Business Musings: More Splits: Indie Publishing (Year in Review 6)

For years now, I have expected indie publishing to split into two different parts. In fact, for nearly a decade, indie publishing has split into two different parts. What I didn’t foresee were the other splits that occurred this year. For the record, what I’m calling indie publishing is what most people call self publishing. Neither term is accurate. Self-publishing is too limiting, because a […]

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Business Musings: Digital Growth: Indie Publishing (Year in Review 5)

Okay. I just spent an afternoon expanding my brain. And it’s painful. It really is. I investigated a few things that I had put off during the semester, and decided that I will dig deeper for some later blog posts that are not part of the year in review. I think there are some truly big and important changes on the horizon for digital publishing, […]

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Business Musings: Contracts: Traditional Publishing (The Year In Review 4)

Here’s a weird thing about businesses: When a business is rolling in cash, the people who run it loosen their grip on the details. Instead of solving a problem, they throw money at it. Often they don’t recognize the problem for the danger that it might be, until it comes back to bite them, years down the road. However, when the business notices that its […]

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Business Musings: Calendars (A 2022 Anticipatory Process Blog)

I am putting the year in review posts on pause for the sake of this single post. It simply wouldn’t fit if it showed up somewhere around February 1. I realized this month that I have a weird form of pandemic PTSD.  As those of you who regularly follow this weekly blog know, I order at least six paper calendars for the year ahead. In […]

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Business Musings: The Sad State of the Traditional Publishing Backlist (The Year in Review 3)

A quietly astonishing moment happened on November 9, the first day of 20Booksto50K, in a panel titled “High-Powered Authors.” Multiple New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin said something that caught fire when the video of the panel went live. At least three people sent me the video and pointed me to that moment, about 38 minutes into the panel. For those of you who […]

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Business Musings: The Split (The Year in Review 2)

2021 marks the year that most of us who jumped into what I’ve been calling the New World of Publishing have been at this for at least ten years. A few of us, very few really, have been doing it longer. But in 2011, the numbers for indie (self) publishers became real. New venues, like Barnes & Noble’s Nook, made indie publishing look like more […]

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Business Musings: Hold Fast To Dreams

One of my favorite poems is “Dreams” by Langston Hughes. I received it in a collection of poetry given to me when I was thirteen. I reread the poem so many times that I can recite the first stanza…with one error. He writes about what life becomes “if” dreams die and somewhere this past year, I substituted the word “when.” Fascinating, to me, because I’m […]

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Business Musings: Facing 2021 (Year in Review Part 1)

Thanks to all of you, both on my website and on my Patreon page, I have a number of things to cover in the year in review. Thank you all for stepping up. A lot of what I saw I was familiar with, which relieved me. I wasn’t as out of touch as I thought I was. But much of it was new as well. […]

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Business Musings: American Thanksgiving

I don’t know how the rest of you feel, but for me, 2021 was not the year I had hoped for as the calendar turned. Because I’m an eternal optimist who can also be a raging pessimist, the way I got through 2020 was to think 2021 would be better. Lots better. As in wonderful, glorious, put-the-pandemic-behind-us marvelous. We had vaccines, after all, and while […]

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Business Musings: The If-Only Lawsuit

So, last week, I had a blog deadline and nothing that I could really write about quickly, nothing that tickled my fancy. I did a process blog. Since you all say you love process blogs, I figured I was covered. I still felt a bit let down—by my lack of time, by my own inability to schedule properly. Then, three hours later, after I had […]

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