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my craft business chat with sister diane

It was so fun to hang out with Sister Diane last night and talk about craft business! We probably could’ve talked for hours, but somehow we kept it to 45 minutes. :) Thanks for having me, lady! And if you watched the hangout and would like to get a copy of Crafty Superstar, head over here! Here are the highlights, with links to relevant websites:

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Updated East Coast Book Tour Dates

craft business book tour

Whoo! The Summit of Awesome in Washington, DC, was awesome, and now I’m working my way up the East Coast, signing my book Crafty Superstar wherever I find it. I’ve added a few more events to my lineup — here’s the list of upcoming craft workshops and appearances:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Brooklyn, NY — t.b.d. Brooklyn
    I’m putting together a totally informal Creative Business Drinkup in Greenpoint! Anyone with a creative biz is welcome.
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 — Providence, RI — Craftland
    Never been to the smallest state before, so I’m stoked to do my getting published workshop at Craftland! 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 17 — Somerville, MA — Magpie
    Come hang out with me for a crafty happy hour in this hipster craft store outside Boston from 5 to 7 p.m.!
  • Sunday, Sept. 23 — Pittsburgh, PA — WildCard
    Meet-the-author crafty brunch from 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Cleveland, OH — Salty Not Sweet
    A workshop on everything you need to know about craft shows (plus drinks and snacks!) 5 to 6 p.m. RSVP here!
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 — Indianapolis, IN — Homespun
    A two-hour mega-workshop about using social media and how to get published. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 7 — Columbus, OH — Wholly Craft
    I’m doing a session on social media strategies for craft businesses and hanging out 2 to 3:30pm.

East Coast Crafty Book Tour!

So, as you know, I recently gave notice at my day job. And my new craft business book just came out! One of the things I’m most excited about as I enter the wild world of full-time freelancing is a DIY book tour/road trip I’m doing in September!

Basically, I’m packing up the old Prius and going on the road, talking about craft biz, hanging out with friends and seeing much of the eastern half of the country. I’ve got a lot of gigs lined up, but I’d love to add more! Specifically, I don’t have anything lined up yet for New York City/Brooklyn, upstate New York or Boston yet. (And I’d also love to go to Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, the Southeast, the Northwest — basically everywhere.) Want me to speak at your craft store or event? Email me!

Here’s my in-progress schedule of craft workshops and appearances:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8 — Washington, DC — Summit of Awesome
    I’ll be doing a bookbinding workshop and talking about getting published at this one-day craft business conference!
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Brooklyn, NY — t.b.d. Brooklyn
    I’m putting together a totally informal Creative Business Drinkup! Anyone who’s into creative entrepreneurship is welcome.
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 — Providence, RI — Craftland
    Never been to the smallest state before, so I’m stoked to do my getting published workshop at Craftland. 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23 — Pittsburgh, PA — WildCard
    Meet-the-author crafty brunch! 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Cleveland, OH — Salty Not Sweet
    Tentative topic: Everything you need to know about craft shows. Details are still being finalized!
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 — Indianapolis, IN — Homespun
    This is going to be a two-hour mega-workshop about using social media and how to get published. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6 — Columbus, OH — Wholly Craft
    Details are still being finalized!

OMG I quit my job

quitting your job for fun and profitI totally quit my job last week.

It wasn’t some kind of take-this-job-and-shove-it table-flipping experience. It was totally civilized and without raised voices or tears. I gave five weeks’ notice, and my last day is going to be Sept. 4.

So what’s my deal? I remained employed for the entirety of the great recession—no small feat. I’ve worked on some awesome magazines and went to sweet conferences. I learned a ton and grew a lot.

But after five years at my company, I felt myself getting burned out. I had little energy for all the side projects I have going on. And with my new book coming out this month and the big holiday craft show coming shortly, I was feeling way more tired than inspired. And that’s no way to live.

So, as of Sept. 5, I’ll be a self-employed person, and I am so excited. I’ve got a few gigs lined up as a freelance writer and editor, and I’ll be looking for more. Do you need someone who knows how to hustle? Here’s what I’m good at:

  • writing about design, art, craft, entrepreneurship, web culture and nerds
  • editing basically anything
  • proofreading and copy editing
  • writing and editing email newsletters
  • polishing resumes and writing kickass cover letters
  • social media strategy and execution
  • speaking about creative business and entrepreneurship
  • organizing and putting on events
  • personal assistant kinds of stuff, like booking travel and dealing with surly post office ladies
  • bookbinding, printmaking and other crafty things
  • writing song parodies
  • finding awesome flea markets and vintage shops wherever I go

If you need someone to help you with any of these things, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m very available as of Oct. 1.

My first order of business as a full-time freelancer is an epic road trip/book tour to promote The Crafty Superstar Ultimate Craft Business Guide in September—details on appearances to come. And I’ve got an idea for my third book that I’m just dying to get started on. Let’s do this!

thank you!

Just about two months after its release, Crafty Superstar is sold out! I got word this week that it’s going into a second printing very soon to meet demand.

I am absolutely blown away and so overjoyed that my book has found a place in so many people’s homes. Thank YOU for supporting me and my book! (If you still haven’t gotten a copy, I still have some signed copies left that you can order here!)

Hurtling towards my book deadline

Current word count: 27,818 (out of 30,000)

Trying not to freak out too much about the fact that my book is due in less than a MONTH. I’m starting to break down the remaining stuff to do into manageable chunks. I made up a calendar with weekly goals written on it, for example, my goal for this weekend is to polish up the introduction and first chapter and get the appendix done.

I’m taking a few days off of work in the next month to give myself more time to work on the book. I’m also trying not to completely get cut off from the rest of the world. (Sorry, friends!)

One big problem in getting done with the book is that I keep finding more people I want to talk to! Gotta stop that… After next week, promise.

PS: I’m not writing recaps of books I read for now, but I am still updating my list.