Ever since I could hold a pen in my hand, I’ve been writing, drawing and creating. When I first started dreaming of becoming an Author, I was 7 or 8 years old. And the day where I finally signed a contract with a publisher, I was 29. It’s funny how life is lived forward yet understood backwards (quote: Søren Kirkegaard) – what you’re really truly great at as a kid (and enjoy doing the most), you’re often re-connected with as an adult.
As many other young women today, I struggled with finding a path for myself in my 20’s. I kept “re-inventing” myself and trying out different jobs and industries – only to realize that I was meant to be a writer, an Author, a word smith. Call it what you wish. The little girl’s dream of publishing a book and becoming a real Author never died; it kept pushing me forward, sometimes without even knowing it, until the happy day when I put my signature on paper to sign the deal with my publisher. This was in the summer of 2017. Now, roughly a year later, I’m done writing my first book, and as I’m entering the editing-phase (something many Authors dread, but I love it!), I’m relieved, excited and proud of myself for making it…with a 6-month-old on my arm. Let it be known: writing a book with a baby on the side (or shall we say having a baby and writing a book on the side!) isn’t the easiest task in the world, but with a bit of determination, self-discipline and structure (hello, super awesome and helpful boyfriend!) it’s certainly possible. And now to the point: the book. My second baby. The first of many books to come.
Many of you are asking me about the topic of the book (if you follow me on Instagram you most likely already know it), hence I’m happy to finally be able to reveal title; “FREELANCER”. Pretty simple, straight-forward, no nonsense. My book is about my journey as a freelancer and a guide to other female freelancers, who wish to create a successful and mindful everyday life. Yes – the book is dedicated to women and there’s a very specific reason for that. Or a few, to be exact.
To sum it up, there are WAY more male freelancers (and entrepreneurs, for that matter) in the world than there are female counter parts. This, in particular, applies to my home country Denmark and a bunch of other European countries, where sad statistics show that freelancing, no matter the industry, is still dominated by men and that (even worse) the payment gap clearly demonstrates the gender gap. There’s still a long way to go until we reach equality, and my book is just a step on the way towards fairness in the world of freelancing. Obviously, there can be many reasons as to why the situation looks like this, and I’m presenting a few of the plausible ones in the book. Secondly, I believe there’s a big difference in how men and women work, both in business and in life. I’d like to honor this difference in my book.
FREELANCER is a feminine guide into freelancing and how we, as modern women, can be the best versions of ourselves while doing the job and getting the cash. It’s not meant as an average, overall encyclopedia for freelancers, but as a helping hand if you’re either dreaming of becoming a freelancer and need advice or if you’re an established freelancer and need to stay motivated and keep your spirits high. I’ve truly enjoyed writing it and putting my thought to paper, and I’m very excited for the end of November, where the book is set to come out in book stores across Denmark. For now, it’s only in Danish, but an English (and perhaps a German?) version is coming before you know it 🙂 So stay tuned and sign up for the newsletter if you’d like to stay in the loop.
Will there be a book launch? Yes, most probably. Nothing is settled yet, but I can imagine for it to be in Copenhagen in December. More information will follow in the next months and I’m so happy to have you as part of the journey! Freelancer or not, you’re awesome! Thanks for reading along 🙂