Local author launches new book to bust the myths of freelancing


A new book that challenges the myths of freelance working is being published to coincide with National Freelancers’ Day on 18 June 2020.

Survival Skills for Freelancers, written by Gloucestershire copywriter Sarah Townsend, draws on over 20 years’ experience of self-employment to provide valuable advice for those considering going it alone, perhaps inspired by the experience of working from home during lockdown.


There are 2 million freelancers in the UK alone – a number that’s predicted to rise steeply in the aftermath of COVID-19. Yet 20% of self-employed businesses don’t make it through the first year, and 60% don’t survive beyond five years.

“The benefits of self-employment are well publicised,” says Sarah. “The freedom to work where you like, when you like, how you like, doing the thing you love. But no one really talks about the messy reality of freelance life. What do you charge? When do you say no? How do you deal with the ups and downs of working alone – and tackle imposter syndrome?

“It’s common for freelancers to suffer from isolation, overwhelm and burnout because they feel like they’re alone in their struggles – but they’re not.”

Survival Skills for Freelancers launches on National Freelancers’ Day (18 June 2020) in paperback and Kindle formats, and is available on Amazon. The book is based on Sarah's 20 years of real-life freelance experience and is full of practical advice, backed up by quotes from more than 100 fellow freelancers from many disciplines.

The 212-page book covers issues such as the fundamentals of freelancing, strategies for dealing with isolation, knowing what to charge, learning to say no, achieving balance and avoiding burnout, and the importance of investing in your business.

The Kindle version is on sale during launch week for just £2.99 (usual price £9.95, paperback price £14.95). This discounted price promotion runs from Monday 15 June to Sunday 21 June inclusive.

For more information, email Sarah on sarah@sarahtownsendeditorial.co.uk, call 07973 269608 or click on the link below.

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Sarah Townsend


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