Business Musings: The Data Divide

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at the Digital Book World Conference last week as Data Guy made his presentation. He brings data to a world still stuck in the 19th century. As I read reports of the reaction to his presentation, I saw continual insistence that publishing is about “gut instinct” and the ways that data undermines the art […]

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Under Construction–Again

Yeah, since the Evolve theme blew up on me, I’ve been experimenting with new themes. That means I have to customize everything–again. It’ll take some time because I have deadlines. So please, bear with me. Sorry for the mess!

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Free Fiction Monday: Dispatches from the Front: Number Sixty-One

War correspondents and soldiers possess one thing in common: They only see pieces of the war—even a magical war.

Everything rests on a single magical weapon, dispatched by Pixie Air, which the soldiers believe will solve everything.

One war correspondent questions how. But for the first time, she finds herself on the battlefront, hoping that her people succeed in this last attempt at saving their corner of the world.

“Dispatches from the Front: Number Sixty-One,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Website Struggles

I’m using the Evolve WordPress theme, which I updated this week. The update broke almost everything in the theme. They have since issued 2 more updates, none of which have fixed the problems the first update introduced. This is not the first time these people have broken their theme, so I won’t be using the theme any longer. However, it’ll take me a week or […]

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Business Musings: 2016 Disappointments

As I write this in early January, fourth quarter numbers for all big businesses are just starting to trickle in. The whining about 2016 has commenced, some of it justified, some of it not.

The numbers aren’t just in for the major publishers; the numbers are in for indie writers as well. And the writers who crunch numbers are having varied reactions, often depending on years of business expertise.

I have a hunch that when all of the numbers arrive toward the end of this month or so, we’ll find out that 2016 was truly a mixed bag….

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Free Fiction Monday: Twenty Years Later, By Separation Peak

From early on, Devin Culhane navigates the political world like a pro. When President Milan handpicks Devin as an intern, he comes to idolize Milan as a sort of demigod.

Until Devin finds himself confronted with Milan’s past. Devin’s response to that information could change the course of history—but sometimes change brings consequences too harsh to bear.

“Twenty Years Later, By Separation Peak,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: All Romance Ebooks & Visions of The Future Part Two

I’m not here to discuss the merits or lack thereof of Booktrope or ARe. I did that in other posts. What I need to discuss here is the future.

You see, these closures were right on time. And several other closures will follow in the next few years.

Some of the upcoming closures will be predictable. And others will catch us all by surprise.

Why am I saying this?

Because …

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Free Fiction Monday: The Front Porch

The Front Porch: the place, literal or figurative, where Americans watch the world go by.

Journalists help expand America’s front porch to a worldwide stage. They put on a pretty face and soften the blow of ugly news. They must hold the line between “need to know” and “too much information.”

But when the horrors of the world become just another day at the office, what cost will delivering the news exact on those at its heart?

“The Front Porch,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Read The Prequel to The Next Kris Nelscott Novel

In October of 2017, the next Kris Nelscott novel will appear. It’ll feature Valentina Wilson instead of Smokey Dalton. (The next Smokey book will probably appear in 2018.) I’ve written about Val in Stone Cribs, and then again in a bunch of my short stories. She’s a different character in the short fiction than she is in Stone Cribs, due to life experience and the […]

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Business Musings: All Romance Ebooks & Visions of The Future: Part One

So, given that it will take a huge fight to get paid, assuming that ARe will be forced into bankruptcy, what do I advise? I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV.

I am, however, a small business owner who has lost tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands of dollars as an unsecured creditor when other companies have gone out of business.

I’ve been there, folks, and I’ve see what it does.

Here’s what I think you should do…

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