Business Musings: Advertising, Marketing, and Connection

Every time I turn around, someone is talking about advertising. It seems like every news story mentions it. Many of the magazines I subscribe to mention it. When I go on social media someone is discussing it. Right now, every business article that revolves around Hollywood or movies or TV mentions advertising, because it’s changing. Streaming services that once had one tier, paid for with […]

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Business Musings: A Worrying One Percent

Every year, we buy the Pearls Before Swine daily calendar. When we started into 2022’s daily calendar, I hesitated. Stephen Pastis had written all of the comics in 2020, and he was commenting on the then-current events. I told Dean that I did not want to relive 2020. Dean told me I didn’t have to read the comic strips, but he wanted to. So they’re […]

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A Quick Reminder

You have about two days to get your copy of the new Fey novel, The Kirilli Matter, early. For as little as $5, you can get an ebook of the novel, and several other stories, as well as some motivational videos for yourself or a writer friend. I’m writing this on Sunday because the week is going to be crazy, so I wanted to remember […]

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Business Musings: Searching For A Sense of Urgency

As of the writing of this post, I have not yet seen Season 4 of Stranger Things.  I decided in May to wait until the entire series dropped so I could binge it. Then I found myself busier than I expected. Dean doesn’t watch Stranger Things, so I need to find time away from reading and writing to watch the entire series. I skipped three […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 8): Yeah, I Already Know That

I recently read a novel by a traditionally published writer who’s been a favorite of mine for forty years. The novel was good—her work is always good—but it lacked dramatic tension. At one point, Dean asked me what genre the book was, because the cover didn’t communicate a genre clearly. I was about 100 pages from the end. I paused, frowned, and said, “I have […]

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Business Musings: The Business Mindset

Artists: I want you to pay attention here because this post is for you. The rest of you, those who love business, please read because you might find some inspiration here. But I’m talking to the folks who seem to believe that practicing art is something that is divorced from business and must remain so. Those who practice art in this way believe that once […]

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Workshop Sale and Humble Bundle Reminder

We announced last month that we were going to do regular sales of the online writing workshops, so that you folks had time to organize your finances if you wanted to order tons of workshops. Or something like that. ? Anyway, here’s your reminder: The August Workshop Sale is underway. Go to Teachable, pick what you want, and then put in the code AugustRegularSale. Dean […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 7): Competition

This is another one of those deceptive titles, like “Money.” Because when most writers read “Competition” as the sub header here, they think, Yep, there’s just too much competition out there. A handful of writers win, but the rest of us lose. Um…no. Readers are a fascinating bunch. They’re terribly unpredictable. Just because something is marked “bestselling” doesn’t mean that everyone wants to read it. […]

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In-Person Writing Workshops

A number of you emailed me privately to ask for the schedule of the in-person workshops for 2023. I told you all that we would announce soon, and promised to let you know…and then forgot the save the emails. So, I’m posting here. We’re doing 6 craft workshops in 2023. I love these things. They challenge me as well. Here’s the schedule: Fantasy/Caper… January 9-12, […]

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Business Musings: Economic Uncertainty

Note: I wrote this at the end of July. By the end of the first week in August, the doomsayers got confused by the stellar jobs report here in the U.S. A lot of the analysis is a confused “this doesn’t fit into our models,” rather than a discussion of how to find new models. I’m mostly leaving the post as it was when I […]

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