Business Musings: Vexing Numbers

In May, NBC’s former flagship reality TV show, The Voice, hit a weird patch. Adam Levine, one of two remaining original coaches, left the series suddenly, the day after the season finale. Two weeks before, Levine had posted on social media that he would return to The Voice for the next season. Indeed, The Hollywood Reporter says that Levine had signed on to The Voice […]

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Business Musings: Here It Comes

I didn’t mean to go down the rabbit hole this afternoon. I blame Led Zeppelin. Seriously. I blame them. In mid-May, I flagged an article on Rollingstone.com titled “The Eternal Revenue Stream of Led Zeppelin.” I had no real idea what the article was about, but I figured it might be important for writers, because the music business is always way ahead of the next […]

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Business Musings: Licensing Expo Prep 1

As I write this, the Las Vegas Licensing Expo is over three weeks away. When this goes live, it’s less than a week away. The expo, which is the biggest of its kind in the world, puts licensors together with licensees, and allows people with intellectual property to perhaps license it to someone who wants to produce some kind of derivative work. If you didn’t […]

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Business Musings: Inventory

We are at the tailend of what I like to call the messy middle of the Diving Universe Kickstarter. Every Kickstarter has a pattern. It goes well in the beginning—almost a straight upward trajectory if you’re graphing it. And then it plateaus. If you’re lucky, the Kickstarter has another growth spurt before funding. And if you’re really lucky, there’s another growth spurt at the very […]

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Business Musings: Kickstarter Stress

Within the first hour, Dean and I knew that the current Kickstarter would be a success. The Kickstarter had been live for about ten minutes when the first backer joined the campaign. That was fast. Still, we didn’t expect the Kickstarter to fund in less than 20 hours. That surprised us so much we only have one stretch goal listed. For those of you who […]

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Business Musings: Patreon, Copyright, And Personal Choice

On February 9, The Passive Voice published a piece titled “The Beginning of the End for Patreon.” [link] As he so often does, the Passive Guy linked to another blog post, and then did his own riff on that post. The other blog post is worth reading. It’s by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, and discusses Patreon’s viability. As the Passive Guy investigated the […]

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Business Musings: Good Goals

At my in-person writing classes, I give students more work than most people can handle. A few people manage to do everything, usually one or two people per year at the workshops. At this year’s mystery workshop, one person finished all of the writing assignments and two redoes, and (I think) all of the reading (usually on the last day). One, out of thirteen. Most […]

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Business Musings: Taming The Critical Voice

It’s too soon to declare victory. In fact, I’m not sure victory should ever be claimed. Not when it comes to the critical voice that lives in our heads. You know, the one that just shouted out loud (in my head) telling me that sentence two has a passive construction. Um, yeah, Doofus. On purpose. Anyway. As I mentioned in the post on critical voice, […]

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Business Musings: Critical Voice

For years, Dean and I have taught that the critical voice is the enemy of the creative voice. I actually use a diagram when I teach that illustrates the point. It comes from this observation: Human beings crave stories. We do most everything in storytelling form. Learning often comes in the form of storytelling. If were lucky enough as children to have literate parents, they […]

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Business Musings: Fun

How To Put The Fun Back Into Your Writing

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