ALLi director Orna Ross runs small-group, private monthly workshops for a selected group of indie authors and poet patrons.
These workshops are one benefit of joining her creative publishing planning tier on Patreon (£25 per month + tax). The membership includes a year's worth of workshops live or in replay, and many other resources—printable pdfs, planners, and a weekly private accountability group on Facebook.
You can find out more about becoming a creative business planning patron here
Read below for further details about this month's workshop and click here to register (places permitting)
Next Workshop: June 2022: Creative Social Media Planning
This workshop presents an approach to social media content planning for authors that emphasises its creative value. While advising on the best platforms and tools for authors, its primary focus will be on the content, and how to make social media creatively and commercially rewarding.
You will explore your motivations for using social media, the downsides and the benefits for you and your readers, and develop themes, topics, treatment and tone.
You’ll then be brought through a planning process that will integrate your social media with your books and ensure you never again have to wonder what to post where, or why.
Turn your social media planning from a dread to a delight.
The workshop takes place at 5pm UK time on Friday 3rd June. Check this world clock to find your time but don’t worry if you can’t make it live. There will be a replay.
Click here to register as a patron and join the workshop this month.
Workshops, not webinars
These workshops are not large webinars/podcasts with thousands of attendees but small-group, guided events. I limit places so you receive personal attention and feedback during the workshop–and through the month in Patreon.
Your payment covers access to replays of all previous workshops, as well as the current one live–and a variety of other resources, including
- Accountability group
- Downloadable PDFs of intention maps, accomplishment logs, and other Go Creative! worksheets, tools, and planners
- Replay videos so you can refer back any time
Creative Business Planning Workshops
Orna says: These workshops are my way of offering more personal attention than is possible in ALLi podcasts, books or blogs.
So many indie authors are struggling to integrate the three big skills they need to have–writing, publishing and business–into a successful self-publishing enterprise. These workshops go beyond the practical advice to explore underlying creative principles and personal reasons as to why our plans may not be working out.
These workshops, and my creative business planning method, are not for everyone, as they take a particular approach centered on your own creativity, your own definition of success, and your personal passions as an author and publisher. They encourage you to go deeper and harness your creative capacity, so you can achieve more by doing less.
We do the work, there and then in the workshop, so each month you leave with a completed plan and a clear vision for your next steps.
Next Workshop: Creative Social Media Planning
- 16.45: Zoom room opens.
- 17.00: Workshop commences. Welcome, housekeeping and introduction.
- 17.05: June Planning: maker, manager, marketeer.
- 17:20: Social Media Discussion & Workbook: Dread to Delight.
- 18.20 to end: Q&A
The Q&A will continue until I've answered all your questions. Nobody left behind is the policy!
(Please note: All times are UK London time, UTC. Replay videos are stored in Patreon so you can refer back any time.)
Creative Business Planning For Authors: Testimonials
Joanna Penn, bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and host of The Creative Penn podcast
Mark McGuinness, award-winning poet, creative coach, and host of The 21st Century Creative podcast
Orna Ross is a genius. She combines incisive knowledge of publishing, huge appreciation for words, great humanity for the writers producing them, and invaluable materials – all to get to the heart of your writing life, and provide the scaffolding of your writing business. She has worked with me as both mentor and as a facilitator and I think the world of what she does and how she does it. No ego, true presence and a brilliant talent.
I spent nearly four decades working in comedy thinking my precious art should not be sullied by anything as vulgar as marketing. In the last couple of years Orna has taught me that if you can think creatively about it, keeping control of and marketing your work is as important to a writer's career as the work itself.
Karen Dodd, Suspense Author
As the author of two books and one on the way, I feel fortunate to have found Orna and her coaching at just the right time in my author career. She has a way of winnowing in on exactly what the intimate, small group needs as we went through our various challenges together. Orna presents information clearly and through her willingness to answer all questions, she fosters a trusting and compassionate relationship between mentor and participants.
Orna has exhaustive experience being an authorpreneur both from her own personal journey navigating the publishing space as an author and working with/mentoring other authors who are walking the same path. I find these workshops to be a distilled essence of this highly specialized knowledge that she has gathered through time.
As a result, this is highly effective and beneficial for an author in terms of the multiple hats that we wear as an authorpreneur. Orna defines them as – maker, manager and marketer. The pay yourself first approach that I got to learn from the workshop is how I'm going to be structuring my business as I believe it's going to set me up for success. Also appreciate the flexibility of attending only the workshops on topics that I most want to learn about and the Q&A time at the end of the session.
Beth Ball, Epic Fantasy Author
I learn so much in each of the sessions, and I really appreciate all of the work you do to help us with both strategies and mindset on the indie author journey.
Belinda Strotheide, Writer and Business Trainer
I just wanted to take a few minutes to say how much I appreciate your creative planning training. My college degree is in business, I’ve spent years listening to entrepreneurial training, I’ve helped businesses, nonprofits and communities think through the process and formulate their plans and goals. You have helped me see the process in a new way. A way that lets me view it creatively, with the business aspects as a framework rather than the focus of the activities. Thank you! Also, thank you for your sensitivity and respect toward the individuals in the meetings. I also like how you push us to go for the deeper truth of who we are creatively and address the real reasons we may get stuck. A really BIG THANK YOU. What you’re doing is so very helpful.
Business Planning Workshops: Registration
Registration for these workshops is always on a first-come, first-served basis. Current paid-up patrons get first place.
Existing Patreon Planning Members
You don't have to re-register or do anything. On the evening before this month's workshop, you'll receive the downloads and links you need to attend.
If you don't wish to attend next month's workshop, and don't need to access the planners or other resources again, just cancel your membership anytime.
The membership is set up to allow for free movement (places permitting), so you can opt in and out as you need.
New MembersIf there are some places left for this month, then it's first come, first served. Click here to register (places permitting). Registration also unlocks all the prior videos and gives access to other planning resources and Facebook group membership.Payment is $25 + per month, plus any sales tax charged where you live (cancel any time). Patreon deducts fees on the day you join and then on the first day of each month.
If you're not successful in getting a place this time, let Kayleigh know at [email protected]. She'll put you on our waiting list and you'll be informed when more places become available in the coming months.
Once registered, you'll be provided with full details of how to prepare and attend.