Information concerning owning or launching a memoir-writing business. Find business ideas from an expert in the field with 30 years of experience.
A common weakness
If there is one thing that is characteristic of almost all the memoir teachers, editors, coaches and ghostwriters I have met is some sense that they are not good at business. Memoir Professionals have a hard to time thinking of themselves as business owners.
If you would like proof of this, go out and tell five people you own a business of memoir writing. You will probably feel uncomfortable doing this—and perhaps a it of a fake. But…
A definition of a business
The fact is, if you are earning income from memoir work and especially if you are depending on that income, what you have is a business. A business provides a product or service at a rice that supports the provider and that the buyer feels is advantageous to him or her. Without this profit and great value relationship a company soon folds.
In this section and other categories, I offer ideas to not only think of yourself as a business owner but to make that thinking into a profit center for yourself.
If your work is not regularly producing a profit for you at a pric epoint that clients feel is attractive you will end up closing shop and going into someother field. You wil have roven what I hear so many times, “Yu can’t earn much doing memoir work!”
This section is here to tell you you can earn money doing memoir work. It takes attention and focus, and it can be done.
Editor: This post first appeared in February 2014 at a time when covid as not part of our lives. It advocates marketing that I undertook in pre-covid days but which I believe will soon be available and viable again.
I believe that implicit in every publication is access to an audience. Whether you hope to support yourself or to merely attract a more substantial audience, this post—written about a time half a life ago—has something for you.
“Is it possible to find readers who will support me in the creative life?” I wanted to know.
One day on 1988, I stood in front of a door, on the other side of which was a group of Foster Grandparents. I had in hand a copy of my book of autobiographical short stories, What Became of Them and Other Stories from Franco-America, which my wife Martha Blowen and I had published through my brand-new imprint, Soleil Press. Soleil means sun in French and Martha who was a paper maker called her studio Moon Papers. So Soleil Press and Moon Papers seemed to us a great combo for a couple (hovering on both sides of 40) who were seeking to live a creative life. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
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