It is one thing to be creative and spend time writing, painting or whatever, it’s another to treat that creative endeavour like a business.
There is so much non-creative work involved in being successful. I read an article in the newspaper about a woman who took up painting after she quit work and she made a supreme effort sending her work to galleries, entering art shows and so on. And it paid off for her.
A different way of managing one’s work than anything I’ve ever done. I have only entered the annual juried show in the local gallery, and it’s a point of pride for me that my work was never declined. Most of my artwork is packed away in a box, what I haven’t given away.
When I turned to writing I laughed because if I was going to amass a collection of words, it was easier to store...a flash drive takes up so much less room.
But I needed that ‘art show’ feeling of accomplishment and turned to self publishing. I wrote a book, polished it through a series of edits, got my talented brother to do the cover and published it on Amazon for Kindle readers. There, a project completed from start to finish.
I now have four books written and put out there for Kindle readers. It’s a risk, as anyone could leave a review, good or bad. But at this stage in my life I need to feel productive. It was worth the risk.
But the business end, promoting the books, promoting myself is difficult. I took the easy way out and in one day of seeing to the business of writing, set up a schedule where I offered books for free. But I forgot to note the dates on my calendar.
So it was with great surprise when I saw today that 68 copies of my book Left in Sorrow had been ordered during a free give away. The free books are still available today and tomorrow, so here’s the link if you’re interested.
It’s such a thrill, (am I naive or what?), to think that that many people are reading my work. And all those copies out there with no effort on my part. It’s exciting, but I did follow up with some notes on social media, and the future give away dates are noted in my calendar.