Idols, Middles, and Giggles

I had a dry spell for news during the month of March, but as the rains ease in the Northwest, the writing news dry spell ends as well. Or something like that. Yes, I’m mixing metaphors. And not very successfully. First, the latest volume of Fiction River just appeared. Sparks, edited by Rebecca Moesta, contains many marvelous young adult stories, all with a spark of […]

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The Business Rusch: More Modern Writer Survival Skills (Changing Times Part 19)

The Business Rusch: More Modern Writer Survival Skills (Changing Times Part Nineteen) Kristine Kathryn Rusch This week hasn’t been quite as heady as last week was in publishing, but part of that is because the industry is trying to face the reality of the Borders bankruptcy filing.  Most of the publishing blogs that I’ve read this week have dealt with the potential impact of that […]

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Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Professional Courtesy

Artwork donated by Pati Nagle. The Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Professional Courtesy Kristine Kathryn Rusch Last week’s post on “Surviving Someone Else’s Jealousy” went viral.  I got more e-mail than I’ve ever gotten on a single Freelancer’s Guide post, and more people tweeted, blogged, or commented on various social networking sites than ever had before. I had no idea how many of you had suffered from […]

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American Idol

Writers! Believe it or not, this post is for you.  Especially if you’re just breaking in or want to break into the publishing field. Watch American Idol.  I’m serious. Here’s why. First, the auditions are a good visual metaphor for the slush pile. Those 12,000 people you saw in line for Chicago’s auditions this week?  That’s 2 months of fiction slush at one of the […]

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