In keeping with the author entrepreneur focus of the blog recently, today I’m discussing making art and making money with Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, who wrote a book about Jim Henson’s career, which was both creatively and financially rewarding.
In the intro, I talk about my awesome Thrillerfest experience, Kindle Unlimited, the new Kindle pricing tool and my German book launch and first experience with a traditional publisher.
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Elizabeth Hyde Stevens is an award-winning fiction author, and she teaches fiction at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. She also created the Muppets, Mickey and Money research course at Boston University, and today we’re talking about her book, “Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on fueling your creative career.”
- Liz’s background in literary fiction and her interest in understanding how a writer could be both creative and earn good money
- An overview of Jim Henson’s career – from early days as a puppeteer to multi-millionaire creator of TV, film, merchandising and more
- How Jim Henson made peace with making money as an artist as it enabled him to fund further creativity
- How larger creative projects require more people and more funding e.g. the making of the Dark Crystal or the Muppet Movie
- The importance of owning copyright and how that enables bigger projects but keeps the control with the creator. How authors can protect themselves through contracts.
- How time makes a huge difference and we just don’t know where we will end up, let alone where our books and characters might take us. The importance of the long game for creatives.
- On loving your work, when work is your fun and redefining workaholism for creatives
- How failure is just part of the creative path, and how we can learn from our failures
- “Pure art don’t sell, you need a handle.” On learning marketing and pitching as a creative.
- Reframing “selling out”