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Our Consultation Days in August

The wait is over: We are back from our summer break! As of now, we are once again offering free consulting services for authors, translators, editors and other literary solo self-employed professionals.

Daniela Seel, publisher at kookbooks and an author herself, kicks off the consultations. For her work, she has already received several awards, for example work stipends by the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, the Goethe-Institute Copenhagen, the Senate of Berlin, the Brandenburger Tor Foundation and the artist’s house Schreyahn. Thus, she knows from personal experience all too well what it means to compete for grants and funding. On her consulting day on August 17, she would be happy to share her experience with you. Authors can take the opportunity to speak about their project descriptions and applications or to get information on available grants.

For more than a year, the cultural scene has been active primarily in the digital space. Meanwhile, all participants were able to (or had to) improve their skills in using digital tools. However, do we really make full use of online communication? For many reasons, Yvonne de Andrés is the ideal interlocutor for this topic: As a trained bookseller, former sales and marketing manager at several publishing houses and “Bücherfrau” she is not only firmly anchored the literary scene; moreover, she is temporary lecturer for communication and media studies at the University of Rostock and member of the expert committee on digitization at the German Women’s Council. On her consulting day on August 18, literary solo self-employed professionals can get advice on the use of digital tools and learn how to optimize their own virtual networking – for the pandemic online life as well as the post-crisis period.

Speaking of crisis: Even under normal conditions, structuring daily work is a task in itself. Translator, editor and author Jordan T.A. Wegberg has been a freelancer himself since 1994 and knows tips and tricks for making solo self-employment easier. How do I set attainable goals? How do I balance my tasks? What role does my workplace play? How do I keep work and personal life separate? And how do I stay motivated?  He shares his knowledge not only in individual coaching sessions but also with us as part of the free consulting day on August 25.

The team of schreiben & leben wishes you a productive month!

You can register for all the consultations here.

Here is the overview again:

  • August 17, 2021: consultation day on stipends and application for authors with Daniela Seel
  • August 18, 2021: consultation day on digital tools with Yvonne de Andrés
  • August 25, 2021: consultation day on work organization with Jordan T.A. Wegberg

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