Recommended Reading List: June, 2014

Wow. It took me forever to finish this list. I made a bunch of notes throughout June, but I’m deep in the Retrieval Artist, plus life was kicking me in the butt, so I didn’t have time to write everything up the way I usually do. I ended up more than two weeks late posting this because it’s longer than the usual list, and it […]

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Recommended Reading List: May, 2014

…A dear friend gave me this book after he attended Emerald City Comic Con. He says he saw it and thought of me. He and I differ politically on almost everything, but we understand that about each other and discuss it—value it—rather than try to change each other. This book is just one example of how we both celebrate our differences. He found it, and knew it was right for me…

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Romance, Time Travel, Music, and More!

Acclaimed romance writer ML Buchman asked me to participate in brand new Storybundle. I’m thrilled about this one. I have read almost every single novel in it, and can recommend them. If I haven’t read the book, I’ve read work by the author, and in the cases of ML Buchman and Anthea Lawson, bought their short work for Fiction River: Christmas Ghosts. (They both have […]

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Recommended Reading List: March, 2014

While I was reading the Ruth Wind/Barbara Samuel book listed below, I was also reading a recent issue of RT Book Reviews. I noticed something that surprised me. Almost all of the novels in their historical romance section were set in the Regency era. A goodly 80%, and most of the rest were set in England or Scotland either in medieval times or the Victorian […]

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The Business Rusch: Stand Up For Yourself

A few weeks ago, at our weekly professional writers lunch, a writer mentioned a private listserve he’s on with other writers, all of whom are traditionally published. According to him, that list has been discussing an abusive editor, one who is tearing apart her bestsellers, making them revise their books repeatedly while telling them that they don’t know how to write. I have been an […]

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The Business Rusch: How To Measure Success (Discoverability Part The Last)

Even though I posted a business blog on Tuesday, I couldn’t let a Thursday go by without a blog post. Especially since this week marks the fifth anniversary of the Business Rusch (and the business blog that came before it, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide). Yep, I’ve hit every single Thursday for five years, without a miss. Two-hundred-and-sixty posts. That, my friends, is success. But, weirdly […]

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The Business Rusch: Publicity Campaigns (Discoverability Part 14)

As I started this post on a Monday night over two weeks ago, my Kris DeLake novel, A Spy To Die For, ranked #1 on two Amazon bestseller lists. Both are subgenre lists: 1. Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Science Fiction 2. Books > Romance > Science Fiction And #6 in another: Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense […]

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The Business Rusch: When The Old Ways Work (Discoverability Part 13)

Yeah, yeah, I was pretty disparaging of the old ways to promote books back fifteen weeks ago, when I was just digging into this series. And there’s a good reason to disparage the way Things Have Always Been Done. But here’s the catch: The old ways work. Occasionally. Sometimes. When done right. They usually aren’t done right. In fact, most places—including traditional publishers—use all the […]

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Recommended Reading List: February 2014

I read 250 manuscripts by professional writers this month. All of the stories were good. Some fit anthologies better than others. We held a writing workshop where six of us edited for Fiction River. You will see some tremendous upcoming stories, not just in FR, but in other magazines as well. Because once the editing left my control (I was editing a volume called Past […]

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The Business Rusch: With A Little Help From My Friends (Discoverability Part 11)

When we set up the anthology workshop that we held last week, Dean Wesley Smith told everyone that they would have a great opportunity to network. After all, 50 professional writers whose work runs the gamut of the fiction genres would be there from all over the world. A few of the new attendees worried about that admonition because, as introverts, being in a new […]

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