Business Musings: The Kickstarted Game Changer (Part One)

First, a bit of history. In April of 2009, Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler started Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform aimed at helping creatives of all types fund projects that—back in the day—couldn’t be funded through the normal arts venue. The concept is a fairly simple one. A person puts a project on Kickstarter for a limited period of time, asks for a certain […]

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Diving News! Cat News! Future News! Just…News!

Yes, as you can tell from the title of this, I’m stressed, busy, and a bit punch-drunk, without having any punch or alcohol. I’m running around like a chicken, trying to finish things before the Anthology Workshop starts on Friday. And then, I woke up this morning and realized (thanks to a kind DJ on the radio) that today is February 18. Which is… Release […]

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Business Musings: Critical Voice Again

I taught an in-person romance workshop last week. I always learn a lot from my students. This group was a revelation: they got all the important work done, stretched themselves, asked great questions, and wrote amazing fiction. We spend a lot of time at workshops discussing the difference between creative voice and critical voice. When I teach, I really want to nurture the creative voice. […]

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Business Musings: Money 2 Licensing Out (Rethinking The Writing Business Part 11)

So, those of you who regularly read this blog are thinking, now are we going to talk about how much we can earn? Yeah, kinda sorta. I want those of you who haven’t yet read this series to read two posts: the decision tree and the first post on money. (Actually, I’d love to have you read the entire series, but that’ll take some time. […]

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Business Musings: Money 1 Licensing In (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Ten)

See that piece of art at the top of this post? I licensed that cartoon through Canstock Photo, which I generally use for these posts. There are other stock art licensing sites, and WMG Publishing uses a bunch of them. I’m sure many of you do too. The license I agreed to for this particular piece of art is pretty standard. I paid a few […]

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Business Musings: Art (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Six)

The eagle-eyed among you will note that we changed the cover of the brand-new Kristine Grayson release about two weeks after the book came out. Allyson Longuiera, the publisher of WMG and our designer, discusses the reasons why in her blog of a few weeks ago. The short version is really simple: the art on the cover appeared on another book first. Another fairy tale […]

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Sorcery, Steam, and The Angel of Death

I feel like I’ve been assisting you with your summer reading this year. A previous space bundle, a bunch of cool anthologies, a new Kristine Grayson novel, and a new Kristine Grayson-edited Fiction River. I’d say what more could you ask for, but seriously, if you’re a voracious reader like me, you could ask for a lot more. (And maybe get it too!) So…with you […]

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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: Inventory (Rethinking The Writing Business Part Four)

At WMG Publishing, they call me Tom Hanks in The Room. What they’re referring to is the movie Big, in which 13-year-old Tom Hanks works for a toy company. He’s the guy in the room, playing with toys, and saying, “Wouldn’t it be cool if the toy did this? And that? And what about a different toy that does this and that?” I can come […]

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Business Musings: Licensing Expo Prep 1

As I write this, the Las Vegas Licensing Expo is over three weeks away. When this goes live, it’s less than a week away. The expo, which is the biggest of its kind in the world, puts licensors together with licensees, and allows people with intellectual property to perhaps license it to someone who wants to produce some kind of derivative work. If you didn’t […]

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