Business Musings: BookExpo, Bookstores, and Libraries

In 2020, BookExpo finally died. BookExpo was, once upon a time, a convention for booksellers, put on by the publishing industry. Back then, it was called The American Booksellers Association Convention, and honestly, it was marvelous. If you were a book person, it was like the best place ever. Books everywhere. So many books in such large convention halls that you couldn’t see everything. You […]

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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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Business Musings: Trainwreck November Edition

Three days before I sat down to write this blog post, I finished reading Drama High by Michael Sokolove. I clutched the book to my heart, and thought, no one will ever see books like this again. Then I mentally slapped myself. I had slipped into traditional writer think. Drama High was published by Riverhead Books in 2014. Riverhead was once a literary imprint of […]

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Business Musings: Moving Forward

Well, that happened. Thank heavens. Seriously, 2020 has lasted, by my count, 4,852,376 days so far, and of those, 50.000 of those days occurred last week. As predicted, all business slowed to a crawl as the entire world watched the United States finished voting on November 3, and then tallied the votes. Hardworking people in municipal and state governments all over this country stayed up […]

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Business Musings: Discoverability in the 21st Century (Part Three )

When this pandemic got underway, I filled my Twitter feed with information from actual doctors. I now follow many of them, who explain some things that I need to understand, send me down the rabbit hole of links on therapeutics and vaccines and other lovely science things, and generally keep me sane. The morning I sat down to write this post, one of the doctors, […]

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Business Musings: Entertainment in the 21st Century (Part One)

One of my routes on my morning runs each week takes me past a small independent high-end movie theater, privately owned. It has a full restaurant, a beautiful bar, a space that can be rented for civic events, and six small theaters with extremely comfortable chairs. In the Before times, as one reporter likes to call everything pre-Covid, the theater had a wait-staff that would […]

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Business Musings: Trainwreck Fall Edition

I adore a good gothic and a somewhat creepy novel (but not too creepy, mind you), so in June, when a reliable friend recommended Simone St. James’s The Sun Down Motel, I ordered a copy immediately, and read it the moment it arrived. Loved it. It’s in my recommended reading list for July. As soon as I finished, I ordered a copy for my sister, […]

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Business Musings: Still Blogging

This week, I wrote the 300th blog post under the name “Business Musings.” That name is the third for the regular Thursday blog. At first, I called it “The Freelancer’s Survival Guide,” at least until I finished that book (after more than a year of posts). Then I switched to a reader-suggested name “The Business Rusch.” I wasn’t fond of tying my name continually to […]

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