I no longer provide one-to-one consultancy or mentoring. Instead I run a small-group, private Go Creative! in Business monthly membership for indie authors who want to focus on reaching more readers and increasing their income, influence and impact–the creative way.
To facilitate personal attention, places are limited in this premium-level membership that offers monthly workshops, a growing suite of resources, dedicated attention, and a proven sequence of success–all for a tiny fraction of consultancy costs. I’d love you to join us– or find out more below.
Creative Business Planning For Authors: The Method
The Go Creative! in Business planning method is the method I use to run my own publishing business and the global non-profit, the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Creative business is not just business as usual. As an indie author, your enterprise is, most likely, global, digital and powered by passion as much as profit.
Such businesses are a new phenomenon for authors. Born through the power of digital publishing, they are changing how business is done in our sector–how readers discover, buy, read and publicize books.
So much business advice remains mechanical, one-dimensional, and purely data-driven. Creative business can benefit from data, of course, but your business is as unique to you as your books–expressive of your hopes, your dreams, your flaws, your failings, your intentions, your imagination.
As an indie author, any business planning method you adopt must allow for this. You are motivated by money and meaning, profits and purpose. For you, creative rest and play are as much part of the process as your creative work. You need to be able to harness your intuition, spontaneous insights, inspired deviations, and to wander down a road less traveled, without knowing quite where you’re going.
Also, as a self-publishing, indie author, you must wear three hats. You are a manager and a marketeer as well as a maker.
Your planning method needs to recognize all of this.
Creative Business Planning For Authors: The Membership
The Go Creative! in Business membership is managed through Patreon and that’s where you register. It’s based on exercises in my book Creative Self-publishing: ALLi’s Guide to Independent Publishing for Authors and Poets and my Go Creative! in Business book and planners.
The membership offers:
- A small group, member-only, monthly workshop
- Downloadable, printable Go Creative! in Business planning resources
- a closed Go Creative! in Business Facebook group where we map our creative intentions for the week on Mondays–then on Fridays come back to log what we’ve accomplished.
Downloadable, printable tools
, based on the exercises in my book Creative Self-Publishing and the sequence of success for indie authors. These resources cannot fail you if you follow them.
- Quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily planners
- Creative practices: f-r-e-e-writing and inspiration meditation.
- Intention maps and accomplishment logs
- Creative business planning worksheets, playsheets, practice reminders, habit logs, and more
The workshops run in via Zoom on the last Friday of each month at 5pm UK time.
This is not a large webinar of thousands but a small-group, private workshop on Zoom, where you can ask questions and receive direct advice. You receive personal attention including feedback on your current project.
Worksheets are completed there and then, so you leave with work accomplished and clear guidance on what to do next. Everyone gets a chance to speak and no question goes unanswered.
Replays are freely available in Patreon and the learning is supported by an active Facebook group (see below)
– Facebook Accountability Group
Not unmoderated chatter, but a structured accountability group to map your creative intentions and log your accomplishments weekly, under the three hats an indie author must wear: maker, manager and marketeer. In this group we also discuss what’s arising for members from the monthly workshops.
Creative Business Planning For Authors: Join us
I started this membership because so many indie authors are struggling to integrate the three big skills they need to have–writing, publishing and business–into one successful enterprise.
That’s what it’s designed to facilitate.
It’s not for everyone, as it does take a particular approach to business planning, that centers on ensuring your heart and soul, not just your mind and ego, are embedded in your business intentions. It requires emotional and imaginative as well as mental labor. It encourages you to go deeper and achieve more by doing less.
While the benefits of the membership accumulate across time, it’s set up so you can opt in or out as you need (places permitting)–so why not try it for a month and see how you go?
The membership, including full access to all resources, workshops and the Facebook group costs $25 monthly. Opt out any time.
Creative Business Planning For Authors: Testimonials
Joanna Penn, bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and host of The Creative Penn podcast
Mark McGuinness, award-winning poet, creative coach, and host of The 21st Century Creative podcast
Orna Ross is a genius. She combines incisive knowledge of publishing, huge appreciation for words, great humanity for the writers producing them, and invaluable materials – all to get to the heart of your writing life, and provide the scaffolding of your writing business. She has worked with me as both mentor and as a facilitator and I think the world of what she does and how she does it. No ego, true presence and a brilliant talent.
I spent nearly four decades working in comedy thinking my precious art should not be sullied by anything as vulgar as marketing. In the last couple of years Orna has taught me that if you can think creatively about it, keeping control of and marketing your work is as important to a writer’s career as the work itself.
Karen Dodd, Suspense Author
As the author of two books and one on the way, I feel fortunate to have found Orna and her coaching at just the right time in my author career. She has a way of winnowing in on exactly what the intimate, small group needs as we went through our various challenges together. Orna presents information clearly and through her willingness to answer all questions, she fosters a trusting and compassionate relationship between mentor and participants.
Orna has exhaustive experience being an authorpreneur both from her own personal journey navigating the publishing space as an author and working with/mentoring other authors who are walking the same path. I find these workshops to be a distilled essence of this highly specialized knowledge that she has gathered through time.
As a result, this is highly effective and beneficial for an author in terms of the multiple hats that we wear as an authorpreneur. Orna defines them as – maker, manager and marketer. The pay yourself first approach that I got to learn from the workshop is how I’m going to be structuring my business as I believe it’s going to set me up for success. Also appreciate the flexibility of attending only the workshops on topics that I most want to learn about and the Q&A time at the end of the session.
Beth Ball, Epic Fantasy Author
I learn so much in each of the sessions, and I really appreciate all of the work you do to help us with both strategies and mindset on the indie author journey.
Beth Ball is an epic fantasy author spinning stories of druidic magic and the power of nature that span the realms of Azuria and Eldura.
Belinda Strotheide, Writer and Business Trainer
I just wanted to take a few minutes to say how much I appreciate your creative planning training. My college degree is in business, I’ve spent years listening to entrepreneurial training, I’ve helped businesses, nonprofits and communities think through the process and formulate their plans and goals. You have helped me see the process in a new way. A way that lets me view it creatively, with the business aspects as a framework rather than the focus of the activities. Thank you! Also, thank you for your sensitivity and respect toward the individuals in the meetings. I also like how you push us to go for the deeper truth of who we are creatively and address the real reasons we may get stuck. A really BIG THANK YOU. What you’re doing is so very helpful.