Business Musings: Creating Content, Using Licenses, Making Something New (Rethinking The Writing Business Part 13)

A few months ago, I found myself in an odd situation. My attorney and I were trying to write a contract for something brand new, something we believe has never been done before. We were trying to find the right language to create contract that would cover everything we wanted to do—I wanted to do—on a brand-new project that would go live in November. The […]

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Business Musings: Money 1 Licensing In (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Ten)

See that piece of art at the top of this post? I licensed that cartoon through Canstock Photo, which I generally use for these posts. There are other stock art licensing sites, and WMG Publishing uses a bunch of them. I’m sure many of you do too. The license I agreed to for this particular piece of art is pretty standard. I paid a few […]

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Business Musings: Art (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Six)

The eagle-eyed among you will note that we changed the cover of the brand-new Kristine Grayson release about two weeks after the book came out. Allyson Longuiera, the publisher of WMG and our designer, discusses the reasons why in her blog of a few weeks ago. The short version is really simple: the art on the cover appeared on another book first. Another fairy tale […]

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Business Musings: Inventory (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Four)

At WMG Publishing, they call me Tom Hanks in The Room. What they’re referring to is the movie Big, in which 13-year-old Tom Hanks works for a toy company. He’s the guy in the room, playing with toys, and saying, “Wouldn’t it be cool if the toy did this? And that? And what about a different toy that does this and that?” I can come […]

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Bits and Pieces

I have a bunch of stories coming out in various anthologies. Yes, I’m back to work, and yes, I’m having fun. Can you tell? I think I’ll spread that news over the next ten days or so, though, just so each anthology gets its due. And a reminder: I use Amazon links only because I’m lazy and pressed for time. Please buy from your preferred […]

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Business Musings: The Post-Master Class Process Blog

The first Business Master Class held in Las Vegas ended last week. The class went much better than I had expected. I had expected more chaos, since we hadn’t used the venue before. I expected some bumps because the WMG staff couldn’t come down and help due to a variety of family issues (from a new baby to some personal stuff to a few major […]

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A New Edition of FantasyLife And A Cool Way To Get It

Allyson Longueira of WMG Publishing finally talked me into doing the Author Preferred Edition of FantasyLife that I have been threatening to do for some years now. The edition is an omnibus, which also has three short stories related to the novel and an introduction to the book itself. I’ve been having a heck of a time getting the English language rights reverted by Simon […]

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Another Way To Sample The Diving Universe

WMG Publishing has really stepped up on promoting the Diving series in anticipation of this fall’s release of the next book in the series. That book is Searching For The Fleet, and f you want to know how to preorder, check out this page on WMG’s website. That book will appear on September 18. If you haven’t yet sampled the series or if you haven’t jumped […]

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Business Musings: Licensing Opportunities

I think the moment writers dream of being published, they have the same wish. They want to write the books of their heart. They want those books to reach a vast audience, and they want someone else to worry about doing all the things that turn a book from a rectangular object on a shelf into a vast global empire a la Harry Potter. Most […]

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The Branding Book And A Bargain

In the middle of all of this moving, I managed to finish what I was calling “The Branding Book.” Last spring, I wrote a series of posts on branding for authors, and like so many topics I explore on my publishing blog, this topic grew and grew as people asked questions. You can see the original posts (in a slightly different order) with the comments […]

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