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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Business Musings: What The…?

I toyed with a lot of titles for this post, most of which would have insulted those of you who have followed my blog posts for a long time and know what I’m about to say. I don’t want to insult you people. And then there are the others, the ones for whom this post is intended. There’s a lot I could say, but let’s […]

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Business Musings: Brandon’s Kickstarter

The conversation started about 10 hours after Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter went live. That’s when the press noticed that a writer made millions in the space of a few hours—without the help of any major publishing house. Brandon’s own fans are doing this. I’m writing this post about 3 days after the Kickstarter went live. Sometime in the last 24 hours, this Kickstarter campaign became the […]

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Business Musings: Dave (A Process Blog)

I’m writing this the week that Dave Wolverton died, a man most of you know as writer and teacher, Dave Farland. I first met Dave in 1987 and we’ve been friends ever since. As you’ll note, I’m having trouble with tenses, because to me, Dave is still around, even though he’s not. Another friend pointed out in a private conversation that Dean and I have […]

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Business Musings: Exclusivity in 2022 Part Two

The previous post discussed some of the ways to use exclusivity to benefit an indie publishing business. I especially focused on how to think about a short-term exclusive project. The problem comes with long-term or even permanent exclusivity. Normally this business blog is from the writer’s point of view. But it’s always important to understand the overall picture before we take the writer’s eye view […]

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Business Musings: Exclusivity in 2022 Part One

I’m doing a deep dive into a few companies that caught my eye in 2021. I want to see if I can expand my reach using their services. I’m also evaluating whether or not those services will take too much of my time. I’m noticing something in almost all of them. Their service is scalable. Meaning, it has levels. Let me see if I can […]

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