The Author Toolbox: Time Management Tools To Save Your Sanity (Part 2)

The Author Toolbox: Time Management Tools To Save Your Sanity (Part 2)

Building a writing career is time consuming which makes time management strategies like goal setting, brain-dumping, and prioritizing so important in order to keep your focus on the right things at the right time. Here are the next steps. Tool #4: Create habit chains, or be deliberate about the ones you already have. Do you already have a morning ritual? A bedtime routine? Do you always hit the snooze button exactly once, wash your face before brushing

The Author Toolbox: Time Management Tools To Save Your Sanity (Part 1)

The Author Toolbox: Time Management Tools To Save Your Sanity (Part 1)

The book is written. The platform is built. The publishing decisions are made. The people are in place. The bank account is ready to start collecting those royalty checks. We’re ready to launch, right? Not quite. As I discovered the hard way, a successful book launch and the swirl of time-sensitive marketing can be an exhausting black hole that consumes all of your time, energy, and balance to the detriment of your health, relationships, and

The Author Toolbox: Getting Professional Help With Your Writing Career (Part 2)

The Author Toolbox: Getting Professional Help With Your Writing Career (Part 2)

After an agent, editor, and cover designer, there are still others out there who can offer professional help as you launch your writing career. Here are a few more to consider bringing onto your team. Tool #4: Get help to format the inside of your book for publication. Formatting applies not only to the inside of a print book with special scene break graphics and those giant first letters to start a chapter, but also

The Author Toolbox: Getting Professional Help For Your Writing Career (Part 1)

The Author Toolbox: Getting Professional Help For Your Writing Career (Part 1)

Now that you’re armed with that dream destination and a basic plan to get there, it’s time to get professional help in order to take your book the rest of the way toward publication. I am not suggesting that you are incapable of doing many of these things on your own, but learning a new skill takes time and in the world of publishing, professionalism in editing and cover design can make or break your

The Author Toolbox: Decisions To Make As You Launch Your Writing Career

The Author Toolbox: Decisions To Make As You Launch Your Writing Career

Way back at the beginning of this journey, you decided to write a book and started with a few critical decisions to make that set your professional life as a writer onto a distinct path. The first decision? Fiction or non-fiction. Followed by selecting a general topic or genre and narrowing it down to a specific idea or plot. In fiction, you decided whether that idea fit a novella, short-novel, trade book, or an epic tale

The Author Toolbox: Protect Your Business With Security and Wisdom

The Author Toolbox: Protect Your Business With Security and Wisdom

As we’ve begun to build our business practices, we’ve covered how to keep track of the income and expenses in order to comply with all those city, state, and federal taxes and other regulations. However, there are a few other odds-and-ends of details that deal with the business side of writing but don’t have anything to do with money. It’s also important to protect your business information through data breach incident detection methods and continue

The Author Toolbox: Get Professional Tax Advice

The Author Toolbox: Get Professional Tax Advice

Now for my least favorite topic. Taxes. It’s not just because it’s complicated and involves math, but also because a mistake could land me in a very hot seat. That’s why I’m extra organized when it comes to money matters and record keeping. It’s also why I err on the side of caution when it comes to legitimate business deductions and recommend you get professional tax advice. Tool #1: Find a qualified tax professional in

The Author Toolbox: Keeping Excellent Business Records (Part 2)

The Author Toolbox: Keeping Excellent Business Records (Part 2)

In addition to a filing system for paper documents and a system to track mileage, your business records should include a way to track financial information, tax categories, and inventory as well. Tool #3: Set up an Excel spreadsheet to track all of the business numbers including book inventory, mileage, checking account balances, and expense categories. Okay, I know that sounds complicated but don’t worry. I’ll walk you through exactly how to set up a

The Author Toolbox: Keeping Excellent Business Records (Part 1)

The Author Toolbox: Keeping Excellent Business Records (Part 1)

Now that there’s a place to collect all that income and pay the expenses, let’s turn our attention to another important part of running a business…the files. I mean, have you ever seen an office without at least one filing cabinet? Even as some try to go paperless, there will still be a need for a virtual filing cabinet or place to collect all of the information in one place. What kind of information to

The Author Toolbox: Building a Business To Handle the Money

The Author Toolbox: Building a Business To Handle the Money

Now that you have a book and a platform, it’s time to make sure you are prepared to handle the money you earn and still pay Uncle Sam. It’s time to build a business. Don’t forget to check the swift money options for more information about financing.  First, we need lay a foundation for what makes your writing a business instead of a hobby. According to the IRS, a business makes a profit (or intends