The Open Books people were scheduled to pick up our books today. Last night at 2:00 AM I finally chose our 500th book to donate (perhaps appropriately, How to Start a Home-Based Writing Business, which apparently didn't help me much*). Here's what 500 books looks like:
* IIRC the author's premise seemed to be that writing a business plan was the key to being a successful home-based writer. I would say that marketing is the key, and you don't really need a formal business plan as much as you need a marketing strategy. And even more important than either is the motivation and persistence to follow through. A poor marketing strategy executed with 100% commitment will always do better than an excellent marketing strategy executed weakly.