Photo: Courtesy of Holly Mcglynn.
, podcaster and author of Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up OnlineResolution:
Write a book and launch a podcastHow did you start out 2016, career-wise?
"In January 2016 I left my job working at Condé Nast as Glamour
's social media editor to go solo, which was scary! It was essentially my dream job but the itch to work on my own projects and grow my 'side hustle' eventually took over. I had my book coming out in the summer and launched my podcast in April. It grew quickly and I started to take on freelance consulting, speaking, and writing work."How did the book come about?
"I had an idea for a book while on a plane to Australia (that's what being without the internet for hours and hours did to me). I jokily tweeted that I had an idea for a millennial memoir and a literary agent called Robyn Drury tweeted back a jokey response. We DM'd and I sent her my very rough proposal. She liked it, helped me finesse it, and once we were happy she started sending it out to publishers (which I found was the MOST nerve-wracking part!). I got the book deal only four months after signing with Robyn! It all happened so quickly. I wrote the first three chapters as part of the proposal and then finished writing the book after the deal was made. Robyn was brilliant to work with every step of the way."What were the biggest challenges of building your brand and writing a book?
"The biggest challenge for me was often not knowing which direction to go in — the fear of spreading myself too thinly. I am lucky enough to have so many different things that interest me, but it was hard at first to find that one central vision. Everyone has that initial moment of: 'what am I doing?' It means experimenting, getting things wrong, sometimes saying 'yes' to the wrong things or wrong people, and playing out different parts of yourself. The aim is to work out what you want to prioritise and focus on, and a year on, I'm definitely getting there."And the biggest reward?
"The biggest reward for me is being able to work for myself, to my own schedule, and to have my own vision, launch my own creative projects, and have the opportunity to collaborate with so many incredible, talented people who inspire me."What has this career leap taught you about yourself?
"It's taught me the importance of working alongside people you trust; without having good friends (both personal and professional) who can give me honest advice and guidance it would all be a lot harder and scarier."How did you know the time was right to make the leap to published author?
"I'm always writing something! I've had a few ideas rejected in the past — it just so happened that this one book idea felt timely and topical and sort of an extension of my six years writing on my blog. It's the book I always wanted to write."What career advice would you give?
"Learn to put barriers in place, whether that's saying the occasional 'no', or stopping yourself from replying to that email from your boss at 11pm. Burn-out is real and we have to take care of our mental and physical health. You can't do your job in the first place if you're not healthy. 'Busy' isn't a badge of honour."