I am a fantasy justice writer, because real life is hard enough without hope found in the things we read. Those who would enjoy my work aren’t afraid to be swept away in worlds similar enough to ours to be familiar but different enough to capture and take you away from reality for a time. All of my stories have roots in real instances and people, though a lot of my inspirations don’t know I see them as daily heroes. My passion lies in telling and sharing stories and some day my goal is to be a published author. I am currently working with brilliant readers to help give me feedback on the stories I’ve written and once that is done, comes the submission faze! (Kiefer, 2017)
The industry I will be competing in, is that of the world of writers and publishing. Globally if I can become a famous enough writer, my books potentially could be published in different languages and circulate. Sadly that is infrequently the case.
There is always a demand for writers, whether or not they’re good or go anywhere I don’t see the industry changing too much more, maybe eventually the thing I write will be translated into a holo-deck where people can live out my ideas, but stories are still needed everywhere.
Entrepreneurship and Strategy:
Being an entrepreneur is all about taking risks. Just putting myself out there in the sea of writers is a huge risk. I’ve started slowly with self promotion between my social media sites and the business cards I’ve handed out. I plan to continue on at a steady pace. Challenges to self promotion are my intovertedness, the shear amounts of other writers out there, deciding to not write or submit.
As a novice writer, reaching my goal of becoming a published writer begins with planning. The steps of which are: brainstorming, writing, editing, getting feedback, reediting, researching publishers, writing a queire letter, sending the letter, submitting, and then waiting. The organization of which is also as listed, in that order. It is difficult to direct this list as none of this is something I can dedicate 100% of my time to as-yet. Personal motivation as well as a passion for writing and telling stories acts as the fuel, and the lofty goal of publication and financial stability as a writer. Making time goals and meeting them is how I plan to manage this long list. Developing (Trucker, 2005) myself along the way will come in the form of: additional classes, exchanging work with other writers for feedback, self awareness in real life circumstances, and research. Attracting others to me and my writing begins with blogging on WordPress, submitting my work, and networking. Networking especially will demonstrate my ability to work well with others and my communication skills, secondary means of this are discussions in workshops and in my communications with publishers.
As a writer, any one who loves to read, hear stories, or watch movies are a part of my potential clientele. That is narrowed somewhat by fantasy verse traditional fiction readers, but I hope my writing has more of a universal scope.
My marketing mix of product, price, place, and promotions breaks down as such: I am a fantasy and creative non-fiction writer, with novels, short stories, non-fiction essays, blogs, and poems all being worked on. As I am yet unpublished there is no price point available, though I do believe my time is worth money, as a student, that can be averaged out to maybe $10 an hour. I am able to write from everywhere but I am as yet to find a home for my writing. With writing there are many possible places where I could be published. There are journals for my poems, short stories and essays. My novels, short stories, and poems can be published as a books with publishing companies as parts of compilations or as a whole. I began promoting my writing early on with my Seraphim City blog, writing about writing and my experiences. On my blog I also teased artwork I’d hired people to do to show what my world looked like. The blog is also linked to a Facebook page I made where also share victorian style items like houses, clothing, and accessories.
I feel like my blog and social media platforms are a great way to design and develop awareness of my stories. Another part of that development is networking. This is easily done on WordPress, at local readings, and in writing classes. I already have a business card with a design I had an artist create for me, so hopefully that will also attract potential readers.
Digitally marketing my skills is a new and interesting field for me. To start I would: Create title pages, create meta tags, place strategic search phrases on my pages, and develop new site maps to google and bing (Rognerud, 2014).
Accounting and Finance:
Finance is the easiest aspect of being a writer. I expect $0, at least for the first 20 years or so. In 2015 it was estimated that some 17% of professional writers polled in the UK made nothing. The bottom 50% in general didn’t make enough to live on (Flood, 2015). Any money I did make would go into a savings account to be used for submission fees for getting other things published. I don’t see myself ever making the Forbes Billionaire list, like J. K. Rowling, any time soon. This is why my major is sustainable agriculture and my minor is creative writing. “Gotta get a real job to support your writing hobby.” As my parents always said.
Information systems and Operations:
Google analytics would probably be the best tool for my business going forward.
Flood, Alison. (2015). Median Earnings of Professional Authors Falls Below the Minimum Wage. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/20/earnings-authors-below-minimum-wage.
Kiefer, Kristen. (2017). How and why you should create a writers mission statement. Well-Storied. Retrieved from http://www.well-storied.com/blog/writer-mission-statement
Rognerud, Jon. (2014). Your SEO Checklist: 4 Steps to Optimize Your Website. Entrepreneur. Retrieved from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231235.
Trucker, Peter. (2005). Managing Oneself. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved fromhttps://hbr.org/2005/01/managing-oneself