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Understanding Rates in Context

If I could wave my magic negotiation wand and change just one thing that would help artists and freelancers in their negotiations it would be this: I would have them share information with one another about what they’re paid.

Despite popular belief, power, bravado and money do not determine who the victor is in a negotiation. How well you do in a negotiation depends on … Read More

What’s This “Orphan Works” Business About?

A couple days ago my Twitter stream blew up with angry declarations about orphan works and pleas for artists to write their representatives demanding that they protect artists’ rights.

I was more than a little surprised. Flabbergasted would be a more accurate description.… Read More

The Difference Between Copyright & Trademark

I get questions from folks on a fairly regular basis that are along the lines of:

“I started a brand new business and have a great name picked out! Can you help me copyright it?”

“I’ve finished my first novel and I’m pretty sure it’ll be on Oprah’s book list by the end of the year; will you trademark the title for me?”

“I just … Read More

Is Your Invoice Helping You Get Paid?

If I’ve learned one thing in the last year it’s how much freelancers love administrative tasks.

The joy and satisfaction they get from organizing meetings, filing paperwork, and dealing with contracts! Watching their faces light up at the opportunity to pay quarterly taxes, again, can just about break your heart.

And if there is one task that stands out from all the rest as the … Read More

Your New New Year’s Resolution: Register Your Copyrights!

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope your new year’s celebrations were festive and suitably rejuvenating because, friends, it’s time to get back to work.

And you’re gonna start by registering your copyrights.… Read More

Lessons from 2014

Whoa, dang, 2014 was one heck of a year.

I’m not sure what 2014 was the year of, exactly, but I saw a lot of change in my business and the businesses of my clients. Here are the top 14 lessons I’m taking from 2014.… Read More

Two of My Favorite XOXO Talks Are on YouTube, Go Watch Them

As previously mentioned, I had a great time at XOXO this year. I’ve been thinking about the ideas that were discussed and the people I met pretty much every day since.

Two of the talks really stuck out for me and I’ve been thinking about them a lot. And because XOXO is good at sharing, now you can watch them, too.… Read More

What We Talk About When We Talk About Pricing

This past weekend I moderated a panel on pricing at the Creative Clubhouse. The event was a blast and the insights the panelists shared shed light on the often confounding algebra that is pricing creative work.

Here is some of the great advice they shared:… Read More

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