Business Musings: The Year Ahead

I wasn’t going to write this post. In fact, I just told a friend that I didn’t see a point in writing this post for 2020, but she knows me well enough to know that if she asks the question, my mind will turn it over and over and over, and I might come up with an answer. Or at least, a blog post. She […]

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Business Musings: Fear And Publishing

A fascinating thing happened in the two quiet weeks of the holiday season. Dean and I worked on a publishing challenge, and we learned something by doing so. We always learn when we teach. Always. And Dean loves challenges. Me, not so much. I set my own writing challenges because if someone else tells me what to do with my writing, I find a way […]

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Business Musings: Book Birth Days

Recently, a couple of my writer friends announced their “book birthdays”—the day their book got published and/or became widely available.  I love that phrase “book birthday,” because it is so appropriate to the way we should be thinking about a book release in the modern publishing era. In fact, we should call it a book “birth day,” because that’s the day the book starts its […]

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Business Musings: The Future of Audio 2019

Surprisingly, for me, one of the best panels at the Business Master Class this year was on audio. We’ve done audio panels in the past. They’ve dealt with audio books, podcasts, and a whole variety of audio options. Except that in the past, there weren’t as many audio options. The game changer for indies was Audible’s ACX. In the beginning, it was truly wonderful, because […]

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Business Musings: Translations 2019

One of the things that kept me extremely busy this past fall was a continuing education course. When I moved to Las Vegas, which has a university and a college, I promised myself that I would return to school. I had planned to register as soon as I passed my year’s residency, but I couldn’t get my creaky old transcripts from 100,000 years ago when […]

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Business Musings: Habits (A Process Blog)

I’m having a heck of a time with schedules and scheduling right now. Those of you who know me should be shocked by that information. I’m nothing if not a master scheduler. But I learned how to be a master scheduler as I got sicker and sicker. I did an entire series of blogs on writing while ill, which became a book called Writing With […]

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Business Musings: Die Hard (Licensing)

In July of 2018, Bruce Willis emphatically stated (at his Comedy Central roast) that the 1988 movie Die Hard, which made him an action star, “is not a Christmas movie.” It is, he said, “a goddamn Bruce Willis movie!” Well, yeah, Die Hard is a Bruce Willis movie because it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role of John McClane. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned the […]

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My Talk On Perfection At 20Books

Thanks to one of my readers, I now have a copy of my talk at 20Books to share with you. Enjoy!  

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Business Musings: Raising The Bar

I haven’t had a lot of contemplation time in the past month, but I sure have a lot of notes about things I want to contemplate for this blog. One problem I have living in Las Vegas is that the weather is no longer a prompt for me. Back when I lived up north, the shortened days combined with the overcast, cold, and generally cruddy […]

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The Clock’s Ticking…

On Thursday, the first story in the Calendar of Stories (aka The WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019) will hit subscribers’ email. Subscribers will get 35 stories in the 35 days from Thanksgiving (Thursday) to New Year’s Day of 2020. I love these stories, and I want to share them with you. I want you to enjoy the entire experience. So, with the holiday coming, this is […]

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