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Our consultation days in March

For a professional career, literary freelancers not only need literary talent but also many organisational skills. We don’t know if talent is innate, but we can definitely help with the skills. In March, schreiben & leben offers a variety of one-on-one consultations with experienced colleagues who assist you in developing these skills.

Independence, freedom, control – there are several reasons for selecting self-publishing. But how does the publishing process work? Or should you rather choose the traditional way? Carsten Schmidt knows all roads that lead to publication: he is the author of five books, two of which were self-published. Since he has been working as a freelance editor for many years, he also advises colleagues on acquiring commissions. His consultation day will take place on March 3rd.

Nowadays, every big company uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to call attention to itself. However, is social media also useful for self-employed? “The question is not whether you should do it, but how you can do it,” says author and cultural manager Christian Dittloff. After his graduation, he founded a company for viral marketing in Hamburg, whose clients included the Thalia Theatre and the Reeperbahn Festival. On March 10th, he will be happy to share his experience with you.

Scholarships and public cultural funds often appear to be out of reach – especially for newcomers. With background knowledge, however, the search for funding opportunities can be very productive. The author Paula Fürstenberg has already successfully passed many application procedures. Among other things, she received the working scholarship of the State of Brandenburg and the Berlin Senate and was a scholarship holder of the Authors’ Workshop at the Literary Colloquium Berlin. On March 11th, she gives you an overview of the opportunities for financial support and helps you with the application process.

Do I have to pay tax on grants? Can I deduct the ride to a reading from my income tax? It is worthwhile for every self-employed to learn the basics of tax issues, says Eva Stelzer. Not only to meet one’s tax obligations, but also to avoid expensive surprises. She is a trained bookseller and tax accountant. On the consultation day on March 24th, you can address all your questions about accounting to her.

Bonjour, privet and cześć! For the many non-German-speaking cultural professionals who make the Berlin scene so diverse, we offer three foreign-language consultation days in March on the topics of funding opportunities and finding an agency or a publisher for your manuscript. We begin on March 2nd with the author Matthias Nawrat, who will provide information for writers in Polish. On March 18th, Anastasia Gorokhova will answer all questions about the German literary industry in Russian. And on March 30th, translator Charlotte Bomy will give advice in French. Feel free to spread the word!

The one-on-one consultations in March will still take place via Zoom or telephone and are free of charge!

Here is the overview again:

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