Prompt #24 – Book as a business

Book as a business

The 24th prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

If your goal is to sell books, you must view your book as a business. In what ways do you treat your book as a business? Where could you improve? What resources could you leverage to improve your book business?

When my books are published, the biggest thing I want to put in place is the “behind the scenes” support. Realistically, I will still be working at a job for some time, even after my book are published, though I can dream that my first book will be a bestseller and I can quit my job…

I would like to have a virtual assistant (VA) who can look after any speaking engagements, book signings, school visits and so on. They can then be around to answer any phone calls during the day, be the “mean” people who insist on payment, and so on. They can also juggle my work and writing commitments by looking after my calendar.

They can also take care of any orders that may come as a result of these engagements and do any follow up that is needed, especially chasing any payments.

My VA can also follow up any orders that come through, especially if I decide to self publish, send out any promotional material such as postcards and bookmarks when required, and generally do most of the “doing” of things like that.

This leaves me free to write and do what I need to in order to promote my books, and relax at work knowing that things are being taken care of.

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  1. Great response to this challenge, Melissa. Is it me getting tired or are they getting harder. That’s what I need – a VA 🙂

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Merlene. I was trying to think about the things I’m not good at and what would be the best help to get things happening with selling my book and all the other things that go on behind the scenes.

  2. I need one of those! I have three calendars going right now (promotions/writing business dates, blog/review dates/ideas, family life), and I can still barely keep it together. My kids (12, 10 & 7) often ask me questions about our schedule. “Do you really want all the stuff in your head that’s in mine?” I’ll ask. Then they walk away. 😉

    I’m so behind in getting around to the ABC blogs, but glad I finally got over to yours. I just signed up to get your posts. I’m looking forward to staying in touch after ABC.


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