Business. The time has come for me to stop thinking of my writing as a hobby, something I enjoy, and start thinking of it as a way to make money. Because I’m out of it. Money, that is. Not time. Truckloads of that.
Oh, I have savings. And investments. Assets, even. But for the first time since I was sixteen, I do not have a paycheque. Employment Insurance has expired and the prospect of asking my husband for $50.00 to buy a pair of shoes is looming. Ugh.
But then I discovered there are programs for people who can’t find jobs in their fields. Government money (who says they don’t care) for learning a second career or starting your own business. So, to get back to the title of this post, that’s what I’m doing. Trying to get funding to start my business of being an author.
Unfortunately, being a writer is not something The Good People Trying To Help Me Obtain This Funding, know a lot about. The publishing world has changed dramatically over the last few years, since ebooks have become popular and self-publishing is gaining more respect. Heck, I can’t keep up with the changes and I’m reading articles and blogs about publishing every damn day, so I hardly expect The Good People (I hope they’re reading, or all this brown-nosing is for naught) to be aware of all the changes. But still, I will persevere and maybe The Good People and I can muddle our way through and come up with some sort of business plan. I just need to be more optimistic. Hopeful. Like this guy;
But even more than optimism, I need this plan. Something concrete to give The Good People. Something tangible I can hand over to them to show my commitment to actually making a living from my writing. A promise, a contract of sorts, vowing to conduct my writing as if it were a full-time job. Which it is…has to be…in order to get a novel written, rewritten, revised, edited, and then published.
With hand on heart, I promise to rise at 7 a.m. (not really a problem for me, I’m a morning person), get washed and dressed (not necessarily nicely, but clothed at least), ready to write, to learn as much as I can about being a better writer, to blog, and to work on my platform, for at least six hours a day.
Fortunately I found this site to help me with this business plan. There wasn’t a lot of info about plans for writers on the web so I’m very happy I blundered onto this one;
The site name is kind of appropriate as well, don’t you think?
So, that’s what I’m up to. Probably sorry you asked.