So, every day is a learning experience when you're in business for yourself. It's amazing what some web surfing, reading, and collaboration can do for you.
I work with all sorts of people on a constant basis as a freelancer. I also work with a lot of writers to publish their work as well as my own, even though my publishing company started out as me just wanting to publish myself... selfish, I know.
Unfortunately, that's not a good way to run business. People don't want to be sold or told what they should buy next... it's one of those things that happens after you give them something worthwhile for free or low-cost.
With that in mind, I want to develop a few different practices to implement in my business and writing life, especially when it comes to other writers and poets.
That was what Broken Publications sort of developed into, anyway... helping other writers and poets become published and have a fair contract. Technology now allows that! I like to use the technology available and take advantage of the fact that you don't have to order 500 copies of a book to get a printer to print it and have it be worthwhile. POD, people! I love print on demand!
I had this dream last night that I was talking to one of my signed poets and a friend of hers, and this friend was all about going green. "What kind of green initiatives is your company involved with?" she asked me.
Without missing a beat, I said, "Well, we use print on demand and work remotely to avoid waste and commuting damages for anyone we may hire for services."
Okay, to be honest with you, my dream self just pulled that answer out of my ass off the top of my head. But it kind of made me think, too.
Technology makes all of this possible.
Another thing I've learned is that I have to do a whole lot more than just write short stories or edit other peoples' work in order to eventually make a living with my writing (a living that doesn't involve freelancing that is).
So what's my next move?
Well... we have a birthday party to go to tomorrow for my bestie's older son, then another birthday party to go to for one of my neighbor's kiddos (he's turning 2 and is friends with my little guy), but somewhere in there, I really want to focus on writing something for myself. I write and do work for other people so much that it almost seems like I don't really want to write anymore by the time my workday is done.
That, of course, is not an option.
Hell, half the reason I'm writing this blog post right now is because I don't want every blog I post to be about what's for sale. That's just ridiculous.
So I want to try to post 2-3 blogs a week just sharing things I'm learning about the publishing industry, editing, writing, other writers, eBooks, covers, and whatever else comes to mind. Haiku poetry even.
I wrote a haiku ode to coffee this morning. I should post that here, too, right? lol
Whatever it is, whatever I end up sharing, whatever I end up teaching others, I hope it helps them get to where they want to be in life.
Isn't that what it's all about?
Twisted yet positive coffee enthusiast with an appreciation for blood, mystery, and Root Beer floats.
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