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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Holly Becker Featured in Newly Released Book, "Creatively Self-Employed"

Holly Becker, the queen of decor8, has been featured in a newly released book, "Creatively Self-Employed". Here is the press release (am I really considered part of the press?) she sent out:

Holly Becker Featured in Newly Released Book, "Creatively Self-Employed"

More Than 65 Artists and Writers Worldwide Contributed

February 28, 2007 (Manasquan, NJ) – Holly Becker of the popular design blog, decor8 www.decor8.blogspot.com, is featured in the newly released book, Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs.

Holly Becker is one of more than 65 writers, designers and artists worldwide that were interviewed to discuss life after taking the plunge into creative self-employment, which in many cases does not promise steady paychecks or health insurance. Many creatives experience doubt, loneliness, anxiety, and frustration along with the freedoms that come with setting their own schedules. Their stories have been combined with the advice of life coaches and creative consultants to give creatives—and aspiring creatives—the support they need to thrive as savvy businesspeople. A section on conducting good business includes insight into marketing so the creatively self-employed can better succeed in their endeavors.

"I am pleased that Holly Becker shared her insight in the book. As a self-employed writer and interior design consultant, she has a lot to offer both her clients and other creatives who are thirsty for real-life stories of coping with the ups and downs of creative self-employment," says Kristen Fischer, the author. "So many creative people experience struggles and think that means they are not meant to follow an authentic path. This book will help creatives see that others are in the same boat, and their businesses can succeed despite the trials they face."

The book features insight by notable authors such as Gail McMeekin (The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, Conari Press); Tera Leigh (How to Be Creative If You Never Thought You Could, North Light Books) and M.J. Ryan (This Year I Will…, Broadway Books).

Fischer is a freelance writer who specializes in creating marketing collateral for a wide array of businesses. After more than three years of working 9-to-5 jobs, she started her writing business in 2003. She has contributed to Men's Health magazine, Philadelphia magazine, Skope magazine and College Bound magazine. She lives in Manasquan, New Jersey.

Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs (ISBN: 978-0-595-42154-1) was published by iUniverse. The price is $16.95. The book is available for sale through iUniverse.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, CreativelySelfEmployed.com and at major book retailers.

I am very proud of one of my favorite (and, as far as I know, the only other Boston-based) design-oriented bloggers' getting published. Congrats, Holly!


decor8 said...

grady you're a riot. i sent that to you because i know you're about to take on clients and get into interior design and thought the overall theme of the book would inspire you, since i also know that it's hard to jump out into the unknown. the book is a collaboration of 60+ independent artists, designers, writers, etc. so there are lots of juicy bits to chew on. i think you'll find a lot of value in it, but the real thanks goes to kristen, she wrote it and it's a great, insightful, inspirational read!

thanks for the shout out though!!!


modmom said...

you are a blog author grady!
me too! i got into dwell on design with a press pass! blogs are influential. did yoon send you a press release email? see. you're press, you review + recommend :)
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