The Business Rusch: A Short Post

The Business Rusch: A Short Post Kristine Kathryn Rusch   As most of you know, my website got hacked last week. In fact, all of my websites–and I have a few–got hacked. So I’ve been busy, even though I don’t have a lot to show for it. Dean and I hired a website security firm to clean up the mess, and to clean up our […]

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The Business Rusch: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

The Business Rusch: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics Kristine Kathryn Rusch The quote in my title comes from Mark Twain’s autobiography.  Twain said: “Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” The problem with […]

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The Business Rusch: The Book Trade

The Business Rusch: The Book Trade Kristine Kathryn Rusch    It’s amazing how hindsight makes things clearer. Actually, the changes in publishing have brought a lot of things into focus for me. Then I think about those things, and remember conversations or moments when I felt simply astounded at something, but let it pass, not realizing its significance. Let me explain. On January 13, the […]

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The Business Rusch: Why Not?

The Business Rusch: Why Not? Kristine Kathryn Rusch On TV’s most popular drama series, NCIS, the main character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, walks through the office, and if he hears a stupid statement, he slaps the speaker on the back of the head. Now, this is fiction, mind you. In any real office, military or not, he’d probably be fired, brought up on charges, or forced […]

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The Business Rusch: How Traditional Publishers Are Making Money

The Business Rusch: How Traditional Publishers Are Making Money Kristine Kathryn Rusch  Of course, this past week has been just as busy in publishing as the last several weeks. The changes are amazing, especially considering how stable the industry used to be. Third quarter earnings have come in, and the publicly traded publishing companies must report them. (Or, at least, their parent companies must.) For […]

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The Business Rusch: You Are Not Alone

  The Business Rusch: You Are Not Alone Kristine Kathryn Rusch Maybe the stars have aligned poorly.  Maybe the various impending international debt crises have us on edge. Or maybe it’s this season’s abundant natural disasters.  Or maybe it’s as simple as this: I’ve been blogging so people are writing to me. But what I’ve seen this past month from established writers is an abundance […]

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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: How E-Books Will Save Big Publishing (Changing Times Part Four)

The Business Rusch: How E-Books Will Save Big Publishing (Changing Times Continued) Kristine Kathryn Rusch In my very first post in this long series of linked topics, I advised anyone who cared about publishing to keep up with the day-to-day industry news.  I wrote that blog post in my spare time over four days and I noted: “In four days, some parts of the [publishing] […]

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