When people think about Business Plans, they think about starting a new business, needing money to start up this new company and quitting the job they already have. But a business plan is simply a guide to success.
A plan is very important to have in any type of situation or case. We have emergency plans, traveling plans, financial plans. But when it comes to the literary field, having a plan is just as important.
When we start writing books, the only thing on our mind is to have our book published and for someone to read it. We aren’t thinking of ten years from now. We aren’t thinking about marketing or promoting. We just want our book read and we want to reap the benefits from it. Simple as that. But when we start to make a career out of writing books, whether we have a full time job or not, it’s important to have a plan.
To start, you should make a list of short term goals and long term goals. Ask yourself general questions:
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What do you expect to reap from writing books?
- Will you always have a full-time job or do you plan to quit and take on writing full-time?
- Are you financially ready?
These are things to consider. Once you’ve asked yourself a ton of questions and have answers to those questions, it is now time to start making a plan; making those dreams come true.
This will mean that you will have to sacrifice in some places. You may need to do a better job at saving so you can hire a good editor. You may need to start promoting more so more people can get their hands on your book. You may have to spend an extra hour or two at night writing because you get home late from work each night. In anything that you do, it’s going to take hard work and sacrifice. But ask yourself, doesn’t the dream ahead sound well worth the sacrifice right now? Sure, it does! So, use this motivation to push ahead.
Your plan should not be tedious. It shouldn’t be hard in any kind of way and it should be attainable. Also, give yourself short term goals you can meet once a week or every month. Like spending a little more time researching an illustrator or editor, using your lunch break to eat and write, putting away twenty extra dollars each month. It’s all possible!
Consider your literary career a part time career. All of this hard work is a means to an end-beginning. Start creating a Business plan for your literary career so you can see your dreams come true!
-Your Literary Mentor