Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 5) Money

I know most of you are going to stare at this title and think: Yep, writers fail because they don’t earn enough money. Um…nope. That’s not the problem at all. Money causes writers to fail because writers bring the wrong expectations to their view of their financial spreadsheet. First, let’s talk about money in general. Some people are very bad at handling money. For example, […]

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Business Musings: Long-term IP Management

In writing about the Las Vegas Licensing Expo, held in May, I spent a lot of time discussing how writers should think about their intellectual property. In short, writers should consider their IP a living breathing entity that has a lifespan all its own; IP is not something to be easily discarded or sold for a quick buck. Writers who do that will live to […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 4): Aging Writer Edition

Do to unforeseen difficulties, I didn’t have a chance to write up the rest of the Expo. I’ll do so in the next week or so. Instead, the planned series continues. I have never read Michael Chabon’s book, The Wonder Boys, but I love the movie. It has two of my favorite actors—Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr.—and a stellar supporting cast. It’s also an […]

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Business Musings: Licensing Expo 2022

The Las Vegas Licensing Expo happened in person for the first time since 2019.  We attended, along with 12 writers from our classes, and a number of colleagues and friends. WMG Publishing had quite a presence, since Allyson Longuiera came as well. This was her first licensing expo, but it won’t be her last. Nor will it be ours. I’ll write a blog or two […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 3): Expectations

I have picked apart this topic in my head so many times that I’m finally getting a handle on my own expectations. Not yours, not another writer’s. Mine. We all have expectations of the way a career will go. Of the way life will go, but that’s another blog entirely. We also have expectations of ourselves and others around us. And never, ever, ever will […]

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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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Deals For The Time of Great Forgetting

Dean calls the period from the beginning of May to the middle of August The Time of Great Forgetting. That’s because all the plans we made at the beginning of the year no longer motivate us to work during the rush of spring/summer events. Graduations, weddings, family reunions, gardens, and the beckoning of the great outdoors all get in the way of writing goals. So […]

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Business Musings: Attorneys

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve been taking a pretty extensive Entertainment Law class. Initially, I took it to learn about industries related to mine, as I get back to licensing. But I found the first semester fascinating, because it filled in a lot of gaps in my learning. It also filled in a few gaps in my teaching. For years now, I’ve […]

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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: The Final Brandon Sanderson Post

Well, Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter is one for the record books. It became the highest grossing Kickstarter about a month before his Kickstarter closed. And then it continued to make money, finally ending at $41.7 million. Brandon himself estimates that when this is all said and done, and every one of 185,341 backers have received their books and swag, he will get roughly a high-end novel […]

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