABCNews article from last week. I packed it with as much how-to goodness as I could fit.

2 comments September 25th, 2008

The wait is over! My So-Called Freelance Life is now shipping!

This all happened so fast that I have not even seen a printed copy of my own book yet. But you can. Amazon is now shipping My So-Called Freelance Life, a week before the actual pub date. (In a later post, I’ll tell you more about the publishing process and how it is that I have a book about to hit bookstore shelves just four months after I finished writing it.)

Meanwhile, if you’re in Seattle and want me to add you to the evite for the book launch party on October 16, drop me a line. Or leave a comment on this post. I’ll send the evite out today or tomorrow (finally).

7 comments September 22nd, 2008

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