Often as creatives, we want to stay in our creative worlds and not worry about the minutiae of the business side of things. It requires leaving our happy places and doing tedious things like accounting and spreadsheets. And worrying about money.
In some circles, I’ve heard people say that it’s “selling out” to worry about the money. We are artists not to be sullied by business.
I disagree. And if that’s been your thought, I ask you to consider the following:
Setting aside the obvious benefits of having more money – it is rather useful! – I’d like you to consider that sales and rankings are not just about money, but they are about the number of people who have been touched by your world, or influenced by your ideas and skills. It’s a number representing the change you are making on the earth – whether you write fiction or nonfiction.
So, even if your primary goal is other than making lots of cash, consider the business side of being an author to be one way of stewarding the gift you’ve been given and worked hard for so that it can make the biggest possible difference in the lives of others.
To do that, you’ll need to put on an administrative hat, and we have many articles in the pages that follow which will help you to do just that. Quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to creating the words that make the business possible.
And, if Mr. Impostor Syndrome rears his ugly head again, part two in our series will help you beat that negativity down once more.
We’re also hitting Preptober, so if you haven’t published yet, I hope you read Merri’s excellent article and consider getting ready for NaNoWriMo in November.
And, of course, snacks. What would we do without great snacks?
Celebrating your successes now and to come,