Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Recommended Reading List: April, 2017

First, apologies for the fact that the font changes sizes below. I have no idea why or how to fix it. I tried a bit, but life is too short. It’s a function of me writing different paragraphs at different times, importing links from other places. Sorry… April was a fascinating reading month for me. Dean decided to write a short story per day, so […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Assassin’s Dagger

Tara, a trouble-shooter for Abracadabra Incorporated, shuts down black magic all over the world.

When a dagger with dangerous magic leads her to a small French shop, in business for 900 years, she finds something has corrupted the shop. Something dark and evil. Something stronger than Tara. Something she must face alone…

“The Assassin’s Dagger,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Diving News! News for Writers! News For Short Story Lovers!

Yes! News! (And more exclamation points than I probably needed, but still.) For some reason, all of my deadlines piled up in 2017. I spent the first four months in a weird, but efficient frenzy. The only thing that went by the wayside was keeping you all informed of new publications. This, of course, means that the news has piled up as well, and I’m […]

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Business Musings: Writers, Scam Artists, Agents, And More (Sigh)

Just when I thought it was safe to get back into the water… I’m editing a lot these days. I only edit short fiction projects. Anthologies, anthology series (Fiction River), the occasional nonfiction book, and some magazines. I’m also consulting with the fine folks at WMG Publishing, because they’ll be handling the contracts for the revival of Pulphouse next year. Dean’s vision for Pulphouse includes […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dunyon

In a rundown bar on a space station at the end of the universe, a customer asks for passage to Dunyon. But the owner and bartender have never heard of Dunyon.

When the next night, more and more people show, Dunyon, that little bar, and the entire space station face a very big crisis.

“Dunyon,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Found It!

I’ve been poking, poking, poking trying to find the new topic that will send newer writers, particularly indie writers, into high dudgeon. Topics like that expose the current myths and traps that writers can find themselves in. I was beginning to think we had hit that point in the indie cycle where the writers had spread out and didn’t have the same assumptions or were […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Forest for the Trees

Centuries ago, a tsunami hit the Oregon Coast, destroying miles of coastline. When beach erosion reveals the stumps of a dead forest from that disaster, Anne and Louisa cut school to see the trees. But they freak Louisa out. She sees faces trapped inside the wood—and she believes she has the magic to free them.

“Forest for the Trees,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Mushroom Publishers And The Tsunami of Crap

So much of the writing advice we get comes from a set of assumptions that are no longer true. I’m not sure if they were ever true. But that’s for another blog post. (Or maybe I’ve written that post already.) Anyway, the assumption is that our culture is monolithic, that we all read the same books, and we’re all influenced by the same writers. Maybe […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Death and Taxes

People often misquote Benjamin Franklin on the only certainties in life—death and taxes. But Patrick wonders about the truth in that.

Once, young and foundering, he embarked on a quest to challenge life’s inevitabilities.

Now, older and jaded, he comes face to face with his past, forcing him to question everything he believes.

“Death and Taxes,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Newsletters and Discoverability

I promised in the comments of last week’s blog that I’d write about newsletters. Except for mentions and brief discussion in blogs on other topics, I really haven’t discussed newsletters much. In my book Discoverability, I list newsletters as one of the minimal things a writer should do (in addition to a static website and a book publication list) so that readers can find the […]

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