When I started She Writes with Deborah Siegel almost four years ago, we had some pretty grand plans. I hoped to raise venture capital to build a publishing platform for writers that would be what Flickr is to photographers, or what Etsy is to the makers of handicrafts. (Someday I may still try to do that.) We offered you, our members, services like webinars and editorial help--two things you can now find at She Writes Press--and I invested more hours, and more of my personal resources, than I like to think about sometimes on developing those businesses. But when things didn't go exactly as planned (do they ever?) and Deborah had to move on, I had to decide whether I wanted to continue concentrating all my efforts on making She Writes into a business, or return to my writing. It was a tough decision, but in the end, I thought about it this way: If I got hit by a bus tomorrow, would the major regret of my life be that I hadn't created a successful business? Or would it be that I had never written another book?
To my bones, I knew it would be the latter.
So for the last year and a half I've been working on my first novel, and, much to my delight, collaborating with the incredibly talented Brooke Warner (who also happens to be a terrific businesswoman) on the foundation of She Writes Press. But in that time there has not been a source of income to support the basic costs of sustaining our community here at She Writes--which include fees paid to Ning, the platform that hosts our network, and our blog editor, Krissa Lagos, with whom many of you have worked. So it is time to take a sensible and modest step toward covering those costs: we are going to start running one ad (though only if there's an ad we like, from a source we trust) in each of the biweekly emails we send.
What does this mean for you?
If you are a member and get our newsletter, you will be seeing an ad for a conference, writing workshop, event, book, or other writing-related product or opportunity in each blast. If you are a member and have any of the aforesaid things YOU would like to advertise, please let us know! As a member of She Writes, you will get a discount on our published rates, and the super-fantastic opportunity (never before available in the history of this site) to reach our 20,000+ members with your offer or promotion. For more information on how to advertise, click here. And please, feel free to spread the word!
Good for us, good for you. :)