Interview with Deborah L. Jacobs

What's the story behind your latest book?
During the year that my husband and I spent planning our first lengthy French sojourn, I envisioned writing a book about the forces that cause baby boomers to leave the workplace sooner than expected – something that had happened to both of us. While living in France, I was going to focus on that project.

But, as so often occurs with foreign travel (and life), nothing went according to plan. And when that happened, I began to write about it. At least a few times a week, I turned my notes into e-mails to friends and family whom I thought they would interest. Soon I became so occupied with this correspondence that I put aside the other book idea and started this one.

By the time we returned to New York, I had produced some 60 e-mails, totaling about 70,000 words, and organized them into a draft table of contents. It took another year of writing, editing and rewriting to finish Four Seasons in a Day. But, unlike other memoirists and travel writers, I didn’t have to rely purely on recollections. I believe in the adage, “The worst pencil is better than the best memory.”
What motivated you to become an indie author?
With my previous book, "Estate Planning Smarts," I turned down offers from two big publishers because I wasn't happy with the money they offered. McGraw-Hill’s offer was missing a zero—and I told them so. One from Bloomberg Press was more than three times as much, but still pathetically low. On Halloween of 2008, an auspicious day, I made the decision to become an indie author. It turned out to be one of the best career choices I have ever made: "Estate Planning Smarts," now in the 4th edition, was favorably reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, has become a trusted guide for consumers and disproved publisher's predictions that a book about estate planning won't sell well. "Four Seasons in a Day," my latest book, is the second one that I have published by my company, DJWorking Unlimited Inc.
What are you working on next?
I have just finished production of an audiobook of "Four Seasons in a Day," performed by Tavia Gilbert. My main priority for the next year is to build awareness for the three formats in which this book is available.
Published 2017-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Four Seasons in a Day: Travel, Transitions and Letting Go of the Place We Call Home
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 82,930. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Deborah Jacobs quit the job from hell, rented her house and planned to Airbnb her way through France. This swiftly-paced, well plotted travelogue, by a writer at the top of her game, blends observations about aging and careers, with fish-out-of-water adventures and practical advice about the sharing economy. It all comes together to make for an entertaining, inspiring and information-rich read.