Hello 48 days community! I just joined this past weekend after finishing Dan's book.
A little bit of background: I have always had the ultimate dream of becoming a full-time fiction writer, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genres. I have completed one full-length novel at this point, which I self-published back in October. I'm very much a neophyte when it comes to all the marketing and promotion involved self-publishing, however, so I decided to make one more attempt at the traditional publishing route. I am currently awaiting word back from a literary agent who expressed interest in seeing the full manuscript.
Given the slow process involved, I decided to use the time to go through the program outlined in 48 Days to the Work You Love to identify some associated pursuits I could undertake as an aspiring writer. Going through the list of 48 Low Cost Business Ideas, I've decided to start producing audio-recordings of books in the public domain. My idea is to combine this enterprise with my blog and author platform under the brand name Empyrean Voyager. The basic theme would be an intersection of Faith, History, and Imagination - primarily as expressed in the emerging field of Christian speculative fiction. Content would include my original novels (which I can hopefully publishing through a traditional contract), topical blog postings, audio-recordings, a newsletter, a podcast and a YouTube channel. Right now, I'm still very much in the planning stage and still need to put together a clear timeline and budget. My first recording would be Paradise Lost, which I hope to finish and release by this coming December (just in time for the Christmas season).
This is my first time putting together a Business Plan of any kind, so I guess I just want to check the soundness of the basic concept. Is this in fact something I could feasibly do alongside my fiction-writing (particularly while I'm still working at my day job on top of it)? Have I defined my service and target audience enough, or do I need more focus? My main inspiration in this enterprise is Jim Hodges at https://jimhodgesaudiobooks.com/, who I know primarily markets to homeschoolers. I'm thinking that homeschoolers would be a significant part of my target audience as well, but I also want to produce adult-oriented recordings as well (The Divine Comedy, Idylls of the King, etc). I live in a largely rural community, and I've gotten a lot of feedback from friends and family that they wish my own book had an audio version so they can listen to it while driving or working on their farms. I think there could be a potentially huge market out there of people who would like to read great literature but don't have the time to sit down and go through the print versions (farmers, students, traveling salespeople, truck drivers, etc). A detailed overview of what I have in mind can be found in the attached file. Any feedback or criticism is welcome. Thanks!