Business Musings: The Reason Why We Decided Next Year’s Business Master Class Will Be The Last

At the beginning of this month, Dean publicly announced what the attendees at our Master Business Class already knew: The 2020 Master Business Class will be the last one. The Master Business Class was designed in the height of the disruption almost ten years ago now, when professional writers started scrambling to catch up with the new self-publishing trends. We bootstrapped each other, learning everything […]

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Business Musings: Public Speaking

I never meant to become a public speaker, although I did train for it. I was in competitive forensics (public speaking) in 8th and 9th grade, although I transferred over the debate in high school. Even though I went to State both years (once with a poem I wrote myself), I didn’t like memorizing and declaiming. I was much more comfortable with debate—learning a topic […]

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Business Musings: Three Kinds of Writers (Rethinking The Writing Business Part 14)

In the middle of September, an article on Medium.com went viral. In an article titled “How To Lose A Third of A Million Dollars Without Really Trying,” the writer managed to blame everyone but herself for her stunning ignorance of the business of writing and publishing. I wouldn’t normally link to that kind of ignorance, but I feel it’s important here, for this blog post, […]

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Business Musings: Money 3 Deal Memos (Contract/Negotiation…and…Rethinking The Writing Business Part 12)

Yes, licensing can bite you. And it can bite you when you only look at the money, and not at the rest of the deal.

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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: Time Management Again (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Nine)

So I freaked some of you out with the Decision Tree for licensing projects, which was the subject of the last post.  I know this because many of you defaulted to the tried-and-true “I’m not famous enough yet,” which I dealt with in the previous post. The thing is, folks, you license your writing/work/characters/setting the moment you send it into the public sphere, whether you […]

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Business Musings: The Decision Tree (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Eight)

At a dinner a few nights ago, Dean said that he was having trouble figuring out how to talk about some of the steps we make in licensing. Dean’s the one who is the face of our workshops, and we’re doing one that chronicles the transition we’re making at WMG Publishing from a publishing business to a licensing business. (You can join it that transition […]

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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: Triage (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Five)

Everyone who read the previous post on inventory and the things you needed to do to manage your inventory freaked out. Or, rather, everyone who communicated with me afterwards ran the scale from mildly freaked out to majorly freaked out. And I must confess: the idea of going through all of my inventory, with an eye to licensing every little piece, freaks me out as […]

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Business Musings: Rethinking The Writing Business (Part One)

When the disruption hit the publishing industry ten years ago, I watched with a wary eye. After I finished The Freelancer’s Survival Guide in the summer of 2010, I repurposed this weekly blog to help me understand the changes the publishing industry was undergoing. It seemed, in those heady days, that everything changed daily. And there was a large contingent of brand-new writers who knew […]

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