Business Musings: Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket: Amazon Edition

I’m putting up this post in the middle of the fear sequence as it appears on my website, not because the post fits in the fear cycle, but because I don’t want to monitor the news for weeks to see what, if anything, has changed. On June 9, here in the States, Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a package of five bills which […]

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Business Musings: FOMO And The Indie Writer (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 6)

When I started these posts, I mentioned that the most fearful part of our industry is the movie/TV industry. With so many jobs and so much money at stake, only a handful of people seem capable of making decisions in that industry, and even they do so with great fear. The most courageous part of our industry is the indie (or self-published) writer. By jumping […]

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Business Musings: Traditional Writers (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 5)

The other day, I got an email from a writer friend who was about to give advice to one of their friends. Seems that friend had a niche how-to book for parents who are dealing with a certain kind of health issue. My writer friend asked me, Is there any reason for this person to go to traditional publishing? I looked at the whole thing […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Red Letter Day

Graduation Day at Barack Obama High School. The day the Red Letters arrive. The day that students get a glimpse into their own future. But a handful never get a letter, and no one knows why. One teacher comes up with an idea though: a teacher who never got a Red Letter herself, a teacher finally finds the answers to her own fate. Called “a […]

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Final Half-Off Sale

Throughout the pandemic, WMG Publishing held a half-off sale somewhat regularly to encourage writers to stay in and learn. It was a tough year, and we were doing what we could to help. I know the pandemic isn’t over in many parts of the world. It has receded here, except in areas where people are refusing to be vaccinated. Several hospitals all over the country […]

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Business Musings: Heads, Sand, and Traditional Publishing (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 4)

Something fascinating happened on the way to writing this blog post. The Big Four TV networks held their upfronts. And, as the Hollywood Reporter writes in their coverage, “What a difference a year (and a global pandemic) makes.” In the past, the upfronts were where network television sold their fall shows to advertisers. The list would come out, big stars would schmooze the advertising reps, […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Story Child

In the years after the Abandonment, the event’s survivors face yet another devastating struggle. Michael does his best to treat the persistent illness, but he secretly wonders if it marks the end of them all. Until the child appears. A child who seems to offer hope. But hope might prove the biggest challenge of all. “Story Child” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is […]

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Business Musings: TV/Film (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 3)

I thought I had my arms wrapped around this subsection of my very large topic, with an assist from an article I found about fear-based decision-making in directors. I saved it in my Pocket app after scanning the opening, and went on my merry way. Then, when I started reading past the précis of the scholarly article, I just about spit out my tea. The […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Familiar Territory

Buster’s final wish—a Viking funeral. Although Winston, a small magician with a small talent, wants to give his familiar his ideal funeral, Winston finds it hard to imagine how to burn a boat at sea. Still, a Viking funeral seems a small price to pay for years of companionship. But the funeral might cost Winston more than he realizes. He must break all kinds of […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Watch

The justice system fails many. So, sometimes victims take matters into their own hands. But the quest for justice sometimes hinges on the smallest detail—and a great deal of patience. A riveting story from Edgar Award-nominated author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, “The Watch” offers a different look at an all-too-common crime. “The Watch,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one […]

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