Category Archives: Business Side of Writing

The Business Side of Writing: Taxes

It’s that time of year, though if you’re reading this column for advice, you’d better get hopping. The deadline looms. It often amazes me how scary some people find taxes. Granted, I’m not normal. I started filing my own separate … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: When Looking for the Right Agent, Be Rational

This month I said I’d talk about vetting agents, but you know? I’d like to approach this from a slightly different perspective. There are a gazillion guides out there about where to find agents looking for new authors, how to … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: Does an LDS Market Author Want or Need an Agent?

Going off of the comments I got on last month’s post, let’s talk about writing for the LDS market and whether or not an agent would be beneficial. I think the best way to approach this topic is to list … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: Agency Contracts, an Overview

Publishing is evolving so fast that any topic that used to be summarizable (if that’s a word) in one post, is now far too complex for that. Agency agreements were never summarizable in one post, so you can imagine how … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: December Slowdown and the Human Side of Publishing

This holiday season, I will once more step away from the technicalities and legalities of contracts and publishing deals. Instead I’ll focus on a simple fact that I’m often surprised people don’t remember, and this is a good time of … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: Good Business Relationships, a Case Study

This month’s post is going to be different from the norm. Rather than talk about business and legal aspects of writing in theory, I’m going to tell a true experience I’ve had and relate the principles behind the decisions I … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: Rights of First Refusal

My topic this month is something that any business person should be familiar with, only a lot of writers aren’t business people. Many of them have never negotiated a contract and are unaware that once they sell a book, they … Continue reading

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Digital Drama: The Way to Keep Mormon Theatre Relevant?

I believe that keeping the flame of Mormon drama alive is important. Especially at our still early stage of development as a religion and a culture, we already have a rich heritage of dramatic literature filled with a wide range … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: What Rights Should You Sell?

Apologies for being a day late this month. I was in Boulder, Colorado yesterday and while it would be very cool to claim that I narrowly escaped the floods, I was in fact driving cross country to rescue the family … Continue reading

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Ms. Molly Goes to Hollywood: Mormon Women Authors and Filmmakers Represent With “Austenland”

Despite the battering that the film Austenland took with critics (33% at Rotten Tomatoes), my wife Anne and I were determined to go out last week and support the film. Unfortunately, it was a limited release so it wasn’t playing … Continue reading

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