An Excerpt from My eBook

Freelancing on the Road:
A Digital Nomad Guide

Preface

Digital nomad is a term that seems to have come out of nowhere, even to me, and I am a digital
nomad. The digital revolution, which has changed almost every aspect of our lives in a rather
short time, has changed the way we travel and the way we work. At its most basic, digital
nomadism is the marriage of digital work and travel. And thanks to the information side of
the digital revolution, there is a wealth of resources available (as well as package deals and
other schemes) to help you get your very own #digitalnomadlife.

But this book is not selling a lifestyle or a get-rich-quick scheme. In fact, this book isn’t even
likely to generate passive income for me (and passive income is the digital nomad unicorn).
No, this book is simply filling a gap. You see, thanks to the digital revolution, the freelance
editor is quite possibly the perfect digital nomad, only the rest of the digital nomad
community doesn’t seem to know it. So the digital nomad community and all of its resources
and skill shares and masterminds and incubators and retreats rarely address the needs or
sensibilities of editors (or other freelance editorial service providers like writers and indexers,
etc.).

This book, written by a freelance editor and writer, is intended to fill that gap. I became a
digital nomad before I had even heard the term. I just wanted to travel. I had money saved
for travel, but I didn’t want to stop working, mostly because I was afraid my clients wouldn’t
need me when I returned. My solution was to do both: work and travel. And five years later, I
wrote this book.

Chapter 1 introduces you to the digital nomad world from the perspective of an editor. In
Chapter 2, I outline the things a freelance editor must do to become a digital nomad. Chapter
3 explores what life is like for a digital nomad freelance editor and Chapter 4 describes some
of the nuts and bolts topics that usually come up in a digital nomad Q&A.

Of course, one side effect of the digital revolution is that things are always changing: as
Heraclitus taught, no one steps in the same river twice. So this book is NOT a “How To” in
the traditional sense. Instead, it outlines more general issues and concerns and provides
advice and suggestions from a more general perspective—the specifics will depend on who
you are, where you are, and when you are. Nevertheless, My Mileage boxes share my own
personal experiences throughout the book. Always remember that your mileage may vary.

Freelancing on the Road: A Digital Nomad Guide for Editors publishes October 1 on Amazon Kindle

 

iPad and notebook on driftwood table on Thai beach

Coming Soon! My New Digital Nomad eBook

Freelancing on the Road

A Digital Nomad Guide for Editors

So, I wrote a book. And I don’t mean one of the dozens of books I write for hire. Nope, I actually cooked up the idea and wrote it for myself.

A sunset selfie on the beach in Valencia, Spain. May 2017

My Digital Nomad Anniversary: Change for the Better

Five years ago today, I boarded a flight to Reykjavik with far too much stuff and a computer. From there, I went to London and then on to Thailand, Macau, Singapore, China, Cambodia, India, Dubai, Spain, France, and Italy. Later my travels would take me back to Asia and Europe, onwards to South America and Central America, and of course, to many destinations in the United States and Canada—sometimes with my computer, sometimes without.

Blue sky outside an airplane window.

Tips for Air Travel In India

 5 Things You Need to Know

Indian train travel is a must do for any serious traveller, but even with the new online train booking options, it is still much easier to book flights than it is to book train passage. And the cost, availability, and timing make flights a reasonable alternative for getting around the sub-continent. While air travel is air travel almost everywhere you go (except, perhaps, in Pakistan!), there are a few peculiarities in India. Here are a few things new visitors to India should know before they head to the airport.

The Remarkable Women of #JLF

Nevertheless, They Persist

That the Jaipur Literature Festival is an event for women is obvious as soon as you arrive. Invariably, the women’s security line is miles long, while the men’s line is virtually non-existent. The volunteers and staff also seem to be mostly women—from the students managing the author signing booths to the venue hosts introducing the speakers.

Of course, this doesn’t diminish the dominance of men’s voices or the everyday challenge of moving through space occupied by men.