It’s time once again for my ruminations on the art and craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. (And if you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, you’re probably doing it wrong.) (Just kidding. If you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, please share your secret with the world.)
Anywho, I’ve previously told you that we fight writers’ block; to write with balance; to read and write; The Ten Commandments of Writing; getting used to disappointment; and learning how to deal with criticism (a dreaded “C” word).
Today, I want to chat with you a little bit more about the business of writing.
Many, many authors think that if they do the hard work of writing a book, all of their dreams will come true. They will not. Your hard work is just beginning!
If you are an author (even if you happen to have a publisher), you also HAVE to be an entrepreneur. After writing the book, you have to edit it, approve covers, work on the blurb(s), write your bio, get your photo taken, create a website, etc. And, most importantly, you have to promote your work, and yourself, and your books.
Well, I don’t have all the answers, but I can direct you to someone who has a LOT of them.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch is one of my literary heroes. She’s been writing forever (mostly sci-fi, but not all) and has done a lot of other really awesome things in the field. She also has a column on her site called “Business Musings” that gives LOTS of good information on a variety of topics that are super-important to writers, such as contracts (the other dreaded “C” word).
Anywho, she has curated an absolutely awesome! StoryBundle (a way to: “Support awesome indie authors by paying however much you think their work is worth!”) with awesome! books for writers:
- Stages of a Fiction Writer by Dean Wesley Smith
- The Rational Writer: Nuts and Bolts by Mindy Klasky
- How to Negotiate Anything – Freelancer’s Survivor Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Weinberg on Writing – The Fieldstone Method by Gerald M. Weinberg
- Business For Breakfast Vol 2.: The Beginning Professional Publisher by Leah Cutter
You get all of those e-books for … whatever amount you want to pay.
If you pay more than $15, you get these books as a bonus:
- The Writer’s Business Plan: A Plain English Guidebook by Tonya D. Price, MBA
- How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn
- Heinlein’s Rules – Five Simple Business Rules For Writing by Dean Wesley Smith
- Creating an Online Presence for Writers by Cat Rambo
- Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel by Lawrence Block
I mean, what a fantastic bargain!!!! TEN books on the business of writing, for $15! That’s like 3 cups of coffee. (I suddenly feel like CMOT Dibbler, from Discworld, when he says “And That’s Cutting Me Own Throat!”)
Please note, this StoryBundle will not last forever. In fact, as of right this second, it ends in 15 days, 5 hours, 8 minutes, and 23 seconds.
Yes, I got the StoryBundle. I felt that these books were awesome enough to spend my non-existent money on. And you should know, I don’t really like getting books on writing. I already know most of the stuff. Or it’s totally not useful at all (to me). But these? Chris Votey (my new editing partner) and I *jumped* on this bundle.
And you should too.