by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig
I’m not going to say that all writers are a
little foggy when it comes to the business side of writing. But I will say that
many writers are tentative when it comes to business.
I’m one of those writers. I read a lot (a lot) of
articles on the business end of publishing. If there’s a post on taxes and
writers, I’m reading it. A series on decoding contracts and royalty
statements? I’m all over it.
Still…it’s tough. One reason it’s tough is because I have an
agent that handles the business end. And that’s a poor excuse for me not to
follow what’s going on, so I’ve been trying to bring myself up to
Every few months, I’ve gotten notices from my agent about
different things that have happened with editions of my books—last week I heard
that one of my books was selected for a book-of-the month club. I hear about
audio editions being made, about large-print editions, and foreign editions of
What do I have to do with any of these deals? Absolutely
nothing. I did have to approve of the book-of-the-month club arrangement (not
sure why my okay was needed). I wasn’t even aware these deals were in the works
until they were all arranged.
Now I’m branching off and doing self-publishing as well as
traditional, and I’m realizing I need to pay more attention. I started
by asking myself some questions:
Why haven’t I arranged any print editions for my self-published
Why haven’t I checked into creating audio books?
Why do I have one of my books available solely on Nook and
What can I do to broaden my exposure on Amazon UK and into other
overseas markets? Why haven’t I addressed this so far?
The answer to most of the questions is: because
I don’t have any time. :) This is compounded by the fact that I’m not sure
what I’m doing—and it will take a little time to figure out how to approach
these different areas.
I think if I put this stuff down on my to-do list, break it down
into manageable steps, and lump it in with my promo time each day I can start
branching out a little bit more.
And there are resources available to learn more. (And
you can find many more by searching on the Writer’s Knowledge
Audio book info:
On “The Writing Bomb” blog: “Creating Audio Books is Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy”
On “Writer’s Fun Zone” : Making Audio Books From Your Novels
On “The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing”: How Does Audio Book Narration Work?
Multiple Sources of Writing Income (Expanding our
Dean Wesley Smith’s blog: Killing the Sacred
Cows of Publishing: You Can’t Make Money Writing Fiction
The Tribal Writer blog: How a writer (or other creative) can develop multiple sources of revenue,
Print On Demand (Print Copies of Our Ebooks):
Dean Wesley Smith’s blog: The New World of
Publishing: Reasons for a Trade Paper Edition
Bob Mayer’s blog: Why is Cool Gus Publishing switching from Lightning Source to
Let’s Get Digital: Making Money From Paperbacks
Blood Red Pencil: Which is Right for You - Lightning Source, CreateSpace, or
What’s on your to-do list that isn’t particularly creative or is
completely business-related? How do you make time to knock them out?