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#WTART Update 03: Peek into Ewelina’s Studio

I always believe that it’s actually hard to run a Kickstarter project for a book because you don't have a lot of pages carefully edited by the time you go live. Also, there is so much text all over the internet, having more text isn't the most eye catching thing on the planet, especially if you want people to pitch in some coins for you to finalize such an extensive project, such as writing a book. 

When I was working on This Year Will Be Different, I hired an illustrator because I once bought a book that I hated, but simultaneously also loved because it was so pretty. I hired an illustrator because I was, and I guess I am to this day, very nervous about my work. 

Back then and even today, I thought that if people don’t enjoy my words, they might at least cherish the prettiness of the book(s)…Now, I absolutely love that each and every book has been carefully beautified, and I love even more that two of the three books have been carefully beautified by the wonderful Ewelina Dymek. I simply love, love, love her work! 

I wanted to share the wonderful illustrations with you. I simply love them and I’m excited we were able to add a little learning to each of them. I guess it will give you some sense of what you’ll read about. Also, please let me know in the comments which interview you’d want to read next. I’ll make sure to share one more with you before this campaign’s over!

 

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#MCFSB: Meet the team and see what we are currently working on

As you can imagine, I could never write a book all by myself. I deeply believe that part of being a professional means you have to find people who have the skills you lack to help you make a product that you’re incredibly proud of.

Last year, when working on This Year Will Be Different: An Insightful Guide to Becoming a Freelancer, I published an ad on Elance and found Diana J. Joiner. The message she sent to me was definitely not one you would send when applying for freelance gigs; it was a message you would send to someone you want to be friends with. We scheduled a Skype call and clicked immediately! 

At the moment, Diana and I have finished editing the book to a stage where we were able to send it to Diana Ovezea to implement the text in the layout. (I’d prefer to call the girls by their first name, but it gets too confusing. Note: Diana’s are amazing to work with.) We prefer to do the last couple of editing rounds in the finished layout to make sure there aren’t any mistakes in the final version. 

Diana Ovezea and I used to study together, however, she was in the graphic design department and we only met once a week during the joined cultural studies classes. Diana is an incredibly hard-working and deep-thinking individual who I’ve always admired for her dedication and wit. I reached out to her to interview her for #TYWBD and during our conversation, she offered to help me with the layout. She didn’t just do a smashing job with the layout, but she also designed the most incredible cover! 

I can’t even tell you how curious and excited I am about her designs for #MCFSB and the cover she’ll create. We’ll ask you soon what cover we should use for the book out of a few options, so please keep an eye out for that update. 

Working with Diana O. is great because she understands what one wants very quickly. (If you ever need a designer, you want to work with her. Trust me!) We’ve chosen the layout and she’s now testing how it works with the fonts she’s chosen and the illustrations that were created by the wonderful Sara Combs.

If you’ve read the contents, then you might have noticed that I interviewed Sara for #MCFSB. So, here’s the story: when I first discussed what kind of illustrations we wanted, Diana O. said we needed a really smart illustrator who would just get it! I couldn’t stop thinking about my conversation with Sara, so I decided to ask her.

Originally, we were thinking about hiring a letterer, which is why I didn’t hire Ewelina a second time (you need to see this girl’s portfolio). However, working with Sara, who specializes in pattern design, felt like a better choice because we wanted to work with someone with an iconic style. If you’ve worked with an illustrator such as Ewelina, it’s hard to find someone else who’s as talented as her, but now, we have Sara!

Sara is currently finishing off all 30 illustrations that you’ll see throughout the book and on the postcards that we’ll send your way too. 

As for me, I’ve been answering messages and requests and reaching out to journalists and bloggers to let them know about this project. If you know a blogger or a journalist you could introduce me to, I’d really appreciate your help. Here is my email address (hello@mkanokova.com) if you decide to make a direct intro.

This year will be different! I'm publishing a book, which you might want to read.

Happy New Year to you! I hope you kicked off your year fabulously well and that you had reindeers at your door, surprises in your mail, and many smiles on your face.

I might have mentioned before that I've been working on a book; This Year Will Be Different is a guide to starting out as a freelancer. The book is filled with stories and interviews with successful women about their careers and how they built the businesses they run today. To top it off, there are 23 chapters on topics such as on building your own website, firing your inner perfectionist, how much you should have saved up before becoming self-employed, on how to set a price for your services, and other articles to answer questions I believe everyone wants to know more about once they start thinking about founding a business.

You can get the first feel for what's the book going to be like on Kickstarter; and because I didn't send you a Christmas present, here's a secret Dropbox link to one of the interviews, which I haven't published anywhere else just yet. 

PS: I promise the book's much better than the video :) 

It’s a wrap! December
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December is not the most charming month to be in London; nevertheless, the projects I worked on were so exciting I didn’t have time to bother about the weather. During the weekends I was in pubs testing StaRating, drinking draft-beer and chatting to guys about football

I spent the evenings skyping with 23 incredible women to ask them about the early days of their now successful careers for This Year Will Be Different

I also delivered a brand audit for one of Badger & Winters global clients. I’d love to do more of that sort of work in the future. 

Then, just in time for Christmas, I moved back to Vienna where I finalised the copy for This Year Will Be Different

I really enjoyed being the driving force behind my own project and assembling and managing a remote team. It’s not a surprise that the month was filled with inspiring meetings; some online, some offline.

I finally met Alejandro Masferrer from the Pop-Up Agency whose path I’ve been following for a couple of years on Twitter; I met Matt Trinetti, one of the great people behind Escape The City, who I ran into at the London chapter of Creative Mornings. Before CM, I’d only known him from his incredibly inspiring TEDxTalk. It was great to chat in person.

Virtually, I got to know Diana Joiner, who’s going to be the editor of This Year Will Be Different and Ewelina Dymek, who I found on Behance and who started illustrating the book literally five minutes after we agreed on the deal in order to meet the tight deadline.

I cannot wait to see what January will bring.