It’s a Business AND a Craft

Wthe-business-of-writing-vol-1-front-cover-lo-resriting. It takes skill, dedication, determination and lots of ideas to become a writer. It also takes a little business sense too. For getting published is all about meeting a market’s needs, whether that need is from a magazine editor looking to please readers and editors, or a publisher, looking to boost profits and keep the accountants happy. Writing, these days, is a business, even if something you do at the end of a long day at work, once the kids are in bed.

Some of these business aspects are dealt with in my new book, The Business of Writing, which is a collection of my articles, first published in Writing Magazine.

Including advice from over 50 professional writers, some of whom have appeared on the bestseller lists in the UK, or USA, The Business of Writing is a collection of hints, tips and advice for any writer looking to break into print. From dealing with rejection, coping with a crisis of confidence, understanding your author contract, maximising income, and selling the right rights, to improving productivity, creating the right workspace and living the literary festival limelight.

Writers focus on the craft when starting out, which is vital. For if there is no skill and craft, and publication is the dream, then you should focus on developing that first. But it’s also important to get an understanding of what else is involved in this business of writing, because even though you might be doing it in your spare time, as a hobby, or perhaps to earn a bit of pin money, you are dealing with businesses (publishes, magazines) and, therefore, you need to have a business-like attitude.

For more information about the business of writing, check out my blog dedicated to the subject:

Simon Whaley