Do you have a head for business?
If you’re a writer, of any kind, your business – like it or not – is writing.
It doesn’t matter if your books are full of butterflies, fairies, nymphs, talking animals and whimsy. Once you’re done writing them, if you expect them to do anything other than just
And the best guide I’ve seen so far to building a writing business is a hefty tome (479 pages) with the hefty title Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success).
With a thousand-dollar title like that, you’d expect to pay maybe $17 for this gem, but I just checked and the current Kindle price is $5.58.
Sometimes, as self-publishing children’s writers, we figure we’re somehow exempt from all the messy business-type stuff that applies to other self-pubbed writers today.
We’re not exempt.
As a self-publishing (or, as they say, indie) writer, you have to keep your head on your shoulders and focus on the 80% of activities that pull in the vast majority of profits. Don’t worry; writing is one of them. Stuff like piddling around with facebook and blogs (oops) might not be.