It’s official. The very first thing I will do if Candlemark & Gleam ever turns a profit is to hire a bookkeeper.
I hate doing the books. I really, really do. I hate tracking sales and inventory, I hate logging expenses, I hate figuring out how to generate clear, concise, comprehensible royalty reports that include information on where things are sold and where the numbers are coming from.
Transparency is critical in running a business, especially one where other people grant you the rights to their hard work, and it involves a lot of trust, and a lot of expectations to live up to. I’m wholeheartedly dedicated to making sure that I represent my authors as well as I can, that I edit their work well and present it beautifully and that I also make damn sure that they understand what’s going on behind the scenes at every stage of the game – even when it comes to the books. Especially when it comes to the books.
But damn, I hate doing the books.