The gory details: Mistakes of a first-time author

by Sally Hogshead on November 6, 2012

Oh, the mistakes I made when publishing my first book.

Ahhh! Errrrrgh.

Here in this video, I’ll share a few mistakes I made (so you can avoid them), along with a couple of little victories (so you can replicate them).

0 The gory details: Mistakes of a first time author


In the video, I mention that you can get a free copy of my first book– grab it here.

The book is named Radical Careering: 100 Truths to Jumpstart Your Job, Your Career, and Your Life. Despite making a few mistakes along the way, I’m still proud of it.  :)  It was published by Penguin, and I normally wouldn’t be able to post it online. But after Fascinate was released, Penguin gave me the rights back. Now I can make it available for you, for free. (Woohoo, free!)

My question for you: What mistake taught you the most in your career? 

Tell me in the comments below.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Carla Hunter November 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

I love this book!  As a master career counselor, I highly recommend it to clients and find it very inspiring.  Your journey is a beacon of light to readers in the process of navigating the complex and seemingly overwhelming process of a career change.  The key to radical careering is all about optimistic energy and resilience.  You packaged both with amazing authenticity.  All the best!!!!!


Caelan Huntress November 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

My most “educational” mistake was trying to reinvent the wheel. Instead of replicating what already worked, I tried to run my business in a new way, and learned WHY things are done (successfully) the way they are done.


BookWhirl March 22, 2013 at 4:17 am

No one is perfect though. But with the hardship you encounter can make us more even better. Thanks for showing it to us.

Reply May 26, 2013 at 6:44 am

Sally this video is excellent on many levels. I enjoyed watching it, even though I’m not an author. I love your video set and your lighting. I can’t believe you said all that without a cut! Heading off to download your book right now. Thanks!


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Reply July 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

Thanks for sharing great video, it was very useful, good luck!


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