If you know anything about marketing, you know that the importance of "buy-in" is big when you're trying to sell a product. Buy-in is sort of like the emotional connection or relationship a potential buyer sees with a product. It's something that connects their success to its purchase. They buy based on that connection.
And buy-in is important to we authors as well (from several angles). I'll just address the family buy-in that aspiring (and established) authors may want to consider (if they don't already).
I'll be honest--it's easy to get family members to buy-in to you working as a writer once you've landed a contract, gotten that first chunk of change and are facing deadlines. At that point you've already proven your value as related to contributing to the household income.
But what do you do BEFORE that first contract? How do you prove to your spouse or in laws (or whatevers) that writing is something you SHOULD have the time and support to pursue?
- Do a little research: What do you personally get out of writing OTHER THAN potential monetary gain? Do you feel more fulfilled? Are you more productive in other ways if you wrote 1000 creative words in a day? Are you happier after you've written? Make note of that!
- Can you set goals that show you'll finish a writing project (this was a biggee with my hubby--I'm notorious for not completing things)?
- Can you still meet the needs of others in your household while meeting your own writing needs? If not, think about what may need to be adjusted.
- What do you REALLY want or need from your writing to be satisfied? Not everyone needs to be published to be fulfilled, but some do. Be honest with yourself.
- Arrange a time to sit down with your family and talk about why writing's important to you:
- use those notes about how it makes you feel and makes things around the house better to help get your family's buy-in
- show connections between things other household members do for personal fulfillment and your writing
- set clear goals for yourself with your family's input (also helps with buy-in)
- share a bit of your dream with them--why it matters and how it deepens your connection with them and makes you a better person in the relationship