Dirk wants to learn how to sing like the natives, but they have no word for singing nor a concept of it. Until Dirk tries to show a young child her people’s beautiful music. Intrigued, she offers to help—only to discover that teaching Dirk to sing could cost her everything. “Sing” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.Read More
I recently got an email that sent a chill through me. It was a newsletter from a traditional publishing organization. This organization is geared toward publishers and editors, not toward writers. The newsletter was essentially an ad for an upcoming seminar that will teach publishers to understand intellectual property and expand their rights business. Why […]Read More
Albert Suttles’ mother championed Earth Day and its environmental causes. The cause became her first priority, almost an obsession. And Albert’s obsession? His mother. In her honor, he will Save The Earth. In this powerful little tale, Kristine Kathryn Rusch takes a common story trope and adds a clever, fresh twist. “Earth Day” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.Read More
Control. It is at the heart of any negotiation. All business owners want to control as much about their businesses as possible. We all know that you can’t control everything in life. That rule also applies to contracts….Read More
My latest novelette, “Matilda,” just appeared in Asimov’s SF Magazine. I got inspired when I read some of the older works for Women of Futures Past, and I decided to try my hand at a sentient ship story. Sheila Williams of Asimov’s liked it enough to put it in the April/May issue. You can even […]Read More
After receiving a great shock, Grace, a CPA who always lived a cautious life, decides to sell her business and move west, not realizing that the man who bought her business deceived her. Her departure looks like guilt, and suddenly Grace, who only wants peace and quiet, finds herself with a price on her head.
Included in the World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories of 2004, “Cowboy Grace,” also received an Edgar Award nomination for Best Short Story of the year.
“Cowboy Grace” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.Read More
Over the years, I have become fascinated with writers’ attitudes towards contracts. Writers are so very cavalier about them. Most writers pay no attention to their publishing contracts at all until some term bites them in the ass. Then the writer tries to figure out how to get out of it, not realizing that they got themselves into it by signing the contract without examining it. Indie writers have a different problem with contracts. Indie writers believe they don’t need any…Read More
I had a dry spell for news during the month of March, but as the rains ease in the Northwest, the writing news dry spell ends as well. Or something like that. Yes, I’m mixing metaphors. And not very successfully. First, the latest volume of Fiction River just appeared. Sparks, edited by Rebecca Moesta, contains […]Read More
Funeral directors deal with everything at a funeral, but only a few must handle an influx of flower fairies. Or worse: the arrival of a flower fairy child, alone and unsupervised. Flower fairies are unpredictable…except when they get angry. And then they become terrifying. So, what will they do if they think one of their children faces danger? “Flower Fairies” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.Read More
I have come to the point where I can’t ignore the contractual changes in the industry any longer. The topic has become so large that I will probably end up with two books out of it: The revised Dealbreakers, and a book on contracts. When I start discussing contracts, most indie writers tune out. But they shouldn’t. Indie writers sign contracts all the time. Some are for foreign editions. Some are for short fiction. Some are with their cover designer. Some disguise themselves as terms of service.
Not everything I write here will apply to the indie writer, but much of it will.
Remember: the more you understand about this business, the better off you will be. And the harder it will be to take you off-guard….Read More