Reassessing Part of the Business Plan

I like the business plan I have right now. I feel it has me headed in the right direction, and parts of it that I’ve enacted have already resulted in an increase in sales. The main business plan has over-all goals. Then in a separate document I have the goals for the current year broken down into steps needed to make them happen. Then in a third document, I have those steps broken down into monthly to-dos. I review the big goals about every quarter to see if they need changing. For the next few months, I have a few things each month to do to keep myself on track. This way I don’t get overwhelmed trying to do everything …

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Finding A New Baseline With Statistics

Here it is. One of the big blog posts I’ve been promising. Figuring out the new baseline as well as comparing a few numbers with how I was doing before life exploded. And wow, did it explode… but anyway… I could have made this blog post shorter, but that would have meant taking out the comments of what some of the statistics mean or why they are the way they are. For me, that would have been boring, and not helpful at all. So, below you’ll find my comments, which are basically me thinking out loud as I crunched the numbers. If you have any thoughts, please share them in the comments! I would love to hear them. The last …

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Retailer Reports: A few Thoughts

I’m still in the process of analyzing my new baseline. To do this I am collecting sale reports across all the retailers and distributors that I’m already using. It’s taken more time than I thought it would, for several reasons (some listed below). In the process of collecting reports and putting together a new spreadsheet, I thought I would share a few things I’ve noticed. Finding the right reports can be a real pain in the neck. They aren’t always easy to find. Or there are so many and the ones that sound like they are the ones I need turn out not to be the one needed. I kept having to go back and forth from the spreadsheets to …

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Restarting The Writing Business – ACK!

There are plenty of blogs out there charting the course of a new endeavor in writing and releasing fiction. No real need for me to duplicate what has already been done unless I have something special to say (which isn’t very often). But from someone who was making several hundred a month in book royalties who then lost a few years and is now in the process of getting going again? There aren’t that many of those. Why did I lose a few years? A major life-roll. Mother Hen was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. I became one of her full-time caregivers. She passed away in 2016, and it’s taken until now to really come out of the fog. …

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Publishing 2012 – A Year in Review

I debated posting this. Strange as it seems, I’ve had pushback from sharing some of the details of my publishing journey. The reasons are many, and I won’t bore you with them. And yet, when I first started out, I really appreciated other writers sharing information. It helped me make informed decisions. To see what was happening out there. It took the fear of the unknown away. So, in the end, I decided to share. Sorry, new readers of my fiction, but you may want to skip this one. For all you fellow writers, by all means read on. I now have full tracking spreadsheets of 2011 and 2012. These spreadsheets bring together reports from all the retailers, organize that …

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