The Business Rusch: What Writers Need To Know

On Monday, I spent an hour talking with a very knowledgeable business reporter who works at a well-known business daily newspaper, one you probably read. I didn’t exactly speak to her on what’s called “deep background,” but that ended up being my function. She had found a blog of mine that pertains to an article she’s writing, and wanted an interview. I won’t know whether […]

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The Business Rusch: Found Information

I keep storing up links and information to share on this blog. I always imagine those bits of found knowledge will become a column all by themselves, but some are too short and self-explanatory for that. Others simply reinforce things I’ve discussed in previous blog posts. So, I’ve decided to do an information round-up this week with some of the flotsam and jetsam from my […]

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The Business Rusch: The All-Important Fan Base

I spent the holidays seeing movies. I expected to relax. I did not expect to find a blog topic, but I did. Two of the movies I saw, Jack Reacher, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, came from books. Both films had a different approach to the book’s fan base.  In one case, it might pay off. In another, it didn’t. For months, I have […]

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The Business Rusch: Ghosts of Writers Future

Earlier this week, I sat down with the pile of estate planning books I’d bought to prepare for this series of blog posts I’ll be doing on estate planning for writers. My plan is this: I’ll blog about this topic about once a month as I research it and as I determine how to improve the wills that Dean and I already have. I wrote […]

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The Business Rusch: Want To Be Read 100 Years From Now? Here’s How.

So, you want to be an artist. You want to be one of those writers everyone has read, even though you’re long dead. You want your work in libraries, on bookstore shelves, and in digital format. You want professors to assign your work, or kids to sneak that “crap” that everyone decries but everyone loves. There are two very simple ways to do this: 1. […]

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The Business Rusch: Why Writers Disappear (Part Two)

Last week, I started a blog post that I thought would go relatively quickly and be somewhat short. After all, I had just given a one-hour talk on the topic, and about forty-five minutes of that had been in response to questions. Talking something and writing something are vastly different. I only got through half of my list before I exceeded my comfortable blog post […]

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The Business Rusch: A Good Offense

After last week’s blog post, I became scared to open my e-mail. Not because I got hate mail—far from it. I got a lot of positive mail. But I also got a lot of sad stories about the scams out there, mostly from people who watched friends succumb. There have always been scams that suck in wannabe writers. Terrible contracts for professional writers have existed […]

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Workshops!

Dean Wesley Smith and I have announced our new workshops for the latter half of this year and most of next year. For the first time, these include online workshops as well. These workshops, like our blogs, are geared toward professional writers. The workshops also help you with skills you’ll need in indie publishing, like writing cover copy and pitches for Hollywood. The workshops are […]

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The Business Rusch: The Future And Balance (Deal Breakers 2012)

I started this small series on deal breakers two weeks ago, in response to Novelists, Inc’s request for an update of an article that I gave them last August. I thought such an update would be easy until I read the article itself. Then I realized just how much had changed in the last year. Because of some of the responses I’ve gotten privately, and […]

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The Business Rusch: Deal Breakers 2012

I have a sticky note on my computer marked “Deal Breakers—by July 30.” It’s a reminder to revise the deal breakers article I wrote last year for the binder that Novelists Inc. give out at their conference every year. I was scheduled to speak last year, but had to cancel because of problems with the estate we dealt with all fall.  As a result, my […]

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