There will be several podcasts about the business of writing, this one is an introduction to being a business person as a writer.
What changes when you become a professional?
- have to rethink your schedule. The first thought is that now you can do the work anytime. No. You have to set yourself a schedule.
- you need to be motivated — self-motivated.
- I like games, but I had to cut way back on them. You’re the employer and the employee — boss yourself.
- When I started, I wrote for fun. Then I realized that I had to think that this is a job.
- Pro is as Pro does. Examples posting a web comic every day, writing a book every year.
- Have to teach the family your rules. I may be in my office, but the door is closed so I am not there.
You have to be some percentage of business and some percentage artist. How you handle that balance?
- I break down my work. Some takes Smart Howard, like scripting and penciling. Other is for Dumb Howard, who can chop wood or carry water.
- I think you have to add as much business as you can without losing any artist.
- COW: that’s what we call a 10 year overnight success.
How do you make yourself work when you don’t want to?
- I queue up tasks.
- I have lots of different tasks, other things to do. There’s lots on the burner.
- I force myself to write, but then throw it away.
- BICHOK: Butt in chair, hands on keyboard
[skip lightly past merchandise discussion]
COW: write what’s in your heart? When does the artist override the business.
Business person needs to focus on and be aware of business. Competition, editors, etc.
Final Words: What advice do you have for someone going from artist to pro?
- Talk it over with your spouse or significant other.
- Chase your passion.
- Learn the business. It is not just an art.
And that’s #11. Next up, a real live editor joins the panel!
Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: Put A Girl In It, Brooks & Dunn