The Business Rusch: One Phone Call From Our Knees

The Business Rusch: One Phone Call From Our Knees Kristine Kathryn Rusch   In 2009, Mat Kearney came out with a song called Closer to Love, which is, apparently, a favorite of the DJs on the station I listen to. It still plays in rather heavy rotation for an older song, and I hear it at least once a week. The song isn’t one of […]

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The Business Rusch: How To Make Traditional Publishing Writer Friendly

The Business Rusch: How To Make Traditional Publishing Writer-Friendly Kristine Kathryn Rusch  A few weeks ago, Sebastian Marshall raised eyebrows throughout the writing community by writing an open letter to Carolyn Reidy, CEO of Simon & Schuster.  Marshall identifies himself on his blog as a former entrepreneur who wants to become “the most skilled strategist of our era.” He freelances, and sold S&S his first […]

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The Business Rusch: Writers and Traditional Publishing Companies

The Business Rusch: Writers and Traditional Publishing Companies Kristine Kathryn Rusch Once upon a time, not so very long ago, writers had limited choices if they wanted to publish books. Sure, the writer could spend thousands of dollars self-publishing, and wind up with thousands of books in a garage and no place to sell them. Only a handful of writers spaced over fifty years managed […]

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Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Giving Up On Yourself

I am in the process of adding some chapters to the Freelancer’s Guide, and updating a few others. This one has bothered me for nearly a year now, so I’m happy to redo it.  Here’s the revised chapter that will go into the second edition of The Freelancer’s Survival Guide.   Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Giving Up On Yourself Kristine Kathryn Rusch Amazing the difference eighteen months […]

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The Business Rusch: Playing To Win

  The Business Rusch: Playing To Win Kristine Kathryn Rusch I keep teasing my husband, saying he should write a how-to book called Think and Grow Thin. Seriously. Because that’s how this man loses weight. He lost 40 pounds this year on the Think and Grow Thin method. He sets his mind to losing weight, and voila! he does it. Of course, there’s some effort […]

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The Business Rusch: Unexpected Gold in Self Help Books

The Business Rusch: Unexpected Gold in Self Help Books Kristine Kathryn Rusch Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reading on women, money, and power, for a project that I’m working on.  Most of these self-help books, written by women for women, contend that women are socialized differently. We’re raised so that we’re afraid to stand up for ourselves, afraid to ask for something we […]

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The Business Rusch: Popcorn Kittens!

    The Business Rusch: Popcorn Kittens! Kristine Kathryn Rusch Last June, my friend, the marvelous writer Dayle Dermatis, sent me a kitten video.  Now, this exchange of cat videos is not uncommon among a certain group of us.  Yes, we’re the ones that keep all the YouTube cat videos in the top 100. Anyway, this video has become important because its title has wiggled […]

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The Business Rusch: Plan For The Future (Surviving The Transition Part 4)

The Business Rusch: Plan For The Future (Surviving The Transition Part Four) Kristine Kathryn Rusch For the past month, I have geared my blog toward established writers.  Starting with the post, “Writing Like It’s 1999,” I have discussed the rapid change that the publishing industry is going through, change that most working professional writers haven’t really noticed yet. Working professional writers, those who make a […]

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The Business Rusch: Publishers (Surviving the Transition Part 2)

The Business Rusch: Publishers (Surviving The Transition Part Two) Kristine Kathryn Rusch For the past two weeks, I’ve geared this blog toward established writers, writers who have been in the business for ten or twenty years or more, and have made a living from their writing during this time.  My first post in this mini-series, “Writing Like It’s 1999,” got a lot of attention, with […]

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The Business Rusch: Sea Changes

  The Business Rusch: Sea Changes Kristine Kathryn Rusch A lot of readers have commented on my blog posts of the past two weeks. For those of you who missed this while on spring break or family holiday, I wrote about some discrepancies I found in royalty statements.  I checked with other writers and publishing professionals and discovered that these discrepancies weren’t unusual.  I wrote […]

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