Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Case study: Publishing a book, part of Freelancing Fundamentals.
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While writing this course it occurred to me that some of these lessons might…seem kind of theoretical.…So I thought back to my own freelance career looking for ways that I actually…used these techniques and remembering how I developed them.…In the end I realized that they're evident in every project so I just picked one.…A book I wrote about the web development software Drupal.…What you'll notice is that every step along the way required preparation I might…have done years before, but it all paid off in the end.…
I got that job, because I knew I wanted to write a book about the upcoming…release of Drupal's latest version.…But I didn't know what publisher would be right.…So I talked to a literary agent who specialized in technical books.…Now I had met him years before through an email discussion group for…computer book authors and publishers and in fact we had already worked on another project.…He sent me up with a publisher Peachpit Press, and helped me negotiate the contact.…As it happened I already knew my editor at Peachpit, because we had worked…
A bonus chapter covers common questions freelancers have when entering the field.
- What is freelancing?
- Defining your career goals
- Funding your startup
- Getting licenses, permits, and insurance
- Setting prices
- Finding work through agencies
- Getting referrals
- Working with time and project management tools
- Increasing your rates