The Business Rusch: Free

The Business Rusch: Free Kristine Kathryn Rusch I just came across a terrible article on Galley Cat from the Media Bistro site. Galley Cat bills itself “The First Word on the Book Publishing Industry,” and Media Bistro, when it started years ago, was supposedly going to shed journalistic light on the publishing industry. Let us all pause while I chuckle darkly. I really should stop […]

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The Business Rusch: R*E*S*P*E*C*T

The Business Rusch: R*E*S*P*E*C*T Kristine Kathryn Rusch Crank up the Aretha Franklin as you read this. Because her classic “R*E*S*P*E*C*T” is blaring as I write this. I am fed up. This is the kind of mood I get into when I tell bosses to go screw themselves, when I walk off the job, when I say, “That’s it, no one treats me like this. Not […]

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The Business Rusch: New Paths

The Business Rusch: New Paths Kristine Kathryn Rusch These days, I don’t often teach beginning writers. Dean Wesley Smith and I teach professionals who are in a transition point in their careers. Usually, those professionals don’t need basics. Usually, they need work on business skills. But this past weekend, in Whitehorse up in Canada’s Yukon, I taught a roomful of writers, some of whom hadn’t […]

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The Business Rusch: The Way We Were

The Business Rusch: The Way We Were Kristine Kathryn Rusch Fascinating, fascinating week for me—and a rather insane one at that. I finished a novel whose deadline got pushed back after our friend Bill died because I knew my time would be limited. For those of you who don’t know, Bill left Dean as the executor of his estate, so we dealt with a lot […]

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The Business Rusch: Surviving The Transition (Part One)

  The Business Rusch: Surviving The Transition (Part One) Kristine Kathryn Rusch I know I scared a lot of you last week. Many of you—most of you, judging by my private e-mail and the discussions I had in person in Los Angeles over the weekend—had no idea the industry had changed so much.  Most of my conversations in Los Angeles, when I wasn’t meeting with […]

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The Business Rusch: Pushing The Envelope

  The Business Rusch: Pushing The Envelope Kristine Kathryn Rusch   Monday morning, I ripped off the previous page on my Pearls Before Swine 2011 Day-To-Day Calendar to find Pig and Rat, sitting at a table.  On the table, a steaming cup of coffee and an envelope.  Pig’s hand (paw?) is on the edge of the envelope. Rat asks him, “What are you doing?” Pig […]

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The Business Rusch: Even More Writer Survival Skills (Changing Times Part 20)

The Business Rusch: Even More Writer Survival Skills (Changing Times Part Twenty) Kristine Kathryn Rusch This past week also saw a lot of changes in the publishing industry, most of which I did not have time to process. Also, I’m not sure if these changes are simply steps along a path leading in a direction we don’t entirely understand yet or if these changes are […]

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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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The Business Rusch: Modern Writer Survival Skills (Changing Times Part 18)

The Business Rusch: Modern Writer Survival Skills (Changing Times Part Eighteen) Kristine Kathryn Rusch I was going to title this installment “Beginning Writers Part Three,” but I think that title is too exclusive. Because all writers are going to need the skill sets I’m going to describe below to get through these changes in publishing. My crystal ball is refusing to tell me whether or […]

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The Business Rusch: Rapid Change (Changing Times Part Twelve)

The Business Rusch: Rapid Change (Changing Times Part Twelve) Kristine Kathryn Rusch Back when I wrote my first post on the changing times in publishing in October, I said that changes were happening so quickly that I knew some of what I wrote at the beginning of the series might not be relevant at the end of it.  While the events that have happened in […]

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