Business Musings: Sales People, Hype Machines, Big Fish, And The Music Man

Sometimes I think the best preparation I had for the business of writing was marrying (and then divorcing) a man who could talk anyone into anything. He liked sales and he was always the best salesperson in the room…in the beginning. But his sales dwindled over time, because his early sales were based on hype, and his customers would eventually realize it. They wouldn’t come […]

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Some Writing Goodies

Writing has a pattern, particularly in the fall, particularly if you’re still new to writing. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), in which writers try to finish a first draft of a novel. Then the holidays hit, and the writing goes away for 31 days. January rolls around, and writers make resolutions to write even more, maybe publish some of it, and get really […]

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Business Musings: An Attitude of Gratitude (A Thanksgiving Blog)

I am sitting on the balcony at twilight, overlooking the city of Las Vegas. Our balcony is protected: it has walls on three sides and does not jut out over the side of the building. The sense of privacy is nice, but I still can see the city. Right now, the sky is bright pink, purple, blue, and a dusky gray that is absolutely breathtaking. […]

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Business Musings: Expect Resistance

I’m still making my way (slowly!) through the Emilio Estefan book that I mentioned in an earlier blog.  For those of you who missed that post, the book is called The Rhythm of Success, and it is about ten years old. I’m bookmarking a number of places where I’m finding material for blog posts later. I’m also bookmarking places that have phrases I want to […]

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Business Musings: Positive, Pleasing, and Optimistic

Those of you who follow my business blog know that this past year has been hard on me. Illness, moving, lots of change. But I was determined, once I arrived in Las Vegas, to make the best out of the situation. Yes, we moved quickly. Yes, I’d been ill. Yes, Dean was caught between the old home and the new, as the brunt of the […]

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Business Musings: Getting To The Stories You Love

One of the comments I heard the most at this year’s Business Master Class was a bit wistful. And the comment usually came in a discussion about something else. I sure would like to get to the place where I can do what you folks do: where I can write what I love. As soon as this [insert detail] is over, I might be able […]

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Business Musings: Swing An’ A Miss

One September Saturday night, I went to see Sutton Foster at the Smith Center here in Las Vegas.  Most of you may know Sutton Foster from her TV roles, particularly in Younger (which I have not watched, because it’s about “publishing,” and TV’s idea of “publishing” always sets my teeth on edge). I’ve been following Sutton Foster’s career for at least 18 years now, mostly […]

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Business Musings: When To Stop Writing

The writers who come to our workshops have one trait in common: they’re driven. We choose writers to attend our in-person workshops based on that trait above all else. Yes, we mostly teach professionals, which takes care of the whole “can-you-write-well-enough-yet” thing, but even among the professionals who apply to our workshops, we still search for drive. So many professional writers, with sales to their […]

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Business Musings: Popcorn Bunnies (A Process Blog)

I could spend the next seven days on promotion and feel like I’m working at my writing full time. Seriously. I have the Fiction River Kickstarter to promote. I’m in a Storybundle with a Diving novella that might get more readers to the next book in the series, which will appear in mid-September.  I have a brand new story in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine  that’s […]

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Business Musings: An Example of Writerly Cluelessness (Negotiation/Contracts)

The universe keeps giving me excellent examples of things I try to teach on this blog. When I wrote a recent post titled “Knowing What You Want,”  that example was one of the first positive examples I had found on how to negotiate. Today’s post does not contain a positive example, I’m afraid. It’s an example of something I stress over and over again, but […]

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