Happy Monday! In today's #InspiredMakerMonday feature, we spoke with past Inspired Retreat attendee Jodi Brandon of Jodi Brandon Editorial. Jodi is a book editor and publishing consultant who is passionate about helping creative business owners make their content the best it can be. We can't wait to see what Jodi's been up to since her time at Inspired Retreat!
When did you attend Inspired Retreat? Fall 2015
Where were you in your business journey when making the decision to attend Inspired? I had shifted my business from working in traditional book publishing to working with self-publishing authors to working with small business owners and creative entrepreneurs writing a book to scale their business. I craved connection and a deeper understanding of the creative industry.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell yourself on Day 1 of starting your creative business? Relax! Things have a way of working themselves out. The right people come into your life at the right time, and you have the knowledge and skills to make your dreams come true.
What is one action item from your Inspired Retreat experience that has changed your business and/or mindset? Ooh -- there are so many! We talked in one of the fireside chats about setting small-step goals on the way to the bigger goal -- and celebrating them along the way. Rather than keep my head down and work, work, work, I've implemented more of a "work hard and reward yourself" mentality.
With the abundance of noteworthy creative workshops offered, why would you recommend Inspired Retreat over another? Amber's attention to detail is simply unmatched. From the moment you step onto the property at Evins Mill, every detail has been attended to and the atmosphere is cozy -- like coming home. The business knowledge is, of course, hugely important, but so are the connections made during fireside chats, while walking to and from meals with other attendees, while hiking to the waterfall, while sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch talking about life and dreams.
What is one thing you have implemented that has helped you to streamline or help manage your creative business and family/personal priorities? Shanna Skidmore talked about giving your money a place to go when creating a budget for business or family. I had never thought about it quite like that. As someone who sees the value of investing in conferences like Inspired, this is something I've taken to heart.
What things do you do to stay creative/be inspired? Read, practice hand-lettering, color, watch TED Talks .
What is your daily routine like? There is no typical day, which I love. Some weeks are focused on client work, and since every client's book is unique, so are the tasks related to each project. Other weeks are for working ON the business, when I'm brainstorming and writing blog posts, planning social media, and working on that quarter's "big project." (I try to have one launch or other "big project" per quarter -- but only one, as to keep overwhelm to a minimum.)
What is your favorite business book, magazine, or podcast? Again, there are so many! A couple current favorites are Belong magazine and the Blazing Creative podcast.
So, what's next for you? I'm releasing an ebook on November 1st titled Write.Publish. Market. In 2017 I'll be hosting a small writing retreat as well as rolling out a new course, revamping my Book Prep Bootcamp course, and adding some services for book-writing clients.