But “writer” and “writing” have different meanings. To write means to express thoughts on paper, and that makes almost all of us writers – even if we do not have the gift of writing. [Read more…]
I spoke at the Military Writers Society of America conference on “The Business of Writing” last year. Since starting my own business in 2014, I’ve talked to many people interested in starting their own writing businesses. I’m sharing a few of my slides here for any readers who may be interested in a similar pursuit. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some thoughts and lessons learned.
I thought this was the single best article I’ve seen about working with a small publisher. I’ve published both my books with a small press, J.B. Max Publishing, out of Vancouver, BC. I agree with many of the points in the article by WritersDigest.com editor Brian Klems, but here are my top three:
1. A small press can take on projects that don’t conform to the mainstream commercial market.
2. A small press cares about the success of a book beyond its initial release. To quote: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
3. Small press authors can expect to have a personal relationship with small presses, or as one small press publisher cites it, “Tender, loving care.” [Read more…]