Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 8): Yeah, I Already Know That

I recently read a novel by a traditionally published writer who’s been a favorite of mine for forty years. The novel was good—her work is always good—but it lacked dramatic tension. At one point, Dean asked me what genre the book was, because the cover didn’t communicate a genre clearly. I was about 100 pages from the end. I paused, frowned, and said, “I have […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 7): Competition

This is another one of those deceptive titles, like “Money.” Because when most writers read “Competition” as the sub header here, they think, Yep, there’s just too much competition out there. A handful of writers win, but the rest of us lose. Um…no. Readers are a fascinating bunch. They’re terribly unpredictable. Just because something is marked “bestselling” doesn’t mean that everyone wants to read it. […]

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In-Person Writing Workshops

A number of you emailed me privately to ask for the schedule of the in-person workshops for 2023. I told you all that we would announce soon, and promised to let you know…and then forgot the save the emails. So, I’m posting here. We’re doing 6 craft workshops in 2023. I love these things. They challenge me as well. Here’s the schedule: Fantasy/Caper… January 9-12, […]

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Workshop Sales

Just a short notification post that we (as in WMG) changed our minds on workshop sales. Actually, it was Allyson Longueira who made the observation that led to the change. She mentioned that people who are good shoppers (like her) save up for regular sales. Heh, who knew? I shop when I’m out of something or forced to or feel that I need something. I […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 6): Words

Lately, I’ve been stuck in words. The right word, as a matter of fact. As some of you know, I’m studying Spanish, rather intensely, truth be told. I’m slowly moving away from being functionally illiterate in Spanish (where I know every word except the important one) and moving toward marginally literate in Spanish. But you should hear me talk. Or maybe you shouldn’t. It’s somewhat […]

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Business Musings: Behind: Writing With Chronic Illness (A Process Blog)

I hit a perfect storm in June. I knew I was going to be behind by the time I hit the end of May. I had actually planned to be somewhat behind on various projects because I knew I had the summer to catch up. But I seriously underestimated the time it would take to do one particular project. And I found myself getting exceptionally […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 2): Fear (Established Writer Edition)

I’m writing these posts in no particular order, just as the reasons come to me. And honestly, they’re everywhere. Because of last summer’s move, we reorganized our books. We are in a smaller space than we were in Oregon, so we got rid of a lot of our books—the ones we didn’t need for research or the ones we liked, but didn’t love. Now, we’re […]

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Business Musings: Endings

For more than a decade, writers have asked me what they can do to sell their existing books. I always tell them to write the next book. Some writers don’t have time for promotion. Others don’t have the constitution for it. But all the ads in the world don’t work unless the writer has a lot of inventory. And when the reader is done with […]

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Business Musings: Focus Again (A Process Blog)

I had two major challenges in 2021. The first was the stupid pandemic. I hadn’t realized how much of my brain it consumed. Even after I wrote the blog called “Focus,” I still wasn’t back 100%. At some point in early 2022, I clicked over to this: Covid will be ever with us, and I needed to put the fear and the hypervigilance in its […]

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Business Musings: Dave (A Process Blog)

I’m writing this the week that Dave Wolverton died, a man most of you know as writer and teacher, Dave Farland. I first met Dave in 1987 and we’ve been friends ever since. As you’ll note, I’m having trouble with tenses, because to me, Dave is still around, even though he’s not. Another friend pointed out in a private conversation that Dean and I have […]

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