The Writer’s Business Plan: An Introduction

I’m a planner. I like to have a plan. What do I want to accomplish? What books should be coming out this year and when? What tasks do I still have to do? But I’m also a pantser. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a writer who writes by the seat of their pants or plans by the seat of their pants.

I know it sounds like a really strange combination and a contradiction of terms, but it’s not really. I need just enough of a schedule to keep me focused and moving forward. But too much structure and I’ll throw it all away in frustration.

This year I accomplished only about half of my business goals this year. About a fourth of those were impractical, which I didn’t see when I wrote them. Another fourth of them changed with the change of my writing. I learned a lot and have a better idea of what I can do in a year.

I’m sure that there are those of you shaking your heads and wondering why you should even bother creating a Writing Business Plan. Well here’s the simple answer. Writing is a business. Publishing is a business. And whenever you start a new business venture you should create a business and marketing plan.

Think of this as a road map. If you go on a journey you usually bring a road map along so you can see where you are going and how to get back if you make a wrong turn. Unless you’re one of those people who like to stop and ask directions from every stop at the gas station or just wander in the hopes of finding your way eventually.

What I’m providing in the next five posts is a Writer’s Business plan, not one of those formal business plans that can be found on the Internet and intimidate the he** out of me, but one that is simple and tailored for writers.

The Writer’s Business Plan: An Introduction

The Writer’s Business Plan: Parts of the Writer’s Business Plan

The Writer’s Business Plan: Creating a Budget

The Writer’s Business Plan: Building a Production Schedule

The Writer’s Business Plan: The Marketing Plan

The Writer’s Business Plan: Setting Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Goals

13 thoughts on “The Writer’s Business Plan: An Introduction

  1. Alannah Murphy December 5, 2010 / 10:03 am

    Sounds really good Stephanie, I’ve been thinking of how to get more organised so I’ll be looking forward to this.

  2. Ruth Ann Nordin December 5, 2010 / 6:24 pm

    Wow. You are so much more organized than I am. I just mark down what books I’d like to write for the next year. lol

  3. Maria Marsala December 6, 2010 / 9:58 am

    You might want to take a look at the One Page Business Plan for Creative Entrepreneurs, too. I’ve used it with my clients who write and design.

    • Stephannie Beman December 9, 2010 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you. I’ll take a look. I’m a little verbose so it would never remain a one page business plan. But I could always write a post about it.

  4. Jeannie Barker December 6, 2010 / 11:52 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing your business plan unfold.

    • Stephannie Beman December 9, 2010 / 8:27 pm

      Me too, now that I have a better understanding of what I need and what I don’t. The first year I put everything into a writer plan that I found in a business plan. Found I didn’t need all that. So I’ve whittled it down to what I do need.

  5. Stephannie Beman December 6, 2010 / 2:00 pm

    K, writing this on my phone and it won’t let me reply under your comments.

    Alannah, I hope they help you do that. If you have an questions feel free to ask, we’d love to answer them.

    Ruth, that’s being organized. LOL It’s better that not knowing what you plan to do from year to year. No body says you have to be a uber organized writer. Though I find it does help.

  6. Duncan's Love December 14, 2010 / 7:58 pm

    I am so glad I found this blog, fresh and up to date. I’m in the process of writing my writing business plan. However, I have a small dilemma; I have written eight books with several pending, Should I market them all at the same time or one at a time with a new one coming out each year, any recommendations?

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