Do you have a business plan for your writing business? Tiffany Shand has a new book out to help us through the business of writing. Read on for her thoughts on fiction vs. nonfiction writing.
The hardest thing about writing nonfiction
I never thought I would write nonfiction. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a fantasy fiction writer listening to the voices in my head led me to write their stories. No, I’m not crazy, just a writer!
I used to think nonfiction would be quite boring – boy was I wrong! Learning about different types nonfiction really opened me up to the possibilities of writing something completely different.
Writing nonfiction is completely different from writing fiction books. Instead of having characters, you have to solve a problem instead for your readers. With both fiction and nonfiction, you have to tell a story and engage your readers, yes. But for me it’s a different process than when I write my fiction books. For me, I start writing any kind of nonfiction unless I have a good idea of the subject I’m writing about first. This usually means thorough research and outlining. With no outline, I just end up writing a lot of nonsense and things don’t flow very well.
For me doing research is sometimes the hardest thing, this was especially true for my latest nonfiction book. There were a lot of different types of business plans out there and the amount of information available was rather overwhelming. I find this way of overcoming that is to break everything down into one file, write my outline and go from there. All the while trying to protect my computer from my demonic cats!
Are you thinking of delving into the world of nonfiction? Take a look at Tiffany’s book to get you on the road to a business plan:
Writing a Business Plan for Writers
When you wrote your first book you thought you’d sit back, watch the royalties roll in and start working on your next book, right? Being an author today is so much more than just writing. Writing is a business and has to be treated like one. In this short ebook I’ll take your through the reasons why you need a business plan, how to write one and the different elements that make up one to help you become a successful author.
Why you need a business plan
It’s best to start writing your business plan as soon as you decide that you want to publish books. I didn’t start writing my own business plan until after I’d published two novels.
What do you want to write?
So you want to be a writer? That’s great news, but where do you start? One of the most important steps on your journey to write a business plan is deciding what you actually want to write. This may seem obvious, maybe you want to write romance, thrillers and more. Another important thing to decide is what you want to get out of your writing.
- Do you want to earn a living from your writing? If so, how much do you want to earn each month or year? This will vary from person to person.
- Do you want to write novels or short stories?
- Do you want to write and run a profitable blog?
- Do you want to write a blog and turn your posts into a book?
- Do you want to be a freelance writer writing for magazines or online publications?
- Do you want to write fiction? If so, what kind of fiction? Fantasy, romance, crime, sci-fi?
- Do you want to write nonfiction? Such as business or self-help books?
- Do you want to become a New York Times bestselling author?
- Do you want to edit books too?
Once you’ve figured out those questions, here are some very important questions to ask yourself:
- Who is your target audience? Who will read your books? Who is your ideal reader?
- Do you want to traditionally publish your book or self-publish it?
- Do you have enough knowledge to make your writing into a career? If you don’t, are you willing to learn?
We’ll be covering some of those questions in more depth later in the book. The most popular things I have heard in answer to those questions from other authors are making money or becoming famous. Making money is doable, but becoming famous is a lot harder. Having your own business plan will help you achieve your goals and more. Even if you only plan to write part-time to make passive income, you still need a plan.
Tiffany Shand was born in Essex, UK and started writing short stories when she was a child. She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens. Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance during this time. She writes both nonfiction and fiction, and loves helping writers to build their author platforms. After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s, she is now a freelance writer and professional editor. Tiffany lives in Essex with her two spoiled cats and one very nutty hamster.
Thanks, Tiffany, for stopping by and sharing your new book with us!