We wanted to get to know Ruth Thaler-Carter (NAIWE’s Networking Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here is what she shared with us.
What do new and existing writing businesses have in common?
New and existing writing businesses probably share a common goal: for the owner’s words, thoughts, and perspectives to find an audience and outlet. Their owners might be at different stages of creativity, visibility, or success, but every writer wants—even needs—to be seen and heard.
Please explain why all writing is not business material.
A lot of writing isn’t oriented to business use, starting with poetry, fiction, plays, and memoir, even though a writing business can be about getting non-business material out into the world. Where the concept of a “business” comes into play is in applying business-like principles to getting the work done, finding agents and outlets for the work, responding to editing and proofreading input, getting paid, and related details.
Do audiences and readers carry the same weight in writing businesses?
Readers are audiences! Whether someone is writing a novel or a press release, a poem or a white paper, a play or a case study, a how-to book or a personal blog post, we all want what we write to be seen and appreciated. Clients might be more demanding than readers, but every audience or reader matters. We want everyone who sees our writing to understand it, respond to it positively by publishing reviews or acting on it somehow, recommending it to others, and reading or buying the next piece we write.
Starting a writing business is exciting and challenging. Writing is a creative act. Having a writing business is a practical process. Get some practical, effective tips from a long-time, award-winning freelance writer/editor in this session. Learn about types of writing that can be the basis of a business; getting experience; finding outlets, audiences, readers and clients; avoiding scams; and more. Whether you want to write and publish books or articles, fiction or nonfiction, this session will get your writing business off to a strong start (and enhance an existing one).
You can join in this conversation on May 20, at 7 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a discussion on giving your writing business a strong start. The cost for NAIWE members is only $10! Non-members can join for $30. Register today!