As a little girl, I always knew I would take a writing-related career path. I love writing and knew I had the knack for weaving words together. What I didn’t foresee then was that my first book would be about money.
Money?!?! Exactly. Even my journalism instructors will not buy it. Numbers weren’t my strongest suit. I sweated through a basic Algebra class and heaved a huge sigh of relief that Calculus was not in the curriculum. Whew.
So when a sudden life change three years ago i.e. divorce, forced me to take stock of my finances, I knew I had more than enough material for a book. I wasn’t trying to reinvent the wheel or anything but I couldn’t find a practical, detailed, easy-to-follow guide for folks like me, post-relationship break-up.
There was so much material on the emotional aspect i.e. getting counseling, leaning on friends, etc., but there was a shortage of resources to help one with the financial aspect, even the mundane ones. Examples: insurance policies (get a new one vs. continuing with old policy?), joint credit cards (which ones to keep?), taxes (file jointly on your last year as a married couple or do your own thing?), and so forth and so on.
My head was spinning with a mile-long to-do list and some needed informatiion I had to continually do research on. To make matters even more complicated, my ex-husband was now based overseas. Documents that needed his signature had to be sent via FedEx all the time. And since he was the primary account holder for most accounts, I had to ask him to call each and every financial institution and creditor so they would talk to me and negotiate
The year and the year after that flew by. Then one day at the dog park, I reconnected with Tracy, a former colleague at a local magazine we both used to write for. I knew Tracy had two kids but didn’t realize she is also a single parent. I believed in both our writing abilities and rich experiences as single parents. It was enough material for a book on money. To make a long story short, I simply asked Tracy, “Would you like to turn our experiences into a book?”
That was in the fall of 2014 and a year later, our book “Suddenly Single Women’s Guide to Finances,” was published. The publishing process wasn’t exactly a bed of roses, but more like a bed of worn notebooks. We both wrote and edited tirelessly, compared notes and interviews over many cups of coffee, met at the dog park a fw more times – all while raising children and juggling other deadlines. The high point of our self-publishing journey is our decision to use Kickstarter to crowd-fund enabling us to raise much-needed capital and get our book on amazon.com’s virtual shelf and into the hands of individuals who need practical money advice.
So there. I hope you will join me from this point on and become as money-savvy as you possibly can. If I did it, you can too!