Saturday, April 4, 2015

Author Basil Pearl Talks about Growing Up on a Farm & How that Shaped Her Writing

DIY Business Styles

Agriculture has been interwoven throughout the tapestry of my entire life. I grew up on a farm, worked in the Agriculture business for nearly three decades and currently live on a working, grain-producing farm. Needless to say, I am steeped well in the details of what it takes chisel out a productive farming operation. 
Farming operations throughout this nation have many similarities and yet, each has its very own unique flair. An average farmer must have access to certain things to make his farm a successful business. If he is a grain producer, then he must have and maintain several acres to grow his grain crops. These acres are fields of… yes, dirt. A farmer must determine what is in the dirt (or soil) and what nutrients are missing. Yes, the farmer must don the hat of a chemist to determine what his soil needs to produce the best crop. He must learn which nutrients it is enriched with and which are missing. Once this is determined, he can incorporate the right fertilizers into the soil for the healthiest crop. When his crops experience a blight or another disease, it’s his shirt that will be lost if he doesn’t figure out the cause and find a solution. 
Middlesettlements by Basil Pearl
Next, the farmer must have access to the machinery that planting and harvesting a crop requires. Tractors, planters, spray-rigs, cultivators, combines and grain hauling trucks to mention just a few. Not only must the farmer know what pieces of machinery his crop needs, but also how to operate them and most importantly, how to repair breakdowns. The farmer now slaps on his mechanics hat and gets his hands greasy. 
The hats that the farmer wears does not stop there. No Sir, this is only the beginning. If he has livestock, he becomes a veterinarian as well as a nutritionist for his animals. When raising livestock for retail and that livestock gets sick, the farmer either finds a solution or once again, loses his shirt. 
Once the outdoor chores are complete, the farmer trades in his farm cap for a business suit and necktie (ok, not really but go with me here). The independent farmer decides all the business transactions and marketing. Expenses and sales are but part of the financial farming reality. Marketing his grain is a large task within itself. So, now the farmer sports a stock broker's necktie. 
I shared all these details about the life of a productive farmer because I acquaint the world of Indie Authors to being very similar. Just as the farmer has a DIY lifestyle, so does the Indie Author. Each has their personal unique flair. I find it incredibly fascinating that we too, as Indie Authors, must have a great selection of hats that we wear to produce a productive business. From writing, editing, publishing and marketing. It all boils down to being in our laps to do as we choose to do. Now, not every farmer is a good mechanic, so he might choose to hire someone to fix his breakdowns. Not every Indie Author is good at editing. Thus, a hired editor might be the wise choice. The best part is the fact that we, as Indie Authors have the choice to mold our books into revenue in the manner that suits each of us best. That is what I love the most about being an Indie Author. 


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