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.