Business Musings: Positive, Pleasing, and Optimistic

Those of you who follow my business blog know that this past year has been hard on me. Illness, moving, lots of change. But I was determined, once I arrived in Las Vegas, to make the best out of the situation. Yes, we moved quickly. Yes, I’d been ill. Yes, Dean was caught between the old home and the new, as the brunt of the […]

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Business Musings: Getting To The Stories You Love

One of the comments I heard the most at this year’s Business Master Class was a bit wistful. And the comment usually came in a discussion about something else. I sure would like to get to the place where I can do what you folks do: where I can write what I love. As soon as this [insert detail] is over, I might be able […]

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Business Musings: The Post-Master Class Process Blog

The first Business Master Class held in Las Vegas ended last week. The class went much better than I had expected. I had expected more chaos, since we hadn’t used the venue before. I expected some bumps because the WMG staff couldn’t come down and help due to a variety of family issues (from a new baby to some personal stuff to a few major […]

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Business Musings: Copyright Savvy

Gloria and Emilio Estefan have an estimated net worth of 700 million dollars. Jimmy Buffett has an estimated net worth of 550 million dollars. What do those artists have in common? They kept control of the copyrights to their songs. They maintained control of those copyrights starting in the 1970s, when other musicians signed away those rights because they were told that to keep those […]

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Business Musings: Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is undergoing changes yet again. What does this mean for writers?

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Business Musings: Swing An’ A Miss

One September Saturday night, I went to see Sutton Foster at the Smith Center here in Las Vegas.  Most of you may know Sutton Foster from her TV roles, particularly in Younger (which I have not watched, because it’s about “publishing,” and TV’s idea of “publishing” always sets my teeth on edge). I’ve been following Sutton Foster’s career for at least 18 years now, mostly […]

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Business Musings: When To Stop Writing

The writers who come to our workshops have one trait in common: they’re driven. We choose writers to attend our in-person workshops based on that trait above all else. Yes, we mostly teach professionals, which takes care of the whole “can-you-write-well-enough-yet” thing, but even among the professionals who apply to our workshops, we still search for drive. So many professional writers, with sales to their […]

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Business Musings: Too Much Stuff (Estates Again)

Aretha Franklin died in August. She was 76, and her death is a great loss. I have loved her music for as long as I can remember, and I’m so saddened by her death. I’m also sad that she shows up in this blog. Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer, after being diagnosed in 2010, eight years before her death. She also had diabetes, although […]

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Business Musings: Surviving The Stupid

I sometimes think I live in a constant state of outrage because I read the news. Every day, there’s something new. I occasionally divorce myself from the constant barrage by going on a news-holiday or a Twitter-holiday, so I sometimes miss the current stuff. Imagine my surprise, as I scanned through Twitter a few weeks ago, to see a writer I follow go after Tor […]

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Business Musings: More Negotiation Advice From The Hardass

One of the major reasons I write a lot about contracts and negotiation is because in the entertainment field, which is where we writers work, contracts are a nightmare. They’re often written by people who are not lawyers (agent contracts with writers) or negotiated by people who are not lawyers (publishing contracts negotiated by an agent for a writer) or are based on “accepted practices” […]

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