Is your writing a hobby or a business? If your writing is a hobby it’s something you want to share, maybe post it and earn some money from it. But earning money isn’t your goal, it’s a byproduct. If your writing is a business, you’re out to create the best product you can and make money off your writing. Money is the goal.
How do I treat my writing as a business?
You need to create a quality product that you market and sale to readers. This means you need to figure out what you want to write, who you are writing for, how to create a superior product that stands out from the crowd, and where to market your book.
~Read and read and read. You should read books you love, not just to study the writing craft, but also read for enjoyment.
~You should start by learning to write. Write in a way that draws people in and makes them forget they’re reading a story and not watching a movie. Create characters that people remember. Use dialogue that doesn’t jar the reader from the story. And have an ending that makes the reader want to come back for more.
~You should emulate authors whose writing you love and enjoy, but not plagiarize or pirate their work. In this case, Imation is not flattery. Gain a writing voice that is uniquely yours and not a knock off of Stephen King or Julie Garwood.
~You should learn the rules of good grammar and writing. You’ll get fewer complaints of poor editing and your sentences will flow in a way that carries the readers away. You’ll also be able to break those rules with style.
~After you write the best book you can, read over it, then read over it again. Get other people who aren’t friends and family to look over it and give you an honest opinion.
~Create a book cover that shouts “Buy Me!” Format your book so that it doesn’t turn people away. If you can do this by yourself and make it look professional, all the more power to you. If not, pay or barter for the services you need. There are many cover artists and book formatters out there that can give your book a professional look for cheap.
What’s coming soon on SPAL?
After much discussion we’ve decided to concentrate our efforts to teaching people how we treat our writing like a business. Which means that we have a series of posts coming up that will talk about:
The Writing Basics
Giving Life to your Setting
Importance of Research
Planning, Scheming, and Plots
Schedules and Routines
Beating Writer’s Block
Stopping Writer Burn-out
Different kinds of Writing Partnerships
Writing a Series
Our Writing Methods
The Back Blurb
Author Bio for Books
Digital / ePublishing
Creating your own Publishing Company
Asking for Endorsements
Contacting Book Reviewers
Blogs and Website creation and design
Blogging for Readers
Author Bio and Picture
Targeting your Audience
Press Releases and Press Kit
Promoting Your Book
Business of Writing