A Guide to Self-Publishing Your Book [Guest post]

A Guide to Self-Publishing Your Book [Guest post]

You’ve got the idea, you may even have a full manuscript and you’re at the, “What the H E double hockey sticks do I do now? “stage. Firstly, take a deep breath. Inhale for four, exhale for six, and we’ll get through this together. My first self-publishing tip is this: Be realistic and define your version of success.

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Plan Your Solo Writing Retreat in Scotland 2022

Plan Your Solo Writing Retreat in Scotland 2022

Scotland writing retreats aren’t essential for writing a book, but they can be a way to make the writing process more enjoyable. As I’m a UK writer, I knew I wanted to explore some scenic locations in the country as part of my first solo writing retreat, so I was over the moon when I was offered to stay in Fort William for a few nights at an Air BnB. 

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Patriarchy Stress Disorder with Dr. Valerie Rein

Patriarchy Stress Disorder with Dr. Valerie Rein

You’ve got tons of insight… but the way you FEEL doesn’t change at the core. Leaving you wondering: What’s wrong with me? And the Answer is — Nothing. You’re brilliant. If you could have figured it out — you would have figured it out long ago. The problem is misdiagnosed. It’s not you, It’s Patriarchy Stress Disorder. Out of Office podcast with Fiona Thomas and her guest Dr. Valerie Rein

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Why therapy is magic with mental health advocate Jo Love

Why therapy is magic with mental health advocate Jo Love

Jo Love is the author of ‘Therapy is Magic’ a guide to accessing therapy. Today she talks to Fiona Thomas on the Out of Office podcast. In this episode of the Out of Office podcast we cover Jo’s squiggly career journey from lawyer to business owner to trainee psychotherapist, why self-employment isn’t always the key to a healthy relationship with work, what therapy really is (and isn’t and some things to consider when you think about getting therapy.

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How to set your freelance rates

How to set your freelance rates

Are you wondering how to set your freelance rates? Struggling to navigate the world of hourly rates, day rates, retainer packages and the rest? I hear ya. Figuring out how much to charge for your services is a complicated topic and everyone has an opinion.

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Overcoming self-doubt as a writer

Overcoming self-doubt as a writer

Oooof this self-doubt malarkey is a total ratbag, right? I’d bet my last Rolo that you’ve asked yourself at least once “When will I stop doubting myself as a writer?!” It’s something that pops up in conversation with the writers on my course, as well as in the...

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How to get started pitching to publications

How to get started pitching to publications

‘How to pitch to publications’ is a juicy topic. It can also feel overwhelming to even begin typing out the first pitch email to an editor when you’re just starting out. But – great news: you don’t have to have done a degree in journalism or have even gone to university to become a published writer.

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5 of the best podcasts for freelancers

5 of the best podcasts for freelancers

There are some cracking podcasts for freelancers available online nowadays, but there are sooooo many! How do you know which ones to listen to first? Some are just sales tools and boring self-promotion for marketers or coaches, and others are genuinely helpful with...

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3 ways to build a regular writing habit

3 ways to build a regular writing habit

Developing a regular writing habit will support you in feeling in control of your writing process. You might know that I have anxiety issues, so having a daily journaling session keeps me grounded while also giving me a sense of accomplishment. Your practice might not be journaling, it might be a little challenge you set yourself (a daily haiku or 5 lines of your book – whatever!) but having a little ritual is so beneficial!

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How to live your best freelance life

How to live your best freelance life

I started Out of Office with the aim of supporting not just people already on their freelance journeys, but particularly the freelance life contemplators, or the ‘I’m-pretty-sure-freelance-is-a-pipe-dream’ dreamers. I want to demystify the freelance life, offer no-BS advice and share both the highs – and lows – that come with hitting out of office for good, so you’re prepared to make your business a success.

So, in keeping with that purpose, here’s the no-BS advice on how to live your best freelance life.

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