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Make Art. Make Money. Lessons From Jim Henson With Elizabeth Hyde Stevens. Podcast Episode 189


OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be out of date. Please click on Start Here on the menu bar above to find links to my most useful articles, videos and podcast. Thanks and happy writing! – Joanna PennIn 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.
This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors.
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.”
You can watch the interview on YouTube here, listen above or on the podcast feed on iTunes or Stitcher, or read the transcription below. We discuss:

* 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.


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