Dare To Move: The Book

Nicole Winston, 22, is a feisty go-getter itching to get into the Real World of Chicago. Despite coming from a family with money, she’s determined to make it on her own, juggling several jobs while chasing Mr. Wrong.

When a real estate job seemingly comes out of nowhere offering a salary she can’t refuse, Winston ignores the persistent voice in her head wondering why her new boss is avoiding her and the CEO keeps inquiring about her father’s multi-million dollar business. Her life unravels when the job moves her to Boston, ripping her away from her new boyfriend with celeb connections and a large circle of friends.

Midst seeking purpose and community in her new city, Winston finds herself trapped in a job she loathes, at odds with her father and stuck in a confidence-killing relationship until she realizes she alone must put her life– and sense of self– back together.

Based on true events, this coming-of-age novel with “Sex and the City” elements tells the courageous story of a ballsy millennial navigating a male-dominated industry, hustling to pursue her dream job in fitness, and never relenting until she has it all: true love, job love, and self-love.

Production: self-published

I don’t remember conception. Excuse my pregnancy analogy but writing Dare To Move truly felt like being pregnant – for three years. Sometime in late 2015, I looked up and had 80,000 words.

My guess?

I began writing somewhere around the time that a major life event happened. I can’t tell you what it was or I would spoil the book! Nevertheless, I started writing in 2015 and published in 2018. I owe so much to the people who made self-publishing possible – a scrappy, but über-talented team of people who helped me develop as a writer.

First and foremost, I have to thank my family for going on this wild ride and supporting me in sharing all of the deeply personal things that I shared.

Next in line of VIPs to thank is my editor/coach/boss, Elise McIntosh, who was my content editor from May 2016 until February 2018. She pulled more out of me, expected excellence and redefined how I think about writing narrative nonfiction.

Also crucial to the process was my dear college friend, Nicole Theodore, who helped me after she survived cancer. Nicole was an associate editor for Playboy from 2015 to 2017. She now works as a staff writer for Brandshop in NYC.

The last two pieces of the puzzle were Stephanie Franzosa, who did my copy editing before publishing, and Jordan Mussall, who designed the gorgeous cover of the book.

Writing this book was the biggest challenge out of everything I have ever done professionally because there was no playbook. I figured it out as I went and I committed to publishing. For that I am proud, and I cannot wait to someday have a book deal and, thus, more streamlined help with the process. But boy, I would not change a thing because I learned so much and was able to control the entire production.

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