Business Musings: Not Really The Year In Review (1/2 Process Blog, 1/2 Plea For Assistance)

You read the parenthetical phrase right. Process and plea for assistance. Here’s why: This is the very first blog post of December, and usually right about now, I start the year in review. I have a list of topics I want to cover, and some of them I want to luxuriate in, spend a lot of time discussing them, and sending you all over the […]

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Business Musings: American Thanksgiving

I don’t know how the rest of you feel, but for me, 2021 was not the year I had hoped for as the calendar turned. Because I’m an eternal optimist who can also be a raging pessimist, the way I got through 2020 was to think 2021 would be better. Lots better. As in wonderful, glorious, put-the-pandemic-behind-us marvelous. We had vaccines, after all, and while […]

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Business Musings: The If-Only Lawsuit

So, last week, I had a blog deadline and nothing that I could really write about quickly, nothing that tickled my fancy. I did a process blog. Since you all say you love process blogs, I figured I was covered. I still felt a bit let down—by my lack of time, by my own inability to schedule properly. Then, three hours later, after I had […]

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Business Musings: Buried (A Process Blog)

I am deliciously buried in work, and it is my own damn fault. I decided in the spring that I would take two classes per semester, because I need to think about things other than writing to help my writing. Otherwise, I get too lost in writing/publishing/reading to be fresh and creative. Trust me, the two classes are working for me. Spanish inspires me to […]

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Business Musings: Stale (IP Frontlist Part 3)

Because of a crush of work and deadlines, I got so laughably behind on my “current” reading that I am only now digging through it. Compounding the problem is that when I moved all of my back issues of “current” paper magazines (yes, I’m the last person on the planet who reads paper magazine; that bother you?), they got horribly, terribly, awfully out of order. […]

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Business Musings: IP Is The New Frontlist (Part Two)

For six months now, I’ve been contemplating the sentence, “IP is the new frontlist.” I wrote about the implications of that twice in the past two months, first as part of the fear-based decisionmaking blogs, and then in the previous post called “Untapped.” First a few terms for those of you who don’t know. IP is intellectual property—which is what you create when you write […]

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Business Musings: Untapped (Part One)

This year, I found the spring television upfronts oddly exciting. A lot is changing in the media landscape, so much that I have trouble keeping up. Plus, as you all know, my summer was filled with moving and a boatload of deadlines. But a phrase inspired by the upfronts kept going through my mind. As I mentioned in “Heads, Sand, and Traditional Publishing,” part of […]

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Business Musings: Deadlines (A Process Blog)

In the middle of our summer move, I was going slightly crazy. I had set up a lot of deadlines for the first time in years, and I was afraid I would blow all of them. I was truly out of practice at dealing with deadlines on the writing. I had been so burned out from traditional publishing and a rotating series of deadlines that, […]

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Business Musings: Writing Wall

Heard from an old friend this morning, a hell of a writer, and one of the most together people I know. The email was a little sad, which makes sense as this damn pandemic continues, despite all our best efforts (or rather, some of us giving it our all). My friend mentioned, in passing, that they had hit a writing wall, and was working hard […]

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Business Musings: Disney, Omnichannel, and Contracts (Licensing)

Because I got behind on the news in the spring, and because, due to the busiest fall I’m going to have in more than a decade with all of my work and deadlines, I am writing my weekly blogs weeks in advance. Which means that, unless something truly catches my fancy (enough that I will sacrifice sleep and deadline pages over it), I will remain […]

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