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Weekly Journal: Decided to be a proper writer, enrolled on a Curtis Brown Creative writing course, Self Publishing Writing Business Plan.



Dear Blog reading Family and Friends,

Awful week last week. Really awful. So I had a good thing about going forward. I had to reflect and came to the conclusion that I had to think long term about what I wanted to do. Now I'm not a longer term thinker but at time I need to. I hit a certain age and just started living in the now. But fuck me, last week was hell.

I've decided to try thing writing gig and see where it goes. Like when I started in my career I was full of ideas, and innovation but in real life people expect you tow the line. Dance to the piper's tune.  Jump to the puppet master's string. Folks expect you to fall into line and do as you as told. Fine. I can do that but at that point a career becomes a job.

Self publishing business plan. 

I'm drafting up a self-publishing business plan, which is just a rough draft. I've got a rough three-five year plan. This year is just the base year, where I'm setting up. In Year 1, I expect to hit a loss, same for Year 2 & 3 or hopefully break even.

So that is basically my plan. This year is my base year. Year 0 where I'm learning things - so the writing courses, getting my novel beta-read, learning about covers etc. Since I decided this, which was yesterday, I'm also going to be factoring in my time spent on writing.

Business Model 

Well its the base year so I'm quite flexible and uncommitted to any particular one. I need to test the market first, which I shall when I've completed the my novel. Looking at the self-publishing environment its mostly playing around with pricing strategies and writing series or being prolific. The market is very saturated so one has to be quite innovation at marketing or standing out.

Main focus

Having decided to take this self-publishing lark seriously, I've had to commit myself to a possible deadline for editing my novel. So after getting few tension headaches about deadlines, I've enrolled on an editing course at Curtis Brown Creative. That would give me some structure to editing my novel. And yes, it's part of the set-up costs I'm going to include in my plan. I'm probably only going to include costs to do with this novel.  I'm not going to consider anything pre-2017. Actually I might do for the Kendra novel - only when I start developing it.  This is just out of interest to me to see how much writing has cost me.

So it will be fun, mainly because the business plan is more to keep me on focus rather than look for investment. And it's also good if I hope to make an income from writing.

However first things first is to finish the Fallin for a Baller and then see what comes. I'm very excited about this, so will be sharing my take!

Hugs

Anna aka Bigga


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