The Business of Writing


Currently being rewritten

Parts 1-3 will be relaunched in May 2018 (pre-order today: see below)

Part 4 (The Business of Self-Publishing) will be released in June 2018

Part 5 (Parts 1-4 Workbook) will be released in August 2018


I am a scientist by education and training; I actually like maths, project planning and system management. However, most writers I meet are the complete opposite. They are horrified at the thought of having to stop creating in order to do the paperwork, the administration, the ‘boring’ bits of running a business.

For the past few years, I have presented workshops on the Business of Writing at the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. In 2012 and 2013, I produced a series of blog posts on the same subject and I occasionally still discuss business issues during my weekly blog posts.

The Business of Writing brings all that material together in one place, then expands and extends it. The aim is to provide a simple route by which writers can set up and run their own small businesses. It identifies the ‘basic minimum standards’ that must be achieved, while freeing the writer to spend the maximum possible time writing.

The full text of The Business of Writing Parts 1-4 will be available in paperback format, as will the associated Workbook. 

Part One: Business Start Up: Pre-order Now On Amazon

Part Two: Finance Matters: Pre-order Now On Amazon

Part Three: Improving Effectiveness: Pre-order Now On Amazon


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