The Pro Writer Mindset, ep. 8: An Interview with Emilie Wapnick of

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Guest Bio

Emilie Wapnick is a writer, career coach, blogger, and community leader. She is the founder and creative director at, where she helps multipotentialites (people with many passions and creative pursuits) integrate all of their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University.

Emilie’s TED talk has been viewed over 3.7 million times, and has been translated into 36 languages. She’s been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Financial Times, The Huffington Post, BBC, and Lifehacker. Her book How to Be Everything: a Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up, comes out with HarperCollins in May 2017.

Show Notes

I was super excited to interview Emilie for this episode. We’ve known each other online for 6+ years now, and she’s the person I credit with my decision to embrace my multi-passionate nature and stop seeing it as a bad thing.

Here are some of my takeaways from the interview:

  • Check out The Unconventional Guide to Publishing–Emilie highly recommended you check out author Chris Guillebeau’s guide, regardless of if you want to traditionally publish or self-publish
  • Write a strong book proposal–Emilie said a big part of how she got her agent and publisher was having a very strong book proposal that allowed her to really showcase the idea and why it deserved to be a book.
  • Build relationships–not unlike online marketing, building relationships is super helpful for when you’re trying to get an agent; Emilie found her agent via an author-friend with an agent.

Be sure to check out Emilie’s book, How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

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