Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 7): Competition

This is another one of those deceptive titles, like “Money.” Because when most writers read “Competition” as the sub header here, they think, Yep, there’s just too much competition out there. A handful of writers win, but the rest of us lose. Um…no. Readers are a fascinating bunch. They’re terribly unpredictable. Just because something is marked “bestselling” doesn’t mean that everyone wants to read it. […]

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Recommended Reading List: July, 2022

July was a good month for reading, only I can’t share much of what I read. I read wonderful manuscripts in my Romance Spies in-person class. The class was an advanced class, so all the writers were good. They were just trying a subgenre that some of them were unfamiliar with. I read incredible stories, and I hope those hit print soon enough. As a […]

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Business Musings: Economic Uncertainty

Note: I wrote this at the end of July. By the end of the first week in August, the doomsayers got confused by the stellar jobs report here in the U.S. A lot of the analysis is a confused “this doesn’t fit into our models,” rather than a discussion of how to find new models. I’m mostly leaving the post as it was when I […]

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Business Musings: Let’s Talk Real Business, Shall We?

Two weeks ago, I posted about agenting changes, and linked to a Hollywood Reporter piece about the new writer/agent relationship. Many of you had sent me that piece, because it is shocking in its happy talk about what is, essentially, a predatory scheme. I promised you all three posts inspired by this piece. The agenting piece is the expected one, along with last week’s post […]

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Workshop Sales

Just a short notification post that we (as in WMG) changed our minds on workshop sales. Actually, it was Allyson Longueira who made the observation that led to the change. She mentioned that people who are good shoppers (like her) save up for regular sales. Heh, who knew? I shop when I’m out of something or forced to or feel that I need something. I […]

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Business Musings: Kate Bush and the Multimillion Dollar Long Game

This summer, Kate Bush broke three Guinness Book of World Records: Oldest Female Artist To Reach Number One, Longest Time For A Track To Reach Number One On The UK’s Official Singles Chart, and Longest Gap Between Number Ones. She did all of this with the song, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” which she first released in 1985. The song, which initially […]

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Business Musings: Agenting Changes

This past week I got one of those letters. Someone wrote to me to tell me how great his agent is and what a great deal his agent got him. Not for his novel, but for his movie option. I get “my agent is great” letters all the time, but usually they’re about book deals. If someone feels the need to write to me about […]

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Winter Holidays And A Mystery

The mystery is a mystery story that I have in the current issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. “Serving Process” is a rainy Oregon story with a bit of a twist. You can get a copy here. The complete volume of last year’s Holiday Spectacular hit the virtual shelves this week! Thirty-eight stories about various winter holidays (including a June holiday from Australia). The stories […]

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Fey News

First, a new Fey book…only this one is nonfiction. Writers, you’ll want to read this one. It’s called Lessons From The Writing Of The Fey. Lessons was an initial part of the Fey Kickstarter. I promised everyone that I would talk about the writing and the weird behind-the-scenes publishing saga. Sounds easy, right? It was tough to write, because it was painful. I had no […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 6): Words

Lately, I’ve been stuck in words. The right word, as a matter of fact. As some of you know, I’m studying Spanish, rather intensely, truth be told. I’m slowly moving away from being functionally illiterate in Spanish (where I know every word except the important one) and moving toward marginally literate in Spanish. But you should hear me talk. Or maybe you shouldn’t. It’s somewhat […]

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