Business Musings: Digital Growth: Indie Publishing (Year in Review 5)

Okay. I just spent an afternoon expanding my brain. And it’s painful. It really is. I investigated a few things that I had put off during the semester, and decided that I will dig deeper for some later blog posts that are not part of the year in review. I think there are some truly big and important changes on the horizon for digital publishing, […]

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Business Musings: Contracts: Traditional Publishing (The Year In Review 4)

Here’s a weird thing about businesses: When a business is rolling in cash, the people who run it loosen their grip on the details. Instead of solving a problem, they throw money at it. Often they don’t recognize the problem for the danger that it might be, until it comes back to bite them, years down the road. However, when the business notices that its […]

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Recommended Reading: December, 2021

I really enjoyed the holiday season this year, but I didn’t read a lot of Christmas or holiday stories. That’s unusual for me. I’ve been on a mystery and crime fiction binge for months now, and that continued. I did try to transition to some holiday stories, but they were too sweet for me. And the one author I read first, someone whose work I […]

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Business Musings: Calendars (A 2022 Anticipatory Process Blog)

I am putting the year in review posts on pause for the sake of this single post. It simply wouldn’t fit if it showed up somewhere around February 1. I realized this month that I have a weird form of pandemic PTSD.  As those of you who regularly follow this weekly blog know, I order at least six paper calendars for the year ahead. In […]

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Business Musings: The Split (The Year in Review 2)

2021 marks the year that most of us who jumped into what I’ve been calling the New World of Publishing have been at this for at least ten years. A few of us, very few really, have been doing it longer. But in 2011, the numbers for indie (self) publishers became real. New venues, like Barnes & Noble’s Nook, made indie publishing look like more […]

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Business Musings: Hold Fast To Dreams

One of my favorite poems is “Dreams” by Langston Hughes. I received it in a collection of poetry given to me when I was thirteen. I reread the poem so many times that I can recite the first stanza…with one error. He writes about what life becomes “if” dreams die and somewhere this past year, I substituted the word “when.” Fascinating, to me, because I’m […]

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Business Musings: Facing 2021 (Year in Review Part 1)

Thanks to all of you, both on my website and on my Patreon page, I have a number of things to cover in the year in review. Thank you all for stepping up. A lot of what I saw I was familiar with, which relieved me. I wasn’t as out of touch as I thought I was. But much of it was new as well. […]

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Recommended Reading List: November 2021

Well, I learned something about myself this month. I am not ready to face 2020 in any realistic way. I picked up, as I always do, The Best American Essays, and dove in. This year’s came from 2020, even though the volume is marked 2021. (That’s standard.) And…I just…couldn’t. I had to put the book down. Not just the pandemic, but the election, and the […]

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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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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2021

I started the Holiday Recommended Reading List when I realized that I point out all the great holiday stories in January, after the season has passed. I am always a month behind in reporting what I read. So I wanted you to find the great stories that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]

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