Retrieval Artist Update #4

Click, click, click, click. The sounds you hear are the pieces falling into place. One week after I gave Dean (who is my first reader) Search & Recovery, I gave him The Peyti Crisis, the next book in the Anniversary Day Saga. If he likes it, it’ll go to the content editor. I didn’t write a 100,000-word novel in a week.  I did, however, write […]

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Retrieval Artist Update #3

In April, I went over A Murder of Clones, and fixed the ending. Then I started what I was calling RA 11. I finished it yesterday. The book is now titled Search & Recovery. Today I go over the book I initially thought would come next—The Peyti Crisis

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Stories, stories, and more stories (plus a reminder)

I’ve gotten so wrapped up in the Retrieval Artist–and yes, there will be an update soon–that I’ve forgotten to share the new stuff with you. Lots of fun and different things to share. First, let me apologize for the changing colors in the post. My theme is melting, literally. We’re hurrying on the new design before this thing breaks down entirely. I can no longer […]

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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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A New Anthology, A New Story, and One Tight Deadline

I’m pleased to announce that WMG Publishing just released the first Fiction River Special edition, marking the end of the anthology series first year! We’re so pleased–and I’m especially thrilled. I edited Fiction River Special: Crime, and invited all kinds of wonderful writers to join up.  From bestsellers to Edgar-award winners to a handful of first sales, the writers in this volume are–to a person–fantastic.    […]

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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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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: 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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The Business Rusch: Social Media (Discoverability Part 10)

 As I got deep into this discoverability series, I promised that I would examine marketing strategies from passive to active. I have to abandon that promise now, because most everything we’ll discuss from here on out will be active. By active, I mean you’ll have to do something—write something, design something, or pay for something—and you’ll have to do it several times. You had to […]

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