Tricia Goyer here. Last year I came up with a novel thought. I'm only one person, and I can't possibly accomplish all I need to do alone concerning writing and marketing. That's when I looked into hiring an assistant. Have you thought about it? If so, here are five things to consider ...
1. Are little things like mailing out books and answering emails cutting out of my writing time?
2. Do I grumble when doing things I used to enjoy, such as making dinner for my family, because my to-do list is too long?
3. What things on my to-do list can only be done by me? What things can someone else do (or I can train someone else to do)? Am I focusing too much time on things that someone else can do for me?
4. Do I have enough money set aside to hire an assistant part-time for two months? Or can I find away to set aside this money?
5. Can I make more in an hour writing than I would spend hiring someone to help me with my to-do list?
If you answered yes to more than half of these questions, then you might want to considering hiring an assistant to help you with your marketing and writing efforts. When looking for an assistant I considered who in my life I could trust, who enjoyed "the writing world," and who was outgoing and I could trust to relate to my readers, peers, and sometimes even editors.
I thought of a friend at church who loved books and reading and had previously ran her own business. I approached her with the idea and she loved it! I started paying $10 an hour part-time, but I've since given her two raises because she does such outstanding work. I started by giving her a few things to do, but gradually she's learned more and now does things like my email newsletters, databases, and promotional materials.
Also, I've found that with Amy helping me, I have time to do more writing ... thus bringing in more money. It's a win-win all the way around!
Maybe it's something you should consider, too. Start by seeking God, and then look around to see who He might just have placed in your life to help YOU.