Do creative minds (really) want to know?
There is more to authorship than writing if you want to be successful and read by others. There is a business component.
I was helping my daughter brainstorm the other day on how to increase buyers for her business. She and my son are more business minded (like their father). I am not business minded. Nope. Imagine my surprise when she told me that my
suggestions were helpful and that I do have a business mind. Her
statement conflicted with my self talk that I am NOT business minded.
I kept denying it.
She kept insisting and added something about marketing.
I finished my argument with a sort of surrender when I said, “You know, I took a BuzzFeed quiz once and the results stated that I am 50% right brain and 50% left brain. I took it twice since I thought there was a mistake, but the second try confirmed that I am 50/50.”
I mean the results were on the internet after all and possibly
peer beer reviewed.
Business intimidates me and feels a little constricting. But isn't a business plan about setting goals, making to-do lists, doing the work, reevaluating strategies and moving forward? Throw in some dollar signs with numbers and bam!!! You might have a business plan.
Orna Ross talks about wearing three hats as a writer (Crafter, Director and Entrepreneur) and how success comes to the author when time is duly spent on each of the hats in Business Models for Indie Authors: Which One Is Right For You?
I do love hats!
Writer Elizabeth Spann Craig has tons of reference articles on the business side of writing here. She shares her experiences on everything from researching small presses to epublishing and also writes about the writing process. She’s smart. She’s helpful. Check her out. (I wonder if she's ever considered herself a 50/50 girl.)
Do you as a writer (and this could absolutely relate to any craft business) have a business plan? If so, do you feel that a business plan gets in your creative way?
If you’re interested there’s a story at The Ruralhood: Bubblegum, a Store and Tar