Business Musings: Good Things

While I was digging deep into the ugliness that traditional publishing contracts have devolved into, the indie publishing world has grown and changed and become even more positive. More than a light at the end of the tunnel, the indie world has become a haven to those of us willing to work hard and to understand that real achievement takes time. It amazes me how […]

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Business Musings: Author Earnings

A while back, I promised I would look at the new report from Author Earnings. I needed time to assess the data for the purposes of this blog. For those of you who don’t know, Author Earnings is a website started by Hugh Howey and a man known only as Data Guy. The site takes snapshots of the Amazon rankings on a given day and […]

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Business Musings: Things Indie Writers Learned in 2014

I’d love to say nothing, but that’s not true—if we’re discussing indie writers who have remained in the business for several years. There will always be new indie writers who know very little, and there will always be those with “experience” who turn a year or two worth of sales into a know-it-all platform. However, those indie writers who’ve been at this since the beginning […]

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The Business Rusch: Publicity Campaigns (Discoverability Part 14)

As I started this post on a Monday night over two weeks ago, my Kris DeLake novel, A Spy To Die For, ranked #1 on two Amazon bestseller lists. Both are subgenre lists: 1. Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Science Fiction 2. Books > Romance > Science Fiction And #6 in another: Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense […]

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An Audio Deal

I just heard from Audible.com that they’ve decided to put several of my audiobooks on a great special. If you have already bought the Kindle edition of the books listed below, then you can get the audiobook for 99 cents. That’s right: If you bought the Kindle edition, you can get the audio edition for less than a dollar. If you haven’t bought the Kindle edition of […]

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The Business Rusch: Experiments

This morning, on my Twitter feed, a kind gentleman tweeted me with the news that he had just bought the first volume of Fiction River on Smashwords. Then he thanked me for “having good sense to make it easy not to steal.” I know what he meant, even though the tweet was oddly phrased: WMG Publishing has published DRM-free editions of Fiction River, in addition […]

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The Business Rusch: Writing Like It’s 2009

Probably the most popular blog post I’ve written in the Business Rusch series appeared in May, 2011. Geared toward traditionally published writers and new writers coming in, “Writing Like It’s 1999” explains how the many truths of publishing from the last century are no longer truths, but myths. The post gets reprinted often. It’s part of my Surviving The Transition book (available in print, ebook […]

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The Business Rusch: The Changing Definition of Publishing

The Business Rusch: The Changing Definition of Publishing Kristine Kathryn Rusch   This week, the announcements for the Pulitzer Prize shocked the publishing world because, for some reason, the Pulitzer board declined to chose a winner from the three fiction nominees. Lost in the controversy (besides the hurt feelings of the fiction nominees and the fact that no award was given in the editorial writing category […]

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The Business Rusch: The Halo Effect

The Business Rusch: The Halo Effect Kristine Kathryn Rusch In October, my novel Wickedly Charming had a one-week e-book promotion. The book was free to e-book buyers on the big sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore) for one week only. This promotion wasn’t my idea. Instead, my publisher Sourcebooks set up the promotion with the e-stores. I only found out about it because my short […]

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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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