Business Musings: Writing in Difficult Times

Sometimes, art provides a different perspective, a new way of thinking about important things. And sometimes, we just hang out with a little boy wizard fighting a big powerful evil because it entertains us.

This is not light stuff. It is not unimportant. It is extremely important.

As I said, I wrote about this in October. But I didn’t tell you how to keep practicing your art in difficult times. So let me add that.

So…how do we do our jobs when our world is on fire?

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Bundles, Boxed Sets, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Novels, Pen Names—Whew, What A Day For News!

What a week. I have a lot of news to share, most of which will save you money….

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Nelscott Nominated!

I am honored to announce that my novel, Street Justice, written under my Kris Nelscott pen name has been nominated for a Shamus award given by the Private Eye Writers of America. I found out when I woke up yesterday on a rare day off, and it was the perfect way to start a perfect day. I’m completely thrilled and more than a little gobsmacked. For […]

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Two New Short Stories, a Goofy Video, And An Opportunity

It must be urban fantasy detective week or something. I wrote a lot of short stories in the past year, and only two of them were about non-human or magical detectives. Both of those stories appeared this week. The first is in a project that Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon edited through Alliteration Ink. They Kickstarted the anthology, Streets of Shadows, and this weekend, they will have […]

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A New Kris Nelscott Novel! Finally!

I’m celebrating, because I thought this day would never arrive. After nearly eight years, I have finally published a new Smokey Dalton novel. I never gave up on Smokey, although my traditional publisher did. From the start, in fact. Only my wonderful editor believed in the series. The rest of the company was very confused by my Smokey Dalton series, and screwed it up in […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Guarding Lacey

Private detective Smokey Dalton does his best to protect his adopted family, from his 11-year-old son Jimmy to his friends, the Grimshaws. But Smokey can’t see everything. Jimmy notices that Lacey Grimshaw—“thirteen going on trouble,” Smokey says—skips school to hang out with an adult man. Jimmy doesn’t want to tattle, but he’s worried about Lacey. So he pretends he’s Smokey, and follows her, learning secrets […]

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For Folks in the UK and Australia (and the rest of you too) (with a correction)

I know you folks have a bank holiday on Monday, but doesn’t that mean you should be reading? This promotion that WMG and Kobo are doing is for the United Kingdom and Australian readers, but here’s a secret for the rest of you: The coupon code below works worldwide. 🙂 However, it is just for one book. And  yes, you should probably recognize the books […]

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The Business Rusch: Murder Most Foul

 Here’s what they don’t tell you when you start out as a writer: 1. You need to learn business. 2. You need to learn copyright because that’s what you sell. 3. You need to learn how to hire people because the wrong people could destroy your life and career. 4. Your traditional publisher doesn’t give a crap about you, unless you become a blockbuster, and […]

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