Business Musings: Bestseller Lists Again (Or Chicken Little Is Wrong. Again.)

In the middle of February, I saw a tweet from Melville House, an independent publisher in Brooklyn, NY, linking to an article of theirs. I followed the link and saw this title: “Into the Bezosphere: The Washington Post will syndicate Amazon Charts.” I was surprised. I had heard nothing about the Post’s new bestseller list. Granted, I’ve been busy and preoccupied this year. Still coping […]

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The Business Rusch: Bestseller Lists and Other Thoughts

The Business Rusch: Bestseller Lists and Other Thoughts Kristine Kathryn Rusch On Tuesday, in my morning business reading, I came across a rather startling statistic: the claim that it only took 20,000 sales of paper books to hit the paper bestseller lists. I’m also assuming the statistic means paper; it might mean that it takes 20K to hit any bestseller list, which is still shockingly […]

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The Business Rusch: Bestselling Writers Continued (Changing Times Part 9)

The Business Rusch: Bestselling Writers Continued (Changing Times Part Nine) Kristine Kathryn Rusch It’s dark and raining and cold, prime winter weather here on the Oregon Coast.  I have a hot mug of tea beside me, and holiday music on the stereo (iPod dock, if you want accuracy).  I have 50 to 100 pages to go on my current novel, and I’d like to finish […]

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The Business Rusch: Bestselling Writers (Changing Times Part Eight)

The Business Rusch: Bestselling Writers (Changing Times Part Eight) Kristine Kathryn Rusch Every single writer I’ve ever met wants to become a bestseller.  Writers want their work read by everyone from their teachers to the grade-school bully to some person in a small unsung island in the Pacific. The problem is that vision of a bestseller is incorrect.  There is no such thing as a […]

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Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Business Plan

Artwork donated by Pati Nagle. The Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Business Plan Kristine Kathryn Rusch In some ways, this is an ironic post, because I have reached a point in my life where I’ve realized that most plans don’t work. What I envisioned for myself as an 18-year-old wannabe writer has not happened.  What has happened are things that I never could have imagined.  Even my […]

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