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Monday I went to register my copyright, not even thinking that the copyright office would be closed due to the government shut-down. Thankfully, I could still submit my work–it just won’t be registered until the government opens again. Having gone through the process for three previous books, I had thought it would be an easier process. Alas, the imputing work spun my head around yet again.

There are some things that just don’t get easy with time. Easier, maybe, but not easy. Thankfully, my business education is serving me well as I crunch numbers to devise selling strategies for the new release.

What can I say? I am so grateful to have the printing work behind me. 1000 copies of Mark of Orion should be to my warehouse (aka my mom’s garage) 2-3 weeks before the release date, giving us time to correct any errors, as well as time to focus on advertising. So far, 595 people on Facebook alone have seen the cover for Mark of Orion–and that probably does not include you, faithful blog reader. Now, if I can just get the word out around town…

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You have heard me say before that I love business. I lose my days and nights dreaming up almost as many publishing ideas as I do writing plot-lines. I spend just as much time editing those business concepts as I do my novels. Weekly, I find myself locked in as many random conversations with my family about business as about writing. In college, I ate up  my business classes (minus the accounting classes, but–come on–those are just never going to be fun!). In five years of real-world publishing/Presidential experience and a practical internship from birth at my parent’s law firm, I have learned a lot about what I don’t know.

So despite the fact that I have broken even in an industry where, on average, ‘self-publishers’ sell around sixty copies in their lifetimes, I am well ware that I still have a lot to learn. I have yet to grow into my full business-self. And that is what this year between college and ‘whatever’ was specifically designed for. Although I have epic talents as a multitasker, almost as quickly as I started publishing I realized that college would have to be finished before I could wholeheartedly apply myself to business. So, while still in high school, I applied myself to my college, graduating a-year-and-a-half before my time. Since my completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in February, I have put myself into rigorous examination of who I am, where I am strong, where I am weak, and where I and my company are going. I have learned a lot.

For example, I now know that I am a brilliant innovator-visionary. Few are better at dreaming up ideas and getting them rolling. The problem is that–so far–I have not been much of an innovator-leader. The reason probably rests with the fact that I have not had the energy to ask people to follow along. Or the time-resources to guide them. But, if my financial and ministry goals are to be met, that has to change. So I’m taking myself back to school. Not to Husson or Nyack or Columbia (like in the past), but to the library and the Internet and dialogue with professionals and everything in-between. After a lengthy editing session for Mark Of Orion, I grabbed my newest finds at the library and headed to my happy place (Starbucks). Though I probably should be practicing for my solo-concert at a fundraising picnic this Saturday, instead I find myself pouring over Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen. And I’m charged by what I am reading. So be prepared, blog-readers, for some business-oriented posts. I am sorry in advance.

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