Skin in the Game

"Shark Tank"
“Shark Tank”

I may have some guilty pleasures when it comes to my TV watching. Usually when I turn on the TV it’s to turn off my brain, save for things like Game of Thrones – don’t get me started on my theories… One of my pseudo “guilty pleasures” is “Shark Tank”. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a show where hopeful entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas/plans/start-ups to venture capitalists (the “Sharks”) who then have the opportunity to invest their own money in exchange for equity (a piece of) in the company.

See, some of you may not know this about me, but I have a Masters in Business Administration. I love business and Shark Tank is a mix of realty TV tension and real business acumen. The show is full of gems like:

“Tough times never last; tough people always do.” – Robert Herjavec

“It comes down to finding something you love to do and then just trying to be great at it.” – Mark Cuban

“I learned that nobody’s better than you to get your business off the ground.” – Lori Greiner

I mean, that’s some awesome advice, don’t you think?

But, why am I talking about all this? Sure, it’s inspiring. But I’m an author, right?

I am, but I remain a businesswoman. I am an independent author so I don’t have a large publisher behind me. I approached the publication process as one where I had to build a team, I had to make my own plan, I had to find my own way to get my books from my head, to typed, to printed, to in people’s hands.

And it’s been quite the process to get to where I am. A process that began in 2013 and has been nothing but hard work since. A process that I haven’t always been successful in, but I’ve always tried to learn and improve for my readers.

But there’s one bit of “Shark Tank” lingo that I haven’t been able to live: Skin in the Game.

The Sharks are always looking for their entrepreneurs to have skin in the game. They want to see that the people are betting on their business before they seek other people to bet on their business. How can you ask someone to take a chance on you when you haven’t really committed yourself?

In that sense, I haven’t given everything to my readers. So, it’s time for a change.

As of today, I am going to be a full-time author.

I’m taking the leap. Goodbye safety net. Goodbye 9-5 day job. I’m terrified, but I’m also really, really, excited to do this for my career as an author and for my readers. To commit myself to my work for you. I’ve always said, I wanted my readers to be my boss. Well, it’s time I show up for work.

I think of what I’ve been able to accomplish so far “part time” and I can’t wait to see what I can produce for you when I am “full time”. I hope you’re still with me on this journey, because there’s a lot more to be told.

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