I was recently introduced to the great term, "authorpreneur," by the prolific and wildly creative, Joanna Penn. While she started out in the world of nonfiction, she's now an accomplished suspense fiction author writing under the name of J.F. Penn. Check out her great books if you like the style of Dan Brown and the fictional character Laura Croft--a perfect blend of the two, I've heard! Joanna also hosts the incredibly inspiring Creative Penn Podcast twice per month and I always finish listening all revved up and ready to write a bestseller. :)
It's easier to think of myself as an author than an entrepreneur, though I've been writing for a living for the past six years, and only a published author for two. In January, 2008, I launched my writing business--of course at that time it looked very different than it does today. I wrote for national magazines, local and regional newspapers and journals, and later moved into copywriting for business clients (basically writing website content, blog posts, brochure blurbs and the like). It was and is, one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Setting a goal of leaving a full-time job to write sounds like a pipe dream--to have it "come true" and still be working at it six years later is nothing short of a miracle. I had a load of other jobs before this and always wondered what was wrong with me--why nothing "fit" work-wise. Then I started writing for a living and it was like, "Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh. Now I can really breathe."
This term authorpreneur really caught my attention when I heard it though. After meeting with my business mentor this week, I'm re-dedicating my efforts to think/act/be more like a business. . . but only in the background, I promise. You won't be getting any business-speak sales pitches from me, or cheesy advertising in your inbox. And I don't have plans to turn this website into a moneymaking pyramid, so don't be afraid.
The photo above shows my weekly morning meeting: a (genius!) suggestion from my business mentor that I partake in each week. It's important she says--and I fully agree--to get up out of the day to day work and check your navigation from time to time. If I say I want to go there, then why am I doing all of this stuff that's going to bring me here?
Anyway, I also love my kitchen nook (even though I dream of having one that looks like the one below) and thought you might like seeing behind the scenes of my writing life!
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