Business Musings: Generations

I write books set in the 1960s, a time of such generational upheaval that it makes the changes happening now seem tame. Maybe the research for those books (and my memories of the time) have given me more perspective than I should have at 58. Or maybe, it was in the study of history that I learned about generational change. Or maybe it was because […]

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Recommended Reading List: October, 2018

Alas and alack, October did not start well. The traditionally published novel I read first was disappointing. Sadly, it wasn’t the author’s fault. Her stupid traditional publisher ruined everything. Let me explain without naming the book. The book had three reversal/surprises built into the narrative. The first, nearly halfway through, is that a character we thought was dead turns out to be alive. That should […]

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Business Musings: Knowing What You Want (Agents/Negotiation)

In the late 1980s, some functionary at a record label fielded a call about a song called “Private Idaho,” by the B-52s. The song was never a major hit, although by the time that phone call got made, the B-52s were topping the charts with a song called “Love Shack.” The caller wanted to use the song in an upcoming movie written and directed by […]

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Recommended Reading List: April, 2018

So much fantastic reading in April, and no time to write it all up. That’s why this is a few days later than usual. First, I line-edited an issue of Fiction River, Spies, which is just marvelous. I had forgotten how good those stories are. You’ll see them next year, but for now, you can read a Fiction River that I edited, Justice. The stories in that […]

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Business Musings: Cultural Change And The Traditional Writer

It’s been a heck of a year. Or two years. Or three. So much has been happening—not just in my life, but in the world—that it’s almost impossible to keep up. And here, in the United States, the news cycle moves so fast that a short story I wrote and sold as science fiction almost a decade ago about updating news features every thirty minutes […]

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Business Musings: The Midlist Rules!

Many long-time traditionally published writers get stuck in the wrong number. We look at copies sold rather than income earned.

Indie-only writers know better. They understand modern numbers for what they are—great for writers.

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Business Musings: Money Talks

Want to know the future of publishing? You’ll find it in TV. I know, I know, a bunch of you just went, “Huh?” But seriously, the entertainment industry is the entertainment industry is the entertainment industry, and those of us who write and publish have a small corner of it. I often use examples from the music industry on this blog, especially as I look […]

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Business Musings: Churning It Out

Toward the end of a pretty good Entertainment Weekly article about the romance side of the publishing industry, this sentence appears: [Bella Andre]’s a naturally fast writer — on average she churns out four to six books a year — and she released the first one in June 2011. Before we get to the reason I’m telling you about that sentence, let me say one […]

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Business Musings: What Traditional Publishing Learned in 2014

I want to say nothing, but that’s not true. Traditional publishers learned a lot these past few years, and in 2014, started putting their knowledge into action. Over the next few weeks, I’ll do the traditional media thing, and provide you with my own sort of year in review. All of it will focus on publishing and writing, both indie and traditional, and all of […]

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Recommended Reading List: June, 2014

Wow. It took me forever to finish this list. I made a bunch of notes throughout June, but I’m deep in the Retrieval Artist, plus life was kicking me in the butt, so I didn’t have time to write everything up the way I usually do. I ended up more than two weeks late posting this because it’s longer than the usual list, and it […]

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