Author Business

Author Entrepreneur

It’s been on my mind for while now about being an author entrepreneur. But first I need to learn more about it. So I’ve turned to Joanna Penn who wrote a book about business for authors which teaches us creatives how to bring business into our creative world and help us to sell more books.

In case you’re interested I’ll let you know what is in the table of contents:

Is the book for you?

Introduction

I. From Author to Entrepreneur

1.1Arc of the Author: From author to running a business

1.2 Definition of an author-entrepreneur

1.3 What is your definition of success?

1.4 what do you want with your life?

1.5 Should you start a company?

II. Products and Services

2.1 Definition

2.2 It’s not just one book. Your rights and how to exploit them

2.3 Business models for authors

2.4 Evaluating business models

2.5 Contracts

2.6 Copyright and piracy

2.7 Production plan

III. Employees, Suppliers and Contractors

3.1 Definition

3.2 You. The Writer.

3.3 Co-writing partners

3.4 Editors

3.5 Agents and Publishers

3.6 Translators

3.7 Book designers and formatters

3.8 Audiobook narrators

3.9 Bookkeeping and accounting

3.10 Virtual or executive assistant

3.11 Managing your team

IV. Customers

4.1 Definition

4.2 Who are your customers?

4.3 Customer service

V. Sales and Distribution

5.1 Definition

5.2 Selling through distributors

5.3 Selling direct

5.4 Publishing imprint and ISBNs

5.5 Pricing

VI. Marketing

6.1 Definition

6.2 Key Concepts

6.3 Book-based marketing

6.4 Author-based marketing

6.5 Customer-based marketing

6.6 A tale of two author brands

VII. Financials

7.1 Definition

7.2 Money mindset

7.3 Income circles exercise

7.4 Revenues of the author business

7.5 Increase your revenue

7.6 Costs of the author business

7.7 Funding your business

7.8 Banking and Paypal

7.9 Accounting, reporting, tax and estate planning

VIII. Strategy and Planning

8.1 Definition

8.2 Strategy

8.3 Business Plan

8.4 Managing your time

8.5 Developing professional habits

8.6 Accountability

8.7 The long term view

8.8 Becoming a full-time author. Why, when and how?

8.9 Looking after yourself

Your next steps

Need more help?

IX. Appendices

 

So once I get through all of this, if I find anything useful I”ll do another blog post on it. If you’ve read this book, what are your thoughts on it? Please let me know in the comments.

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november nano

NaNo Day 8 – Starting Slow!

Number 8

 

Busy morning. I wasn’t able to get started writing as soon as my daughter went to school. Instead of 2.5 hours, I have about 1, but I’ll take every moment I can get. Starting another chapter today! Can’t wait. Story is really moving along.

Best of luck everyone!!! Gotta go get writing. Not much time left this afternoon and not sure I’ll get to it tonight. May have to play catch up tomorrow!

 

november nano

Day 5 Word Count – Finished!!

Number 5

 

Earlier today I did finish my word count! Yay!!! However, shortly after I took a break and sat on the couch and crashed. I was out for over an hour.

I have also been feeling grumpier than usual and irritable. Can we say “stress” anyone?

The first couple of days of NaNo were great and I was enjoying myself. As I keep pushing through each day I realize I am feeling more stressed and not the nicest person to my family because of it. So, that led me to ask, do any of you NaNoWriMos experience stress during the whole NaNo writing process? If so, how do you deal with it? I know some people may not have the daily pressures of family life, but then others have school and jobs. I have the full time family life.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to manage life through NaNo? Thoughts are greatly appreciated!!!

God bless!

 

Camp NaNoWriMo, General Updates

Back To It Again

Ah, so here we are again. I said I was going to take a break from writing and search out other things in life, like other interests, but there comes a problem when characters keep popping into my head and scenes play like moves, and story is just begging to be told. Characters sit in my head, acting out their stories, but their stories are not being heard. Why? Because I am not writing them.

It seems as though a writer cannot take a TRUE vacation from writing. It is in the very core of their being, part of what God built into them, into me. When I tried to pursue other interests, I realized that these other interests involved some kind of writing as well, so really, I wasn’t taking a break at all.

So I have decided to pick up one of the fictional stories I started last year for Camp NaNoWriMo called Lasting Shadow and see how much farther I can get with that. Finding my story and character sheets will be interesting. If I can’t find them already printed and sitting in my filing cabinet, I will have to print everything again, but that’s no big deal. I’ll just happy to write fiction and have fun doing it.

When my daughter is old enough, she’ll get to read my stories and that just brings a smile to my face. Also, to keep writing, is do not only what God built into me when he made me, but also to continue to pursue something my mother was very supportive of when she found out I wanted to be a writer in my early teen years. So in a way, writing is like honoring her memory as well. I’m sure she would be proud of me if I kept going, but perhaps disappointed if I stopped writing, but I don’t think that is an option for me. I have learned so much. Not just to write a novel, but how to social network, how to blog, how create my own book covers, how to publish via CreateSpace and Amazon KDP, writing press releases.

I have learned all of this and I am helping and elderly woman from my church by the name of Phyllis Georgina Rose who has just published her book The Rose Garden. I am using my skills to help her publish her books and help her books to become more known. All I can do is try my best and pray. God will have to take it the rest of the way.

You will find both Phyllis’ book and my books on www.goodreads.com as well as Amazon and other places online. I hope you check out our work!

We’ll continue to work hard so you have more to read. 🙂

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Frustrated Mom Writer – Where To Publish

Okay, so it is after midnight where I am on the East Coast and I am frustrated. I do a search online to find places to publish articles and all I keep find are these places that don’t pay you up front for your work, but only earn money through revenue from ads. To me, I say the heck with that. I put my heart and soul into my work, I don’t want to be paid a mere pittance for the time and research I took to write something. People, make your writer’s happy and pay them up front for their work and don’t mean pay them $3, but pay them upwards of $15 or more depending on length and scope. It is only fair to the writer for the work they are doing to be paid properly. And then, say after a certain amount of time the rights return to the author and they are free to publish the article again. Some writers are just out their to make a name for themselves and not necessarily make any money. I am a stay at home mom, trying to find honest places that pay well enough to help me supplement my husband’s income.

And I have some book ideas. But self publishing and POD publishing are turning to be a crock so far. Traditional publishing just takes so long and when you need the money soon than later you really can’t afford to wait.

I am stuck. I feel like the world of really good publishing opportunities for the writer are dying. Writing is a passion for me and I have so much inside me I want to share. But with not knowing where to publish, my words will die with me.