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Create Your Writing Career Business Plan

Every September I update my writing career business plan for the coming year. I start early because time escapes me in the holidays and the beginning of the year involves a lot of birthday celebrations in my family. This creates a certain inertia, and having my author business plan in place gives me a fighting chance to start the new year well. No matter what time of year you choose, my writing career business plan template can give you a starting point to plan your own writing career.

But first, why do you need one?

Studies prove that you are more likely to attain the goals you write down. Besides this. The writing life is so full of details that keeping track of them all can drain every ounce of creative energy from a writer. Don’t make your author business plan into a straitjacket but use it as a guide to help you manage your time and create order in your writing life.

You are welcome to draft from my system, if you wish. I should mention that just because I focus on a writing-related duty at a specific time of year doesn’t mean that I don’t work on it at other times. Some things simply won’t be shoved into a specific time slot. Speaking and conferences are two cases in point. My aim is not to corral every aspect of life as a writer, but to create more cohesion between them. In my case, that includes activities to mentor other writers. You may not have these to think about but will include other items. I hope to spark you to come up with an author business plan that suits your own unique personality and temperament.

Writing Career Business Plan from Janalyn Voigt

As in nature, my business year has seasons with a natural ebb and flow. I group the months into quarters, each with a different focus that suits my personality and artistic makeup. I’ll lay this out in the same way I experience it.

Autumn: Planning

PlanningI tap into the energy caused by returning to a regular routine after the summer from September through November, when I plan out every aspect of my business for the coming year.


  • Analyze Statistics
  • Brainstorm and Set Overall Goals
  • Book Writing, Editing, and Submission or Production Schedule
  • Blogging Calendar
  • Podcast and Video Schedule
  • Signing and Speaking Plans
  • Conferences and Retreats
  • Education and Workshops
  • Launches and Promotions
  • Memberships and Affiliations


  • Blog Promotions
  • Email List Growth
  • Online Presence and Posting Schedule


  • Plan Website Updates and Improvements

Winter: Novel Writing

Write Novels

I find that the winter months, December through February, inspire a great deal of reflective thought in me. This is a perfect time to write novels. I also take part of the day and complete tasks that support my business plan.


  • Novel Writing and Editing
  • Update Website


  • Novel Writing and Editing
  • Email List Growth To Do List
  • Online Presence and Posting Activities
  • Conferences and Retreats Scheduling
  • Education and Workshop Scheduling


  • Novel Writing and Editing
  • Indie Book Distribution Tasks
  • Author Promotional Activities
  • Blog Promotional Activities Set

Spring: Content Creation and Graphics

Content Creation and Graphics

In March through May, spring fever can strike without warning. My ability to focus better matches tasks that don’t require a great deal of prolonged thought. This is when I create content for my blog, promotional graphics, covers, and the like using a batching system I’ll describe in a future article.


  • Batch Write Blog Articles


  • Batch Write Blog Articles


  • Batch Write Blog Articles

Summer: Podcasting and Video Making

Podcasting and Videos

June through August involves making videos, recording podcasts, speaking and dealing with other disruptive activities while my routine is already disrupted by summer.


  • Batch Podcasts and Videos


  • Batch Podcasts and Videos


  • Batch Podcasts and Videos

Final Thoughts from Janalyn

To be honest, I’m still working toward attaining my ideal business plan, but each year I come a little closer to what I envision. It’s a bit like getting on a moving train. I dream of dedicating even more time in the winter months to novel writing, so I’m willing to make the initial sacrifices to so that can happen. When all the gears mesh, my writing career business plan becomes a beautiful machine.

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Written by Janalyn Voigt

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

2 thoughts on “Create Your Writing Career Business Plan”

  1. I love how you time your blogging / business activities to match the rhythm of your “real” life: taking into account your seasonal cycles and how these affect your mood / focus / other activities, and then nicely blending in what you know must be done business-wise. <3

    1. Helene, your remark captures the essence of what I wanted to convey in this article. It’s easy to focus on the destination and forget that the journey should be on a road that suits us.

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