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The Seven Functions of the Self-Published Author: Downfalls

Remember the senior executive from a while back? Her job was under threat because she hadn’t been spending enough time on certain functions which were part of her job description. What had she been doing? Like most people, she had been stuck on the ‘shop floor’, too busy to look up and see what was occurring in the medium to long term.

Writers suffer badly from this. Frustrated at not having enough time to write in the first place, they then dive in and spend all the available time pouring words onto paper or a screen, while failing to see that the career of a self-published author consists of seven key parts, not just one. Writing — the act of sitting down and churning out fiction — is only one of the seven ‘departments’ you need to build a business as an independent writer.