Business Musings: The Toll (2020 in Review)

In late December and early January, I have made it a practice here on this website to review the year that has just ended. I truly debated whether or not I wanted to review 2020. It’s an awful year, catastrophic for some and just plain terrible for others. Some have had a few uplifting things happen, but for the most part, people worldwide have merely […]

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Business Musings: BookExpo, Bookstores, and Libraries

In 2020, BookExpo finally died. BookExpo was, once upon a time, a convention for booksellers, put on by the publishing industry. Back then, it was called The American Booksellers Association Convention, and honestly, it was marvelous. If you were a book person, it was like the best place ever. Books everywhere. So many books in such large convention halls that you couldn’t see everything. You […]

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Business Musings: Small Things (A Process Blog)

Author’s Note: I wrote this on January 3, which (in case you’ve lost track in this already long year) was three days before January 6, when insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol. I still have high hopes for 2021. We just have to go through some 2020 bullshit here this month on the political side. On the COVID side, yes, things are so awful and going […]

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Business Musings: 2021 (A Process Blog)

Unless things go horribly wrong in the next two days—and this being 2020, that’s entirely possible—we will make it to 2021. As my Pearls Before Swine Day-To-Day Calendar reminded me this week, the change of year is an arbitrary construction that we imbue with great meaning. I looked at that cartoon and thought, I don’t fucking care. I can’t wait until 2021 gets here. Once […]

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Business Musings: Supply and Demand (2020 in Review)

Since I’ve decided to take on a review of 2020 and its impact on the publishing industry, I have been reading many articles I bookmarked but skipped during this long horrible fall. Some of the information is, as I thought, overwhelming. I haven’t yet begun to synthesize it all. (I will. I promise.) I’m starting the in-depth pieces with the supply chain because, in a […]

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Business Musings: Wreckage (2020 in Review)

I have considered writing this short series for more than a month now, and every time I envision it, I see myself standing in a pile of rubble, surveying the landscape. It’s almost a movie scene, probably an amalgam of every disaster movie I’ve ever seen. The camera focuses on a small section of rubble, which moves every so slightly. Then a hand emerges, nearly […]

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Business Musings: Tidbits And Rest (A Process Blog)

I’ve been running full-speed ahead since the beginning of November. I knew I was near the end of the very long Diving saga I’ve been writing. The book I’ve been writing most of the summer was nearing completion, and was turning out to be more than 300,000 words, which is ridiculous. Then there was my Spanish class, which really has been a godsend. I needed […]

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Business Musings: K-Shaped

On Saturday, November 14, I went on my usual morning run. I chose the route that took me past the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, one of the country’s top-rated high schools. When I ran past this school pre-COVID, I would often hear voices raised in song, or a particularly amazing band practice. Sometimes I saw very intense high school students have discussions about […]

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Business Musings: Giving Thanks

I call this a regular Thursday blog, even though it posts on Wednesday night (if I’m lucky). Which means that every year, this post falls on American Thanksgiving, which falls on the last Thursday of November. Most years, I write a Thanksgiving post, although some years, I write a standard post. I have a post ready to go. I’ve scheduled it for next week, because […]

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Business Musings: Trainwreck November Edition

Three days before I sat down to write this blog post, I finished reading Drama High by Michael Sokolove. I clutched the book to my heart, and thought, no one will ever see books like this again. Then I mentally slapped myself. I had slipped into traditional writer think. Drama High was published by Riverhead Books in 2014. Riverhead was once a literary imprint of […]

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