Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Free Fiction Monday: Elites

Rowena runs the House, a place for homeless Sky veterans. The House, open only to the women who compose the Elite Squad, has only a few rules: No names, no details, no weapons. The problem? Anything can become a weapon—even a toilet bowl scrubber. Even a word. Especially a word. A word that could destroy both Rowena and her House. “Elites” by Hugo Award-winning author […]

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Business Musings: FOMO And The Indie Writer (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 6)

When I started these posts, I mentioned that the most fearful part of our industry is the movie/TV industry. With so many jobs and so much money at stake, only a handful of people seem capable of making decisions in that industry, and even they do so with great fear. The most courageous part of our industry is the indie (or self-published) writer. By jumping […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Life and Deaths of Rachel Long

When Devon discovers Rachel Long’s music for the first time, it changes him. Her music inspires people. It draws crowds to her, no matter where she performs. But it draws something else, as well. A longing. A compulsion. A need. And for Devon, Rachel’s music creates an inevitability that he can’t escape, no matter how hard he tries. “The Life and Deaths of Rachel Long,” […]

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Business Musings: Traditional Writers (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 5)

The other day, I got an email from a writer friend who was about to give advice to one of their friends. Seems that friend had a niche how-to book for parents who are dealing with a certain kind of health issue. My writer friend asked me, Is there any reason for this person to go to traditional publishing? I looked at the whole thing […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Red Letter Day

Graduation Day at Barack Obama High School. The day the Red Letters arrive. The day that students get a glimpse into their own future. But a handful never get a letter, and no one knows why. One teacher comes up with an idea though: a teacher who never got a Red Letter herself, a teacher finally finds the answers to her own fate. Called “a […]

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Final Half-Off Sale

Throughout the pandemic, WMG Publishing held a half-off sale somewhat regularly to encourage writers to stay in and learn. It was a tough year, and we were doing what we could to help. I know the pandemic isn’t over in many parts of the world. It has receded here, except in areas where people are refusing to be vaccinated. Several hospitals all over the country […]

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Recommended Reading List: May, 2021

I had a lot of unfinished, unsuccessful reads this month. I moved some of my books around and found a romance novel I’d bought by a favorite writer. I’d picked the book up more than a decade ago, when I was getting everything she wrote. This one was her first novel, I think, and ooooh, it showed. The things that make her wonderful were there, […]

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Business Musings: Heads, Sand, and Traditional Publishing (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 4)

Something fascinating happened on the way to writing this blog post. The Big Four TV networks held their upfronts. And, as the Hollywood Reporter writes in their coverage, “What a difference a year (and a global pandemic) makes.” In the past, the upfronts were where network television sold their fall shows to advertisers. The list would come out, big stars would schmooze the advertising reps, […]

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Kickstarter Enters Its Final Hours

I just wanted to let you all know that the Kickstarter for the new Diving novel, The Chase, entered its hourly countdown on Kickstarter. That’s Kickstarter’s way of telling us all that time is running out. As I write this, there’s about 50 hours left. Everyone who backs at the $5 level and above will get the new book, as well as everything from the […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Story Child

In the years after the Abandonment, the event’s survivors face yet another devastating struggle. Michael does his best to treat the persistent illness, but he secretly wonders if it marks the end of them all. Until the child appears. A child who seems to offer hope. But hope might prove the biggest challenge of all. “Story Child” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is […]

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