Take control of your writing career on your own terms with this 12-step author business plan for writing success. After all, your book is more than a work
of art. It’s also a commercially viable product that readers will want to purchase and bookstores will compete to sell. If traditional publishers require a business plan for each and every book they market, why shouldn’t you? It’s time to take the reins and be professional by creating a business plan for your work so you can join the world-wide publishing party! Don’t wait a minute longer.
Get started today on the right path by following the principles in From Dreamer to Doer: A 12-Step Indie Author Business Plan for Writing Success.
- Define your business. What do you want from your business?
- Create a business plan for each of your books.
- Prepare a media sheet for each book.
- Brand yourself, not just the book you’re publishing today.
- Social media and book marketing. You must think about your book in terms of its commercial viability.
- A list of promotion services to help with your marketing plan.
- Setting a budget for your writing. Calculate the cost of publishing your book.
- Pricing Strategy. Discover how to look at competition creatively.
- Targeted audience and metadata. Determine how your author platform will help your book succeed.
- Newsletter. Determine who your reader is and the size of your audience.
- Understanding your website.
- How to set achievable writing goals.
Pick up a copy today and change from dreamer to doer. Make your publishing dreams a reality.
“This book is fantastic for those starting out on their indie publishing journey, and a great refresher for those who’ve done it for a while. With links to resources, a time-table, and solid advice on how to market and run your writing business, (for make no mistake, as an indie author, you are running a business!), this book takes you by the hand and guides you step-by-step. The most inspirational part of the book is the author’s personal story on overcoming adversity and giving her dream the chance it deserves. She leads by example and shares the steps she took to make her dream come true. This book is a keeper!” — MuseBemused on Amazon
“This book goes where many books have not gone before. From Dreamer to Doer takes indie publishing to a whole new level. There were so many ideas in the content of this book, many of which I did not think of. While you can find an abundance of ‘How to Write’ books, this one guides you through the business side of being Indie writer/publisher. Jude walks you through all that, making your writing/publishing career a professional business. This is a must read for every indie writer out there, from the beginner to the experienced. A big thank you to Jude for taking her time and experiences and writing it all down. From Dreamer to Doer is the first book you should read if you have not hit the publish button yet.” — Suzanne Dean
Step One: Define Your Business
Enough for now about what triggered me to action toward my writing dreams. I hope what triggers you to start your own business is a lot less dramatic than what happened to me. We’re all unique people and at a different place on our writing journey. Now it’s your turn to get to the business of defining your own business plan and I’m here to help you.
Okay, confession time. I’ve always been a goal-oriented person. As with most things I do in life, I’ve found I need a plan of action to get me there. Like a good business person, during my first year of indie publishing, I planned out the first six months of my marketing and did well. The second half of that first year I drifted and so did my sales. I got off on tangents of social media, marketing, and writing. I would neglect an area and I’d fall down in my rankings or I wouldn’t get anything written. It got complicated. A big lesson learned. Things have to be consistent, not hit and miss. Learn from my mistakes.
With all this happening, it became abundantly clear that I needed a well-defined plan of action. After all, this was my writing future. I decided to write out my business plan for an entire year using the same guidelines as if I were going to the bank for a small business loan. I made it a step-by-step plan of action with everything on my writing calendar. And, as a plus, with it all written out, I can always refer back to it when needed.
Today, I would like to share this plan with you. These days, no matter how we’re published, we all have to do the work! Here’s to your successful future as an indie author, a hybrid author, or a traditionally published author!