The Business Rusch: Samples (Discoverability Part 12)

 Every now and then, indie writers erupt into discussions of price.  Writers remain convinced—no matter how much logic you show them—that readers won’t buy a book written by a new writer unless that book is cheap. If that statement were true, then traditional publishing would not exist. Traditional publishing—as long as it has been around—has sold books by new writers at the same price as […]

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The Business Rusch: Hiring Editors

Writers believe that all editors are created equal. They also seem to believe that all editors are gods. Greek or Roman gods, gods of myth, gods who are spectacular one day and horrible the next.  Not Coyote, necessarily, but Athena one day and Ares a day later. One day brilliant, the next trying to start a war. Editors are none of those things. Editors are […]

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The Business Rusch: Year-End Numbers

Caught you, didn’t I?  You’ve been looking at your numbers again. You’ve been reading those doom-and-gloom articles about the fact that online sales are down for indie writers. You’ve read those silly year-end blogs by people who have not a clue about how business works who predict that Amazon with either shut down its Kindle Direct Program or will stop offering 70% to everyone who […]

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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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Play Like A Girl in Stars

The wonderful anthology, Stars, edited by Janis Ian and Mike Resnick is now available in e-book. Previously, you could only get the print books. The anthology is a lot of fun. Janis gave a bunch of sf writers permission to use one of her songs in a short story. The result is a wildly eclectic and powerful collection of work. Pick it up and see. You […]

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The Business Rusch: Time And The Writer

The Business Rusch: Time and the Writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch Recently, I got an e-mail from a writer whose name you would recognize. She has written dozens of novels, maybe a hundred or more. Her career stretches back more than thirty years. She has jumped into indie publishing whole-heartedly and cannot imagine going back to traditional publishing, unless she gets a good contract, which she […]

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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, Venture Capitalists, & Barnum. Oh, My.

The Business Rusch: Writers, Venture Capitalists, & Barnum. Oh, My. Kristine Kathryn Rusch I have a magpie brain. I pluck information from various sources, store it in some nest in a back corner of my mind, and pull out the necessary pieces when the time comes. Last December, I did a lot of driving for the estate stuff, which meant I did a lot of […]

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