Making Money. Giving Up. Not Both.

Making money in the business of writing is hard.

Every writer learns that at some point, even New York Times Bestselling writers learn it when a book or a new series tanks, when a beloved editor is canned, or when a cover stinks, when a line of books is ended, or a company folds. The disappointment is boundless, the resulting depression can be dark and deep as an ocean. We all know that.

But success can be found (even if it was lost ). Money can be made, at any level, with perseverance and determination and creativity. It can’t be done if you give up. There’s that.

Many of you know my story.

Fifteen years with only 1 (ONE) short story sale. SO MANY REJECTIONS. HUNDREDS OF REJECTIONS. Yes hundreds. Just one positive note in 15 years. Think about that. 15 years to find the dream. Then —

Two book […]

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Making Money Mondays – 4 Things Every Writer Needs to Know How to Do

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I love my job. I really do. I love the freedom of working for myself. I love the fact that I’m sitting in my home office in sweatpants (shorts, actually, but there’s not a good word for those), bedroom slippers and a t-shirt with a cat coming by to check on me once in a while. I love the fact that around lunchtime Suzy will come into the office and ask me if I’m going to come eat with her, and we’ll watch an episode of Newsroom on Amazon Prime while we have lunch together, then I’ll return to the word mines for the afternoon shift. I love the fact that if something comes up, I can drop most everything and handle it.

I don’t really love the fact that I’m doing it surrounded by hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes, all full of books, because it’s con season and […]

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Making Money Mondays — Patron and Kickstarter

The Patron and Kickstarter method of funding life and projects.

More and more we are seeing writers and others in arts and science go to the public for assistance for everything from funding a film, to producing an anthology, to creating a comic book, to producing a new battery to run cars, to making a watch, which surely must contain a genie who has magical flatulence to support the cost required by the startup money needed. Some projects are so successful that they fund hundreds to millions of dollars over the startup capital needed to produce the … whatever it is.

I’ve used this method myself, using Kickstarter to fund the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. We were successful. We finished the project. It was grueling and I’ll never do it again because it was the “Project from Hell,” which I’ve written about here and won’t bore you with it […]

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A Special Release Day Quick-Tip Tuesday

Welcome to a special release-day edition of Quick-Tip Tuesday. Today is the official publication day for Shadow’s Blade, book III of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson (following Spell Blind and His Father’s Eyes). I have a giveaway going on my Facebook page; my publisher, Baen Books, is giving away five copies on Goodreads; I’ve been posting teasers from the book and last week I recorded an interview for the Baen podcast. Pretty standard release time stuff.

I love this book and this series, and would very much like to write more in the Fearsson universe, so if you have not yet started reading the Fearsson books, please consider picking them up and giving them a read. And if you have been reading them (thank you!) and have been waiting with bated breath for this newest volume to drop, now’s a great time to order your copy. We’ll wait. [Cue […]

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Making Money Mondays – Anthologies

I'm too cute for words, but not too cute for Magical Words!

Good Morning!

Okay, I’ll admit, I rarely see anything good about mornings. I firmly believe that morning exist only to keep night and afternoon from bumping into each other too much and getting muddled about. At this point in my writer’s journey I’ve firmly embraced my role as one of the “night people,” and as such, kinda hate mornings.

Except I get a lot done when the house is quiet. And I get a lot of kitty time.

Because the internet is for cats. And if it’s good enough for Scalzi, it’s good enough for me.

One of the things I talk about a lot at conventions and at writing groups is writing for anthologies. I participate in a fair number of anthologies each year. Not nearly as many as Gail, but my fair share. I also edit anthologies, and now, in my new role as Publisher of Falstaff […]

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Self-publishing Part 4

For the last couple of months I’ve been talking about self-publishing my first indie title. At the bottom of this post, I’ll put links to the other three parts in case you missed them and want to go back and have a look.

The Incubus Job released a little over a week ago and I want to talk about a couple of miscellaneous issues that I ran into in the process. Things I learned, as it were.

First, where to upload to and setting up accounts. The most major outlet is hands-down Amazon. If you aren’t selling there, you are shooting yourself in the foot. Typically you make 70% if you price above $2.99 and 30% if you price below. You can go into the KDP Select program, which potentially will pay more and pays according to how much of your work is read. To join that program, you cannot […]

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Quick Tip Tuesday: A Challenge to All — Time to Take the Plunge!

How many of you have complete manuscripts that you have yet to send out for publication? A lot of you, I’d wager. For some of you it might be a novel that you’ve finished but want to revise one more time. Or maybe two more times . . . For others it might be a short story, or several. All of them are finished, but none of them feels quite ready. You can’t imagine showing them to an editor, at least not yet. One more pass. Just a little more revising and polishing.

And you may be right. The works in question might need a bit more work. Or they might not. For all you know, they’re ready now. For all you know, the only thing standing between you and that first sale, is your reluctance to let go of your work.

I see this a lot with aspiring writers. […]

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