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Publisher:  Finish Off Press Ltd ISBN-10:  0615273068 Type: 
Pages: 

150

Copyright:  February 7, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780615273068
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Dollars and Sense for Writers

This guide to managing a writing business helps writers understand the business side of their creative work. It in are aids for working with contracts, agents, accountants and attorneys.

Not sure how the whole writing business thing works? In this plain-talk guide, learn to:
*Assess your existing business skills
*Work with an agent
*Talk to an accountant
*Dissect and analyze a contract
*Evaluate your successes and plan improvements

 
Excerpt
My colleagues often say managing their writing business is more difficult than the act of writing. I agree with them. But, like it or not, we exist in a world requiring us to wear two hats: artist and entrepreneur. Both demand our full attention and focus if we want to be profitable. When we are not creating, we must make sales calls, hire vendors, and do bookkeeping.
You didn’t know that, did you?

If the mere mention of business makes you anxious, don’t fret. Acting business-like means being organized and attentive to those things that help us achieve our goals. Writers who address their business as a business seem to be happier and better equipped to adjust to the rapidly changing industry we call publishing.

The original idea for Dollars & Sense for Writers was born at a convention for mystery writers and fans. Two writer-librarians and I took a break for coffee. The conversation eventually got around to the publishing industry, as it always does when writers get together. My colleagues suggested that a handbook about the business would be extremely useful and they urged me to write it.

The information here is their request brought to fruition and represents the culmination of conversations with writers, loads of research, plus years of business and personal experience.


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Midwest Book Review - 2/10/2010
Dollars and Sense for Writers: A Guide to Managing Your Writing Business is a solid, no-nonsense guide to the business side of writing - from working with agents to keeping proper financial records and registering one's business, to marketing, year-end business review and more. Peppered with helpful checklists, Dollars and Sense for Writers is an easy-to-understand and useful guide to anyone interested in making money from their writing - whether as an occasional hobby or full-time career. Highly recommended, especially for anyone just breaking into the business.

Writer's Journal - May/June, 2010
Dollars and Sense for Writers: A Guide to Managing Your Writing Business—There is more to a writer than just being creative. For writers who want to sell their wares, this handbook will guide them from contract to marketing to sales with business practices for writers.


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