Business Musings: Exclusivity in 2022 Part Two

The previous post discussed some of the ways to use exclusivity to benefit an indie publishing business. I especially focused on how to think about a short-term exclusive project. The problem comes with long-term or even permanent exclusivity. Normally this business blog is from the writer’s point of view. But it’s always important to understand the overall picture before we take the writer’s eye view […]

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Business Musings: Exclusivity in 2022 Part One

I’m doing a deep dive into a few companies that caught my eye in 2021. I want to see if I can expand my reach using their services. I’m also evaluating whether or not those services will take too much of my time. I’m noticing something in almost all of them. Their service is scalable. Meaning, it has levels. Let me see if I can […]

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Business Musings: Focus (A Process Blog)

I read a lot of articles and essays during the worst of the pandemic about the way that the Covid crisis was having an impact on our concentration. Most of those looked at folks who had actually had Covid, and how they should try to rebuild or survive their still-lingering illness. Others, though, focused on what seemed to be a shared inability to concentrate. We […]

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Business Musings: Time Management

Those of you who saw this post in the first week of January on my Patreon page got an added part of the title “for the year ahead.” The rest of you are reading this in February, already traversing the year ahead. Considering how much changed between the end of December 2020 and February of 2021, I’m leery to add that cheery “for the year […]

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Business Musings: New Tools: Indie Publishing (Year in Review 7)

I feel like I write a version of this post every year, and I always feel out of my depth when doing so. Part of that is because we’re dealing with new tools. Part of it is because—full disclosure—I do the writing, but WMG does the publishing. Because I’m me, and endlessly curious, I find a lot of this stuff, and forward it to them. […]

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Business Musings: More Splits: Indie Publishing (Year in Review 6)

For years now, I have expected indie publishing to split into two different parts. In fact, for nearly a decade, indie publishing has split into two different parts. What I didn’t foresee were the other splits that occurred this year. For the record, what I’m calling indie publishing is what most people call self publishing. Neither term is accurate. Self-publishing is too limiting, because a […]

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Business Musings: Digital Growth: Indie Publishing (Year in Review 5)

Okay. I just spent an afternoon expanding my brain. And it’s painful. It really is. I investigated a few things that I had put off during the semester, and decided that I will dig deeper for some later blog posts that are not part of the year in review. I think there are some truly big and important changes on the horizon for digital publishing, […]

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Business Musings: Contracts: Traditional Publishing (The Year In Review 4)

Here’s a weird thing about businesses: When a business is rolling in cash, the people who run it loosen their grip on the details. Instead of solving a problem, they throw money at it. Often they don’t recognize the problem for the danger that it might be, until it comes back to bite them, years down the road. However, when the business notices that its […]

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Business Musings: Calendars (A 2022 Anticipatory Process Blog)

I am putting the year in review posts on pause for the sake of this single post. It simply wouldn’t fit if it showed up somewhere around February 1. I realized this month that I have a weird form of pandemic PTSD.  As those of you who regularly follow this weekly blog know, I order at least six paper calendars for the year ahead. In […]

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Business Musings: The Sad State of the Traditional Publishing Backlist (The Year in Review 3)

A quietly astonishing moment happened on November 9, the first day of 20Booksto50K, in a panel titled “High-Powered Authors.” Multiple New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin said something that caught fire when the video of the panel went live. At least three people sent me the video and pointed me to that moment, about 38 minutes into the panel. For those of you who […]

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