Business Musings: Bookstores (2017 in Review)

It is no longer possible for an independent bookseller in the United States to remain in business based on in-store book sales alone. Okay, maybe a handful are doing it in high traffic areas with low rents, but not many at all. The old way is no longer the new way, and unless the bookseller understands that, the bookstore goes out of business.

But readers do want their paper books. And readers love browsing bookshelves. Sometimes readers “window,” meaning they look at books on the shelves, then order them online. Readers recognize that they will discover books that are new to them in person more often than they’ll discover them while shopping online. So book people venture into any place with books.

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Recommended Reading List: December 2017

My special holiday reading continued until December 18 when, to my surprise, I found I couldn’t read yet another story about any holiday ever, thank you very much. I even switched to very bloody mystery stories (with a holiday theme) and that didn’t even work. So I wandered around, lost, for a day or so, and then decided I could stop reading holiday stories and […]

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Business Musings: The Big Five (2017 in Review)

This post is for the hybrid writers, the ones who want to be part indie and part traditional.

What will you get if you go with the Big Five? Not money. Your book might become a Netflix series. You might become a household word. And you’ll probably still need your day job.

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Business Musings: The Year in Review (Overview)

  In 2014, I wrote a year end wrap-up, looking at all aspects of publishing. I had done that for me more than for any other reason. You see, in 2014, I wrote six books of the Anniversary Day saga and the project ate my brain. I couldn’t concentrate on anything else. I had stopped doing the blog toward the end of the saga because […]

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Business Musings: Beautiful Books

  I got really weird about a book recently. Dean and I stopped at the mail on the way out of town for a day off. On our days off, I often go to Starbucks and read a paper book. Why not read on my Kindle or iPad? Because my days off are no-screen days. Otherwise, I’ll obsessively check my email or text some friends […]

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Business Musings: Quitting

Do what’s best for you

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Business Musings: Sustainability

If you want to sustain your writing and publishing businesses, you have to stop thinking like a manufacturer.

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Recommended Reading List: November, 2017

November flew by for reasons I have yet to figure out. Almost all of my reading was wonderful, and I really had to work to find time to list everything. I started some of my holiday reading early, not because I want the year to end (which is different from last year), but because some books arrived that I couldn’t wait to read, so I […]

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Business Musings: Burnout and the Indie Writer

Burnout. I’ve been hearing that word a lot in the writer community. It took a while for the word to penetrate. I’ve had my own things to deal with this year, and I really haven’t been looking outward as much as I usually do. But a friend who traveled to a number of conventions this year mentioned that avoiding burnout was a topic at every […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2017

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 months. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]

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