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‘Your writing is your business’ at Pine Island Writers meeting

November 13, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last week the Pine Island Writers hosted Timothy Jacobs, author, CEO and owner of JWC Publishing, who spoke to the group about applying business and marketing principles to sell more books.

JWC Writing Consultants LLC provides writers with editing, proofreading, ghostwriting and coaching. As of 2019, JWC has expanded to covering all aspects of publishing: book covers, layout design and printing.

Jacobs is a former journalist and author of 12 books

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The Pine Island Writers group with Timothy Jacobs, center-blue shirt.


"This is about writing as your business, not about setting up a business," Jacobs said. "It is more about a mindset of thinking and treating your writing as a business."

Jacobs explained that to make an income from writing you need motivation. He suggested that writers jot down five things that their writing will bring them. For Jacobs, writing gives him and his family the freedom to live a lifestyle of their choice.

"But everyone is different," Jacobs said. "It's important to write down these five motivators so that whenever you don't feel like writing, you can reviews the five things that motivate you."

Creating a vision statement is also important. Your vision statement should include the purpose of why you write with the values and beliefs you work under. Your vision statement should be future based and give direction.

"Your mission statement is a little bit different from your vision statement," Jacobs said. "The mission statement is present-based and designed to convey a sense of why the you write."

Jacobs stressed the importance of knowing your competition and standing out.

"Writers should go 'above and beyond' and offer more than other writers, being careful not to copy what others are doing," Jacobs said.

"It's important to set a goal, make a plan for reaching that goal, get to work, stick to it and then you'll reach your goal," Jacobs said.

The team at JWC has over 100 years of combined experience and will read your work. Their goal is to bring it to a level of publishing that meets industry standards. Visit the JWC website at:

Pine Island Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging writers of every genre, ability and experience to grow further in their writing. This is accomplished through open meetings of shared writing and acceptance of critical feedback. The writers support and nurture each other to develop. They also help promote each other's work as well as other local and international writers.

The Pine Island Writers regularly meet every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church. If you are interested in improving your writing, reading good writing or if you have an interest in working with writers and helping them get published, please plan to attend.



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