Passion cannot sustain art

Writing
I've been planning to write this post for a while, but it became even more relevant to my life--and the lives of a few hundred other people--last week when my beloved publisher, Musa Publishing, announced that they are closing their doors. Despite publishing the highest quality books that earned four or five star ratings everywhere they went, over the last several months we've suffered from reduced sales. Combined with the rising costs of doing business, this has brought about the end of an incredible publishing house devoted to empowering authors. Musa truly was a publishing house like no other, and everyone involved is mourning its early demise. This is a common problem in arts-based businesses. With more and  more free content available, more distractions, and a higher number of people struggling…
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5 Ways to support small publishers (and why you should)

Reading Related
[caption id="attachment_1961" align="alignleft" width="200"] A strampunk anthology by one of several Musa authors I represent[/caption] This month I've been talking a lot about how we can support great authors, and today I'd like to expand on that. It's not only important to support great authors, it's crucial that we support small publishers, especially if we want to become published authors ourselves. Here's the thing: there has never been a more exciting time in the history of humanity to become an author. Thanks to the digital revolution, there are more publishing options available than ever before, and the best thing for an author is options. With such a wide range of options available, authors can choose the best publishing option for them. There are dozens of small publishers online, and the Big…
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