I’m one of those writers that believe in outlining your novel. It’s probably because of my Aquarius nature that makes me logical and calculating. So when deciding to go the electronic route, I did what’s in my nature.
I didn’t know how to create a business plan. I talked to my business friend about it and he said it was easy especially since it was just for me. I read a book or two and searched the Internet on how to write one. I ran into a couple of problems. While the books and sites helped me, they were all designed for people opening businesses that cost six figures and usually talked about getting venture capitalists to invest in it. I needed none of that. However, all the information I read and learned helped me to understand what I needed.
The first thing I needed were the basics of what I needed to do. Here are two of them.
Secondly, I broke it down even further.
- Get estimates
- Send to editor
- Make changes
- Send out for more edits
- Make more changes
- Get copy-edit
- Figure out design
- Get estimates
- Get markup
- Make changes, if necessary
That’s pretty much how it went. I would break down every category even further when I thought about more of the things I had to do. I also listed these under months based on how long I thought they would take me. I grossly underestimated the time for some. Also, I could do other things while waiting on some. While my manuscript was being edited, I looked into having a cover design, a website built, setting up a business account, etc.
I’m leaving out a lot of things. This checklist is really only the beginning. I know it’s very simple but it was just for me. There were no investors to convince. It was something to look back to and see what needed to be done and like an outline for one of my stories, I only filled in what was necessary. I’m leaving out the other, more detailed half that I referred to plenty of times and still add things on it. I’ll post about that part of my business plan again.