Mumpreneur’s the word!

Business & Baby On Board

We’ve just signed our next author! Hooray!

Strictly speaking, Editia is on hold while I’m on maternity leave till late next month, but I’ve found a couple of projects that can keep ticking over while I look after that other new baby of mine, Alexander. Appropriately, one of them is a book about juggling motherhood with running a business.

Last spring, while proofreading Crowdfund it!, I stumbled across a Pozible campaign for a book about mumpreneurship (it’s still online here). Johanna Baker-Dowdell’s project, for the title Business and Baby on Board, appealed to me immediately, and not just because I was seven months pregnant and in the process of launching a publishing business myself.

As publisher of Management Today magazine, I regularly receive press releases and approaches about stories of women with young children who have made the switch from high flying corporate or government roles to running their own show. They’re looking for flexibility, for creative freedom and for the chance to control their own destinies. Mumpreneurs are EVERYWHERE. I have a huge amount of respect for them, and love reading about how they’re combining family commitments and their passions to build a better life.

I’d even begun talking to a fellow journalist about whether she might write a book on the phenomenon for Editia. But why commission a new book when Johanna was clearly an expert and had already done all the hard work? I crossed my fingers that she might be open to talking to me about becoming her ebook publisher (the crowdfunding campaign, which was successful in a second incarnation despite just missing out first time around, was for the print edition only), and dropped her a line.

Johanna sent me a few sample chapters which I devoured, becoming even keener to work with her to get the book out there. It took us a little while to get to the final contract stage largely because I disappeared to have a baby in the middle of our email conversation, but this week Johanna signed on the dotted line, and tonight my signature joined hers. We’re in business!

Watch this space for details of when Business and Baby on Board will land in your favourite ebookstore. You can also keep up with Johanna’s progress with the print edition and related events on the Facebook page for the book here.

Contract signed!

Crowdfund it! launch @ Gleebooks

Crowdfund it! cover

Sydney’s first ever ebook launch
Expert panellists on the latest in crowdfunding

Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW
When: 3.30pm for 4pm, September 23, 2012
Who: Anna Maguire, author, Crowdfund it!; Alan Crabbe, co-founder, Pozible; Tom Dawkins, co-founder, StartSomeGood; Bryan Vadas, co-founder, iPledg; writer and successful Pozible campaigner Kate Toon; Charlotte Harper, founder and publisher, Editia
What: Official launch of Editia, Crowdfund it! and expert panel discussion on the latest developments in crowdfunding
RSVP: Essential, please call Gleebooks on 02 9660 2333

Gleebooks is playing host to an afternoon tea event on September 23 to mark the arrival of specialist short non-fiction digital start-up Editia on the publishing scene, and the launch of its first title, Anna Maguire’s Crowdfund it!

The September publication is a complete guide to crowdfunding featuring real insights from successful campaigns the world over. It covers creative projects, causes, social entrepreneurship, microfinance and business equity.

Crowdfunding enables a collective of individuals to pledge small amounts of money towards a common goal. Boosted by social media take-up, it is expected to nearly double 2011 takings and raise US$2.8 billion worldwide this year according to industry research group Massolution.

Sydney-based Maguire is a digital publishing consultant and blogger Her book focuses on 12 of the highest profile crowdfunding platforms, including Kickstarter, Pozible and ArtistShare. It features interviews with successful campaigners like star of British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf Robert Llewellyn, who raised £21,000 to publish his novel News From Gardenia through Unbound.

At what will be the first ever Sydney bookstore launch event for an ebook, as opposed to a printed book with an associated digital edition, attendees will be able to purchase their own copy from Gleebooks’ online store on the spot and start reading it on their smartphone or tablet right away.

Maguire will join a panel of experts, including Pozible co-founder Alan Crabbe, to discuss the latest developments in crowd funding.

Learn more about the latest developments in crowdfunding at the Crowdfund it! blog, and buy your copy of the book for $7 here.