10th July 2008
I am having an experience I have never had before. I am holding in my hand a book that I wrote. It has my name on the cover. It is one of the truly weirdest things I’ve even done.
It’s called Freelancing for Australian (for Dummies). That’s right, it’s a Dummies book. It has the Dummies brand pointy-chin man smiling on the front, waving a little Australian flag. I am giddily in love with Pointy-Chin Man. Even more exciting, within the covers of the book it seems that Pointy-Chin Man and I are having intimate moments at various points throughout. Whenever the heading “True Story” is used, there appears to be a little caricature version of me, wearing intelligent spectacles, whispering in the ear of Pointy-Chin Man. I am advising him on the ways of being freelance. I feel very brainy, especially as my alter ego is wearing brainy-girl specs.
I wrote the book, which is based on the US version, over the summer. The name of the original American author is also on the cover with mine, even though we have never met. Still, I am also in love with this other author, Susan Drake. She provided the recipe, and I baked a cake. An Aussie cake. A pav, if you will.
I have just finished a heady phone call with the publicist and publisher of the book, in which we discussed all the different ways the book will be marketed. Now my love includes the hardworking stunners at Wiley Publishing. It’s also extending to all the people who will hear about the book and then buy it. Those adorable and intelligent souls might even buy two copies, for it is a hefty and meaty book, a satisfying 393 pages. They can read one copy, and use the other as doorstop.
I am excited and full of love. Days don’t get much better than this. Time for champagne – POP!
Freelancing for Australian (for Dummies) will be available in bookstores and via the Freelance Success website from September 2008.