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How To Take Charge Of Your Writing Career

Before the first quarter of 2021 is over, you need to take your writing career as seriously as you can. If 2020 showed us anything it’s that you don’t want to let any opportunities pass and that sometimes you just need to make your own opportunities! We have tips and advice on how to take care of your writing career this year!

Don’t let your dreams of publication and of making even enough money to buy a cup of fancy coffee this year remain just that – a dream! When you write your goals down, they are more likely to materialize. There is power in setting your intentions on paper (or computer).

Most authors we work with tell us they got into writing books because:

  1. They had a story inside that they wanted to tell
  2. They wanted to make money
  3. They want to do both – write and make money

How To Take Charge Of Your Writing Career

  1. Write down your project due dates. Do you want to write a book a month? How many words in total will your book be? Divide that by the number of days a month you want to write and get writing. On a personal note: Each November I “compete” in NANOWRIMO and commit to writing a 50,000-word book in thirty days. That works out to 1,667 words per day, every day. Every year, I complete that goal. It is doable!
  2. Know what your priorities are. If you don’t make your authorpreneur career a priority, no one else will.
  3. Budget for marketing, promotion, investing in how-to books, conferences (virtual or in-person).
  4. Hire/delegate business-building items you can and want to do yourself to promote and market your books and hire professionals to do the authorpreneur business tasks you just don’t want to – or don’t have the skills to – do yourself.
  5. Determine which social media platforms you want to be on and set up your author profiles, or hire someone to do it for you.
  6. Make sure you have an active “idea” folder. Jot down ideas, no matter how silly or small they may seem; they could blossom into full blown projects.
  7. Character bibles are a must! Make a character bible for your book/series. Astute readers WILL notice of Susie becomes a Suzie or if Jack’s hair turns from jet black to mahogany brown. Author Creative Solutions can create, or work with you to create your character bible.
  8. Business goals need to be written down in a business plan. As Lewis Carroll famously wrote, “If you don’t know where you’re going any road will get you there.” Your author business plan should include: how many books you plan to write this year, how much money you want to make, how much money you have to spend on marketing and promotion, how much time you have to devote to your authorpreneur journey. If you’re working a full-time job, you know that your writing career may need to fit in around your outside life, make arrangements for that.
  9. Cover designers make your book shine AND up the possibility, it will sell! Look for a cover designer for your book or series. Don’t go to an online stock photo site, grab an image and “design” your own cover. Readers are savvy and they DO judge a book by its cover.
  10. Solution providers should be part of your team! They can work from idea to publication!

Sign up for a FREE consultation with a member of the Author Creative Solutions team and discover how we can help you take your writing career to the next level!

Robbi HessAuthor Creative Solutions

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