Margie Lawson

Make your writing soar


Biz Smarts for Writers

Are you running your writing like a business?  A better question may be “Should you run your writing like a business?”

The answer is: YES!!  

It’s not hard. Really! But most writers don’t think they need to be a business, mostly because so few of us make appreciable money at it. But it’s possible that utilizing some simple business practices, your writing income may change. And that would be a good thing.

This class will talk about smart, doable, workable items, such as:

  1. Setting achievable goals. Too many writers over-extend, expecting too much. Achievable goals are sensible and reasonable to use for your writing, personal life, business, and financial future.
  2. Using good record-keeping. Did you already query that editor? When? Did you keep the hotel receipt for your tax deductions? Just a simple spreadsheet can help you keep track and make both your business and filing your taxes so much easier!
  3. Knowing when to create a business identity. And how.
  4. Using your home for a business and how to deduct it.
  5. Finding a tax or accounting professional to help you.

All of these can make a difference between “making it” in the biz or not. (Sally Hamer is NOT a tax or accounting professional. But she’ll show you how to find one.)


Sarah (Sally) Hamer

Sarah (Sally) Hamer is eternally fascinated by people and how they ‘tick’ and works hard to incorporate individual idiosyncrasies to create living, breathing characters in her many works of fiction. She writes in many genres – mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, medieval history, non-fiction – and has won awards at both local and national levels, including two Golden Heart finals.

A teacher of beginning and advanced creative fiction writing and screenwriting at Louisiana State University – S for over ten years, she also is a book coach, with many of her students and critique partners becoming successful, award-winning authors.




Super helpful!

December 18, 2022

Loved this course. The business part of writing has always been a bit of a scary mystery to me, but I am feeling much more confident now. And Sally is wonderfully supportive and helpful with all sorts of questions and examples! I am feeling much more prepared and far less fearful that I will make ignorant business blunders that are hard to undo!


Helpful tips and tricks

December 11, 2021

No tricks, only treats. Sarah does an excellent job of showing you how to take your writing seriously and as the business it is. She provides helpful trackers and goal setting assignments to help you focus on where you want to go. Happy I got to take this class and can set myself up for 2022.

Megan Ganesh

Get organised and be kind to yourself at the same time.

January 28, 2021

Such a useful class—lots to think about, lots to do. Sally is a helpful & encouraging teacher, who managed to make many tasks I've been putting off seem much more do-able. It was a lot of work but I've emerged from my 'help I'm overwhelmed' cave with a folder of clear plans and a feeling of calmness and confidence and clarity.


Submit a Review


© 2024 Margie Lawson, all rights reserved.

Shopping cart0
There are no products in the cart!
Continue shopping
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram