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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

How to Work With Me (if You Can’t Afford to Work With Me)

Inspired by Rachael Rice’s question,

“Can we imagine the impact of our work beyond those who can afford it?”,

I offer a clear progression as to how any aspiring writer (or other creative person) can benefit from my experience:

  1. Watch the Life Without Envy mini-workshop and read the essays I’ve posted on Medium.
  2. If that content resonates for you, sign up for my mailing list so you’ll get access to my free resource library. Watch the The Power of Private Writing and do the prompts. Also be sure to check out the Life Without Envy mini-workbook inside the resource library—the success-to-satisfaction paradigm shift is particularly important.
  3. Ask for Life Without Envy and A Bright Clean Mind at your local library. (Depending on the library, some librarians are able to order books that patrons have requested for the collection.)
  4. By now, you probably have at least a few questions percolating. Ask as many of them as you like, and I’ll make one or more videos especially for you as part of my office-hours series.
  5. Watch the video(s) I’ve made to answer your question(s), and ask any follow-up questions you may have.

At any point in this progression, you can DM me on Instagram or Twitter or send me an email to introduce yourself; I will be very happy to connect with you, I just ask that you respect my time and psychic energy by refraining from asking me to read your manuscript (which is something I don’t even do for paid coaching clients before we’ve established a rapport) or writing emails that require a long private reply (like many folks these days, my email inbox is a source of anxiety for me, so relatively quick messages are the way to go).

As a white woman from a middle-class background who has sometimes been “broke” but will never be “poor,” I also ask that my fellow white writers take some time, in general, to reflect on what they truly can and cannot “afford.” I want to practice generosity in sharing my experience with everyone, but I am also trying to avoid being taken advantage of (which has happened more than once, alas, and usually with people who could have afforded to compensate me for my time and insight).

Over the next few years, I’m looking to develop a free group mentoring program for aspiring writers from marginalized communities, and if that sounds like something you’d love to be a part of, then get started now! And if you feel so inspired, I’d love it if you shared my free resources with any friends or colleagues who would find them useful. Thank you, and I hope we’ll be in touch soon. 🙏💕

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.