Having read through the "Small Business Survivalist Handbook," I couldn't help but compare the bookstore to my writing.
The idea of staying smaller to stay satisfied, to avoid burnout, to avoid doing the things you don't want to do merely for the money, and most of all the idea of not spending all your time, space, energy, and money on ineffective and counterproductive promotion all hold true.
The idea of filling the store with inventory is much like being a productive writer.
I'd say the one big difference is finding a viable selling platform. With the store I'm on a "High Street" where a casual consumer can find me. Or rather, enough consumers can find me.
I haven't been able to find an equivalent platform to the High Street with publishing.
This is where the natural tendency is to assume that I haven't promoted my books effectively, that I need to do more.
But that doesn't usually work with the store and I don't think it will work with writing either.
And since everything else seems pretty analogous, I'm going to go with my instinct and just keep trying to write the best books I can and put them out on the available platforms.
Without content, the platform doesn't matter. I have a feeling the platform will arrive one of these days, one way or another.
4 days ago