How Do You Plan Your Future as a Writer?

11 Nov


Where will you be as an author in one, three or five years from now? How do you plan your writing career? Do you want to write just for your own pleasure – just as a hobby – or do you want it as a profession and sell your books?  Which route will you go, and why? Questions that some writers really take by surprise…  Even more than the question:  “What’s the benefit of your novel for your readers?”

Let’s Have a Look First at Your Overall Vision:

What hopes do you hold for yourself as a writer in the future? Would you like to:

  • become a successful writer
  • write more books full-time
  • sell your work to a (real) big publisher
  • author-publish your work and stay independently
  • learn to become a freelance writer

What fears and obstacles do you currently face that you wish to overcome?

  • don’t know how to pitch publishers
  • don’t know how to start self-publishing
  • don’t know how to market your books

Not having a clear idea of writing queries, of starting out as an author-publisher, or the promotion methods for you & your book, you might be tempted to avoid the subject entirely. Don’t!  Start learning about all these subjects, one step at a time.

What resources could help you to overcome these obstacles?

  • attend as many writers conferences / seminars as possible
  • hire help to teach you all the marketing strategies
  • read books and blogs about pitching publishers, starting author-publishing and how to write   content in order to market your books
  • join writers groups to learn from others

Great Ideas are not longer enough. Thomas Nelson, former CEO and current Chairman at one of the largest publishers in the world, met hundreds of hugely talented writers with outstanding books. He says: “Unfortunately, most of them couldn’t get published. Why? They didn’t have a “platform.”

We are often so immersed in our daily lives – and in writing, that we forget to think about the big

picture, about our goals and why these goals matter to us… Do you believe in your own strength
as a writer (and as an author-publisher)?  Cigdem Kobu, a business growth coach, gives dozens of examples, often from people in desperate situations, “who made it”. Read these stories, they are very empowering. Don’t forget: “If you can imagine it – you can do it!”  




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3 responses to “How Do You Plan Your Future as a Writer?

  1. jimrada

    November 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I have long-term goals and annual goals. I review both at the beginning of each year to tweak them. I will even tweak the long-term goals. You never know how things might change along the way. I had no interest in non-fiction when I started my writing career, but now I find that I enjoy it so I’ve tweaked some of my goals accordingly.

  2. Denise N. Fyffe, Administrator

    November 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I ponder that question at times. But, today I am at a place I never imagined 15 years ago.

  3. Kathy Steinemann

    November 14, 2013 at 10:28 am

    ”What’s the benefit of your novel for your readers?”

    If you don’t provide benefit for readers, you won’t be able to accomplish any of your goals–unless you’re writing just to please yourself.

    Thanks, Denise.


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