As a Business

How often do writers look at what they do as a business? How much do writers look at their activities with regard to what makes sense for their goals?

I’m working toward my business plan. I know things can get in the way, possibly more for a fiction writer than a non-fiction one, but without focus no one will get anywhere.

It takes research to figure out what else is required for me to succeed. One conversation with a friend about business cards started this months ago – who is my customer? It might not be who you think.

My customer is the publisher or agent. My customer is the one who writes me checks. It works in my favor to get people to buy the book, but those are the publisher’s customers. It’s a shift in viewpoint, but because helping my publisher helps my bottom line, it’s definitely in my best interest to get people excited about my book.

However, remembering that publishers of any size don’t have the resources to promote all their books, it falls to the authors to do that on their own. It still makes me think.

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2 Comments

  1. Dawn Embers said,

    15 July 2009 at 15:15

    This is a good topic. I have been trying to get myself to look at writing as a job and not just a hobby. My dad doesn’t understand it that way unless the money is coming in.

    Very good points made here.

  2. Crystalee said,

    16 July 2009 at 10:59

    Yes, all of that makes me think too. I never quite got it until Angeline was published.


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