For the serious writer: Superstars

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Last year, I attended Superstars Writing Seminar for the first time. Yeah, it was expensive and there is definite risk of getting caught in bad weather coming back.

But it’s a writing seminar like no other.

You can find tons of courses explaining how to write novels. But they don’t tell you about they business side.

Why is business important? Isn’t it just about writing?

Nope. Once you send that story out to a publisher, agent or magazine, or decide to indie publish, you’ve just crossed to the business side.

Many years ago, I got accepted for an anthology from a small press for a non-fiction piece about Desert Storm. We got the contract from the publisher and everyone noted there was a typo with the rights. I also noticed that the letterhead had an obvious typo in the address.

Looking back, Writing Nerd notes those two things should have been a big, red, waving flag screaming “Look here! Look here!”

Instead, all the writers in that book crossed out the rights line and wrote in what it should be.

Next thing we know, the publisher gets into a fight with the editor because she named her store similar to the book title. And just like that, the anthology was done.

Because of the contract? In hindsight, I don’t think that caused the fallout. It was another thing I didn’t realize at the time, and out of my own ignorance of the business side.

The book’s subject wasn’t one most people would want to read or buy. I have the feeling the editor pitched the book in one way and when the publisher saw it, they knew they were going to lose their shirt.

Knowing the business side of writing is important so you don’t get scammed and know how to make the right decisions.

When I first started indie publishing, just about everyone out were developmental editing zombies.

“You must get developmental editing. You must get developmental editing. Brains! Brains!”

I had my business hat on. I looked at where I was at with my writing. I’d gotten personal rejections from Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine and other pro magazines. I didn’t need someone else to essentially tell how to write.

So I wanted a copy editor.

Not only that, because I had Critical Thinking Cat, I was able to evaluate copy editor sites and determine if I wanted to do business with them.

One of the most memorable moments was when I attended Dave Farland’s Superstars session on covers. For the most part, we’re told if we want to published on the traditional side, we have no control over the covers.

Dave said that we do–just not in the final say. We just have to make sure there are 3-4 scenes in the book that lend themselves to cover. Which works for indie, too.

Lots of ways for business to be a part of writing.

If you’re interested in attending, use the coupon code LADAMS for a discount. For veterans, there’s also a veterans discount.

Well worth it!

Additional Reading

Personal MBA: An extensive reading list on business. You can learn a lot with books you can get from the library.

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