Recommended Reading: January, 2019

I finished my first piece to recommend on January 3. Usually it takes me a week or more. So the start of the month pleased me greatly and bodes well for the rest of the year. However, as the month progressed, I got little traditional reading done (as opposed to reading for workshops or editing projects). I read the remaining anthologies for the series workshop […]

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Business Musings: Frontlist? Backlist? Books!

Readers are the original binge consumers. Readers find a writer whose work they like and read everything the writer has done.

Nowadays, everything by that writer can remain in print—if the writer is indie or hybrid.

But not if the writer is traditionally published.

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Recommended Reading List: January, 2015

Wow, when I get behind, I get behind. I ran out of time to write about books as I finished them, and figured I could do it in February. Yeah, right. With two workshops, and a bunch of deadlines, February has proven to be a nightmare of scheduling—which is why this thing barely squeezed in before the month ended. I read a lot in January. […]

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Recommended Reading List: December, 2014

Not quite as many books, articles, or stories to recommend from my December reading as I found in my November reading, but I read just as much. One of my favorite novelists disappointed me greatly with the ending of his latest novel. He badly telegraphed a “twist,” and it came—I’m not kidding—on the very last page of the novel. The end. The abrupt ending left […]

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Recommended Reading List: January, 2013

I read a lot in January. I just didn’t find a lot to recommend. I read one very long YA novel that started well. Midway through, I realized the book had slowed. By the end, I had decided I didn’t much like the plot, but the characters kept me reading. It’s the first of three. I doubt I’ll buy the next. I’ve done that before […]

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Recommended Reading List: June 2011

I taught a short story class for professional writers in June, writers who’ve either been published or had some degree of success in their writing careers.  I worked those folks hard, and in turn, they worked me hard. Many of them mailed their stories to possible markets (Note to editors: buy these stories), but several decided to make the stories available electronically. I gave one […]

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The Business Rusch: Bookstore Observations

The Business Rusch: Bookstore Observations Kristine Kathryn Rusch I live in a town that has no completely new bookstore. We have two marvelous bookstores that feature new and used.  One specializes in mysteries, and the other gets as much of everything as it can. But it only has a tiny storefront, and so “everything” is geared toward Times bestsellers and books on Oregon. So it’s […]

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Recommended Reading List: April 2011

As usual, I’m late posting this. I wanted to get it on the site in May.  Ooops.  Maybe I’ll get May’s up in June.  Maybe. 🙂  Here’s what I wrote about April: In April, I binged on romance novels featuring celebrity heroes or heroines (not celebrity romances, which are romances written by celebrities).  I don’t know why I binged, but I was reading those books […]

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