Slacker Woman’s News Post

Okay, I’m not completely a slacker. But I’ve been slow in updating you on all that’s been going on. That’s partly because I’ve been writing a Diving Universe novel that kicked my butt all winter. I finished draft one yesterday. Yes, I said Diving Universe. I started out writing a novella to explain something to myself, and ended up with at least 100,000 words. (That’s […]

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Business Musings: The Overwhelmed Writer

Fortunately for me, indie publishing came along. I was able to get out of the traditional publishing novel merry-go-round, which never suited me, and able to publish my novels on my own.

There are a lot of capable people working in traditional publishing, some fantastic editors, and publishers who really care about writers and books. I love working with those people. I consider it a privilege to interact with them.

But now, I’m straddling both worlds, and I find myself a bit overwhelmed by the weirdness of both pace and deadlines.

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Business Musings: The Branding Surprise

Over the weekend, I headed to traditional publishers’ websites and look at their paranormal romance covers only to discover…that the damn books are branded like urban fantasy or like an E.L. James knockoff or like a cookbook or travelogue. All of this points out a huge problem in the paranormal romance genre. There’s nothing that screams modern paranormal romance. Believe me when I tell you that readers look for such things.

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Business Musings: Indispensable

I’m having a fascinating spring. I’m watching two of our employees make themselves indispensable. Dean and I have owned businesses, together and separately, for decades. Not just our writing businesses, but publishing businesses, retail businesses, and a host of other businesses. When we ran Pulphouse Publishing, we had one employee who was indispensable—Debb De Noux, whom everyone knew back then as Debra Gray Cook. When […]

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Business Musings: Weird Misinformation

It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken to a bunch of writers at the very beginning of their careers. When Dean and I teach our in-person workshops, we teach professional writers. With our online workshops and lectures, we deal with writers who are just starting out, but we don’t interact in person. (I’m not saying beginning writers here, because that’s not what I mean. […]

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Retrieval Artist Update #6

The books are moving through the system. Vigilantes has come back from the content editor yesterday. I have a bit of work to do to rearrange that one, which is not a surprise. The Peyti Crisis just went to the copy editor. And I’m nearly done with Starbase Human, although that book is turning out much longer than expected. Two short stories related to Starbase Human will appear before […]

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A Pleasant Surprise (I Hope)

I’m buried so deep in this Retrieval Artist saga that my brain currently resides on the Moon. Those of you who read the Retrieval Artist know what I mean. The rest of you are probably aware that I’m writing something huge, but you haven’t read any Retrieval Artist stuff, so you’re feeling a bit… Well, I’d like to say left out, but you’re probably not. […]

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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: Branding (Discoverability Part 6)

Last week, I got taken to task all over writer communities on the internet (and probably in writers’ group meetings as well) for telling writers with only one or two books out not to worry about promotion. The response I got in the comments to last week’s blog were mild compared to the vitriol my poor name got subjected to on the private message boards. […]

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The Business Rusch: Pen Names

 At least one per week, I get e-mails from writers who ask me if they need a pen name. The question used to be really easy to answer. If you wrote in multiple genres at the same time, you needed a pen name. Now, the answer—like the answer to everything else in publishing— is it depends. I suppose it’s only sensible to ask me about […]

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