This week, let’s deal with the clause that agents insert into your book contract with your publisher. (This is the book contract that your agent negotiated for you. Yes, I’m telling you the agent inserted something into that contract that benefits the agent, but doesn’t benefit you.) Agents have been abusing this clause for years now. Agents, not publishers, even though this clause is in a publishing contract between the writer and her publisher.Read More
Everyone wants the ability to teleport from one place to another in an instant. But what happens if something goes wrong? And what happens if the government refuses to listen?
When a journalist on assignment visits a convention held by a fringe group who believes that teleportation has changed them—he wonders how he will manage to complete his assignment. But the more he talks to the TVSo?s, the more he becomes convinced they might not be crazy—they might just be right.
“Going Native,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, which was a Finalist for the Best Fiction Maggie Award given by the Western Publications Association, is free on this website for one week only.Read More
Imagine this scenario: You’re a divorce attorney with more that thirty years experience. You charge hundreds of dollars per hour for your expertise. You have what seems to be a relatively easy divorce on your hands. After all, the client has told you that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife agree on the terms. They simply […]Read More
Mary Beth Wilkins knows she made a mistake the moment she sees her beloved library burn. She also knows what she must do next to protect herself and her secret. And although she failed to save this library, she has a more important purpose to fulfill—a magical purpose. If she acts fast.
“The Midbury Lake Incident,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is part of the Uncollected Anthology Magical Libraries and is free on this website for one week only.Read More
The new Diving project turned into a novel. It surprised me, because the novel does not feature Boss. The book takes place at a sector base. I started the entire book as a novella, which I do very often to explain something to myself. But the novella kept going and going and going, and now […]Read More
Most writers check their traditional book contracts for the advance, the payout, and the due dates. They don’t look at anything else. Writer after writer, and editor after editor, have told me this.
I always look toward the editing clauses first. Because if they’re ugly, the rest of the contract usually is as well.
This applies to all kinds of writing for traditional markets, especially for nonfiction and short fiction. I’ve seen terrible editing clauses in those contracts, and what’s ironic is that those clauses often seem to be the most innocuous.
What you want is complete control of the content of your work.Read More
Peter enjoys his solitary life in the Montana countryside. Higher mathematics, greater thought, sustain him more than companionship. But after a solitary walk along his isolated property’s borders results in a potentially deadly fall, he fights like hell to survive, knowing no one will come to rescue him.
So, when he starts seeing things—a creature he knows can’t exist—he grasps at his one chance for survival: believing in the impossible.
“After the Fall,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.Read More
Great news! Publishers Weekly, the trade journal of the publishing industry, has given Women of Futures Past a starred boxed review. That’s the highest honor the magazine gives. It’ll also encourage libraries and bookstores to order the book. The magazine says, “…the tales themselves are the true stars: smart, beautiful, gracefully aged, and still challenging, […]Read More
Writers tend to go through their business life like Pokémon Go players, looking for something that isn’t there, hoping to score a magic number of points, and not seeing what is there.
It’s impossible to show you all the bad contract terms. I’ve delineated several that you need to watch out for. I’m going to go through some important ones quickly in this blog post…Read More