Business Musings: Economic Shakiness

To understand what I am about to write, you need to understand that I am the adult child of two alcoholics. I’ve had tons of therapy to deal with my hugely destructive upbringing, so I know what triggers me. 2020 triggered me—of course. We all had to deal with things from deaths to illness to lockdown, and each of our journeys is personal. It’s also […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Disappearance of Wicked

The entire neighborhood hates Wicked the dog. Wicked, the aptly named baggage that arrived with Ike’s daughter and granddaughter after they escaped his bastard son-in-law. Wicked barks all the time—until the day he gets kidnapped, and the entire neighborhood spirals out of control. “The Disappearance of Wicked,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The […]

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Business Musings: Expletives Deleted

In late April, Dean and I started planning for a reopened society. We plotted our lives, the things that needed to be done for our individual businesses, and then for WMG Publishing. Finally, we got to the workshop planning. I wanted to start in-person workshops in the fall. I looked at the vaccination rates here in the U.S., and figured we could do some small […]

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Business Musings: Surprising Summer (A Process Blog That Touches On Writing With Chronic Illness)

The other day, I had a meeting in someone else’s office. Dean and I both walked in and immediately got enveloped in some kind of horrid fragrance. We were wearing masks, thank heavens. I immediately asked the woman we were meeting if we could go into the hallway of the building or onto a balcony. Midwestern girl that I am, I might have apologized for […]

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Business Musings: Fear And The Future (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 8)

I wasn’t going to write much more on fear-based decision-making after the last post, “Fear And All Writers.” I figured I’d said what I needed to, even if the end of the series was (in my opinion) a bit lacking. Then I saw an opinion piece on Bloomberg, thanks to my Twitter feed. What caught my eye was the tweeted hook (as it should have): […]

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Business Musings: Fear And All Writers (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 7)

Here’s the toughest post and the easiest post at the same time. Because we writers are a fearful bunch. Maybe it’s because we live in our heads all the time. We make things up for a living, so that habit bleeds into our lives. Most of us keep that part of ourselves under control. We manage to walk out the door every day, without encountering […]

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Business Musings: Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket: Amazon Edition

I’m putting up this post in the middle of the fear sequence as it appears on my website, not because the post fits in the fear cycle, but because I don’t want to monitor the news for weeks to see what, if anything, has changed. On June 9, here in the States, Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a package of five bills which […]

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Business Musings: FOMO And The Indie Writer (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 6)

When I started these posts, I mentioned that the most fearful part of our industry is the movie/TV industry. With so many jobs and so much money at stake, only a handful of people seem capable of making decisions in that industry, and even they do so with great fear. The most courageous part of our industry is the indie (or self-published) writer. By jumping […]

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Business Musings: Traditional Writers (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 5)

The other day, I got an email from a writer friend who was about to give advice to one of their friends. Seems that friend had a niche how-to book for parents who are dealing with a certain kind of health issue. My writer friend asked me, Is there any reason for this person to go to traditional publishing? I looked at the whole thing […]

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Final Half-Off Sale

Throughout the pandemic, WMG Publishing held a half-off sale somewhat regularly to encourage writers to stay in and learn. It was a tough year, and we were doing what we could to help. I know the pandemic isn’t over in many parts of the world. It has receded here, except in areas where people are refusing to be vaccinated. Several hospitals all over the country […]

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