Publishing is a business, and—SURPRISE—so is being an author. By definition, anyone who decides to go pro is automatically an author business. ‘Business’ is what separates the hobbyists, dabblers, amateurs and wanna-be’s from true professionals.
I can already hear the great gnashing of teeth. Calm down. *hands paper bag* Breathe.
One of the main reasons emerging writers fail to see any fruits from all their efforts is a lack of foundational knowledge. What does the author business actually entail?
Not nearly as much as one might be led to believe, which we talked about in my last post What Chef Ramsay Would Say About Writing.
Think LIKE a BUSINESS
When we add the word business to author our thinking shifts. To succeed in business it’s critical to first define it (known as a mission statement). What IS our business, and what does it DO?