Category Archives: Business Side of Writing

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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The Business Side of Writing: The Return Reserve and What it Means to “Sell” Books

Last month we looked at all the costs that a publisher must take on in order to get a book into print. This month I want to discuss the publisher’s income stream, which comes almost exclusively from selling books, and … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: An Honest Look at the Cost of Publishing

I began the first draft of this post as “Setting Realistic Expectations” of a publisher, but eleven paragraphs in I realized I’d have to split this up into multiple posts. Suffice it to say, there is a lot that people don’t … Continue reading

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The Business Side of Writing: Vetting Publishers Online

Let me take a brief moment to introduce myself. I’m Emily Mah Tippetts, a science fiction (as Emily Mah) and romance (as E.M. Tippetts) author who used to practice law. I’ve done a lot of legal work for writers and … Continue reading

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