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When a Working Girl Writes a Diary. . .

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I used to work as a personal assistant for a professional escort in Chicago. I wrote a blog series about it here on Social N.

In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can check out this link and read blog posts about how awkward it is to purchase nearly 200 condoms, how it’s okay to stammer over your words when you’re talking to a john, and about how lingerie is really great—assuming you feel good about the person wearing it.

I’ve turned that series into a book*, and half my profits are going to raise awareness for sex trafficking. That’s 50% of everything I earn for the entire lifespan of the book. The first organization I’m donating to is Polaris Project.

I thought the book would be published a month ago, but things happened. Things such as my editor going to a Supernatural convention instead of getting my book edited on time.

But that’s okay. Supernatural is awesome.

I don’t even mind that, because I missed my publication deadline, I had to make good on my promise to dye my hair pink.

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I actually think it looks good. I already need to touch up the roots, though. Geez, fuchsia hair requires so much more maintenance than blonde.

But now Working Girl is finally for sale!

You should buy it. You get awesome stories about me as an awkward conservative college girl trying to fit in with a bunch of high-class supermodel-looking prostitutes. There is extortion, swindling, attempted money laundering, FBI interrogations, and microwave instructions. PLUS you’ll be helping a good cause. So why not?

You can get it as an ebook for Kindle or Nook, or pick up a paperback copy.

To mark sales milestones and promote the fundraising aspect of the Working Girl project, I’m doing some stunts. The first one will occur when we sell 500 copies, and I sing a karaoke version of “Damn, I Wish I was Your Lover” by Sophie B. Hawkins. I’ll record it and put it on YouTube.

I don’t have a history of being the best singer. My family grimly recalls the Christmas when, full of cabernet and gusto, I seized the karaoke machine and would not stop screeching off-key renditions of Frankie Valli tunes all night.

However, my roommate is a musician and his name is Keith Richards and he’s teaching me to sing in exchange for a pizza every Thursday night. So maybe it’ll be okay. Our Thursday Night Music Club and pizza events are worth it even if I bomb.

The stunts will get more awesome the more books we sell and the more money we raise.

What stunt do you think I should do at the 1000 copies sales mark? It’ll have to be something financially feasible, but any stunt I do will be filmed for YouTube. Here are a few options:

  • Another karaoke tune! This time I’ll let you all choose the song. (Lady Gaga? Meatloaf? Aerosmith?)
  • Wearing a Fancy Lady gown everywhere for a week. (It’s prom all the time!)
  • Making a scale model of Winterfell out of gingerbread. (It will be Gingerfell.) Then I’ll attempt to package it up very, very carefully and send it to a contest winner on my mailing list.

To have a real say in the next stunt (and be informed of when I’m getting my Sophie B. on) go ahead and sign up for the Working Girl newsletter. The Working Girl project is hosted on my blog, but you don’t have to subscribe to my blog to get updates. The newsletter will go out once a month, and will include my latest Social N articles on sex trafficking, our sales progress, info about the stunts, and things like appearances at bookstores. (Okay, my eyes might be a little big for my bookstore-appearance-ability here.)

 

* To be clear, the Working Girl book is about a voluntary career sex worker, not someone who has been trafficked. My experiences working with her inspired me to start researching prostitution as an industry and as a criminal activity, which is why human trafficking is my social cause of choice.

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L. Marrick is a fiction writer and freelance copywriter. 50% of proceeds from her book Working Girl, a memoir of her time working for a professional escort, go to sex trafficking non-profits. She waxes poetic about swords and the Renaissance Faire at her author blog. She looks all professional-like at her copywriting site. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @LMarrick.


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