Saturday, May 09, 2015

Never Stop Learning and Trying New Things by Kitty Bucholtz

It has been a crazy few weeks for me! I decided it was high time I put my class, "Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing," on its own web site instead of teaching through Yahoo Groups. I wanted to add more content like videos explaining each step, worksheets and checklists, interviews with other professionals related to self-publishing like cover designers, time management experts, accountants, attorneys, and so much more!

This week I finally got all 479 pieces together that were required to do this "simple" task of creating a new web site. (Wanna see? I really want my friends to go ooh and ahh over it because even though it's not perfect, that's what friends do. Haha! It's at WriterEntrepreneurGuides.com.) I've attended about three dozen free webinars in the last six months, bought into several programs to help build the site and create the videos, and listening to innumerable podcasts collecting information I want to share with my next group of students.

It has been exhausting but exhilarating! Lots of things didn't work as easily or as quickly as I expected and my April 27 class start date has been pushed back to June 1. But the experience has reminded me of how frustrating it can be to learn new things without anyone to help you, and that compassion is going to be a focus of my class. So I'm excited about that!

I'm in the process of making lists of things I've done so I can share them with all of you. Remember the last time I did a promotion and I told you what ads I bought, how much they cost, how many subscribers they went out to, and how many downloads I got? I just spent most of yesterday buying ads for a free promotion the week before Memorial Day for Little Miss Lovesick. I've done some things the same and some things differently, so I'll share the results as soon as it's all tabulated.

All that to say - writing is the most important thing a writer can do, but there must always be room for learning how to change with the times, learning how to do new things that will add to your bottom line (i.e., money). The added benefit of that - and I'm not sure that it isn't of greater benefit than the increased revenue - is that your mind is constantly pushed when you learn new things. This is good for your physical and mental health!

So when you're done writing today, go learn something new about how you can improve your business. It just might improve your health! :)

Kitty Bucholtz decided to combine her undergraduate degree in business, her years of experience in accounting and finance, and her graduate degree in creative writing to become a writer-turned-independent-publisher. Her novels, Little Miss Lovesick, A Very Merry Superhero Wedding and Unexpected Superhero, and the free short story, "Superhero in Disguise," are now available at most online retail sites.