# The Business of Art

A not-boring (we swear!) exploration of strategies, procedures, and how learning from other professions can support creative pursuits.

Do Dark Times Call for Dark Stories

Do Dark Times Call for Dark Stories

We can’t recognize escapism any more when hard truths are staring back at us every morning in the mirror.

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5 min read

Balancing Art and Ambition

Balancing Art and Ambition

Can you fully unlock your imagination if your mind is obsessed with success?

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5 min read

Q&A: I Wrote a Screenplay ... Now What?

Q&A: I Wrote a Screenplay ... Now What?

I’m excited for you, believe me, but hold up a second here and let’s have a little talk.

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6 min read

Just Say No

Just Say No

I spent weeks, each time making all these changes in the desperate hope that one of these “artists” he was pitching it to would buy it.

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Q&A: #1 Essential Advice for New Screenwriters

Q&A: #1 Essential Advice for New Screenwriters

Yes, people like being treated like people.

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2 min read

Putting the Silver in the Silver Screen

Putting the Silver in the Silver Screen

At his age, he had plenty of wisdom to draw upon and apply to the characters he was auditioning to play.

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5 min read

Why Is A Writing Sample So Important?! Duh, ‘Cuz You’re a Writer

Why Is A Writing Sample So Important?! Duh, ‘Cuz You’re a Writer

The writing had to stand on its own. Nobody gave a crap if I was cool.

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Everything I Know About Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Everything I Know About Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal

I thought I should get to work on the whole manuscript and maybe a query, too. Oh, my giddy cousins, was I wrong.

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4 min read

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction: Analyzing One's Own Reading/Book Buying Habits

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction: Analyzing One's Own Reading/Book Buying Habits

What I discovered was eye-opening at the curiosity level, but also valuable for my thinking and planning as a publisher, and for you as a writer or author.

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9 min read

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction: Unexpected Places Your Readers Spend Money

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction: Unexpected Places Your Readers Spend Money

... in swapping stories with fellow small publishers and indie authors, I eventually happened upon the secret of the apple orchard.

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5 min read

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing: Vitamins, Spaghetti, and Ships

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing: Vitamins, Spaghetti, and Ships

Throw them all out into the world as your time, energy, and budget allow and see what sticks—which methods, which messages, which audiences.

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The Myth of Meritocracy

The Myth of Meritocracy

It’s probably too much to ask for Hollywood to ever be a real meritocracy. Nowhere in society does there exist a “real” meritocracy. All we can do is try to make things better for ourselves and for each other ...

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11 min read

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction, Part 1

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction, Part 1

Where are these advance fans supposed to come from?

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4 min read

In Defense of TikTok from an Old Who's Never Had One

In Defense of TikTok from an Old Who's Never Had One

When I asked why novels and not screenplays, I was met with, “We’re only looking for existing IPs that have a built-in fan base. We don’t want to take the risk on an original idea.”

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5 min read

The Glossary of Jargon I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Querying

The Glossary of Jargon I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Querying

If I had taken the time to ask, or even search for the phrase “What does ARC mean?” on Google or Twitter, I would have found so many answers.

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7 min read
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