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Development of Original Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property (IP) Gold Mine

Intellectual Property - books and stories - are gold discovered and refined by Adducent and Dennis LoweryLook at it from a business perspective. Many factors that come into play affect the value of real estate, the value of stocks and commodities in the financial markets… and even the equity in privately held businesses. Often (too much so) those factors are beyond the investor or business owner’s control. But what about owning all or part of an intellectual property that has mass market appeal and interest? It is like owning a gold mine—one with deep pockets of opportunity and ways to monetize the result of creative labor.

The stability and value of intellectual property is a unique story (no pun intended) as a business model. Ideas, thoughts put to paper, manifested in print, audio and film (including today’s digital environment)—a creator’s labor turned into a tangible product with appeal to a mass market. This is a rich and fertile environment for those who know how to develop a pipeline for it. People and companies have built fantastic wealth and business empires on that very fact. (Walt Disney is a prominent example and consider how J.K Rowling became one of the richest people in the world in less than ten years.) Other iconic intellectual properties are the George Lucas created Star Wars brand and the Marvel universe of comic-book based content that is driving many of the recent, present and future (presumably with reasonable certainty) extremely profitable movie blockbusters.

It’s perhaps not astounding but is certainly interesting that Jeff Bezos (the CEO of Amazon who built his business initially on delivering books) and J.K. Rowling (an author) have topped the Guardian and Observer Power 100 list of people that have the greatest influence on the UK’s reading habits. We know their influence reaches far beyond the United Kingdom, in fact, it extends worldwide. We also note that James Patterson routinely ranks in the top five. Patterson, a prolific US author and even more prolific book developer, leveraging his name and book franchise/brands, is the poster boy for how to take creative talent (his own and others) fuse that with proven business concepts and become the Henry Ford of producing commercially successful books. (According to Forbes, Patterson earned his publisher about $500 million over 2011 and 2012.) Read closely this article about James Patterson from the New York Times: James Patterson, Inc.: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/magazine/24patterson-t.html

That was not a one year anomaly—Patterson is routinely ranked as one of the top-earning authors and his business model can be replicated.

Writers, publishers and those who want to build a business predicated on intellectual property should carefully review the successful individuals and organizations mentioned above. There are many less well-known examples as well. Their respective way of achieving significant financial and professional success serves as a guide for their own business and creative efforts. We certainly have. Success is not dependent on creating blockbusting bestsellers, though that certainly can happen from time to time. Success also comes from incremental profit on titles produced and intellectual property created. Our focus is to methodically create and publish books and stories that make a profit. Each becoming a stream that adds to the whole and that establishes the IP for further monetization.

Essentially publishing (and video/film) is about manufacturing widgets. Our intellectual properties (and those that we develop) become our products (our widgets). And we can create them, just like any manufacturer, at a cost substantially lower than what we can sell them.

We have begun development and completed initial projects that are the first of a steady flow of books and stories with original characters and storylines that have all the elements of other tremendously successful book and character brands. We’re excited at the prospects the future holds. This is just another stone in the foundation of what we believe in—creating worlds within our stories and controlling content and/or the delivery mechanism (or aligning with someone who can provide that). That is the key to creating wealth with intellectual property. It is perhaps the ultimate diversification move to compensate for vagaries in other markets. As Louis Armstrong once sang, “I think to myself… what a wonderful world.”

Consumption (buying) patterns for books, music and film (video) have changed greatly over the past few years. The old ways of doing things aren’t necessarily the ‘right’ way anymore. There are efficient ways to meld the old with the new though. But you have to understand something basic about all three industries (books, music and film/video) before you truly see the great opportunity that all these changes present today’s entrepreneurs.

As part of our interest in writing, we learned the mechanics and inner workings of the process of creating the tangible product for consumers. In doing so we learned how the publishing business really works. We spent significant time and money on this—and it is paying off with a strong foundation of knowledge and supporting infrastructure. Interestingly we discovered that the publishing business is very similar to successful manufacturing. One way (perhaps the best) to consistently produce good (and defensible) profit margins in manufacturing is to have proprietary products and control over operating expenses to make the product as inexpensively as possible. This is important because for producing books and derivatives of that IP: films, possibly music (better yet all three tied to or based on that common intellectual property) controlling the creation and having production/distribution capability maximizes operating leverage and use of capital to not only produce but also market and promote a transmedia IP efficiently and inexpensively as possible. Mechanically there are different nuances in book publishing compared to publishing/producing music and film… but philosophically (now more than ever) they should have the same approach and guiding mandate to realize the greatest potential profit and reward.

