Business Musings: Twelve Years

On April 2, 2009, I started a blog with this: This post marks the beginning of an experiment. I will post sections of a work in progress—a book tentatively titled The Freelancer’s Survival Guide—here, on my website. If you go back and read that original post, you can see how tentative I am about the whole concept of an online blog. Two friends, Michael J. […]

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Business Musings: Money (Hollywood Part 4)

About the time I started planning this series, I got an email from a writer friend. The writer friend is one of those people who think they know business, but have never really bothered to learn much about it. Or maybe they’re the kind of person who reads the how-to, remembers the details, but misses the overall point. The result is the same—complete cluelessness. I […]

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Business Musings: Writing Screenplays (Hollywood Part 3)

The short version of this post: Don’t. Just don’t. Don’t write screenplays, even if someone tells you “you’ll make more money if you do.” The medium version of this post: Write screenplays only if you want to work in Hollywood. Otherwise, write the next book. The long version of this post: Brace yourselves, and settle in for the read. Before I go any farther, let […]

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Business Musings: Content, Content, Content (Hollywood Part 2)

A few weeks ago, I got a survey from the Global Licensing Group, the people in charge of the Las Vegas Licensing Expo. They wanted to know my opinion (and probably hundreds of other people’s opinions) about content. Is it important? Why is it important? How should I/we/they handle it? Oh, and am I a content provider (licensor) or someone who licenses content (licensee)? I […]

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Business Musings: Surprises in the New World of Publishing

You’d think, after all these years, nothing about the changes in publishing could surprise me. And really, what happened this week didn’t surprise me as much as it surprised me because it happened to me. And it caused me to think of some things I hadn’t considered at all. As many of you know, I’ve been writing these posts about four weeks ahead. This one […]

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Business Musings: Uncertain Times

My crystal ball is broken. When the world worked in a way that progressed, rather neatly, from one point to another, I could see as far as five years in the future. Sure, things would change. My health changed, for example, in the previous decade, and that caused personal changes. But the world I lived in here in the United States was relatively stable and […]

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Business Musings: Reading and Ebooks (2020 in Review)

Believe it or not, there’s some great news in 2020. Reading became cool again. With all the other distractions shut down and people stuck inside, they picked up the books they had set aside because they were busy with other things. Most publishers and writers made it easy for readers in the early part of the pandemic, by offering a lot of free content to […]

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Business Musings: Audio (2020 in Review)

I have courageously decided to review the year 2020 in publishing. Courageously only applies to me because I actually dread looking at the numbers or the things I remember. 2020 has made me skittish and has forced me to believe everything is a disaster, even when it isn’t. I have already logged a few blogs in this series. I’m writing them and posting them on […]

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Business Musings: Supply and Demand (2020 in Review)

Since I’ve decided to take on a review of 2020 and its impact on the publishing industry, I have been reading many articles I bookmarked but skipped during this long horrible fall. Some of the information is, as I thought, overwhelming. I haven’t yet begun to synthesize it all. (I will. I promise.) I’m starting the in-depth pieces with the supply chain because, in a […]

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Business Musings: Tidbits And Rest (A Process Blog)

I’ve been running full-speed ahead since the beginning of November. I knew I was near the end of the very long Diving saga I’ve been writing. The book I’ve been writing most of the summer was nearing completion, and was turning out to be more than 300,000 words, which is ridiculous. Then there was my Spanish class, which really has been a godsend. I needed […]

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