Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Writer Biz #1 – Street Cred

Welcome to the first post in Fox Tales new weekly column entitled Writer Biz. Just in case you are wondering who this crazy woman is, and why in the world you should listen to a darn thing she says about business, I thought we should get the credibility issues handled first.

My educational/occupational background is in accounting and marketing, (notice how all my series posts are numbered? I find it soothing) with a minor emphasis in human resources. If you think this is where I’m going to brag about my fancy education from some Ivy League school, you’d be wrong. Sorry folks, it’s not who I am.

I’ve been educated and employed by companies both small and large, so I have thorough knowledge of the inner workings on multiple scales, and what it takes to be successful at both ends of the spectrum.

While I’m not quite as old as dirt, I can say I’ve been managed, and a manager, for many years. If you are a writer, you are a small business person who needs to know how to manage the business end of your career as well as the craft portion. While I’m still learning the craft part, right along with you, I’m quite familiar with the other side.

And last but in no way least, I’ve been successfully self-employed for several years now. Remember, success is a relative term. Are you going to find me on the Forbes 500 list? Of course not. Am I successful enough to pay my own bills? You bet. And then some.

You can make of this what you will, but I do invite you to follow along. Because after all, business is business and no matter what business you're in, there are certain fundamentals common to all. I’ll tell you what's worked for me, and what hasn’t. And we’ll try to have a laugh over this gawdawful boring stuff called business.

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