Writer, @mental_floss contributing editor. My first book, Save the Date, is out now from Penguin/Riverhead. Photo by Sarah Shatz. jen(at)mentalfloss(dot)com

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Dec 19, 2014

@byalisonbowen also i was really lucky to have an amazing supportive publisher/publicity team. but FREELANCE IS HARD.

Dec 19, 2014

@byalisonbowen yup. for me i was just like, going all in on this because how can i not? (i feel like most authors think this?)

Dec 19, 2014

@byalisonbowen i think you need many strands of income, and to stay really really organized to make it work.

Dec 19, 2014

@byalisonbowen you also can't not promote a book, which is itself a long game and huge time/emotion investment. (and, yeah)

Dec 19, 2014

@byalisonbowen in that case it was book promotion. so "free" is sort of more like, investment in long game.

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