Have you seen Hugh Howey's recent reports on AuthorEarnings? He's analyzed a large sample of current, public book sales data. There's good info on sales and writer earnings depending on how you publish (indie, trad, etc.). The great thing is that this analysis is done on the largest, most representative data set I've seen so far. I love me some good data.
Link for GENRE FICTION only (>2/3 of all sales):
Link for data including LITERARY FICTION and NON-FICTION:
Awards are wonderful external recognition, and I am soaking this one up. (That's me in the brown sweater in this picture.) But as an entrepreneur, it is a daily honor to me that our employees have taken my vision of The Place I Want to Work and made it reality. As an owner, I hold the space for this kind of culture. I support it in tangible ways in terms of policies, hiring, how we spend money on people and work environment, and what behavior we officially recognize as outstanding. All of that matters.
But is the staff who embody, adapt and apply the culture, who manifest it every day. They put their hearts into our work not just for a paycheck, but because it's rewarding work they're proud to do with people they care about. Their personal investment exponentially multiplies an owner's investment (money, energy, time, attention). It is truly a joint effort. I am grateful for the people who have made this company their work home.
It is amazing to me that our small business (<30 employees) made the NATIONAL list of
#bestandbrightest companies to work for. There are only 101, after all. I am overwhelmingly proud of and grateful for the people who make what it is.
I was at a board meeting this weekend, where someone very wise shared this poem about work. It captures beautifully the essence of deeper, more satisfying work. And I like it so much, I'm going to buy the book from which it was published, providing the link to you too, should you wish to do the same.
May your work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.
May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.
Remember to be kind
To those you work with you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.
Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.
May you come to know that work
Which emerges from the mind of love
Will have beauty and form.
May this work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thought.
May your work assume a proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
May it challenge and refine you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.
- John O’Donohue,
To Bless the Space Between Us
So excited to see the culmination of all the hard work my honey Tom Stell, the director, cast and crew have put into Dangerous Liaisons! This staging is set in New Orleans in the late 1800s - very sexy, beautiful costumes, even the floor of the set is magnificent. I remember the movie w/ John Malkovich and Glen Close vividly. Now I get to see it brought to life at Obsidan Art Space. So wonderful to see one of Tom's dreams taking flight.
Y'all come see! It opens tonight and runs for 3 weekends. Info & tickets: www.obsidianartspace.org
Sugata Mitra's TED talk on this was excellent. (He inspired the teacher in this story.)
It's a proud day for me as an #entrepreneur ! My company was named one of 65 "Best and Brightest" Companies to Work For in Houston.
One of the main reasons I started my own business was to create The Place I Want to Work. I am honored to work with people who share and realize that vision every day. And hey, external recognition feels pretty good, too!
And by the way, we're hiring. We are always looking for top notch Instructional Designers, Instructional Strategists, Project Managers, Programmers, and Graphic Designers. More info at www.obsidianlearning.com.
Amazing is a pretty irresistible recommendation! Most of our instructional designers are not from school education background, but one of our strategists made that industry leap and is doing great with us. :-)
- ObsidianOwner, CFO, 1998 - present
- Obsidian Art SpaceBoard Member, 2011 - present
- The Big Life ProjectContributor / Owner, 2011 - 2013
- DACGOperations Manager, 1991 - 1996
What I Love / What I Do
I write novels with messy, imperfect characters who still manage to grow and love and live big.
I am fascinated with the same thing in real life: people telling stories about how they make choices and live their lives to the fullest...especially after setbacks and losses. Regrowing my life during / after chronic illness was my inspiration to blog on TheBigLifeProject.com, part of my effort to fulfill the tagline's promise: *Grow Your Heart. Live Big.*
I work part-time at Obsidian (ObsidianLearning.com), a learning consulting / development company I founded 16 years ago to be "The Place I Want to Work." I am proud of the cutting edge work we do in learning, and of the employees and culture that keep us both sharply competitive and fully, compassionately human.
Before settling in Houston, I grew up in an artistic family on a cattle-ranch in the Texas Hill Country, then hopped back and forth as a student between Georgetown (Texas), Germany, England and Japan. I still love to travel, though my destinations now involve nature and loved ones rather than big cities.
- Southwestern UniversitySociology, German, 1987 - 1990