I’ve been a bit hesitant to share the stories of authors because they doesn’t necessarily fit in with the artists and makers who listen to this show. As an author, though, I’m compelled by the stories of others, and I love talking to people who have braved the self-publishing waters. Stephanie Gaudreau and I met back on February of 2013 and quickly became friends because of our mutual interest in many subjects (mostly the crazy shit we see happening on social media), and when she told me that she was publishing her first cookbook, I wanted to hear all about it. Would it make a good podcast episode though?

This is Stephanie’s second time on the show, but the first time talking about publishing, and the effect it can have on your business. I tossed the question out to the Fresh Rag Army if they would like to hear more from the likes of Stephanie and other authors. The response was a resounding YES because many of them aspire to write, and this might be the kick in the pants they need. So here you go!

All of what we talk about with Stephanie:

  • The difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing
  • How she built a strong social media platform
  • Knowing when to leap into something new
  • Pivoting when the tide changes in your business
  • Books, tours, and healthy living

One other personal side note about Stephanie that I’d like to share. Within this more accessible world that we live in, it’s important to prioritize our relationships in some sort of hierarchy. Some people will remain acquaintances while others become friends, but with limited access. Of course we have the friends that we know well, but rarely see, and the ones who are our most trusted companions. There’s also this other realm of people who have a big impact on your life and you treat as close friends, even though you’ve never set eyes on each other. That is Stephanie to me. She’s a trusted friend who is one of the first people I reach out to when I have questions about business, but also just to chatterbox about nothing important. I would be less far along without people like her, and I’m grateful to Stephanie for being a good friend.

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