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: Paradigm Shift (Rethinking The Writing Business Part 16)

I knew, when we planned this year’s Business Master Class, that bringing in a representative from the Global Licensing Group would be essential for the business-minded writers who were attending. I did not realize how essential. One of the reasons it was so essential was Deidre Manna-Bratten herself. She came in as prepared as a non-writer could be to explain licensing to a bunch of […]

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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: But I Can’t Afford…(Rethinking The Writing Business Part 15)

As I’ve worked my way through this series, I’ve panicked many of you. I’ve panicked myself. Switching your focus from being a writer of a few books to running a business based on licensing is a lot of work, not just mentally, but with time management and yes, with money management. If you haven’t read the early parts of this series, start here  and then […]

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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: Expect Success

I’ve been doing a series on licensing for writers, which is subtitled “Rethinking the Writing Business.” Normally, I would put this particular blog as Part 8 of the series, but I’m afraid that would prevent a number of people from reading the post. And I think all writers need to read this blog post, whether they’ve read the previous licensing posts or not. Initially, I […]

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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: The Licensing Business (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Two)

When a writer dies, usually one of three things happens to her writing estate: It goes dormant. This is the most common thing. Most heirs have no idea how to deal with the mass of writing and published materials left over. The heirs might noodle with it for a while, but after that, they’ll accidentally or maybe even purposely forget about it. It gets subsumed […]

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Business Musings: Outrage Fatigue

Every time I log onto my Twitter feed, everyone is screaming at everyone else about something. Even my go-to writers are angry right now. I logged onto #Caturday last Saturday, terrified that the silly cat pictures had devolved into some kind of war between Siamese and tortoise shells, but I haven’t found that so far. Although this photo gave me a moment of concern: Granted, […]

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Business Musings: Ghostwriting, Plagiarism, and The Latest Scandal

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from interviewers that I have never gotten before. They ask, “Are you going to join the latest trend and hire ghostwriters to put out more books in your series?” So far, I have managed to refrain (at least on podcasts) from responding, “Are you fucking kidding me?” and simply say, “No, I’m too much of a control […]

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