Friday, February 18, 2011
Writing Business Plan
Because I don't know when I'll have the opportunity to attend another one, I want to make the most of this opportunity. Not like the KOD retreat I attended where I had an individual appointment with a fabulous agent - but actually had nothing to pitch so gave up my spot to a friend who did. Yes, I was supposed to write my mystery series, which is the type of book she represents, but didn't even get to Chapter 1 before the Retreat arrived.
This time I'm determined to make the most of the conference opportunities. Which means having books to pitch.
So, in preparation I developed a Writing Business Plan. What needs to be done. When. The completion of the books, the website, the pitch, - oh and of course the diet. In doing something concrete like a spreadsheet it makes the writing seem more real, less of a dream and more tangible - and reachable. It also keeps me positive and looking forward in case that partial I have with Desire comes back with a less than positive response. Or, the current book is giving me trouble. Don't look back, look forward.
It also allows me to focus on what's important to me and controllable by me rather than getting carried away with all the negative gloom and doom that passes through my inbox and twitter on the state of the publishing industry. Treating it like a business now will help when I do get that contract. I'll know how much I can write in a day/week and what appropriate deadlines are for me, have an updated website and an author Facebook page.
Do you have any type of written "plan" for your writing career? Or do you go by the seat of your pants, where the muse guides you on any given day?