I have spent the past week working my butt off. On Friday I had a conversation with a publishing company that assists authors in getting their work out there. One of the things we talked about was how difficult it is for authors to really get noticed. It isn’t so much about the book anymore, it’s about how well the name is marketed. Which means the author’s work doesn’t stop with just writing the book anymore. If you are a new author, like me, you have to know the writing side as well as the business side. This means you need to be able to locate editors, you need to be able to publicize yourself (because the author is the brand), you need to find people to do your cover designs or any artwork to be included in the book (unless you can draw) and so on. The list doesn’t seem like it ends. What makes this worse is you don’t learn any of the business stuff in school. I’m in school full time for Creative Writing. Do you know what I learn about? You guessed it – writing. Now I wisely minored in Business, but the problem is that as a minor I don’t have to take half the classes a Business major does, which means I also learn less. Are you starting to see the problem with jumping into the writing market?