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: 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: Not Really The Year In Review (1/2 Process Blog, 1/2 Plea For Assistance)

You read the parenthetical phrase right. Process and plea for assistance. Here’s why: This is the very first blog post of December, and usually right about now, I start the year in review. I have a list of topics I want to cover, and some of them I want to luxuriate in, spend a lot of time discussing them, and sending you all over the […]

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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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Business Musings: Untapped (Part One)

This year, I found the spring television upfronts oddly exciting. A lot is changing in the media landscape, so much that I have trouble keeping up. Plus, as you all know, my summer was filled with moving and a boatload of deadlines. But a phrase inspired by the upfronts kept going through my mind. As I mentioned in “Heads, Sand, and Traditional Publishing,” part of […]

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Business Musings: Supply Chain Woes…Traditional, Indie, And More

This morning, a regular reader of my blog forwarded a tweet to me from a bookseller and writer about supply chain issues for books. He then suggested I blog about those issues. I had planned to, but I had a vague hope that they would improve. The bookseller’s tweet disabused me of that notion. The tweet is below. Read the thread, and note that she […]

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Business Musings: International Growth (Jumping The Digital Divide Part 4)

Trying to wrap my brain around the possibilities for growth in the digital sphere hurts. Seriously. Because the markets are so big and the opportunities so vast that I’m not capable of grasping it all. For a long time, the digital divide wasn’t just generational. It was also location-based. When the Kindle came into being and reader after reader discovered ebooks, the early focus was […]

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