Business Musings: More Negotiation Advice From The Hardass

One of the major reasons I write a lot about contracts and negotiation is because in the entertainment field, which is where we writers work, contracts are a nightmare. They’re often written by people who are not lawyers (agent contracts with writers) or negotiated by people who are not lawyers (publishing contracts negotiated by an agent for a writer) or are based on “accepted practices” […]

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Business Musings: Popcorn Bunnies (A Process Blog)

I could spend the next seven days on promotion and feel like I’m working at my writing full time. Seriously. I have the Fiction River Kickstarter to promote. I’m in a Storybundle with a Diving novella that might get more readers to the next book in the series, which will appear in mid-September.  I have a brand new story in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine  that’s […]

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Business Musings: An Example of Writerly Cluelessness (Negotiation/Contracts)

The universe keeps giving me excellent examples of things I try to teach on this blog. When I wrote a recent post titled “Knowing What You Want,”  that example was one of the first positive examples I had found on how to negotiate. Today’s post does not contain a positive example, I’m afraid. It’s an example of something I stress over and over again, but […]

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Fiction River Subscription Drive (With Cool Stuff For Readers & Writers)

It’s that time again. We’re doing a brand new subscription drive for Fiction River. We do one every two years to refresh the subscriber list and maybe convince a few of you to give the anthology series a try. You can get back issues as well as current ones, just one issue, or an entire subscription. I wrote and narrated the video, but the cool […]

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Business Musings: Website Issues

Note: I wrote this post weeks ago, when my website went down…again. I posted this on Patreon, but waited to post here until I had moved out of the hosting service that was causing all of the issues. I’m out now, but the website is still settling. The migration will take a bit more time to shake out, so please be a bit patient with […]

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Business Musings: Writers And The Hamster Wheel Of Doom

The problem with the hamster wheel school of writing is that at a certain point all of that love of writing, all of that joy in storytelling, goes out the window, and writing becomes drudgery. It’s not fun to write the same story over and over again. It’s not fun to write stories on topics you hate. It’s not fun to write in genres you loathe.

So many writers are doing that, though, and have no idea how to quit…

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Business Musings: Knowing What You Want (Agents/Negotiation)

In the late 1980s, some functionary at a record label fielded a call about a song called “Private Idaho,” by the B-52s. The song was never a major hit, although by the time that phone call got made, the B-52s were topping the charts with a song called “Love Shack.” The caller wanted to use the song in an upcoming movie written and directed by […]

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Recommended Reading List: July, 2018

I turned off the TV much of the month, and decreased my consumption of news, out of necessity. I can’t watch the images of my country doing things I so deeply hate. I do read about these things on my phone (thank heavens for notifications!) so I’m not uninformed. I’m just not losing myself in the imagery, which is probably good for my mental health. […]

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Business Musings: Over Capitalization and Hamster Wheels

Well, you see, I’ve still been noodling the question I asked last week about the writers trying to game Amazon’s algorithms and seem to have lost the heart of their writing. What motivates them?

I know a lot of real writers—and you probably do too—who are still trying to game those algorithms. Those are the people I’m trying to figure out.

And Chef’d and MoviePass helped explain them to me.

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Business Musings: Sometimes I Just React…

I don’t get it. I really don’t. You’d think they all started out wanting to tell their own stories. You’d think they identified themselves as writers first, not book stuffers or algorithm gamers. But I have no idea, really, and I’ve been part of the indie movement almost from the beginning. You see, at lunch today, I finally had a chance to read Sarah Jeong’s […]

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