7 Things Done Well in Star Wars VII 

  The Force Awakens is pitch perfect. It successfully balances the treasures of the franchise’s history with very cool new characters, gadgets and locations. Here are seven nice touches I really appreciate:  Restores Your Faith Right From The Opening. Although I miss the 20th Century Fox fanfare, I appreciate the studio executives’ restraint of not putting […]

Throngs of Diffidence: All About the U2 + Apple Deal

This story is about the business of the U2/Apple/Universal Music deal for the free digital release of Songs of Innocence. My Songs of Innocence album review is here. This story is 2300 words long, not my usual “about 300.” Why’d I title this “Throngs of Diffidence?” Because “diffidence” means “lack of self-confidence” and Bono threw out a few […]

U2 – Songs of Innocence Album Review

This is my review of U2’s Songs of Innocence. Here is my review of their deal with Apple. U2’s most recent album release was in February of 2009. Since then, we have already had two Olympics competitions, two world cups, five Super Bowls, five MLB World Series and five NBA/NHL/etc Championships. Six (6!) iPhone generations […]

Super Bowl Synergy: Free Music From U2

Here’s a quick, practical example of Super Bowl-sized synergy. Synergy is the collaboration of two or more organizations to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their individual effects. Synergy works best when it’s just a natural alignment of organizations’ regular activity. When you align what companies are going to do anyway, nobody […]

Battle Map of The War on Piracy

If you’re an author or artist, would you rather make your work available exclusively at one location? Or everywhere? Do you want people to share it? How much control do you want about how people share it? Should you use Digital Rights Management? This handy infographic that provides a snapshot of the current battle map […]

Looking for New Authors to Frame Up Cultural Trends

Today I’d like to “leak” to you a very cool project I’m doing with a dear friend of mine, David Kinnaman (@davidkinnaman) president of Barna Research (@barnaresearch). The exciting project is called Barna Frames, which is a revolutionary annual book series that will explore big trends in culture. We’re committing to 10 books to be […]

Literary Agent List

I often get asked by new or aspiring authors at conventions or over social networks if they can submit a manuscript or proposal. Like most companies in the creative arts, we do accept submissions but only through agents and attorneys (or colleagues) with whom we already do business. This is really in the best interest […]

Top 3 Advice on Social Media

I was recently encouraged to share what is working for me in social media, and I immediately thought “Me? Why?!” I am honestly just starting to feel less awkward in social media, but maybe that in and of itself might qualify me to offer some help. So, here are my three best points of advice: […]

Attack of the Sequel: Ranking Derivative Films

Flying back from Comic-Con in San Diego, I was thinking about how much the show is more about the big budget, transmedia franchises, and how many of the sequels are derivative and boring. So, for fun, here’s sort of a nerdy, cryptic ranking of sequels, according to my tastes. Each film in each franchise is […]

The Potency of Unpredictable Drama

Wow, what an exciting NBA Finals playoff series this year! After Tuesday’s game six, superstar LeBron James stated, “It was by far the best game I’ve ever been a part of.” Consider these dramatic angles on this year’s NBA playoff story… The teams have alternated wins on every game, often coming from behind and then […]