Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 3): Expectations

I have picked apart this topic in my head so many times that I’m finally getting a handle on my own expectations. Not yours, not another writer’s. Mine. We all have expectations of the way a career will go. Of the way life will go, but that’s another blog entirely. We also have expectations of ourselves and others around us. And never, ever, ever will […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 2): Fear (Established Writer Edition)

I’m writing these posts in no particular order, just as the reasons come to me. And honestly, they’re everywhere. Because of last summer’s move, we reorganized our books. We are in a smaller space than we were in Oregon, so we got rid of a lot of our books—the ones we didn’t need for research or the ones we liked, but didn’t love. Now, we’re […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part One)

I keep forgetting that working in the arts requires a very specific sort of attitude. It’s an attitude that can be trained, but to do that, an artist must want to change. This is a complex and sometimes difficult thing to do. First, the attitude itself. It’s a combination of optimism and pragmatism, with a bit of cynicism mixed in. Yeah, I know, confusing. So […]

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Business Musings: Endings

For more than a decade, writers have asked me what they can do to sell their existing books. I always tell them to write the next book. Some writers don’t have time for promotion. Others don’t have the constitution for it. But all the ads in the world don’t work unless the writer has a lot of inventory. And when the reader is done with […]

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Business Musings: Attorneys

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve been taking a pretty extensive Entertainment Law class. Initially, I took it to learn about industries related to mine, as I get back to licensing. But I found the first semester fascinating, because it filled in a lot of gaps in my learning. It also filled in a few gaps in my teaching. For years now, I’ve […]

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Business Musings: Focus Again (A Process Blog)

I had two major challenges in 2021. The first was the stupid pandemic. I hadn’t realized how much of my brain it consumed. Even after I wrote the blog called “Focus,” I still wasn’t back 100%. At some point in early 2022, I clicked over to this: Covid will be ever with us, and I needed to put the fear and the hypervigilance in its […]

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Business Musings: The Final Brandon Sanderson Post

Well, Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter is one for the record books. It became the highest grossing Kickstarter about a month before his Kickstarter closed. And then it continued to make money, finally ending at $41.7 million. Brandon himself estimates that when this is all said and done, and every one of 185,341 backers have received their books and swag, he will get roughly a high-end novel […]

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Business Musings: Copyright Fun Part 3

Let’s talk money for a minute, because really, copyright and copyright licensing translates into money, if you do it correctly. Copyright is one of those lovely assets that will continue earning for writers if the writers manage the copyright correctly. A short story can become a novel (more money, different licenses), sell in foreign editions (more money, different licenses), become an audio book (more money, […]

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Business Musings: Copyright Fun Part 2

This post is probably just for me and Dean and other copyright geeks out there in the world. And it’s mostly U.S. specific, although we will touch on Duran Duran and U.K. law farther downstream. Also, it’s important for you all to note that I am writing this blog in January. Some of the cases I mention here are ongoing and might have developments that […]

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Business Musings: Copyright Fun Part One

When I wrote my year in review for 2021, all seven posts of it, I was going to write a single post on copyright, highlighting all the interesting things from the year. Copyright issues dominated the news in 2021…and I was taking the first half of the entertainment law class that I’m finishing up this semester. I was all about copyright. (If you want to […]

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