Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

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.



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

Rated 5 out of 5
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.

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