Happy New Year!!!It’s the start of a new year and new things and new beginnings.

After a few years of trying different things, formats, writers, and concepts here at MW, we are making some changes to try to meet the needs of our readers. We are trying old things. Yep. Old things.

For starters, some old and wonderful names and faces and writerly pens will be coming back to MW on a regular basis. I will be here two Mondays a month. In case you have totally forgotten me (sob whine) I’ve put a bio at the bottom of this post and an old photo.

John Hartness will be taking the other two Mondays. I know, right? Squeeee! Together, we will be talking and sharing and dishing about the financial aspects, the commercial aspects, and the New York publishing house aspects of the biz (dismal for the most part). But not totally dismal. Not totally useless. There are bright spots in the world of intellectual properties and great stories. And the money that comes (or should come) with them!

John and I are calling it MAKING MONEY MONDAYS!

With that exciting title in mind, let me say that making money in the business of writing isn’t impossible, but it takes a lot more effort than it used to. Back in the good old days, say in the 50s and 60s (yes I’m talking about the 1950s and 1960s) a writer wrote a story or novel, sent it an agent, who sent it to one of literally (hehe) hundreds of editors, at literally hundreds of magazines or novel publishers and if it was good, it was picked up and published. And the agent and the writer got paid. And people bought books and magazines and read them. Now there are two only big New York houses, a dozen midsized houses, and hundred of small presses. And few of them pay well, if at all.

Worse, more and more houses are laying off editors. So crappy stuff is getting published from big and mid-sized houses when it shouldn’t. More worse, the self-publishing market is allowing horrible things to be published. Horrible because often no editor has even looked at the work. There are ways to self-publish right and make money at it and John and I will cover that. Because, hey, we both have self published stories and made money.

So, Hey Y’all! I’m back! More on Making Money Mondays later this month!


FaithHunter8SmallBIO – Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series:  the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.


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