A Writer’s Business Plan – Part I
You might wonder why I’m bothering with my blog on Christmas day. Well, my family did Christmas last weekend so this weekend feels less like Christmas and more like a nice, peaceful opportunity to write and think.
The kids are all out doing their own things with other family members, so I’ve got some spare time to indulge in whatever I want.
What want is to up my odds for success at a writing career.
The musing I’m engaging in here today will ultimately be a gift I’m giving myself. The sense of control-of-my-own-destiny I get from it will lead to be a more relaxed me, so it’s going to be a gift to those closest to me as well. Everyone knows a happy, relaxed momma and mate is a great thing. And a controlling woman who at least is enjoying a delusion about being in control, well, that’s a good thing too.
I’m designing my writerly business plan. I’m plotting my career, not just a book.
Sounds a little tedious and over the top, I’m sure. That’s okay. I’m thinking in strategic, long-term view today and deciding how to plot the course of my future career in writing.
Well, I’m feeling rather on top of things right now, so it’s a good time to plan.
For the first several weeks of the year I’m going to blog on Sundays (once I return from vacation) about this plan I’m devising and my progress in following it.
For today, the takeaway is this: A business plan is about the foundation of the business, not the product or service.
So to translate that to writerly terms: A writerly business plan is about the foundation of a writing career, not the stories.
How many of you have a plan? If you do, I’d love to know how you came up with it, what points were important to you. If you don’t you’re welcome to follow along with mine to see if it’s something you might like to do for yourself.
This is a trial and error endeavor since I haven’t found much on the net to help with my research. We’ll see in a couple of years whether it has done me much good to go to all the extra effort
Writers on board: