A Writer Sent Me This Today…
This writer was putting together a business plan and a way of approaching the writing business. And, of course, I liked it, since it is almost exactly what I teach, scattered across a lot of workshops and lectures. He said that he had boiled it down from an erotic writer’s nonfiction book very nicely.
So I thought I would put his checklist here because I agree with it and add to it for clarity.
— Learn and study basic story structure, then write into the dark. Understanding basic story structure is all the outline you need.
— Don’t rewrite; do the best you can and then write another. (Heinlein’s Rule #3)
— Learn how to do your own covers.
— Don’t waste money on advertising.
— Writing another story (or book) will make you more money than changing your
keywords or advertising on Facebook.
— Don’t waste time trying to get reviews. (And never, ever read them.)
— Sell your stories for a minimum of $2.99 electronic (and $4.99 paper).
— Combine 5 short stories into a collection.
— Combine longer books into longer bundles in series.
Yup, that’s a pretty good business plan for an indie writer. I would add two major things…
— Never write to market.
— Have fun and anything that isn’t fun (in a challenging or entertaining way) figure out how to change. That will get you sustainability.
So now I have given you a business plan, my business plan, actually, the very one I teach in different levels of detail.