No matter the medium or device on which they consume (read, listen or view) it—everything starts with good content. And there are common themes and components to commercially successful books and stories, especially for specific markets.

Our plan is for the development of an ongoing stream of intellectual property that has shelf-life and lasting value in the market. This is possible because of our ability to develop, as the core of all of their intellectual property, topics and themes that have huge perennial interest from readers and movie goers.

In the following quote is the essence of our raison d’être.

“…there is not a lot of product out there for studios,” Mike Goldberg, a literary manager with New Wave Entertainment, told The Wrap (article can be found online).

This opportunity is not just a short-term, current or special situation that will pass. The lack of quality product in the entertainment industry (publishing, film and video) is a recurring weakness. That equates to a long-term opportunity. That is the primary reason we set out to create our infrastructure to be both a publisher and producer of a tangible product AND to be part, in some cases the source and creator, of the intellectual property turned into books, stories and movies. We create and have access to a pipeline of original and unique content. We are agile and responsive. We follow through and deliver: efficiently and economically. No one has time for prima donnas and people who just talk; those that are more ego than go. We believe in getting things done.

In today’s business environment, nothing is more important than those who control the creation, quality and availability of the content for a well-defined market. Consumers want and will buy good content.

We believe this to be an absolute truth…

There’s tremendous opportunities to make substantial profits for all parties concerned in developing, creating and getting appealing books to market (and to create and sell derivatives of the intellectual property). And the market to be in is that ‘tween’ and ‘new adult’ market. An article I read talked about research and theories on this based on an academic book titled, “Literatures Children” by Dr. Louise Joy, Cambridge University. The article asks this question. “Do we really need a book-length analysis (the topic of the book) of why adults read and enjoy books and films that seem targeted for children and ‘tweens’?”

 The answer is quite simple and has two parts:

1)      Good writing is enjoyable to read. Some books written for children and the ‘tween’ or new adult demographic are well-written contain sophisticated scenarios and characters and story lines, delivered clearly and understandably and carry a compelling theme or positive message that resonates with the reader. Adults (young and old) appreciate this as well as children and tweens. Films based on them, if they stay honest to the story, will embody the same qualities and will become equally appreciated by moviegoers, etc.

2)      Escapism. Pure and simple. The foundation of the movie industry was set during the depths of the Great Depression. People were willing to spend some of their hard-earned and limited cash to go to a movie and step out of the daily strife their lives had become or that they were surrounded by in the news and media of the day (sound familiar?).

And even when things are good—who of us does not daydream of or enjoy something (even vicariously) that offers new experiences or a journey to places we’ve never been? Books and movies do that. They’re essentially a transport mechanism for our minds and spirits (even if only for a while).

That’s all Walt Disney, J.K. Rowling and many other successful people needed to know. If you create, the type of intellectual property that embodies the two items above—people will want the means (book or film) by which you deliver it.

That’s all we need to know!

Contact me if you are interested to discuss our current intellectual property (and future development and pipeline of new projects).

Dennis M. Lowery, President

Some (not all) of our Feedback & Testimonials

  • “And finally, big thanks to Dennis Lowery, who helped to gel the story, and stitch it all together. Without his guidance, this project would never have been finalized.” Barbara Benke
  • “Tremendously enjoy reading all the stories you share with us Dennis Lowery. Especially liked tone and setting in this story.” NMJ
    [On reading the flashfiction piece, A Tale Lost at Sea...]
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
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    [Review of Mirabella and the Pearl of Chulothe]
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "The First Werewolf"]
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    Director, Center for Women Veterans at Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
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    [on reading an excerpt from "The Forbidden Journal"]
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    [about reading an excerpt from an early part of The Devil’s Writer]
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
  • “You believed in me and my book from the beginning and helped me make an idea and dream become a reality. More importantly you helped me capture and record some of the most important aspects of my career in the CIA and life on paper. For this I will be forever grateful.” Richard G. Irwin (retired CIA Agent)
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    [on reading Dennis Lowery's "About Being Good... to Others"]
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    [commenting at Google+ on posts and articles from Dennis Lowery]
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  • “It was great how the reader could go through the whole life of the main character. I didn’t want the book to end…” SG
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  • “Excellent short story. Your writing style reminds me of my favorite short story author–O’Henry!” [comment upon reading, “Rising Sun ~ Setting Sun”] Jim Zumwalt
  • “We just love the book…. you did such a fantastic job! Larry is taking it to his office to show his staff – he is absolutely thrilled.” A. Schlesinger