To some degree, you’re probably both. However, I’m sure you lean one way or the other. It’s important to look inside and ask yourself that question. It could save you a lot of headache down the road.
If you’re a starter, you always come up with new ideas, new projects and a great new story. You jump in with both feet and pound out something amazing … until the moment you realize you have to finish. The details of finishing are what slow us down. You’d rather be starting a new project.
If you’re a finisher, you love to clean up the mess. You might struggle with the initial chapters or words. Once you get going—you can’t be stopped. You’re probably great at organizing what needs to be done and very detailed oriented.
Knowing which you are can be very helpful. In our world of Indie writing, we try to be both. Sometimes, that just doesn’t work. I would go further and say that most of us are starters. Typically, most entrepreneurs are starters and if you are an indie author … you are definitely an entrepreneur … whether you think so or not.
So what do we do? We need to hire editors, illustrators, graphic designers and more. “What? I can’t afford that!” you scream. It’s actually the opposite. First, as indie authors we have to put out high quality work; our future depends on it. Regardless of that piece, let’s talk about what “starters” do … they start things.
Let me give you an example. As a sales manager in the business world, I identified the starters and finishers on my teams. If a starter were left to deal with all the details to finalize an agreement, the sale would stall. Frustration sets in, workflow slows down, and skill sets are wasted.
I know what you’re going to say: “I can’t afford all of these people to help me.”
It’s actually the opposite. Either you delegate or you stagnate. You will spend four times as much effort, energy, and hours trying to do the things that you should send to the experts. Editing … one of the biggest issues in the indie author world. An editor will do it faster, better and in the end, cheaper than you could do it yourself. There has been a ton of great posts here on Indies Unlimited about hiring editors. Most are willing to work with you to make it affordable. Once you hand it off, you can sink your teeth into another project, because … you know … you are a starter.
Take a moment to think about whether you are a finisher or a starter. It will save you time and money in the long run. I’ve always said that it’s not the few books that you have published that will put you on the map … It’s the three books that you haven’t finished that will catapult your career. Whether you’re in it for money, fame, or filling a need, recognize in yourself the best path to that goal.