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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Designing a Business Plan for Your Writing
I considered titling this post “The Writer You’ve Always Wanted To Be- Is This The Year?” It’s a new year. A year filled with the promise of fulfilling your dreams.
Until then, here is a sneak peek of the book:
Chapter One offers an introduction and answers the question why every writer needs a business plan. I also share my story and how the plan continues to help me in my writing endeavors.
Chapter Two helps you get started through a little self-examination. What do you want from your writing?
Chapter Three guides you in thinking through your strengths and weaknesses in writing and publishing.
Chapter Four takes you through the process of establishing your goals and objectives as a writer.
Chapter Five gives you tools to identify your mission and vision for writing.
Chapter Six gives you strategies for budgeting your time and money for this endeavor.
Chapter Seven leads you to developing a professional development component for your business plan.
Chapter Eight offers strategies for engaging with others in the writing community.
Chapter Nine is where you put it all together in a way that is meaningful to you.
I’ve also included a list of resources for you to access.
Is offering you this outline sexy or meaty? Maybe not. But what sets this handbook apart from other texts on business plans for writers is the set of exercises accompanying each chapter to help you understand the elements of each section. With this handbook, you will walk through each element to make this plan unique to your needs. It is not formulaic, telling you to “write your mission statement” without explanation of where that comes from or how to get there. I also give examples of components from my own experiences. And…for me this is a big one…I don’t use unfamiliar business jargon.
This handbook is written for writers. Writers who want to become published authors. Writers who want to see their publishing dreams fulfilled. This handbook is for you.
So you want to be a published author? You want a free copy of the book? Answer this question: What would you love to publish this year? Try to be specific. Do you want to write a cookbook for college kids? A romance novel? Flash fiction? Maybe you want to capture a few freelance gigs in your industry. Answer the question in the comments.