Business Musings: Getting By

In the fall of 2014, before I started this blog back up again, I wrote a series of posts. You’ve seen several of them, particularly the “What I Learned” posts at the end of the year. This one dates from that period. I’d been sitting on it for a moment just like this. I’m in the middle of a big writing workshop this week. I […]

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The Business Rusch: Writing Like It’s 2009

Probably the most popular blog post I’ve written in the Business Rusch series appeared in May, 2011. Geared toward traditionally published writers and new writers coming in, “Writing Like It’s 1999” explains how the many truths of publishing from the last century are no longer truths, but myths. The post gets reprinted often. It’s part of my Surviving The Transition book (available in print, ebook […]

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The Business Rusch: The Changing Definition of Publishing

The Business Rusch: The Changing Definition of Publishing Kristine Kathryn Rusch   This week, the announcements for the Pulitzer Prize shocked the publishing world because, for some reason, the Pulitzer board declined to chose a winner from the three fiction nominees. Lost in the controversy (besides the hurt feelings of the fiction nominees and the fact that no award was given in the editorial writing category […]

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The Business Rusch: Quality

The Business Rusch: Quality Kristine Kathryn Rusch Last week, I finally figured out how to describe the changes going on in the publishing industry. My post, “Scarcity and Abundance,” went viral.  If you haven’t read it, please do so, just so that I don’t have to redefine my terms again. As usual with a viral post, I got a lot of push-back. Only this time, the […]

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The Business Rusch: Writers: Will Work For Cheap

The Business Rusch: Writers: Will Work For Cheap Kristine Kathryn Rusch Here’s something that has nagged at me since the start of the indie publishing revolution: writers—published writers—dismissing money as a factor in publishing their work. The argument goes like this: Traditionally Published Writer A says she’ll never self-publish. When told that her $5000 advance is the only money she’ll make on that book, she […]

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The Business Rusch: Comparisons

The Business Rusch: Comparisons Kristine Kathryn Rusch I have spent a lot of time with other writers in the past three months, and I have seen this scenario over and over and over again: Writers are talking about indie publishing e-books at a dinner or a lunch or over drinks. A newer writer, maybe one with little or no name recognition, mentions that his e-books […]

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The Business Rusch: Promotion

  The Business Rusch: Promotion Kristine Kathryn Rusch Finally, a week that’s a little slower than some others on the news front.  Yes, there are some great blogs out there and some interesting news stories, but nothing earth-shattering.  Or should I say, nothing that can’t wait until next week. Since December, many of you have asked for a blog on promotion in this new world.  […]

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The Business Rusch: Smackdown!!!!!

  The Business Rusch: Smackdown!!!!! Kristine Kathryn Rusch   What passes for American journalism these days loves a good smackdown, and a week ago Monday, the Journalists Who Cover Publishing got one.  On that day, some nervous publishing executives, afraid they wouldn’t get a hot deal, leaked to the press that Amanda Hocking, “darling of the indie world,” as one blog called her, was in […]

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The Business Rusch: Pushing The Envelope

  The Business Rusch: Pushing The Envelope Kristine Kathryn Rusch   Monday morning, I ripped off the previous page on my Pearls Before Swine 2011 Day-To-Day Calendar to find Pig and Rat, sitting at a table.  On the table, a steaming cup of coffee and an envelope.  Pig’s hand (paw?) is on the edge of the envelope. Rat asks him, “What are you doing?” Pig […]

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The Business Rusch: Beginning Writers Again–Sort Of (Changing Times Part 17)

The Business Rusch: Beginning Writers Again—Sort of (Changing Times Part Seventeen) Kristine Kathryn Rusch Wow. The changes keep coming, dozens in the space of a week.  I have watched this kind of change from the outside for years in other industries, studied it in my history classes, continue to read about it in my history books.  I know that paradigm shifts are hard on everyone […]

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