What do you get when you ask 20,000+ writers for input on which services would be most useful to them?
Actually, in a quick-moving Facebook group, when posting late at night, not a lot of people see your status. But there will be a handful that respond, and I spent two hours in late February hearing their ideas, asking for clarification, and taking notes. And what came from that discussion is Compose Creatives.
A little background: as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a marketing major. This last semester, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to take a course in arts entrepreneurship. Basically, the course focused on the business side of being an artist, something that I’d never given much thought to. The course turned out to be not only a lot of fun, but also very enlightening. I learned how to take everything I know about business and apply it to an artistic endeavor, and a big part of that was our main term assignment to create a business plan for an arts-based business.
When I first signed up for this course, it was because I wanted to push myself into taking my writing more seriously. It’s always been a hobby, but I was ready to turn it into a side career or at least a hobby that paid for itself. Everyone else in the course had these big, amazing plans for their art-based businesses, and I just wanted to sell a few books. I still want to do that, but I started looking into business ideas that I could do, as a writer, to get more involved in the indie writing world. I had a couple ideas, but nothing concrete, and nothing that would really add to the community. In short, I was lost and completely without direction.
Skip forward a couple months. I sat down one evening to start planning out my project, and drew a blank. So, being a modern woman with modern conveniences, I did what everyone else does when stuck for ideas: I got on Facebook and asked the members of my favorite writing community (much love to my fellow NaNoWriMo writers!). [click to continue…]